By Vic Venters

Gun Craft examines latest artisanally made weapons, in addition to the craftsmen who cause them to. In it, the writer takes the reader into the workshops and factories of the world's top gunmakers, making their sometimes-arcane craft abilities obtainable and proper to a person who shoots, owns or collects tremendous weapons. each one bankruptcy explores a separate subject; each one has been selected, even if, to supply readers with a unified perception into the advanced job of creating hand-made weapons in either Europe and the USA

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The key to this is retaining the principle of jointing on the circle: The barrel lumps are mounted on either side of the lower tube just in front of the breech, and the lumps’ concave surfaces mate with the replaceable convex draws on the lumps on the action walls. The Boss is particularly sophisticated in that the arc of its circle is eccentric to the hinge. “A Boss O/U depends heavily on the fit of the draws,” Tandy said. “Its hinged trunnions are nowhere strong enough to take the stress of repeated firings.

Holland’s is the UK’s sole sporting gunmaker to manufacture its own tubes and make its own barrels through all of the requisite steps and stages—a control that allows H&H to monitor and regulate quality at every stage of production. Holland’s barrels are regarded as some of the best in the world, and barrelmakers such as Peter Higgins and Bill Blacker, who were trained at the company’s Harrow Road factory, enjoy superb reputations around the trade. Germany’s Hartmann & Weiss, likewise, is considered a truly great gunmaker; its barrelmaker is French, but he was schooled at Holland & Holland.

It is true that for well-designed conventional guns, the Purdey system alone is entirely adequate for bolting and is especially well suited to average-weight shotguns intended to be fired with relatively lowpressure cartridges. But top extensions such as the doll’s-head do one thing Purdey underbolts cannot: offer resistance to axial thrusts at the action face. On Westley’s new sidelock double rifles, a stronger linkage design in the leverwork allows the Purdey underbolt to serve as the primary bolt to hold the barrels down, but the doll’s-head is still fitted to contain axial thrusts as well as serve as a supplementary bolt.

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