I picked 1907 for no particular reason just to have a look what the London stock gun sales were in those days. 1914 would have been 100 years ago but also the start of the War so I jumped back a few years to what would have been 100 years before we left the Grange Road premises.
The guns are all listed in columns by serial number and the totals sold were:
Best Hammerless Guns 45
Plain Hammerless Guns 84
Best Hammer Guns 0
Plain Hammer Guns 1
Double Rifles All Kinds 23
Keepers Guns and Cheap Guns 16
Secondhand Guns 41
Single Rifles 2 Best, 56 Bolt Action, 5 Lee Enfield, 35 Rook &Rabbit.
A brief overview is that most of the shotguns were 12g, the double rifles were .303, .318, .450, .476, .500 and .577's (4). The bolt actions were mainly 318's with .275, .303 and .375 being the largest with 3 sold. Rook rifles were .22 and .300 and the odd .250. In the revolver section you find Colts, S&W, Mauser, Webley and Bergman.
As with any old journals I cannot be sure how accurate the information is and how well it was kept, but I imagine it is actually totally accurate! Certainly it is also much easier to find than on the modern computer. It is just a shame we cannot write as elegantly as they did 100 years ago and maintain such perfect records for the future.
Nick Cargill on March 14, 2015 at 9:04 pm
I wonder if you might elaborate as to what exactly a keepers gun entailed vs a best, or plain? It is not a term I have come across before!
Simon Clode on March 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm
As a company we have always supplied a large variety of guns, you can come here today and buy a £100 .22 for instance, to shoot rabbits in the garden or a £100,000 double rifle with elaborate engraving to do the same job! A Keepers gun would have been a simple plain functional model of gun, no frills, perhaps of our make or perhaps another make, if you look at the same line it says keepers guns/cheap guns. This is also the second hand sales record illustrated.
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