Boxall and Edmiston British gunmakers Boxall and Edmiston manufacture high quality British sporting shotguns Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:05:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New factory site now up and running and Countryside Alliance Gun draw underway Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:10:37 +0000 Boxall and Edmiston factory site shotgun Brtiish

Boxall and Edmiston are proud to announce the opening of our new (additional) factory site, adding a further 3000 sq/ft of work space. The new site is a quiet area, dedicated to hand skills for the craftsmen to work, away from the milling machines that support their crafts. The existing factory site will remain a state of the art facility with the machining capability to produce all the components for the rapidly expanding range of shotguns.

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Individual workbenches have been specially designed and built for each craft taking into consideration the equipment favored by each skillset. The new site has dedicated spaces for Actioning, including two work benches for apprentices; Stocking, including a  dust free wood finishing room and Finishing, with a dedicated two man clean room for the final tweaks needed for a best British gun.



There are further plans for expansion in the new site with a large work space ready to house the next stages of new product development, an announcement regarding this will be made later in 2014.

As part of the expansion into new premises our ethos of “Preserving the Art of British gunmaking” is being taken seriously with our first apprentice already approaching the end of his first year.

Plans for further apprentice positions are in place and dedicated work spaces within their chosen discipline area have been built in preparation of their arrival.

Boxall and Edmiston dedicated showroom

The final benefit of the new site is a dedicated showroom for clients and colleague gunmakers. This room is a comfortable place for new and existing clients to discuss their bespoke shotguns specifications with the option of demonstrating pictures of specific features, such as engraved game scenes or stocking options, on the large screen.



And finally…. if you haven’t already heard a gun draw is underway to support the work carried out by the Countryside Alliance. With 2000 tickets available at £30 (or two for £50) this is a fantastic opportunity to support a good cause and be in with a chance of winning a Boxall and Edmiston, British made, entirely bespoke shotgun. For more information click here to visit our dedicated gun draw page or click the logo below to visit the Countryside Alliance page.


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Boxall and Edmiston at the British shooting show Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:28:09 +0000 2014 is well underway and the first show of the season is rapidly approaching. The British shooting show is fortunately an indoor event and the Boxall and Edmiston team are attending for the second year running.

The Boxall and Edmiston stand is in Hall 2 near main entrance 1, our position is excellent and you will struggle to miss us as we are on the main walkway apposite one of our media partners Field and Rural life. Walk into Hall 2, turn left and we’re behind our colleagues at Browning.


This is the first show to see the fully finished round action 20 bore which had its first outing (in the white) at the CLA last year. Since then interest in the model has been strong and the final engraved version is proving popular with new and existing clients.

The square sideplated 20 bore is being built for launch at the CLA 2014, it uses the same lock system as the round action 20 bore which has been fully developed and tested over the past year. The action shape of the square is reminiscent of the 12 bore versions but the smaller body is more defined with a more pronounced bolster. The stock shape and engraving pattern are currently being developed and will be a clear relation to its 12 bore cousin.

The first review of the 20 bore has been carried out by Shooting Times’, Lewis Potter and will be published in the coming months (click here to see last years look at Boxall and Edmiston written by Lewis). More reviews are scheduled throughout the year including a look at the gun by Mike Yardley, who worked with the Boxall and Edmiston team on the 12 bore over and under, which has been the muse for the 20′s shape, balance and handling.

We look forward to seeing you at the show, if you have any questions for the team do not hesitate to ask. The new “Ask the experts” series written by the Boxall and Edmiston team started in Sporting Shooter in January, you can speak with any of our craftsmen if you have questions and we’ll try to answer them on the day with a comprehensive follow-up answer published in the magazine.

British 20 bore square sideplated boxall edmiston shotgun over and under

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New guns coming soon, anatomy of a shotgun articles and the Shooting Times look at bespoke guns – it’s a busy time for Boxall and Edmiston Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:22:22 +0000 It has been a particularly busy few months at Boxall and Edmiston with new staff, new machines and new models being prepared for launch.

As Boxall and Edmiston progresses through the calibers more potential shotgun models are conceived. Couple this with advances in engraving techniques and new aesthetic options being pioneered here at the workshop in Shropshire and 2014 is going to be a busy year for new editions to the range, as well as some advances in shotgun manufacturing to be announced.

First up the 12 bore over and under, colour hardened with minimal engraving is being finished over Christmas and the new year with pictures available from February. This gun has been on sale for the past year and the clients that opted for it have been involved in elements of the development.

The 20 bore is also being engraved and finished. This gun features a very tight scroll engraving and is clearly the close relative of the 12 bore round action. The first reviews for this gun will be in magazines from Spring next year, the 20 bore has been on sale since the CLA with early adopters guns being built ready for engraving next year.

Whilst developing new engraving styles our engineers have also been busy developing new models, the 16 bores are beginning the build process with barrels being manufactured over Christmas ready for the new guns to be built next year. The 16 bore uses a scaled action and lockwork from the 20 bore design, this design has been tried and tested and will ensure a smooth development and launch next year.

The Shooting Gazette series “the Anatomy of a Shotgun” has come to an end after 11 articles. The series was designed to explain some of the most commonly asked features of shotgun production and the feedback has been excellent. The articles will remain available on our site through the “reviews” menu tab or click here to visit the page. We would like to thank the Shooting Gazette team for publishing the articles, particularly Will Hetherington and Martin Puddifer for their support.

