Shooting Shed Limited re-opening and Covid-19 preparedness.

Shooting Shed Limited re-opening and Covid-19 preparedness.

Our plan is to open to customers, subject to Government confirmation, albeit in a limited form on the 15th of June 2020. For this to happen some things need to change.

All visitors will be strictly by appointment only, so as much as we like to see you, please do not turn up without a prior booking.

We will not have toilet or washing facilities available to visitors however, we will have antiseptic wipes, hand sanitiser gels and tissues to hand.

A new counter with wipe clean top has been installed, this will make the booking in of firearms a lot safer for our staff and you, the customer. This also means that other than the front part of the workshop, everything is now out of bounds and it will have to stop this way for the foreseeable future.

Sorry, no more of our superb coffees however we do have lots of bottled water should you need a tasty beverage.

Any firearms brought in for work will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being inspected.

Internet sales have not stopped and will continue as normal.

A full risk assessment is available to all interested parties.

Until we open, stay safe and we and the Tunnock’s Tea cake Deer hope to see you very soon.

Now wash your hands.

The BSA Model 12 target rifle with extras…

This arrived amongst some English shotguns yesterday, at first glance a very average BSA Model 12 Target rifle, although it does have the BSA sight which is always nice.It was covered with surface rust and has foam stuck to the barrel from where it had been sitting in a rack for a while.




This picture is it after a bit of a tidy up and even now it is is really not a particularly great rifle which is a shame as I really like these little rifles.

The part that caught my eye was the butt plate, made from brass or bronze it was fitted upside down (My opinion) and has a logo that I would certainly not expect to see on an English target rifle.

Now I could be kind and suggest it is a good luck symbol that has been adopted by many faiths through time. Alternatively, it could have originally sat on a pre war small bore target rifle as a prized after market custom part. I will never know, however you may read this and have an opinion. If so please do let me know!

Net job is check it, along with everything else that came in from a shooter who was retiring and then take a view on what is serviceable, what they are worth as e have been asked to dispose of them and who knows, I might even get to shoot one or two of them 🙂

Take care.

The 12 Gauge/Bore Remington Model 11

This has come in for possible conversion from Section 2 to Section 1 (2+1 shot to 4+1 shot) This being a  Remington Model 11 fitted rather unusually with a top rib barrel and Cutts compensator.

If you think you have seen a Cutts compensator before, cast your mind back to the Thompson Sub Machine Gun (SMG) These devices were designed to reduce barrel climb and perceived recoil and you can think of them as loosely performing a similar function to the muzzle brake.

This particular Model 11 is chambered in 12 Bore/Gauge (Dependant on where you originate) It is a civilian version and dates to 1930. The barrel length including the compensator is around 26″ and without would be around 21.5″ The barrel is marked ‘Cyl Full’ on the left hand side of the barrel at the receiver end. The compensator was manufactured by Lyman. It has been suggested that this Model 11 may have been fitted with an after market barrel or rib at some point for trap use.

On the subject of looking familiar, this is basically a  Remington built variant of the John Moses Browning designed 5 Auto.

This is just a brief article, I will see what I can find on this and update when I know more.


Until then, stay safe wherever you are.

The Lithgow and an Aussie sight

I was just heading to bed last night when all of a sudden I realised I had an Australian Central sight for an SMLE and an Australian SMLE so I put the two of them together (ish) this morning. The sight was sent to me many years ago from Australia, marked as an optical instrument and the sender told me these sights were used in very small numbers by Australian soldiers during ‘a’ war.

So it could have been WW2 or Korea maybe?

This particular Lithgow was built in 1920 and was re-barreled in 1952 and does look to have seen service in that conflict. It has a superb bore and chamber and I must admit the one issue for me was always getting my old eyes to work with the sight picture, the forward of receiver rear sight always leaves me struggling slightly.

One unusual feature, certainly one I have not seen on an SMLE before is the series of notches on the underside of the wrist, draw your own conclusions… What I can say is they do look to be period.

My wife says it was notched by a bored soldier on guard duty marking off the pretty girls that walked past. Personally I would have thought they were all pretty after a few days on guard duty…

The side plate is a PH version, the plus side is it fits without any modification to the woodwork which is good as I would hate to chop the stock on this lovely old rifle. It would be nice to fit an original one day if it fits without modification.


I actually have a couple of Central sights and I am sure I have a plate for a No4 somewhere and they are really superb sights to use. There is zero backlash in the elevation and windage screws and they super smooth to use.  They are also very easy to put on a vague zero as they can be co-witnessed with the existing sights, plus I am very used to dioptre type sights these days with all of the time spent on Bell Target and LSR.  Best of all they are quickly removed for transport and security and to have the original tin is lovely.

I am missing the correct over length bottom screw and the thumb screw for the sight to attach to the plate, so if anyone has or knows of such items I would be very interested. Even dimensions for the thumbscrew would help as I can readily machine one to suit.

Take care and wash your hands.

CE Marking and the China Export mark

Do you know the difference between the CE mark and the China Export mark?
(Firstly I have to admit this image was grabbed from the internet and seems to be used in multiple locations so I cannot attribute the artwork to an individual…)
OK, to business. On the left of this image is the European CE mark, it means the item bearing this mark has been built in the EU and meets or exceeds specific standards.
It might be a child’s toy, a mobile ‘phone or a piece of medical equipment. It can be anything however it has met specific safety standards.
The mark on the right of the image which is worryingly similar to the CE mark we all know so well, means absolutely nothing, other than the article was exported from China. It is a guarantee of nothing other than possible the source or origin of the item
Next time you buy something please consider the origin of the item, not only might it not be built to the standard you expect. It might also kill you or someone you know and love.
For me, this second image says it all. Buy British, or Buy American or buy French or wherever you are from. Support your National industries and stop skimping and saving a few coins. Your life may well depend on your decision one day.
…and why am I telling you this? Because you need to know.