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Latest News from Longthorne Guns

Covid 19 Measures for visitors
In order to reassure visitors to the factory we would like to inform you of the measures in place to protect you and our staff.

  • General visitors are currently restricted to 'Urgent' only.
  • All visitors will be offered a face mask and gloves.
  • Hand sterilsing gel is available on entry/exit to the factory
  • Social distancing measures are practised
  • Sterilsing wipes are available
  • Staff have their own sections which are well distanced
  • If you have any concerns about ou procedures please don't feel uncomfortable to mention this to us

Longthorne update
We hope you are all healthy and managing to keep fit and well during these difficult times.  It makes us very sad indeed to think that many of you will have lost loved ones or may have been sick yourselves, if this is the case, we hope you make a full recovery very soon and our thoughts and condolences are with you.  

To bring you up to date with developments, at Longthorne.   It has been business as usual during the lockdown period, taking all the necessary distancing and hygiene precautions of course. Most of our team have been working during this peri ...

These are difficult times for us all and we hope you all stay safe and well.

In an effort to assist key manufacturers and processes, we would like to offer our exensive  engineering facilities  to make spare machine parts, medical equipment, or anything else required to keep our country functioning.  If we can help in any way please contact us.

Corona Virus Policy
We have decided, in view of the Corona Virus risk, to greet you with a smile rather than a hand shake or a cheek kiss.  We also have antibacterial gel available for staff and visitors should this be required.  As part of our policy to limit risk we are also issuing a small questionnaire to prospective visitors,  we hope you understand, our aim is to keep visitors and staff as safe as we can.

10 Mar 2020
Longthorne 'Sporter Deluxe' boxlock
We are delighted to announce the 'birth' of our first boxlock, this model is our mid-range model, we are also currently making a model with less engraving and a side plated version which will have more embellishment.   These incorporate our patented barrel technology and are proofed for steel shot.   Please contact us if you would like a current price list.

New Longthorne caps
Our new hats have arrived, available in burgundy or grey and are now available from the web site shop

Our Meols Hall day was marred this year with the passing of our dear friend and customer Phil Watson (fondly known as Number A043) a couple of days earlier.  Phil had been joining us each year with his Wife Carole and dog 'Bracken' despite having had pancreatic cancer for the past three years.

Phil had taken delivery of his Longthorne, a Hesketh with his doggie 'Bracken' engraved on the underside in March 2014 after having waited patiently from June 2013 when came to visit us at our original disevelled workshop in Lancashire, despite this Phil ordered his gun, he was an ...

Longthorne review by Jonny Carter
If you would like to see our latest review by Jonny Carter, Jonny speaks to Longthorne Sales Manager, Alex Black, click on the link below:

Gun Review by Jonny Carter

17 Jan 2020
Longthorne boxlock
Our new boxlock is well on its way to reality and will be with selected dealers, very soon to be announced!!

This brand new sporting boxlock shotgun is to be available in 12 gauge initially, with the option of 30” or 32” barrels, with either a sporting or raised tapered rib and multi choked as standard. Fitted with a single non-selective adjustable trigger, with the option to specify to fire top or bottom barrel first. One-piece DC dynamically optimised barrels using the globally patented barrel technology exclusive to Longthorne Gunmakers to reduce recoil.  ...

Our Christmas shutdown starts on Friday 20th December  until 2nd January 2020.  May we wish you all a very happy, healthy and safe Christmas and thank you for your custom.

This year we have decided to make a donation to our charity VSF  ( in luie of sending Christmas cards, so please don't think we have forgotten you....... how could we?!  This is particularly poignant this year as the much loved Son of one of our Customer's recently tragically died from the very condition VSF aim to prevent (Sudden Cardiac Arrest) in young people 1 ...

The brand new Longthorne Rifle is now complete and ready for engraving and stock fitting. This rifle is a 30-06 and will be available in .243, 30-06, .308 bolt action and .375 H&H double rifle.  This is one of the many new exciting projects we have been working on.

We are delighted to welcome Pacific Sporting Arms as 'Longthorne' dealers.  Well respected throughout the USA, Pacific Sporting Arms have locations in California and Michigan, they recently took delivery of their first Longthorne 'demonstration model' and have sold it already!! and we are thrilled to have them on board.

Longthorne's TV debut on 'Made In Britain' ITV 4 Wednesday 23rd at 8pm
Thank you to you all for watching us on 'Made in Britain' last Wednesday 23rd October on ITV4, the support we have had has been amazing!! If you haven't seen it and would like to you can see it on: There are some other fantastic British brands appearing on the program and we appear at the end of the show. We hope you enjoy it... we did!! We hope to have a copy of the program on our web site in due course ...

