In the field
Time for the onerous task of shooting a Purdey. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. With me was Roger Bryan, one of our client instructors, and we started with a 40ft tower. We both agreed the gun shot incredibly well, despite its weight. We were shooting 24gram fibre wads at this stage and the breaks were impressive. I have done quite a few fittings for this Purdey and am looking forward to doing a hand-over lesson for one of the clients to see the handling of the production version, which promises to be amazing. The trigger-pulls were exceptional, the safety catch typical Purdey with a precise click.
On to the high tower with a mixture of 24gram and 32gram cartridges, shooting some targets out to 50 yards or more. There were some truly devastating breaks from both cartridges – the patterns truly impressed. I tested the ejectors with both cartridges and the timing was incredible, both cartridges almost touching as they covered around 10ft to 12ft before hitting the ground. The gun felt as though it was new, even though it has had more than 160,000 cartridges through it and been used by numerous members of Purdey staff and customers.
I did a second test a couple of days later using 36gram cartridges. The gun absorbed the recoil, the shooting was comfortable at all angles and the patterns again produced devastating breaks. I shot the gun on this occasion with Paul Gendall and Chris Douneen, two of our instructors, and we were all impressed with the handling. This gun is suitable for all types of game shooting and would make a great clay shooting gun also. Evolution or revolution – what would James the Younger think? You decide.