News from John Dickson & Son - June 2023
Vintage Gun Inventory Update
Brothers in Arms - The Gillespie guns
John Dickson & Son attended the 'The Southern' 2023 at the end of April at Deep River Sporting Clays, NC. The event was blessed with another huge attendance coupled with good weather (until Sunday morning!) providing the perfect opportunity for double gun enthusiasts to get together. A truly superb event and the opportunity to catch-up with friends, old and new.
The Scottish Round-Action Challenge was very well attended and it was great to see so many Dickson and MacNaughton guns on the course, the event being won Mr. Norcross from Massachusetts, and he was very pleased to be taking our beautiful trophy and whisky home.
The Dickson Owners Club gathering had a wonderful turn out, with members bringing their assortment of Dickson and MacNaughton guns and indulging in some fine whisky and elevenses, hosted by our friends at Delaney & Sons.
Vintage Gun Inventory Update
We have just added some really interesting and rare guns to our Vintage Gun Inventory, including:
- John Robertson 20 gauge boxlock ejector - from the man behind the success of Boss & Co.
- J. Dickson & Son 12 gauge 'Purdey Pattern' sidelock ejector - One of ten guns made by Dickson on the Purdey/Beesley self-opening action
- J. Dickson & Son 12 gauge Round-Action gun, made in 1924 - Fitted with new barrels with 2 3/4in chambers
- J. Dickson & Son 12 gauge Round-Action gun, made in 1910 - Fitted with new barrels with 2 3/4in chambers
May must have been the month for Mortimer's as we have recently added a few Mortimer & Son guns to our inventory. Mortimer guns were built in small numbers and are always of superb quality as the firm heralds from the famous Mortimer gunmaking dynasty from London. It is not well known that Mortimer & Son amalgamated with Dickson's in 1938, with their General Manager, John Henry Hayhoe, transferring over to become the General Manager of Dickson's until his retirement in July 1955.
- Mortimer & Son 20 gauge hammer gun - A beautiful example of a petite lightweight hammer gun
- Mortimer & Son 12 gauge boxlock ejector - With 2 3/4in chambers and much renewed finish
- Mortimer & Son 12 gauge boxlock ejector - Conforms to its original specification.
- Mortimer & Son 12 gauge boxlock ejector - Beautifully carved fences and stunning stock
We also have a number of interesting Scottish guns currently going through the workshop, including:
- Charles Ingram 12 gauge boxlock ejector - newly reproved barrels with 2 3/4in chambers
- Daniel Fraser 12 gauge boxlock ejector - recently fitted with a very long new stock
- James Crockart 12 gauge boxlock ejector - newly reproved barrels with 2 3/4in chambers
- J. Dickson & Son 12 gauge heavy boxlock ejector - with side clips, cross-bolt fastener, 3in chambers and 32in barrels - one of eight 3in - 32in guns made by Dickson, and conforms to its original specification.
In the run up to the Great War, Dickson's made a number of guns that would sadly never be used, or in some cases, never claimed by the men that ordered them. We have just acquired a gun of a young soldier with such a story, but twice as harrowing for his parents as they were to lose their other son in the same conflict less than a year apart. He too, was a Dickson gun owner. You can read the full story behind these men and there Dickson guns here