Engineering: 10/10 The engineering on the action looks incredible. The gun feels incredibly solid and is made to the highest standards of the English gunmakers. Looks and finishing: 9/10 This was a prototype that has had a hard life, with Purdey trying very hard to test it to destruction – and failing. As soon as I had finished the test, it was going back across the pond to the US to be tested by more potential customers. I have not, therefore, yet had the opportunity to see a new gun on delivery. I know how Purdeys look on delivery so had I got my hands on a new gun, I am sure this mark would have been a 10.
Handling: 10/10 Even though the prototype is a little on the heavy side, its handling was incredible – a delight to use. The production model will be very interesting to see and handle.
Value: 9/10 Difficult to judge this one – it is a bit like comparing a massproduced sales rep-type car with a high-end Range Rover: they both get you from A to B, but which one would you rather drive? The price is around £55,000 but it has taken many hours to produce and it shoots incredibly well. Reliability & customer service: 9/10 Customer service is something that Purdey prides itself on and it goes to great lengths to look after its clients and their guns. There is only one of these guns – the one we were testing – so reliability is slightly untried but it does feel incredibly well engineered. Total: 47/50