The Greatest Guns on Earth

The Greatest Guns on Earth

A review of British sidelock and boxlock shotguns and gunmaking in the United Kingdom.


  1. Mark Letts on December 5, 2021 at 8:07 pm


  2. Abdul Rahman on December 5, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Price plz

  3. Stephen Kutney on December 5, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Could you comment on the drop ad heel of the sidelock shotgun? I think it is interesting and I would think that it would be hard to mount the gun quickly in grouse brush. I understand the guns are pre-mounted when the drivers are pushing the pheasants in the UK. What is it like shooting skeet or sporting clay’s with these guns?

  4. Hungry Bird on December 5, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Dad has an original pre 80 s m16 . What’s it worth fully auto ?

  5. Socherbal on December 5, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Gun porn

  6. Jerome van Sanden on December 5, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    I really do very much appreciate your indepth and expert knowledge on the British masterpieces. I always remember my dad constantly saying that the best shotguns and rifles came from England so now I know why. Thanks again cause your knowledge on the subject is so valuable to us. I do hope one day that I will get the opportunity to own at least one of these works of art. Also, I would like to comment on all those who have who constantly say that these firearms are very expensive. Well I would like to respond to that by saying that they are not expensive but are more value able. Would one walk into the showroom of a Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls-Royce or Bugatti and say that they are too expensive?

  7. Abdul Rahman on December 5, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Hello sir please guide
    I want to purchase this shot gun

  8. matthew kirkpatrick on December 5, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    I will probably never own a firearms of such quality, but it sure is very interesting listening to your thoughts on them.

  9. Annabel The Unicorn on December 5, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Hi enjoyed your vidio on best English shotguns. Perhaps next time you might mention the reason for matched pairs. The british tradition of driven game where a loader is required might throw light on the matter. With your praise of our best guns i am surprised you have not have invitation to a nice five hundred bird day in Norfolk

  10. Jim Rowland on December 5, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    British shooting and shotguns are living art. When everything is hand made by a skilled craftsman it changes everything about guns and shooting. I used to think a ZZ bird mobile range would be a fun investment to travel around with and host some of those shoots at different shotgun ranges. Now sporting clays seem to be the most popular option for a shooting weekend. I am lucky enough to have a club near me that has a tower hunt available a few times a year.

  11. No trophy Hunters allowed on December 5, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Mate got a sparrow gun chambered in 155mm sometimes I feel a bit light on

  12. sakkie viljoen on December 5, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    best guns is from USA end of story

  13. Idle Onlooker on December 5, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    British guns are "over priced" because they are hand-made, NOT mass produced and churned out like sausages. The precision and attention to detail of a H&H, Purdey or Rigby (UK) etc, produce exquisite and beautiful functional firearms that are simply without equal. Period.

  14. My Dixie Wrecked on December 5, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve always wanted a gun like that. But they are so expensive. The best I could afford was a Japanese Ithaca SKB O/U 20GA

  15. Ron LaFitte on December 5, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Mike, in my opinion, there are no firearms that even approach the beauty of a side by side double. They are wonderful and I wish I owned a hundred of them. I think the sidelock models with straight stocks are more beautiful but I love all models. The ones I own are very nice quality but are nowhere near the worth of the British gems. I learned to shoot with a side by side as a young boy and I will always love and respect them. There is just something about a cold November morning when you uncase that double in preparedness for a quail hunt………..

  16. linestormings outdoors on December 5, 2021 at 8:25 pm


  17. Percy Olivas on December 5, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    really handmade beautiful shotguns

  18. bob garr on December 5, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    I do agree that British gun makers are at the pinnacle of the gun makers art. However, one must be honest about it. This only pertains to pivot barrel firearms – side by side and double barrel shotguns and double rifles, period. The wonderful Rigby rifles are really just German manufactured 98 Mausers that the British gun makers restocked, finished, chambered, tuned and embellished. But they did not make or design them. There are very, very few firearms of note in the pump action, lever action, semi auto shotgun or rifle category, or rimfire of any action type. There have been some like the Martini, and the Artic Warfare bolt sniper rifle and such, but they are few and far between. So let’s give credit to the British for their excellence in pivot barrel gun making. But be honest that it pretty much stops there. It has been a long time since we have seen the likes of W.W Greener and Joseph Manton

  19. Jay Dee on December 5, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    They said the British rifles and guns have a distinctive personality, I tend to totally agree with that.

  20. Greggory Elliott on December 5, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Great video. Thanks for sharing. From another lover of vintage SXS and OU shotguns.

  21. Paul Davidson on December 5, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    The figure on that stock is superb, well worth the price.

  22. Englishman French on December 5, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    What an oasis of calm and good sense your channel is in this day of plastic and stainless steel things. A funny quote from a well known London gunmaker, when asked how long his guns would last , he replied" We do not know, we have only been making them since 1893".One other aspect of the sidelock system is the that back action lock affords a lot of extra strength to the wrist of the stock, this is often an overlooked advantage. Many thanks for posting! Chris B.

  23. mo nooo on December 5, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    This guns are dream , beautiful video sir 👍👍👍

  24. Peter Feltham on December 5, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Very educational,and well presented by this gentleman.

  25. wholeNwon on December 5, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    As an aficionado of double guns for more decades than I care to remember, I enjoyed your discussion. Though many British guns are truly impressive for a variety of reasons, few realize that they are usually based of French designs and patents. One of the great tragedies is that huge numbers of great guns were destroyed by the Germans when they conquered France in the last world war. The French were by far the greatest innovators in double gun design from before the time of Henri IV. British guns often require more attention from gunsmiths as the years pass than do guns from other countries. If I were to give a first place award to a modern maker it would be to Fabbri for design, precision of construction and metallurgy. Among the British, probably Thomas Boss. Here, again, the company became most famous for their trunion design for barrel pivoting in superposed guns. This was also a French design from 20+ years earlier. Beretta uses it, of course, and produces guns that are far more trouble-free than most all others of the type, though I’m not partial to monobloc barrels. They also maintain their own metallurgy lab. I don’t even know where Purdey obtains their barrel blanks, perhaps you do.

