Clay Shooting

Ain’t that Purdey!

First look at the fa­mous Lon­don gun­maker’s new Sporter, de­vel­oped with the help of a top Amer­i­can shot­gun coach

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The Lon­don gun­maker’s new Sporter, based on an award­win­ning and durable de­sign

“Purdey’s new Sport­ing Clays gun does not re-in­vent the wheel, it per­fects the ride”

James Purdey & Sons are un­doubt­edly one of the world’s best known and re­spected gun­mak­ers, but gen­er­ally as­so­ci­ated with ‘Best’ Lon­don side-by-side game guns rather than com­pe­ti­tion overand-unders. That could be about to change, how­ever – be­cause the com­pany, founded in 1814, has just launched a brand new Sporter.

The gun is based on the award-win­ning Purdey Trig­ger Plate ac­tion, which was de­signed for su­pe­rior strength and dura­bil­ity, tested with over 150,000 car­tridges fired over a four year pe­riod. The trig­ger plate de­sign be­came pop­u­lar with man­u­fac­tur­ers us­ing CNC ma­chin­ery in the mid to late 20th Cen­tury. Purdey’s first ded­i­cated gun with such an ac­tion was their Sporter model, launched in 2007 as a cross­over clay/game gun, al­though the com­pany’s first ever trig­ger plate gun, with ad­di­tional side­plates for dec­o­ra­tion, was a side-by-side made in 1880.

The new Sport­ing Clays gun com­bines this de­tach­able trig­ger mech­a­nism with the fea­tures of a high per­for­mance com­pe­ti­tion Sport­ing shot­gun. The spec­i­fi­ca­tions were de­vel­oped by an in-house team, with the as­sis­tance of Don Cur­rie, pro­fes­sional shot­gun coach, gun fit­ter and chief in­struc­tor of the US Na­tional Sport­ing Clays As­so­ci­a­tion (NSCA).

“Purdey’s new Sport­ing Clays gun does not re-in­vent the wheel, it per­fects the ride,” Don Cur­rie says. “The bal­ance and pointabil­ity is ev­ery bit as good as we hoped, giv­ing a quick, re­spon­sive feel, which is so es­sen­tial for a Sport­ing shot­gun.”

The new gun has a 5mm raised rib, ta­pered 11mm to 7mm, a higher comb and an er­gonom­i­cally de­signed grip and palm swell. The com­pany say that all the fea­tures have been de­signed to a high stan­dard with in­tri­cate de­tails and spe­cific at­ten­tion to the all-im­por­tant bal­ance. The spe­cially de­signed stock and the grip as­sists the shooter’s mount and han­dling and re­duces felt re­coil as much as pos­si­ble. The top rib is ven­ti­lated

with a stylish ‘at­tack­ing’ for­ma­tion, and the side ribs are of an an­gled, dou­ble vented de­sign to com­plete the look.

The gun is made and as­sem­bled by Purdey crafts­men in the state-of-the-art Lon­don work­shop, com­bin­ing their skills with tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful, hand­made ‘Best’ Lon­don shot­gun with su­pe­rior qual­ity and per­for­mance.

The new Purdey Sport­ing Clays is cur­rently avail­able in 12 bore, and will soon also be made for cus­tomers in 20 bore, with prices start­ing from £65,000 plus VAT. Its be­spoke range of op­tions in­clude bar­rel length, cham­ber length, choke con­fig­u­ra­tion, en­grav­ing and ac­tion fin­ish. These al­low the cus­tomer to build their per­fect gun, suited to their in­di­vid­ual taste and, im­por­tantly, their style of shoot­ing.

When cus­tomis­ing stock di­men­sions, a Monte Carlo or stan­dard comb de­sign is of­fered, with op­tions of rub­ber or leather-cov­ered re­coil pad. The choice of choke in­cludes a fixed set-up, or Teague’s mul­ti­choke op­tions of flush, ½ in ex­tended, 1in ex­tended, or 1in ex­tended-ported. Ex­tended chokes can be marked ac­cord­ing to lo­cal or in­ter­na­tional des­ig­na­tions. The gun is fin­ished to the same ex­cep­tional stan­dard as all Purdey guns.

For more in­for­ma­tion see www. purdey.com

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The gun is made and as­sem­bled by Purdey’s crafts­men in their state-of-the-art Lon­don work­shop The new Sport­ing Clays model fea­tures Purdey’s award-win­ning de­tach­able trig­ger plate ac­tion
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The wood on this ex­am­ple has par­tic­u­larly good fig­ur­ing

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