Purdey’s Perspectives on Percussion Guns

by Fred Stutzenberger Purdey is a name revered in gunning circles. James Purdey & Sons (currently a subsidiary of Cie. Financiere Richemont SA) produces some of the most prestigious (and costly) firearms in the world. The James Purdey (Fig.1), founder of the company, was born in London in 1784. Of eight children, only he and

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