11 Oct 2019
'Make it British' podcast with Elaine Stewart
Marketing Director, Elaine Stewart was interviewed by Kate Hill of 'Make it British' recently,when we had the opportunity to show her how we do things at Longthorne, if you would like to hear it please click the link, we hope you like it ...

After having held our prices firm for quite some time now we now have to advise that due to increased manufacturing costs they will be increasing on 01.01.2020.

We are delighted to advise that we have appointed several shops/shooting grounds as 'Dealers' within the UK and will publish these in the coming weeks.

11 Oct 2019
Longthorne SXS
We concede, our Side x side has taken longer than we would have liked to create, as a British SME  striving to manufacture everything in house so that we can keep our products 'British' as well as breaking the mould when it comes to technology and innovation,  it's a fine balance juggling production time with development and we like to get things perfect so we  are sorry this has taken quite a while, but we are pleased to say that our side x side is almost complete.  This model incorporates our patented barrel technology which means we will proof for mag ...

11 Oct 2019
Over the past few months we have taken on several new members of staff, qualified engineers Arren and Ian, trainee Simon and time served gunsmith Stakke from Belgium have slotted in perfectly, we are currently looking for more engineering trainees so if you know of anyone we would love to receive their CV.

Katari Hunting and Falconry Exhibition
In September, we again joined a contingent of other British Brands when we exhibited and this show for the second year running.

BASC Simulated day at Shuckbrough
Marketing Director, Elaine Stewart and Sales Manager Alex Black really enjoyed this event last Friday (28th June 2019)organised by Louise Farmer from BASC on at the fabulous Shuckbrough Hall, the stunning home of Sir James Shuckbrough and his family, great weather, great company and generally a very well organised day.  Thank you to everyone involved.

27 Jun 2019
It gave us great pleasure today when we handed over our very first 28 bore to a very happy client.  This first is a Celtic design, with 30" barrels  and 3/4, 3/4 fixed chokes and weighs just 6lb!!   This guage has been a long time coming, new models always take time to perfect but we are proud of the end result,  Another landmark in the history of Longthorne, we hope you like it!!

Guns-on-Pegs Visit
We all enjoyed a very pleasant day last Friday (14th June) when a group of Guns-on-Pegs Premier members visited the Longthorne factory, we always take great pride in showing how we make every part of our guns in house at the factory, combining traditional methods with state of the art technology, it is always such a pleasure to entertain such interested ladies and gentlemen.

The day started at around 09.30 with tea/coffee followed by a workshop tour, and then lunch, concluding with a trip to Courteenhall Shooting Ground to try a selection of 'Longthorne' guns.

'The Yorkshire Gent' interview with Longthorne MD James 'Longthorne' Stewart
Thanks go to 'The Yorkshire Gent' for a terrific interview with our MD at this year's  Northern Shooting Show.  James discusses our beginnings, staff, Longthorne's phylosophy and much more.  The interview is about 1 hour long and commences about half way through after a very interesting discussion on whisky.

More space, more machines!!
We recently installed two manual lathes and a manual mill to compliment our range of high tech CNC equipment, we believe in building the basics as far as training is concerned, and decided that we needed to further enhance the manual skills being learnt at college by our apprentices, practice makes perfect!!

Additionally we  embraced the delivery of two 20' storage containers this week, painted to match the factory, we cant believe we have been here nearly four years and running out of space already!!

Recently launched at The Northern Shooting Show in Harrogate, England..... an 'off the shelf' model, aimed at the sporting market, this sleek and sophisticated 'Black Edition' model comes with standard stock dimensions, 30 or 32" barrels. Fixed choke as standard choked 1/2-1/2 (30") 3/4-3/4 (32") - multi choke available as an option.  Patented 'Longthorne' barrels and left or right hand opening.

This model features a matt black action without the customary 'Longthorne' bolster, matt black forend metalwork and top lever and slightly matted barrels. Stock and forend wood ...

23 Apr 2019
Vital Signs Foundation
We are delighted to announce Vital Signs Foundation as our official charity for the next two years. Any charitable donations we recieve will be going to them.

VSF is a smaller charity, as such they dont have huge overheads like some larger charities so all the money raised goes exactly where it the charity.

We are proud to be supporting them.

17 Apr 2019
Skeletonised butt plate
We like to make different things at Longthorne, here's a butt plate with a difference, the butt plate is polished buffalo horn surrounded by an engraved steel butt plate.

