William Powell Country

A pair of Shotguns and a day’s Grouse Shooting to be won!


Article written by 27 October 2014
GWCT Gun Draw

William Powell have joined up with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) to give you the opportunity to win this fantastic prize.

Win a beautiful pair of guns and a day’s driven Grouse shooting worth over £14,250 courtesy of William Powell and help the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) raise money to promote the importance of boosting biodiversity through shooting.

William Powell have been making shotguns since 1802 and many consider their guns to be the equal of those made by the famous London Gunmakers. Increased production costs in the 20th Century mean that it is almost impossible now to make a high quality shotgun in the UK, which most “normal” shooting people can afford.

This resulted over 25 years ago in William Powell forming an arrangement with Arrieta, the largest of the high-quality Spanish Gunmakers, to make guns for us.  These guns are not standard Arrietas which are then “badged” William Powell, but guns which specifications we have designed ourselves and working with Arrieta we have produced a range of side-by-side shotguns which ideally suit our game shooting market.

Arrieta make approximately 250 shotguns a year, all made by hand.  Their workshop is like going back in time, with approximately 15 highly skilled Gunmakers working at benches in the time-honoured way.  Modern machinery is hardly to be found in their factory!  Arrieta only make sidelocks and in the William Powell Continental range, the entry level sidelock is the Marquis which currently sells for £3,750.00.  There are five other models, including the very popular Monarch (currently retailing at £4,995), through to a lovely copy of a round-body Boss shotgun, the Eclipse, up to the top of the range “best” gun which is the Zenith at £11,950.  We are currently in the process of producing an even higher grade “Zenith Supreme”, which is an exact copy on an early Twentieth Century William Powell best gun and we have also designed and made the Linhope after Lord James Percy’s Northumberland Estate, which is a side by side for shooting really high birds.

Whilst the Marquis is a stock gun, the rest of the range can be made entirely to the customer’s specification and we strongly recommend that every gun we make and sell is fitted to the end user.  The idea of having standard stock measurements is not compatible with most of us shooting very accurately!

All of the guns are lovingly built in this gem of a workshop in the small town of Elgóibar in the Basque region.  Almost all of Spain’s small Gunmaking industry is situated within the same town, where the tradition of making high quality guns goes back centuries.  William Powell now buy approximately 20% of Arietta’s annual production and at any one time has in stock in their factory, over 50 stock blanks for our customers to choose from.

Any person looking to buy a new high quality handmade shotgun, built exactly to their measurements so that the gun properly fits (and as a result you will shoot much better), can visit our Banbury showroom (just off the M40 at junction 11), where you can try one or more models out at a local Shooting Ground and if required have a gunfit with our resident Gunfitter.  If you cannot visit us then have a look at the 360° photography on our website or ring for a colour brochure.

These guns are a fraction of the price of a new English gun (or indeed a decent second-hand one), and yet are built to a standard seldom seen today.  We also have a range of four Continental over and under shotguns for those looking for something different!

Over the last 15 years GWCT research has shown how much valuable management goes on in the British countryside, much of it not at the taxpayers’ expense. Habitat is retained, managed and created for wildlife because of game management which seeks to control common predators and provide supplementary food in the long hungry winter months. Funds from this draw will help tell a more balanced story about game management. The GWCT are seeing new reports from powerful and well-funded organisations that appear opposed to gamebird releasing.

Enter the GWCT Gun Draw and help the GWCT provide the evidence that will counter incorrect allegations against shooting by measuring and publishing the myriad of conservation ‘wins’ shoots can and do achieve.

The prize includes:

• A pair of guns
• Your own measuring and fitting session
• A day’s driven grouse shooting
• 500 cartridges
• A double leather and canvas case

Limited availability

The draw is limited to only 2,500 tickets, putting the odds of winning at 2,500 to one. Tickets are sold in aid of the Campaign4game and are priced at £50 each, issued on a first come first served basis.

The draw will take place on Thursday 17 December 2015.

You can buy your tickets online at: http://www.gwct.org.uk/donate/gun-draw/ or by completing  the entry form in the Autumn/Winter 2014 Gamewise Magazine and sending to the address below.

All entries must have been received by 5pm on Monday 14th December 2015 at GWCT, Burgate Manor, Fordingbridge SP6 1EF.

All ticket purchasers will receive a special prize draw acknowledgement letter with a unique ticket number. No ticket may be sold or bought by any person under 16 years of age. Prize draw produced by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. Promoter: T. Dent. 100% of the profit made will go towards our research. Gift Aid cannot be claimed on the sale of raffle tickets. Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, formerly The Game Conservancy Trust, is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under number 05579632, registered charity no. 1112023. Registered office:  Burgate Manor, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1EF. Registered with the Gambling Commission – www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk. Draw takes place on Thursday 17th December 2015.



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