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Peter Powell

Peter Powell

I am the fifth generation of the William Powell Gunmaking Company which was founded by my great, great Grandfather in 1802. I started with the firm in 1968. I have been on the board of The Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House since 1974, being its vice chairman and chairman for twenty years. I am currently the Deputy Chairman.

  1. New Guns for Old

    Shooting

    My fore fathers built the very finest shotguns and double rifles and their proud boast going back as far as the 1830’s was that “Our guns will last you a life time”. This they did and still are lasting two Read the Rest…

  2. Gun Servicing – Why and How Often

    Shooting

    I am frequently asked how often you should get your gun cleaned and serviced? It is not as simple as a car service which is either after 10,000 miles or when the red service indicator lights illuminates in the dashboard. Read the Rest…

  3. Lock, Stock and Barrel Series
    Article 6 Sidelock vs Boxlock

    Shooting

    SIDELOCK vs BOXLOCK There is much discussion about the merits, or otherwise, of the Sidelock over the Boxlock. Is it all about snobbery? Sidelocks are far more expensive and tended to originate, in the main, from London’s West End Gunmakers. Read the Rest…

  4. Post War Birmingham Gun Trade

    Shooting

    It was B.SA. who nearly succeeded in mass producing double barrel shotguns with interchangeable parts and this was started in 1920! They designed a method of barrel making which was a cross between Chopper Lump and Dovetail lump which did Read the Rest…

  5. Lock, Stock and Barrel Series
    Article 5

    Shooting

    Shotgun Barrel Failures Caused by Accidentally Mixing 12 bore and 20 bore Cartridges This report is a precis of work undertaken at Cranfield University, Royal Military College of Science as part of the requirement for the award of a Masters Read the Rest…

  6. Lock, Stock and Barrel Series
    Article 4

    Shooting

    There have been many articles and indeed books written on the subject of barrel boring and what choking you need for certain types of quarry. Hot air much of it, but it helps to sell shooting magazines! My forefather’s opinion Read the Rest…

  7. Lock, Stock and Barrel Series
    Article 3

    Shooting

    The Effect of Barrel Obstructions on Shotgun Barrel Failures This report is a precis of work undertaken at Cranfield University, Royal Military College of Science as part of the requirement for the award of a Masters Degree in Forensic Engineering Read the Rest…

  8. Lock, Stock and Barrel Series
    Article 2

    Shooting

    Notes on the Purchase of Second-Hand Shotguns The purchase of a second- hand shotgun involves somewhat similar risks to those incurred in buying a second- hand motor car, or an expensive second-hand watch. Each to a degree is the product Read the Rest…

  9. Lock, Stock and Barrel Series

    Shooting

    Proof Positive What is Proof? Is it necessary? How long has Proof testing been carried out?  How is my gun proof tested and by whom? All questions many of us ask and in truth few know the answer to. Let Read the Rest…