05 Apr 2019
Visit by Silverstone UTC
We have pleasure in hosting a visit by Silverstone UTC today.  The team from Silverstone UTC received the winning bid from a recent on-line charity auction supporting 'Nikki's Helping Hands', the bid being a Longthorne workshop tour with buffet lunch.

Nikki's Helping Hands is a charity consisting of a group of Mums helping to support a dear friend, Nikki,  fighting lung cancer. 

Nikki's Helping Hands

Pinless side lock
Here is a lovely example of a pinless sidelock we recently made for a Client in Canada, we thought it would be a shame to interrupt the vignette with pins, we love it, hope you do too!!

05 Apr 2019
Thank you to Stoneycairn Sporting for featuring 'Longthorne' in their new 'shoot book'. Longthorne Sales Manager, Alex Black is featured on the front cover with a Celtic model, the Celtic is also featured inside the book.

Stoneycairn meticulously source the very best shoots which offers their clients the most rewarding and exclusive sporting experiences to meet their individual requirements, their book is distributed to those attending a Stoneycairn Shoot.

Stoneycairn gun dogs

If you have Labradors, Springer Spaniels or Cocker Spaniels, Stoneycairn has something for you.  ...

03 Apr 2019
Brand new round action
Introducing the brand new Longthorne Deluxe Round Action. This new Round Action shotgun is a true sidelock mechanism and is the latest model to enter the ever growing Longthorne stable of finest English made shotguns and rifles. This particular model is a 16 gauge and features the round body, seamless engraving and bespoke detailing available only on this new model.

09 Feb 2019
So, for all of you asking, we are NOT attending the British Shooting Show next week, instead we are having OPEN DAYS at the factory.  We will be opening our doors to you all on Friday 15th (8am until 5pm) and Saturday 16th (8am until 12 noon).  You can visit and see how we manufacture what we consider to be the world's best shotguns with the world's most accurate barrels.  

We can:

introduce you to the team (Friday only 8am - 14.30)
Show you a range of guns
Answer any questions
Tell you all about our patented barrels our technology and any exciting products ...

07 Dec 2018
Our Christmas night out
A very pleasant evening was had by all on our seasonal night out, as last year, at The Hopping Hare in Northampton.  Excellent food and good company, what more can you ask for?  Happy Christmas Team!!

Pictures to follow

The Field’s 165th Anniversary Party
Directors James and Elaine Stewart were delighted to attend this momentous occasion on 4th December hosted by Editor Jonathan Young, who has himself been at the helm for several decades despite his youthful appearance!!, Congratulations to 'The Field' for having stood the test of time, well deserved of course.

If you are a Longthorne owner and would like to subscribe to The Field, register on our 'Owners Area' for a priority rate.

Picture shows: Left -The London Proof Master, Right - Ms Diana Berry (Master of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers), 2nd from Right -James Stewart ...

19 Nov 2018
Business as usual
It is always disappointing and sad to hear of yet another British gunmaker going into liquidation as one did last week, however, we wish to reassure you that at Longthorne it is business as usual and if there is anything we can do to help you with your requirments we would be very happy to do so.

#bestofbriish #britishmade #bestguns

RIP Mr Story
We were saddened today to hear of the passing of one of our Clients, Mr Story, Our sincere condolencies go to his family. 

2019 Longthorne Day at Meols Hall
This is an excellent opportunity to come and meet some Longthorne owners if you are considering a Longthorne purchase or for just a frendly day out.  If you would like to try a Longthorne please advise when booking and we will check  availability of guns.

To be held on 25th January 2019 Meols Hall, Lancashire.  200 bird (clean up) day for £500 each (10 guns) includes lunch and elevensis.  Positions fill very quickly so we operate on a first come first served basis, places are secured on recept of deposit (£250.00).&nbs ...

03 Sep 2018
Katara International Hunting & Falconry Exhibition
We were delighted to have attended  this event as part of an inaugural 'British' Contingent, organised by The Game Fair in partnership with the Katara exhibition organisers.  The event was  in Doha, Qatar and this was their second year.  Longthorne was one a small select group of companies representing luxury British  products.  We were warmly welcomed by our hosts and are looking forward to visiting again next year

20 Aug 2018
Visit by The Institute of Clay shooting Instructors
It's always a pleasure to host this lovely group of distinguished gentlemen and one lady, and what a contrast it was for them as the last time they visited, around 5 years ago, we were in our former workshops in Lancashire, where we served a bbq breakfast, this time it was afternoon tea in much more civilised surroundings after their factory tour.  Our MD James Longthorne Stewart is proud to have since joined the ranks of this esteemed organisation and what an interesting  and interested group of people they are, we hope they enjoyed the afternoon a ...

