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July 15, 2008

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If You Really Want to Feel Bad ...

Prudent gun nuts, upon visiting Safari Outfitters in Salt Point, NY, are advised to bring a change of underwear along, because the odds are that you will wet yourself (or worse) at some of the guns you will see there.

The most recent shorts-stainer is a one-of-a-kind matched pair of Purdey 28-gauge hammer guns, complete with three sets of barrels. The original guns were built by Purdey in 1878, and recently went back there for a complete re-do. The original engraved lockplates, hammers, triggers, and trigger guards were retained, but everything else is new: locks, stocks, and barrels. (The stocks, incidentally, are what is called “bookmatched;” i.e., the blanks are sawed from the same log, so both stocks are nearly identical.) Even the case is new, and of course it comes with a set of handmade tools.


But this does not do justice to the pair. When you pick them up and swing them, they seem to have a life of their own. They are living proof of why the British remain Numero Uno in the world of scatterguns, despite  being an otherwise degenerate race whose great days are long past. The two guns are as slender and graceful as magic wands, which in a sense they are.

How much? I thought you’d never ask. If you show up with $180,000, Niles Wheeler will let you walk out with the cased set. If this sounds extravagant, be aware that if you order a new Purdey 28-gauge today, you will wait 4 years and then pay $130,000 for the one gun. And when you consider that two are unique, and will certainly be worth far more in a few years, you would be well advised to forget about the new Bentley and grab them.

Yes, I know that right now some of you are considering killing your dogs for food and selling your children to fill the gas tank. We’ve been all through this. Life, as John Kennedy said, is not fair.


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Prudent gun nuts? Let’s See??

What is the meaning of “PRUDENT”?
Wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; sober.

Careful in providing for the future; provident: a prudent decision
Wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense.
Careful in regard to one's own interests; provident.
Careful about one's conduct; circumspect.

$180,000 bucks for this?


You know, in this world, you just pick a number and then add the number of zeros that equal your comfort level and then you are happy!? It is amazing how a few zeros change some peoples comfort level ( try winning the lottery). Til then, I just carry on and look at, with total respect, that which has been creacted, in what is really, an artform, when my comfort level has been exceeded. There are some lovely things to look at out there, and not all are equipped with a firing pin ( are they??).


I am dumbfounded. It is obvious you gentlemen have never eaten cat. It tastes more like otter than chicken. (I could have been very crude here, but I will pass) Those who don't like cats have just never tried the right recipe. You want the younger ones that haven't eaten a lot of meat yet.
I am amazed at how many people states things taste like chicken when they don't know how to describe how something tastes, like Alligator, to me tastes sorta like rattlesnake, Raccoon tastes like a nice fat. pampered lapdog, small ones only, preferably a Peke, (okay I 'm joking, I've never eaten a Peke, but I don't like them as animals) but raccoons can be rather tasty in the pan of the right cook. We won't go into possum (Nasty unless you're REALLY hungry), but chipmunk and rat have a striking similarity to squirrel. But tasting like chicken, nah, not even a little bit.

If You Really Want to Feel Bad?

Have the life of David Petzel?

I this the best their is at Field of Dreams?

Thats good!


I have tripped the sears on more than one Mod 12 Win, in 12, 16 and 20 gauge. They were all a dream to handle. Have slipped the sears on an original L. C. Smith that I got for 'Christ'mas when I couldn't hold both ends up off the floor. Pointed like a finger!
Approached by a salesman one day, I told him I wasn't buying today, but liked looking at "fine" firearms. He handed me a straight English stocked sxs 20 that was light as a feather and felt as if it grew into my hands. I dared to look at the price tag. It was a $10,500.00 Churchill!
WOOD! Absolutely amazing!
WOOD TO METAL FIT! The thing looked like it grew together!
METAL! Flawless matte finish with color case hardened receiver embellished with the slightest, most tasteful engraving!
Had I ten-five to spend at the time, I would have plopped it down in a heartbeat!


suburban bushwacker

Writing from England
"They are living proof of why the British remain Numero Uno in the world of scatterguns, despite being an otherwise degenerate race whose great days are long past."

