Boxall and Edmiston British gunmakers Boxall and Edmiston manufacture high quality British sporting shotguns Sun, 05 Oct 2014 10:58:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Boxall & Edmiston finalists at the Shropshire Business awards Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:52:41 +0000 Shropshire-Chamber-logoLBoxall & Edmiston are proud to have been recent finalists in the Shropshire Business awards.

The “Best small business” category had over fifty entrants and Boxall & Edmiston were short-listed to the final four.

The whole team would like to thank the Chamber for all the work they do to support local businesses in Shropshire. Particular thanks goes to the UKTI for the excellent support given when exporting products and advertising to new markets.



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Boxall & Edmiston at the CLA 2014 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:21:52 +0000 GameFair-Secondary-logo2014-use_webWith only two days to go until the start of the CLA, the team here at the Boxall & Edmiston factory are busily preparing for the show.

We will be showcasing the existing range of 12 bore side by sides which have continued to prove popular to new and existing clients.

The award winning 12 bore over and unders, both round and square sideplated actions, will also be at the show along with a special edition version of the round action.

The special edition gun is a colour hardened version with gold inlay. This gun has over three metres of gold which has been painstakingly hammered into its body by hand and took over six months to design and complete. Only four of these will be made a year, due to the time it takes to produce each one, the first is available at the show.

Following last years launch of the 20 bore round action a square sideplated model will be fashionably late, making an appearance on Saturday. This gun has been widely anticipated with more pre-orders than any other unseen model.
The Boxall & Edmiston stand is V0711 on gunmakers row, please feel free to come view the range and ask any questions you might have.


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“The Value of shooting” – BASC featre B&E in video Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:40:14 +0000 BASC-logo-smallerBoxall & Edmiston are proud trade members of BASC and have worked with them on several projects over the past six years.


When approached to feature in the BASC video “The Value of Shooting” the whole team were more than happy to help.  The following is an extract from the BASC website (click here to visit the page) on the study carried out:

In the UK today

  • Shooters spend £2.5 billion each year on goods and services
  • Shooting supports the equivalent of 74,000 full time jobs
  • Shooting is worth £2 billion to the UK economy (GVA)
  • Shooting is involved in the management of two-thirds of the rural land area
  • There are 4 million (est) airgun owners – of which 1.6 m shoot live quarry
  • 600,000 people in the UK shoot live quarry, clay pigeons or targets
  • Shoot providers spend nearly £250 million a year on conservation
  • Shooters spend 3.9 million work days on conservation – that’s the equivalent of 16,000 full-time jobs
  • Two million hectares are actively managed for conservation as a result of shooting

We all know that shooting is important. We know it’s good for the economy and the environment – and we all know from first-hand experience how the social aspects of shooting are beneficial to us and our local community.

But how can we prove it?

BASC and 15 other shooting and countryside organisations commissioned a comprehensive study to ascertain exactly what shooting is worth.

The survey – carried out by Cambridge-based Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC) – was to assess the economic, environmental and social benefits of shooting sports.

This independent and statistically robust report gives us the latest facts and figures. It demonstrates that shooting is involved in the management of most of the countryside, actively shaping the world around us with hundreds of millions of pounds of privately funded conservation effort. It records the hundreds of thousands of people who find their recreation and sport in the countryside and on the shooting ranges and clay grounds across the country. It shows, for the first time, the social benefits of an active recreation enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds.

The data collected were based on a 12- month period between August 2012 and July 2013.

A total of 16,234 questionnaires were completed, making this the most comprehensive research into the value of shooting ever undertaken in the United Kingdom.

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Square sideplated 12 bore OU – winner of the IPC shooting industry award for best new gun Mon, 19 May 2014 16:20:29 +0000 Boxall-and-Edmiston-winner-of-best-new-shotgun-ipc-shooting-industry-awards-web-largerBoxall and Edmiston are proud to announce that last week the Square Sideplated 12 bore over & under won the “Best New Gun” (retailing over £15,000) category, at the IPC shooting industry awards.

The shooting industry awards celebrate the best of the British gun trade and shooting industry as a whole. Last year the 12 bore round action over and under received a “Highly commended” award but this year the full honour was given to the square sideplated 12 bore.

The judging panel consists of some of the shooting industries leading experts, as well as the extremely knowledgeable editors of our favourite magazines, the Field, the Shooting Gazette, Sporting Gun and last but by no means least the Shooting Times. Thank you to all those who voted for us, we truly appreciate your support.

For more information in the square sideplated 12 bore please do not hesitate to contact the Boxall & Edmiston workshop, call +44 (0)1743 762352 or email




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New Walnut added to Walnut stock blank library Fri, 09 May 2014 15:28:28 +0000 Walnut stock blank shotgun The latest selection of Turkish Walnut stock blanks have been added to the single Walnut stock blank gallery. The pieces are all Deluxe plus or Exhibition grade as these have been by far the most popular selections.

Every client chooses from the range of stock blanks when deciding their guns bespoke options.

In the unlikely event that the Boxall & Edmiston range of Walnut does not have something to a clients specific requirements, we work with our suppliers to find the perfect piece.

One popular option has been to provide a picture of a stock or piece of Walnut and letting our team of experts match it. This process has been incredibly interesting over the years and we are often amazed at how close you can match two pieces.

You can visit the Walnut gallery and see the new blanks by clicking here or the image above.

But why Walnut?

Last year this question was asked in our Shooting Gazette series “The Anatomy of a shotgun” below is an extract, you can read the whole article by clicking here or the image below.

The precise Walnut used for guns stocks is from the Juglans Regia tree – The Persian Walnut (or common Walnut). The tree is also known as the “English” Walnut as British sailors spread the tree around the world. 

Walnut’s colour results from the composition of the soil it’s grown in. The below picture shows a piece from New Zealand which is dark compared to Turkish or French Walnut. The grain is also more uniform, possibly due to the age of the tree as Juglans Regia Walnut was not indigenous to New Zealand and must have been introduced to the island. 


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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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