Well done 'Team GB'
Sponsored shooter, Jack Halsall, along with the rest of the serior England team won the Home Internationsls last month, great result guys!!

15 Aug 2018
Congratulations Brett
Well done to Brett Winstanley who won the competition to shoot the highest number of clays in one minute at this year's Game Fair, although Brett didn't achieve the world record he was only 5 short of it!!    Longthorne MD James Longthorne Stewart did a great job of loading for him on the day.

New forend clip
This month saw the completion of our new style forend clip, this will be available as an option on all of the range.

05 Jul 2018
We welcome our latest Apprentice
Welcome Sean,our latest apprentice, who started with us this week.  Sean will be studying towards a HND in Mechanical Engineering.

01 Jul 2018
Congratulations Richard Bunning
Huge congratulations to Richard Bunning who became overall winner of The CPSA World English Shooting Championships on Sunday after a very close sudden death shoot off .

As headline sponsor of the event Longthorne will offer sponsorship or a cash prize to Richard.

14 Jun 2018
The ‘CPSA World Sporting Championship is recognised as being the most prestigious event in the clay shooting calendar, enhanced by the magnificent setting of EJ Churchill  Shooting Ground,  Longthorne are delighted to be the main sponsor of this event .  We are looking forward to showcasing some of our latest models .This seven day ‘festival of shooting’ will once again be held at E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground from June 25 - July 1. It will include the CPSA World English Sporting, World Spor ...

01 Jun 2018
Powis Castle Longthorne Day Last February (2017)
For those of you who havent seen this, we spent a lovely day with great company at powis Castle in February last year, we hope to organise some more days like this this year, if you would like to be kept informed please subscribe to our news letter, on the web site and we'll keep you up to date with what's going on.

Directors and staff would like to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their second son!!

19 Apr 2018
Worshipful Company of Gunmakers
We are delighted to say that our Directors James and Elaine Stewart  became liverymen of The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers this week.

British shooting Show raffle
Congratulations go to Mr. Holloway of York (England) for winning our British Shooting Show  raffle, Mr. Holloway wins a  Longthorne goodie bag including polo shirt, 2 english bone china mugs, english silk tie, shotgun wallet, cap and bottle of stock oil.

09 Apr 2018
Congratulations Jack
Many congratulations to one of our sponsored shooters Jack Halsall who, after coming joint first overall on the first day (shooting with his 'Longthorne'....of course!!) ended up coming  5th overall, 5th in AA class, and 4th in seniors at the end of the competition in the first round of the England Team selection shoot held at Bywell at the weekend.

Congratulations to the winners and very well done  to everyone who entered the competition we wish you all a fantastic season.

We now have a fabulous range of tweed caps, Clients can either purchase from stock at the factory or can choose the style, tweed and size and have one made just for them (takes around two weeks), available in a number of different styles and tweeds.  These are all manufactured for us  in England from English tweed of the finest quality.

These are now available from our online shop

New model 'Nouveau'
We have been busy busy over the past few months and have recently unveiled our new 'Nouveau' model, this is at the top end of our standard range, consisting of a very intricate scroll design inspired by the 'art nouveau' movement with birds (swifts) and flowers (including orchids) entwined within the scroll, it comes with a pierced top lever, gold plated tirgger and top grade wood, designed by Longthorne's designer Chloe Stewart.  For more information of the specification please see product pages.

Another Demonstration Day in Belgium
We will be visitng Wim and Daisy Sonck at Worldclass Guns & Ammunition again on 2nd/3rd June 2017 for the opening of their new showroom on 2nd and a demonstration day on 3rd, details will be published when available.  if you are interested in attending please contact 'Worldclass' see Dealers page.

Picture shows Wim & Daisy Sonck owners of Worldclass Guns & Ammunition, with Longthorne MD James Longthorne Stewart and Sales Manager Alex Black relaxing after a busy day at IWA 2018

After having spent many months of design we are now making a 'Woodwood' inspired action based on the original but improved to encompass modern engineering standards and  made with modern materials, enhancing the longevity and reliabilty and supplied with Longthorne patented barrels.  These will be available in the white to the trade or as a complete gun for  private clients engraved to your choice, these guns will be particularly special as Clients will have the opportunity to be involved in specifying  the shape of the final action body, retai ...

We were delighted with our new shotgun display stands, banners and brochures used for the first time at IWA last week.

We recommend your Longthorne gun is serviced annually to keep in tip top condition, we charge £250.00 including vat plus freight costs.