The final Anatomy of a Shotgun article will be available on the site before Christmas. There is another series being worked on for another magazine and more details of this will emerge early next year.

The Shooting Times gundraw has been open to entries over the past four weeks and will be open for a short while more. Alistair Balmain visited the factory and wrote a wonderful article on the bespoke shotgun production, you can read that article through the reviews section of the site or click here to download or read the PDF.

All the best


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Boxall and Edmiston launch range of bespoke shooting accessories Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:28:51 +0000 Boxall and Edmiston have launched a range of customisable shooting accessories. Initially a range of hip flasks with a selection of Boxall and Edmiston’s engraving is available but other gifts, from cufflinks to shoot sets, are being planned for the coming months.

The gifts can be customised and popular bespoke options are applying a gun number, name or a date.

A dedicated website has been built and can be found by clicking here.


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Special edition gun in the Field magazine Thu, 03 Oct 2013 16:05:06 +0000 A very special edition of the Boxall and Edmiston 12 bore sideplated over and under has been reviewed and featured in the Field magazine. The gun was produced especially for the article and features Charles Darwin and the Iron Bridge.

The idea behind the gun was to demonstrate the capabilities of the Boxall and Edmiston engraving techniques and how there are many benefits to using a laser. The use of Charles Darwin’s image was chosen as he was born in our local town of Shrewbury and his work on the evolution of man, in an infinitesimally small way, has some resonance to our advancements in gunmaking. The Iron bridge is also attributed with being the birthplace of industry and as we continue to develop gunmaking in our industry we felt it apt.

Thank you to everyone at the Field magazine, particularly Mike Yardley for writing the article and Jonathon Young for his ongoing support.

More special editions are planned and we will bring news of those as they come to fruition.

You can read or download a PDF of the article by clicking here or the picture below.


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Vic Harker reviews the over and unders in the summer edition of Fieldsports magazine Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:58:32 +0000 Vic Harker visited the Boxall and Edmiston team at the factory earlier this year to review the range of over and under 12 bores.

As always it was great to catch up with Vic and get his valuable input into the new range.

Fieldsports has been a supporter of Boxall and Edmiston for several years now and their support is much appreciated.

Click here or the excerpt to see or download the article.

Boxall and Edmiston over and under in Fieldsports magazine summer edition

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2013 Boxall and Edmiston brochures now available on the website Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:11:36 +0000 The updated 2013 brochures are now available through the contacts tab. To accommodate the expanding range there are now two brochures, one for over and unders and another for side by sides.

A new brochure will be developed to incorporate the 20 bores later in the year.

The Boxall and Edmiston team are currently developing a 16 bore version of the round and square sideplated over and unders. A 28 bore is already in development and the two should be available sometime in 2014 – dates to be confirmed.



Boxall and Edmiston side by side brochure 2013

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The Positive Shooting Team visit the Boxall and Edmiston factory Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:04:06 +0000 Mike Yardley and his son James recently visited the Boxall and Edmiston factory to see how the range of guns are crafted.

It was a warm summers day, perfect for shooting some clays. Mike spent time discussing each of the teams role and their responsibilities. It is always a pleasure to discuss a topic that both parties are passionate about and Mike and his son James are certainly passionate about shotguns and shooting.

After taking filming and taking stills photography at the factory the Positive Shooting team produced the below video on Boxall and Edmiston. The video details Boxall and Edmiston’s production methods and gives an insight to the factory, the team of craftsmen and the company as a whole.

Boxall and Edmiston’s motto – “Preserving the art of British gunmaking” – is completely supported by Mike and more importantly it’s aim understood. Mike has been a figurehead of support for the British gun trade and as one of the UK’s most established gun journalists knows more about the market than most.

The launch of the Boxall and Edmiston round action over and under or “The Yardley” model was a great achievement for all involved. The gun has proved hugely popular with shooters and the media. It is worth remembering that the guns success is more beneficial than sales figures, the success of every British made shotgun is a bonus for the British gun trade and helps to keep it going for years to come.

It is difficult to speak for other gunmakers and all those in our wonderfully quirky trade but at Boxall and Edmiston things are rather optimistic with further investment in infrastructure being made, ranging from machinery to staff and training schemes. Apprentices are starting to be funded and these will be the next generation of gunmakers, potentially a small part of the salvation of this British institution.

You can see the video below or click here to visit Mike’s website Positive Shooting for more information. A huge thank you to both Mike and Jamie for their support and especially for producing this video.



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Why Walnut? – The use of Walnut for shotgun blanks Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:09:19 +0000 The latest article from the Shooting Gazette series – The Anatomy of a Shotgun – is now available. This article looks at why gunmakers use Walnut for gun stocks and how it is acquired.

The following two articles detail both the stocking of a gun and information on gun fitting.

You can see the article by clicking here or the image below.




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Countryman weekly review square sideplated over and under Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:40:34 +0000 Countryman weekly have reviewed the square sideplated over and under. Their resident gun expert, Guy Smith, visited the team at the factory to see the new gun and discuss it’s features.

Thank you to Guy and the whole team at Countryman’s weekly, we look forward to seeing you all at the shows later in the year.

Click the image below to see the article.



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