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News from John Dickson & Son - April 2024

April 2024
News from John Dickson & Son - April 2024

We are heading to The Southern,

Vintage Gun Inventory Update,

Charles Gordon Hammer Gun

We are heading to The Southern

It is just one week to go until we head to The Southern Classic Side by Side Championship and Exhibition, which takes place at Deep River Sporting Clays, Sanford, in North Carolina, April 25th to 28th. If you are considering a new, re-manufactured or vintage gun from us, the team will be on hand to discuss your options and an appointment can be booked here

We will again be bringing some fine Scottish guns, which are available for purchase:

John Dickson & Son 12 Bore Hammer gun with 31" damascus barrels

John Dickson & Son Pair 12 Bore Round-Actions with 28" damascus barrels

J. D. Dougall & Sons 12 Bore Boxlock Ejector with 30” steel barrels

J. D. Dougall & Sons 12 Bore Boxlock Ejector with 30” damascus barrels

Mortimer & Son 12 Bore Boxlock Ejector with 30" damascus barrels

Mortimer & Son 12 Bore Boxlock Ejector with 30" damascus barrels

We are again holding our Scottish Round-Action Challenge and bringing a beautiful Ballantyne foundry cast bronze of a red Grouse for the winner, and our friends at Delaney & Sons will be hosting our first Dickson Owners Club gathering in the USA for 2024. 

You can find out more about this great event here

Will you be taking this trophy home?

Vintage Gun Inventory Update

We have just added some really interesting and rare Scottish guns to our Vintage Gun Inventory, including:

We also have a number of interesting Scottish guns currently going through the workshop being prepared for sale:

  • Alex Martin 'Ribless' 12 gauge boxlock ejector - a superb lightweight gun fitted with ribless barrels
  • William McCall 12 gauge boxlock ejector - new long stock, excellent newer steel barrels

If we can assist with any of the guns above, please use our contact form  here

Charles Gordon Hammer Gun

Charles Gordon guns are a rare thing to come across and we are in the privileged position to now offer for sale one of his breach-loading hammer guns. This is one of the forty-one 12 bore breach-loading guns that Gordon ordered from John Dickson & Son.

Renowned gun historian, Donald Dallas, has summarised Charles Gordons life in his book 'Magnificent Madness' - 'The Charles Gordon story is a fascinating mix of wealth and pathos, worthy of any fictional drama; a gentleman of substantial means, profligate in his purchase of hundreds of guns, yet very eccentric, eventually losing his estate, wealth and personal power, ending his days alone and humble, living in a small cottage on his once large estate. Between 1868 and 1906, Charles Gordon bought 231 brand new top quality guns, rifles and pistols from John Dickson & Son, around 30 from Joseph Harkom & Son, 8 from Alexander Henry and 15 from James Purdey & Sons. He spent over £10,000 on buying these guns, an enormous sum of money in the late 19th century. Apart from the sheer size of the collection, three things make his collection highly unusual. Firstly, he never fired any of his firearms. Secondly, around half were muzzle-loaders, completely obsolete in this period and thirdly, many were quirky such as pairs having different bore sizes, barrels being way over the normal length and so on. In addition, the majority of his collection were all housed in lavish cases filled with every conceivable accessory, (even dog whistles!) with many of the accessories duplicated in the double cases.'

To find out more about the unusual and rare gun follow the link here