Included in your service:
Disassembly of action and lockplates
Inspect for signs of wear and tear and replacement if considered necessary
Thorough cleaning and greasing of internal mechanism
Re-assembly and test

Watch top shooting/game photographer Jonathan McGee shooting with a Longthorne 16 bore this season at The Pennyholme Estate in the North Yorkshire Moors (England)  and also with a Longthorne 20b at Newton Rigg College.

10 Jan 2018
Price Increase
We have held our prices for  over two years  but Alas, we have to advise that from 1st February 2018 our prices will be increased. 

We will of course honour our current prices for any deposits received prior to 1st February  2018.

17 Nov 2017
Staff Enrichment
At Longthorne we work hard and play hard, and this month we decided to take the Guys shooting, although we all contribute towards making our  guns, a couple of the guys hadn't shot before and were keen to have a go.  So after a brunch of pheasant burgers, carefully prepared by our MD James Longthorne Stewart we all trooped off to Courtenhall Shooting Ground (thank you Mick for opening up for us) and had some fun and shooting  instruction for the afternoon.

In addition, new Sales Manager, Alex(his family owned and ran butchers shops), together with MD Jame ...

26 Nov 2017
MD James Longthorne Stewart shows how he prepares pheasant and duck with feathers
Besides being our MD, James Longthorne Stewart loves cooking, and what is better to cook than freshly prepared free range game, particularly at this time of year when there is an abundance of it, James shows you how he does this with pheasant and game.

Pheasant prepared by James Longthorne Stewart

New Recruits
Alex Black has recently joined us from Eley Hawk, and has slotted in perfectly.  Alex hails from Yorkshire,  is a family man, keen shooter, BASC qualified Instructor and very 'snazzy' dresser, and it hardly feels like he's worked elsewhere!!  He looks forward to meeting you and helping with your enquiries.

Alfie started with us  as an Apprentice in August.  Alfie was referred to us by Northampton College and joined us last week after having a placement week.  He will be attending college from September on a day release basis ...

22 Oct 2017
Northamptonshire Day - BBC Radio Northampton interview
We had a great time on sunday, weather held out and it was a pleasure meeting many of the locals at Holdenby House, Northamptonshire, England at BBC Northamptonshire Day.  If you'd like to hear our interview with John Griff tune into (1.41.00)

05 Oct 2017
We were absolutely thrilled to  have been awarded 'Highly Commended' in two categories (Innovation and Employer)at The Rural Business Awards' this month.  Thank you to all who considered us worthy of these honours.

26 Oct 2017
Welcome, Lucy !!
We are absolutely delighted to welcome our new sponsee,  Lucy Marsden.  Lucy has been shooting since I was 8 years old and lives and breathes shooting whether it be game or competition shooting. She  was one of the original BASC Youngshot Ambassadors and is also a very keen clay shooter and was a regular at Blackpool Sporting clays where she was spotted and encouraged to try Olympic Trap shooting.  Lucy was taken to Nuthampstead shooting ground near Cambridge where she tried the discipline and was subsequentl ...

23 Sep 2017
Help for Heroes Visit 2017
It was our pleasure for the fourth year running to welcome some of the servicemen from the Shooting for Heroes program to Longthorne last month.  As is the tradition, the morning started with a 'Longthorne breakfast' followed by a workshop tour and then off to shoot some clays and have some fun!!  Many thanks to Bruce Sheppard of the recently opened, and very impressive, Courteenhall Shooting Ground(Junction 15m M1, for accommodating us and making us so welcome.

Belgian Test Day
This day was another great success, , all Guests shot with Longthorne guns and we had some excellent feedback.  Thank you to all who attended and  especailly Wim and Daisy Sonck from Worldclass Guns & Ammunition for organising the event.

The video shows 3 guests all shooting with Longthorne Guns

01 Aug 2017
New Equipment Arrival
This past  month has been a bit manic at Longthorne,  we have a lot of guns to get out befor the end of September for this year's UK game season, but right on queue our latest machine arrives!! We have had to compensate for several production issues in recent years due to machinery failings, however without wanting to tempt providence, this one was installed and commissioned in record time and so far so good, although early days so far this one hasn't missed a beat and customer service has been refreshingly  excellent , we hope it continue ...

16 Jul 2017
We are delighted to have reached the finals of two categories in The Rural business Awards, Rural Innovation of the Year and the Rural Employer of the Year categories of the Rural Business Awards 2017!
 As a manufacturer of innovative and bespoke English sporting shotguns, a product which typifies  rural  life we consider this a great honour and a fantasic accolade for our products, every part of which is made  in house  at our workshops by our brilliant team and used extensively within the rural community.  Thank you RBA, CLA and ...