Or as we tell each other here 'the problem here isn't immigration its emigration - this used to be Great Britain until all the good people ran out on us!'

Still lovin' the blog Dave


Not to change the subject but did everyone see the news article that said Washington D.C. residents have begun applying for hand gun permits?

Mike Reeder

As someone who, barring better luck at the lottery, will never own anything approaching the matched Purdeys pictured, I appreciate the chance to live vicariously. Those are the type of guns anyone would give their eye teeth to own and shoot, if eye teeth were worth anything. You don't have to possess the Mona Lisa to appreciate Da Vinci's artistry. Nor is it necessary to shoulder a Purdey to appreciate the craftsmanship of its maker, or to admire the figure and depth of beauty on a stock that God must have grown on one of his finer days. Besides, I've got two bucks on this week's lottery and it never hurts to have a shopping list in case my ship comes in.


I did get to shoot a real masterpiece once.

A friend is a gunsmith (fixer). About 1975, a gentleman wandered into his shop one day dragging a ball of rust.
"My grampa died last month. We were cleaning out his chicken house and I found this. You can have it if you'd like. Maybe you can use it for parts."
It took two years of soaking in WD40 and penetrating oil to finally get it completely disassembled. The wood an furniture were all intact, including the ramrod! He ended up losing only one of the original screws. The bore was in such bad shape that it was beyond recovery. It was sent to P.O. Ackley and rebored to .45 Cal. Other than the bore and one screw, it's totally original. Manufacture date is between 1860 and the end of the Civil War. The location of the manufacturer is known but nothing remains. There are no records available and my buddy's wife is a computer geek and has searched for hours and still nothing. It is the only known survivor of the "------- Rifle Works" as stamped on the barrel.
What history is available says they built rifles for the Confederacy.


Clay Cooper

I will never have one-of-a-kind matched pair of Purdey 28-gauge hammer guns. A prudent sportsman is happy for what they do have and it’s that ol’beat to crap 30-30 hand me down Grandfather once owned that perhaps taken your first deer means more to you than a pair of any $180,000 hammer guns.
If you’re never happy for what you do have, you’ll never be happy with anything else!

Memories of’ field?



If those Purdeys were 410's I would get excited. As is, well...

SD Bob

Though I've never held a Purdy, I have held a Fox listed for $150,000. While swinging this gun as if tracking a sharptail, I was told not to drop it. I've never dropped a gun before but immediately I felt fumbly and stated "this gun cost more than my house doesn't it"? You can see this beauty at the Cabela's in Mitchell South Dakota on the gun library website.

Jim in Mo.

Thats one tight fitting case. I only count two barrels, wonder were they tucked the third?

Del in KS

Hey guys go to Gunbroker.com, search Purdey and check the matched pair of 20 guage Purdey O/U's up for auction. Right now you could be the high bidder for only $100 but the buy it now price is $229K if memory serves.

Jim in Mo.

Del those are pretty guns but registering with them is messed up, webpage expires in a heartbeat. I thought gunsamerica was much easier.
How much you gonna bid? We can have a bidding war as long as you don't go over a thousand.

Clay Cooper

Gun makers of Pakistan

Like to cruse these shops and check out the old relics!


Jim in Mo.

Many sons lots of guns.
Catchy phrase.

Jim in Mo.

Coop maybe you should mail that site to the Brady people, the U.N. and other anti's and ask them about the feasability of abolishing guns. 7000 guns a day from that one area. I feel even better about the SCOTUS decision.


Hey Everybody,
Check out this website under BATF,
"Think Forfiture." If this is true, I hope we see a decline in the sale of Leatherman tools to the point that it really hurts their pocketbook.
[email protected]
I knew that the BATF was sleazy, but was really disapointed to hear that someone who could invent and market something as fine and practical as a Leatherman multi-tool would seem to condone their sleaze.

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