Rowland Watson Gunmakers, incorporating Thomas Wild Gunmakers and Elliot & Son Gunsmiths
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We are proud of our reputation for swift, high quality work at competitive prices, and we work hard to make sure that each and every job receives the utmost care and attention to detail. We are happy to share our knowledge and give our best advice to you, whether you have any questions about our services, tips for more successful shooting, guidance on what to look for when buying a gun, or information on the history of the sport and the trade.

The range of our service and repair work includes the following:

  • General servicing on all types of guns & rifles.
  • Stock refinishing with traditional oil finish.
  • Stock alterations
  • Stock extensions, using closely matching extension blanks selected from our stores where possible.
  • Restocking, using your choice of selected blank. 
  • Re-cutting of chequering.
  • Recoil pads fitted, with the pad of your choosing.
  • Re-barrelling.
  • Barrel re-blacking.
  • Barrel re-browning.
  • Dent removal.
  • Rib laying.
  • Barrel threading & re-crowning.
  • Thread protectors made.
  • Trigger tuning
  • Provenance certificates & period sale information
  • Barrel honing a speciality.
  • Choke & chamber alterations, reproof if necessary.
  • Forcing cone alterations, reproof if necessary.
  • Barrel re-jointing.
  • Preparatory work for reproof.
  • New springs, both vee- and coil-type, manufactured in house.
  • New firing pins, manufactured in house from best quality silver steel, carefully hardened and tempered.
  • Colour case-hardening.
  • Obsolete parts individually handmade and fitted.
  • Engraving.
  • Complete restorations.
  • Period cases sourced and supplied.
  • Case relining in the customer's choice of baize colour, period trade labels and accessories sourced if possible, official reproductions used otherwise.
  • Handmade brass snap caps and oil bottles made to a period design, engraved with any text.
You recently serviced my AYA No.2 & lengthened the stock. I wanted to write and say thank you for the professional & expedient manner in which the work was carried out. Your help and advice was much appreciated and the gun is probably looking as good (if not better) than the day it left the factory!
Over the years I have had other gunsmiths carry out work for me, but never with quite the degree of professional thoroughness & attention to detail as that shown by yourself, which is a credit to you. I would be very happy to use your services again and would recommend your work to anyone.
Thank you once again for an excellent job.
— D. Clarke