BBC Radio Northampton Interview
Anyone listing to BBC Northampton's(radio) Breakfast with Stuart Linnell this morning will have heard us being interviewed.  You can listen to what went out on  iPlayer at - from 1hr 25.30 minutes in and from 2 hr 39.38 minutes in. The piece was split in to 2 and they went out at 7.26am and 8.39am respectively.

There was also a small video on the FB site of BBC Northampton on the factory

Thanks to BBC Radio Northampton for your support.

Game Fair News
We we are counting down the days now and  look forward to seeing you all at The Game Fair.  Longthorne Clients are of course welcome to pop in to rest  weary shopping legs, leave bags with us, and/or have some liquid refreshment.

This year's team will be James, Elaine, Chloe, Nia, John and Luke (not forgetting  Prada!!)

James Longthorne Stewart will also be doing a talk about modern guns and manufacturing  in  'The Field' classroom(with 'Sporting Gun' ) at 15.00 on Game Fair Sunday, followed by a question ad answer session.


Jonathan McGee Media Day
If you would like to try a 'Longthorne' you could pop into Doveridge Shooting ground on 12th of this month

Where we will be attending a media day for Jonathan McGee Photography and will have some of our demonstration models with us, we hope you can make it and we look forward to meeting you.

23 Jun 2017
Highly Commended
We are very proud of our Marketing Director, Elaine Stewart, having been awarded 'Highly Commended' in The Institute of Directors, Director of the Year Awards 2017 - East Midlands on Friday. Sincere congratulations to all the very Inspirational and worthy winners of the Award.

15 Jun 2017
Despite our recent heavy schedule, Longthorne  recently attended a PR Day at Brygwyn Hall, Powys Bryngwyn is a privately owned historic family house and estate, owned by Lady Auriol Linlithgow, I am so pleased we managed to fit this in!!

Besides meeting a very nice group of shooters, we had the pleasure of experiencing one of their Simulated Game Days, offering a range of 16 sensational (and very realistic)drives replicating  pheasant, partridge pigeon and including their newly installed grouse butts to suit both experienced and inexperienced guns. ...

12 Jun 2017
IoD Director of the year
We are delighted to advise that our  Marketing Director, Elaine Stewart has reached the finals of The Instritute Of Directors Awards - East Midlands Director of the Year.

Elaine is extremely proud and indeed honoured to have reached this position and we wish her and her  fellow contenders the very best of luck.

07 Jun 2017
Belgian Demonstration day 7th August
We will be back in Belgium on Monday 7th August 2017 to hold a simulated game demonstration day, starting at 10.00.

Please contact World Class Guns & Ammuntion (  if you would like to participate in this.

02 Jun 2017
FCA Approval
Great news!! we now have Financial Conduct Authority authorisation and are therefore able to offer retail finance packages subject to status to individuals within the UK. So for those of you who thought you couldnt afford  the gun of your dreams this may be the ideal solution.

31 May 2017
Try Day at 'Sporting Targets'.
Thank you to all of you who attended our 'Try Day' at Sporting Targets last week we were overwhelmed by the brilliant response.  It was lovely to meet you all!!  I think you will all agree that we had a great day and the weather was perfect.

Thank you so much to our Longthorne Clients who turned up on the day to support the event, John Williamson, Ian Goodwin, David Edwards and  Jim Rothwell, we really appreciate you.  Thank you also to David Edwards for again instigating the event, you are a star!!

Many thanks also to Mike Barnes, Editor at Large, Fieldsp ...

27 May 2017
Les Compagnons De Saint-Hubert
Longthorne MD, James Stewart became a member of Les Compagnons De Saint-Hubert in Belgium on 27th May.   One of only two British fellows to join the brotherhood this year, James stood alongside BASC Chairman Peter Glenser during the ceremony which took place in the church of St-Hubert. 

James was accompanied by his wife and Marketing Director Elaine, and 'Prada' the springer who managed to contain her excitement for most of the ceremony!! 

Thank you 'Tom' for the nomination an honour indeed.

HISTORY:  In ...

26 May 2017
Rolls Royce Ethusiasts Club Visit
Following on from our Ferrari Club day a couple of months ago  we had a visit from members of The Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club on Friday 26th, our largest group of visitors yet had a champagne brunch followed by a workshop tour.  It was a pleasure to see our carpark taken over by several very beautiful vintage Rolls Royce and Bentleys for the morning.

The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club (RREC) caters for anyone with an interest in the motor car products of Rolls-Royce, including Bentley cars built from 1933 onwards.  From just eleven people at the ina ...