  26. JoachimderZweite on December 5, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    My Grandfather did not go out and by guns he just sent a letter to his gunmaker in London who had his measurements telling him what he wanted and a year of so later the guns would arrive. He also sent guns to be repaired to the same gunmaker. My Grandfather died before The War but even back then his collection was worth a fortune and he traded them for four blocks of flats and a mansion on Sir Zafar Ali Road in Lahore.. He also had a Mauser Pistol given to him by my Great Grandmother who used to hunt lions with it from horseback with Rhodesian Ridgebacks in British East Africa. The government confiscated it after the War. I suppose this means nothing to your viewers and is just a lot of BS. That world is gone but the guns are still around.

  27. Mark Williams on December 5, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Great content as per usual..just the case alone tells you a lot ..

  28. sandbuiltdreams on December 5, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    I looked at getting a Purdey double rifle… started at $218k-US 2 years ago

  29. Ji Sung on December 5, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    I still think the Model 21 Winchester is up there with the best. Yes the WR, H&H, and the Purdy, are exquisite guns, but the Model 21 has a special place in my heart.

  30. JFB 101 on December 5, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    The greatest guns but one of the worse syrups I’ve ever seen.

  31. MidwestPatriot on December 5, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    I do think that British guns are quite substantially overpriced. I really like the new Rigby Highland Stalker rifle, but it doesn’t seem that much better of a rifle than a new Winchester 70 Super Grade.

  32. mrvertigo23 on December 5, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Great comments and insights – really enjoyed that. (Subscribed)

  33. Kentucky Justice on December 5, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    I personally have no interest in purchasing such a firearm. But in our world of "black guns" and "tacticool" platforms, I can’t help but to appreciate these classic firearms for the fine works of art that they are. The individual craftsmanship and attention to detail that is evident in these firearms is an art, in and of itself. Our current assembly line "slap it together" gun manufacturers in the U.S. (and abroad), can learn something from these artisans. It would make quite a difference in quality control, or the lack thereof.

  34. matthew kirkpatrick on December 5, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Clearly this man has never seen a Hi-Point.

  35. Don Jarvis on December 5, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Wow! Its another world. Very good. Thanks

  36. andy s on December 5, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    You have a rather odd view of british gunmaking. The 19th century was the time of the industrial revolution and the Empire was still strong . Gun making in the UK at this time was probably more innovative , and prolific than anywhere else. Most of the major developments that are still in use today were developed and perfected in Britain during that time.  Beesley invented a self opening sidelock – the sidelock itself evolved from the old hammer guns, with various makers coming up with differing mechanisms. T. Bland mainly built lower grade guns, not ‘best’ guns – a top grade sidelock would have had intercepting safety sears.With regard to the butt of the stock, a ‘best’ grade gun would be built to fit the owner, and may or may not have a horn , or metal , plate, or plates. A leather ‘boot’ is generally used to extend a stock that is too short, or provide a recoil pad if too heavy a load is being used, or the gun does not fit properly. In my 45+ years involvement in british shotgun shooting I cannot recall seeing a leather  boot used on an English gun in the field.

  37. Adrian Larkins on December 5, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you so much for saying British instead of English. So many Americans say English or England when it should be British or Britain.

  38. Kathiresh Gun on December 5, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Show the gun properly bro

  39. Mark Mueller on December 5, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Just curious, what does USOG stand for?
    Are you based in Canada?

  40. David Fenwick on December 5, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    I have a w.w.greener 16 gauge sxs made in 1893. It a masterpiece of a gun and in pristine origional condition and also have a westley richards boxlock sxs which i mainly use and it is such a pleasure to use and i shoot well with the westley which was made in 1928.

  41. Joseph Izzo Izzo on December 5, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Great videos. Very knowledgeable. Ever get a chance to cover the British BPE Cape Guns would surely like to see that…

  42. PinkOld on December 5, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Those shotguns take the term "investment" to a whole new level.

  43. Gee purrs on December 5, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    It’s like the handkerchief, some are for showin’ and some are for blowin’

  44. Zoes Dada on December 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    The only time something is overpriced is when there is no one who will pay the sticker price.

  45. Jean Morin on December 5, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    You would not draw much pleasure of having this kind of gun if you did not belong to the society that uses them. A ‘locker queen’ is a conversation piece that never talks… Thank you for the interesting and very informative presentation. Always a pleasure.

  46. Wiley Fox on December 5, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    I just inherited a T Murcott shotgun I can’t find much information about it . Any help?

  47. Aaron Buckmaster on December 5, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    I’ve always liked a well formed steel but plate. I have always wanted to go to Great Britain and see the locations mentioned but also to see Buckmaster Castle and learn about my family heritage. Lord Buckmaster of WWII and everything I can.

  48. Mike O'Keefe on December 5, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Your video was uniquely boring….on a fantastic gun…..

  49. Hantus Mostert on December 5, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Going to built a cinema with 🍿 machine and put your videos and also therealgunsmith’s videos on repeat.

  50. Greg Walker on December 5, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    wow, rarified air here. beauty, art, evolution before the age of computer control and mass production. almost priceless now. mere millionaires probably cannot justify this acquisition because parting with one prior to shedding the mortal coil would be unthinkable. an heir that appreciates (really appreciates) is fundamentally required. gifting these pieces is the ultimate way to respect these remarkable works…