Gavin Gardiner Ltd hold auctions in London at either end of the year but move to Scotland in August for their Gleneagles event. The auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns is at the prestigious Gleneagles
Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 5pm, and will include a fine
12-bore Creative Art engraved round action ejector over and under gun by well-known Scottish
gunmaker David McKay Brown.Built in 2006, it is estimated to fetch £14,000-18,000.
David McKay Brown was apprenticed to Alex Martin of Glasgow in the year 1958 and
subsequently by John Dickson and Son of Edinburgh for the last three years. In 1967 he set up
his own business, initially repairing guns, but his ultimate intention was to build guns bearing his
own name, the first McKay Brown gun being manufactured in 1974.
David was impressed with
the qualities of the Dickson round action and being a Scottish maker himself, he decided to build
his own version of the Dickson round action as patented by John Dickson in 1880, 1882 and
1887. He soon acquired an excellent reputation and for a relatively small company his output is
prodigious, building around thirty guns per year in his premises at 32 Hamilton Road, Bothwell,
some 8 miles south of Glasgow. Since completing his first gun in 1974 David and his team of
gunmakers have built over 750 guns and rifles to the present day.
This year's sale at the Gleneagles Hotel, which is in the 52nd year, will include around 200 lots of
Fine Modern and Vintage Sporting Guns, Rifles and Accessories from 1860 to the present day. It
is held two weeks into the Grouse Shooting Season.
Those considering consigning guns for auction can attend Gavin's feee valuation days at locations all over the UK. There are still three July dates available.
Edinburgh 3 July
Glasgow 4 July
Scone Palace 5 July
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