19 May 2017
Holt's High Gun Cup 2017
We were invited to sponsor and make the trophy for  this event in Dornsberg Schutzen last month and  had the honour of  handing it over  to the lucky winner Rolf Schoenlein, ironically a fellow gun maker.

The trophy was made from a set of Longthorne barrels (deactivated of course) mounted onto a walnut plinth.

Our first international Dealer appointed
We had great pleasure in appointing our first international dealer in Belgium recently namely 'Worldclass Guns and Ammunition' consequently 'Longthorne' was launched with a bang last weekend at the 'Hunting Gent' show.  'Worldclass' had kept it under wraps until Friday night when a half hour count down began at 19.00 and selected Clients were invited to join them at a gin bar until the final unveiling.  The response was amazing, and we are delighted to be working with this very enthusiastic family company.

More photographs to follow.

Longthorne are sponsoring and have been asked to manufacture the trophy for this year's 'Holt's High Gun Competition' to be held at the prestigious Dornsberg Shooting Ground near Lake Constance, Germany on 20th May.  This event brings together, by invitation,  many local and international elite shooters who will be competing for the trophy.

This is the second time the event has been held and it is hoped that it will be held annually.

The trophy will be designed to incorporate a set of 'Longthorne' barrels mounted onto a walnut plinth. ...

Ferrari Club visit to Longthorne
We had the pleasure of hosting a visit from three Shires Ferrari earlier this month when several members visited for brunch and a factory tour.

Membership of the prestigious Ferrari Owners’ Club is open to anyone who either owns or has owned a Ferrari. If you do not yet fit into either category you can join their separate Prancing Horse Register. The Club is international in concept, with members in 36 different countries. It has something to offer all its members.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families and victims of those who were killed and injured in recent events in London, Manchester  and overseas.

13 Mar 2017
Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors
We are delighted to announce that our MD, James Longthorne Stewart was granted membership of the Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors on Monday and is proud to join the ranks of some very nice chaps.  Picture shows him giving a presentation at the AGM on Monday.

The Lamp Light- a sparkling collaboration!
 By Janet Wootton, IoD Press Officer and Environmental Artist

An IoD Northamptonshire industry visit to Longthorne Gunmakers Ltd of Northampton led to an unexpected creative collaboration between the company, Nottingham Trent University and Environmental Artist(and IoD Press Officer) , Janet Wootton The result is the Lamp Light, a table lamp made from an offcut of valuable and historic Turkish burr walnut, which went on exhibition for Nottingham Night Light and a week at NTU’s Feast of Lights exhibition which celebrated the work of students, staff and alumni The ...

Our 12 bore side x side ejector, side lock,  triple bite action shotgun  is well into production, and will be available with barrel lengths from 28-32”, 3” chambered and  proofed for steel.  It is available with a non-selective inertia single trigger  or double trigger.  Weight will be around 6.5 lb with 32” barrels and straight hand stock.  The deluxe engraved  model will retail for around £23,500.00 initially including UK vat ...

Update on Powis Castle Longthorne Day
Many thanks to all those who attended our first Longthorne Shoot and The Powis Castle Syndicate who suggested holding the day, in particlular 'Longthorne' owner and Powis Syndicate Shoot Captain David Edwards and his lovely wife Pam, not forgetting Rose and Peter who helped tremendously.  

This 244 bird day was a bit of an experiment for Longthorne but an overwhelming success.    Such was the demand that all places for this shoot were filled before we were even able to formerly publicised it, but based on ho ...

05 Jan 2017
We are very much looking forward to our first 'Longthorne Day' at Powis Castle on 12th January.  A group of Longthorne owners and some guns wanting to try a 'Longthorne' will attend.  We hope to do more of these next season, if you are interested in joining us please register for our newsletter on the website to be kept up to date.

Merry Christmas to you all!!

21 Nov 2016
Longthorne specialist 16 bore cartridge range
We are now stocking the following 'Longthorne' cartridges:

16 bore 21 gram 7.5 Fibre
16 bore 26 gram  6 Fibre
16 bore 26 gram 6 copper coated shot Fibre*
16 bore 28 gram 5 copper coated shot Fibre*
16 bore 30 gram 4 copper coated shot Fibre*
16 bore 30 gram 7 Fibre
12 bore 30 gram 5 Fibre
12 bore 24 gram 8 Plastic

*Copper coated coated shot reduces deformation of the shot.

These have been specially specified by Longthorne and designed to complement our guns/ some stocks may be limited

28 Oct 2016
Longthorne wins Business Innovation Award
We were honoured last night to be awarded with The 2016 Northamptonshire ACS Business Innovation Award, a proud moment indeed.  As relative newcomers to  Northampton we were extremely humbled  to be considered worthy of this award especially considering the many fabulous companies we were competing against and it will be displayed with great pride.

