Michael Yardley

Vintage Purdey side-by-sides

These vintage Purdey side-by-sides prove that fantastic, classic guns can be bought on the second-hand market and at a fraction of the price of their modern counterparts. Michael Yardley discusses…

Holland and Holland Sporting Deluxe.

The Holland and Holland Sporting Deluxe proves itself a thoroughbred in every department. Michael Yardley’s first impressions are of a long, elegant gun but shooting it proves this stunning example…

John Jeffries HPX Elite

The John Jeffries HPX Elite is a long-barrelled gun, intended for use on high flying pheasants as well as clays. Michael Yardley finds this beast-like gun lively, and decides that…

Bosis Queen

The Bosis Queen 20- bore sidelock ejector imported by Victor Chapman is this month’s test gun. It’s the firm’s premium side-by-side and traditionally bench-made in Travagliato near Brescia. As an…

Tips for shotgun restoration. Joseph Lang

Tips for shotgun restoration is useful knowledge if you have decided your old gun is worth it. Restoration can be a timely and costly venture. Michael Yardley’s tips for shotgun…

Restoring your old shotgun.

Restoring your old shotgun is not the easy business it used to be. Michael Yardley investigates what the process involves and asks that difficult question: sentiment aside, is restoring your…

William and Son over-and-under

The William and Son over-and-under is our test gun. It’s a 12-bore with 30in barrels, a low-profile and hand-engraved action and weighs just over 7lb. It cleverly brings together modern…

Purdey's craftsmen. Richard Bayley

Purdey’s craftsmen have an international reputation for impeccability, and they uphold this as part of one of the most renowned bespoke gunmaking firms in the world. The Field meets the…

Purdey factory gun

The Purdey factory has been renovated. At its premises in Felgate Mews, Hammersmith, it has been transformed into the ideal environment for everyone on the premises, from visitors to the…