Imagine my barely concealed delight at being invited by Robert Jarman, the Editor of The Vintage Magazine to write up an article about this leading gun company, when the automotive industry is really my subject. Why then the excitement? While I have spent a lifetime thus far eking out a living doing what I enjoy, shooting is my pastime and my passion.

Aerial view of West Wycombe House

Therefore, to be invited to E.J. Churchill’s base on the West Wycombe Estate in Buckinghamshire was something special.  I have shot for about fifty years, and during that time taken a variety of instruction with, dare I say, somewhat mixed success!

Arriving at Churchill’s Shooting lodge, Robert and I were immediately impressed by the warm welcome we received, coupled with a very decent cup of coffee and bacon rolls.  Something that has always impressed me, having eluded me personally, is a stranger’s ability to remember one’s name without effort.  Achieved on this occasion by both Amy Martin and Jane Fenwick who share the marketing roles of the various elements that make up the E.J. Churchill Group.

It was in the year of 1891 when Edwin John Churchill set up his workshops to create some of the finest London guns.  A success that became a tradition.  It is as easy today to invest in one or more of these superlative pieces that is by no exaggeration a work of art.  All the more attractive perhaps, any of their guns are efficient and practical as well as aesthetically pleasing.  Their value cannot be gauged in monetary terms alone.  A Churchill gun is something that one aspires to own as the current custodian for future generations.

In order to cater for the wide range of customers’ requirements and their budgets, Churchill has expanded their range to include a range of Italian built guns that retain Churchill design, quality and attention to detail. These complement the full range of best English guns that are hand built. Guns can be custom built to the buyers specifications. In this way there is the opportunity to own a truly bespoke piece that is one of a kind in the world.

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Friday, May 24th, 2013