"It's fantastic to get some recognition for our all efforts as a company, in developing and patenting our barrel technology" stated Managing Director James 'Longthorne' Stewart.

Shooting for Heroes update
A true honour to welcome these guys and girls on 24th, breakfast was followed by the usual workshop tour and then a trip to Northampton Shooting Ground,  we had 3 stands and a flush and a very informal none competitive type of competition, I must say the level of shooting this year was exceptional.  Many thanks to Eley for generously donating the cartridges and to Northampton Shooting Ground for accommodating us and to our staff (and wives) for helping to make this a fun day, we appreciate it.

19 Sep 2016
Shooting for Heroes visit 2016
We are delighted to be able to welcome 'Shooting for Hero's' for the third year running on Saturday 24th September.  Prevously held at our premises in Lancashire this will be the first year at our new factory, following a BBQ breakfast and workshop tour, the Guys will head up to Northampton Shooting Ground for some fun and 'serious' competition .  Our thanks go to Northampton Shooting Ground and  Eley Cartridges for supplying the cartridges for the day.

Institute of Directors visit 01.09.16
It was our pleasure to welcome members of The Institute of Directors to Longthorne last thursday Evening, following refreshments and an informal talk by our MD James Longthorne Stewart, the group of around 15 had a tour of the  factory where they saw first hand the various processes involved in making a Longthorne gun.

25 Aug 2016
Longthorne on American Public Radio
On monday we were interviewed by Stephen Beard for a slot on American Public Radio  discussing UK 'subject of the year ... 'Brexit'.  Stephen has spent four decades in radio. Before joining 'Marketplace' in 1993, he worked for 20 years as a BBC staffer and freelance reporter, and it was a pleasure to meet him and his wife.

To listen to the recording go to:

A visitor to Longthorne
We were delighted to welcome Toby Caunce to Longthorne this week doing three days work experience.  Toby, a very bright young man,  is planning to enter the field of engineering, he is hoping to do a 'Masters' at university and wanted to explore some options, although we were inclined not to let him leave.

CPSA Level 1 Instuctor
We are massively proud to announce that  our MD James Longthorne Stewart is now a qualified CPSA Level 1 Instuctor.  James takes a great deal of enjoyment fitting guns to our Clients, and in helping people shoot and the qualification is an endorsement of these skills. 

Thank you to the CPSA Instuctors who shared their knowledge and skill throughout the 4 day course at Doveridge in Derbyshire and preliminary courses which ultimately lead to him receiving the qualification.

21 Jul 2016
Delighted to have made the finals of  in the Northampton Business Awards in 'Northampton Business of the Year' and 'Business Innovation' categories

USA Patent Presentation
We felt extremely honoured to have been awarded with our US Patent this year which was recently presented to us at a champagne reception at the offices of Gill Jennings Every in London, England, followed by a celebratory meal  with some of the GJE Team.  We cannot praise these guys enough for  all the hard work they have done on our behalf, in particular Peter Finnie, Henry Hunt-Grubbe, and US Associate Rich Wesorick........result!!

New 16b cartridge range
We now stock 16 bore cartridges in 21 gram 7.5's fibre wad made to our specification, the picture shows the effect of one of our 16b guns recently using them.

14 Jul 2016
We are delighted to welcome Karol to Longthorne.  Karol joined us just 3 weeks ago and is already a valuble Team member, his area of expertise is in programming.

13 Jun 2016
The Field Game & Country Fair
A great time was had by all at this event last weekend, great venue, lovely visitors and top quality exhibitors lookig forward to next year.  Thank you to all those who visited our stand.

29 Mar 2016
Longthorne guns on ITV Anglia news
After having a real media week this week with BBC filming on Tuesday 29th March 2016 and ITV on Friday 1st April 2016 we are pleased to say the ITV news item is now available to see .
We will publish details of the BBC feature in due course

Thank you to both the BBC and ITV for your support

Longthorne Delighted to sponsor Jack Halsall
Jack started shooting from a very young age, he was six years old and received a Coey 410 shotgun for Christmas.  He shot his first cartridge at a local shoot and was instantly ‘hooked’. He continued to shoot several different disciplines weekly with his father . With some encouragement from a locally renowned DTL coach Jack continued to progress and improve his scores and entered his first competition  in 2010 at 14 where he did really well which further motivated him. 2012 to 2015 Jack was in the top 10 English DTL juniors and in 2015 shot  his ...

Side x side imminent
Our first side by side is now in production and the barrels will be displayed for the first time at IWA Germany on 4th March