New Build

Having honed our skills at one of the country’s top makers we are passionate about new shotguns and draw on our extensive knowledge of the trade and working with the best craftsmen. Now an independent maker we can build a new shotgun on various action types and styles whether it be over and under or side by side. Using modern CNC made components all of our bespoke guns are built by hand in the traditional manner by time served craftsmen and are truly unique. Our attention to detail, knowledge and craftsmanship will ensure each commission is built to the highest quality and treasured for many years to come.

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Our over and under shotguns are built on the Woodward action design which is famous for being lightweight and exceptionally robust, and the perfect base for us to build on. Our over-and-under guns are available in dedicated action sizes in all calibres in square, round or ultra-round action shapes. A Carl Russell & Co Over and Under gun is offered with either straight or pistol grips. Completed with a chequered butt or leather covered recoil pad, and the option of gold or silver oval and inlaid gold or silver letters. A custom gun can be engraved with traditional fine rose and scroll engraving with colour-hardened or bright finish. Additional extra finish engraving options are available on request.

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A Carl Russell & Co Side-by-Side incorporates the innovative and beautifully engineered self-opening mechanism that was designed and developed by the Purdey employee, Frederick Beesley, in 1880. Using the residual power of the mainspring, the Beesley Action means a Carl Russell & Co Side-by-Side is a true “self-opener”, allowing for much faster loading. The Carl Russell & Co side-by-side guns are available on dedicated action sizes in all calibres.

New Shotgun

This gun is a 12g Best Sidelock Ejector over & under with 30″ barrels and is based on the James Purdey pattern which originally derives from the James Woodward design which was patented in 1913. The gun is predominately used for game shooting and the occasional round of sporting clays. Should the need arise in the future our client also specified the requirement to use steel shot so the gun is London Proof tested for 70mm (2 ¾”) Superior loads. The gun is built on a Purdey pattern Sidelock ejector round bar action with non-selective single trigger (firing bottom barrel first), automatic safety and double beaded edge to trigger guard bow. The barrels on this gun are 30″ Demi-bloc construction with 70mm (2 3/4″) chambers, 1/4 and 1/2 fixed chokes with solid game rib. An exhibition grade walnut blank was used to fit the stock and forend wood to clients dimensions complete with pistol grip with steel cap and gold oval. The engraving is a large acanthus scroll with a cameo portrait of clients black Labrador ‘Finn’ engraved on the underside of action. Makers’ name on lockplates, serial number ‘001’ on trigger guard tang and ‘SAFE’ inlaid in gold. 2017 (year of completion) engraved in Roman numerals on grip cap. Gold oval engraved with owners initials. All of our new shotguns are presented in a best oak & leather case with rosewood corners and inlay with brass disc on lid engraved to match oval initials, enclosed in a canvas outer cover stamped with owners initials. Full accompaniment of tools including turnscrews, snap caps, oil bottle and cleaning rod. Finished with a Carl Russell & Co gold tooled leather case label.


Please contact us if you would like more information on our Commission shotguns.