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Longthorne Gunmakers

Creation of your Longthorne Gun

Bespoke English Shotguns by Longthorne 

Your journey usually begins with a  visit to our Northampton factory.  We'll  show you around and discuss your preferences of barrel length, choking, stock and forend shapes, choice of wood and engraving design and  we'll then complete a specification sheet and  supply you with a quotation.   If you wish you can choose your wood, we have around 700 pieces so plenty to choose from.

Your specification sheet will be emailed or sent to you for approval and should you decide to proceed we send you an invoice for the deposit  of 25%.

Once your deposit is received we start on the component parts of your gun and if you have decided on personalisation or a bespoke engraving design our artist will start work on the design after having taken a brief from you.  We are able to engrave anything at all.  Some designs are very detailed and can take longer than others  especially if we have several bespoke designs in progress at the time as Chloe, our artist has to design these and they are all very individual.

When your barrels and action are made they then have to go for proofing which is done at  The London or Birmingham Proof House, we proof our guns for magnum stee with our standard fixed chokes, the fleur de lys symbol stamped onto the barrels is 'proof' of this. 

The next stage is to black the barrels, complete the engraving and start fitting the gun together, at this point you will be invited for a final fitting, which takes around 1-2 hours, we prefer  to do this if possible as it assures that your finished gun will shoot where you are looking and is a perfect fit every time, providing you mount the gun in the same way each time.   For international customers this is not always possible so we are able to work from a set of measurements or a stock from another gun which fits you correctly if you are not able to visit.

Your stock is then checkered and finished and fitted to the assembled gun and we contact you to let you know it is ready and send you a final invoice for approval.

The process usually takes around 9-10 months for a true sidelock gun, but this is only an estimate, we try our best not to take too much longer but circumstances sometimes dictate particularly with new models and personalised designs, we prefer to take our time and create a gun which meets our exacting standards.

If you live in a country where we have a dealer, your purchasing process may be slightly different, in which case we will refer you to your local dealer to advise you.

Trigger Plate Models

As these are more of an 'off the shelf' gun,  the best way to purchase one of these is to speak to or visit one of our approved dealers.  If there is not a dealer in your Country or area please contact ourselves to discuss.

if you are looking to dispose of your current gun prior to purchasing a Longthorne gun, they may be able to assist with this.

Your local dealer  may also be able to offer finance packages subject to status.

Sideplated Trigger Plate Models

Custom gun fit is included if you are able to visit our factory,  you can arrange this directly with ourselves or through your dealer.

Longthorne Guns


By Car: We are about 10 minutes from junction 16 M1 in the centre of Northampton.

By Train: The closest station is about 5 minutes away (Northampton) and we can pick you up from the station by prior arrangement.

By Air:  The Closest airports are Luton (41 mls) Birmingham International (46 mls) Heathrow (70 mls) Stanstead (89 mls) Gatwick (105 mls)


Longthorne House, 1 Millbrook Close
Northampton NN5 5JF

+44 (0) 1772 811215

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