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Old August 19th, 2005, 12:50 PM
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John Lee
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Purdey Terminology

We got something interesting in today's mail.

Messrs. James Purdey & Sons were kind enough to send me their catalogs. It's nice stuff, with glossy pics on the gun and rifle catalog, and of course Royal Warrants galore on every page. (Purdey's are Gun Makers to the Duke of Edinburgh, and Gun & Cartridge Makers for the Queen and Prince Charles.)

What's interesting is some of the terminology that Purdey's uses. Check out the pic at the bottom of this page that shows the various grip styles:


Isn't the grip on the left (the one Purdey's refer to as the "rounded pistol grip") known as the "Prince of Wales" grip?

And isn't the grip on the right (the one Purdey's refer to as the "Prince of Wales Grip") known as the "semi-pistol grip" or the "Woodward Grip"?

I always thought the Prince of Wales Grip was the rounded one on the left. Or am I off?

Purdey's also refer to their third bite on the standing breech as a "third grip" now. Isn't this kinda weird as well?

Does anyone have an authoritative source for this terminology? I'm in a gun mood and would like to read up on it.

Oh, just in case your lottery ticket came through, Purdey's included a price list with the catalogs:

SxS Game Gun - 46,500
Over/Under Game Gun - 55,000
.470 Double Rifle - 85,200
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Old August 19th, 2005, 01:03 PM
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Aaron Shrier
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I am not the right guy to answer the grip question. But I have printed enough catalogs to know that typos and swapped picture/descriptions are quite common.

Oh... and I'll buy a lotto ticket tonight.
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Old August 19th, 2005, 01:20 PM
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John Lee
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The guns in the catalog are weird now. Gone is the traditional London Oil Finish. Purdey's are going over to the full gloss stock with all of the pores filled. And the walnut doesn't look as Alkaneted as it was on older guns. At least all of the guns and rifles in the catalog are like that now. I'm sure they will make the gun any way the customer likes so long as it's within reason.
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Old August 20th, 2005, 02:19 AM
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Jack Quinlan
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yeah that's all backwards.

the one on the left is POW.

I'm all the authority you need.
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