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THE GOOD LIFE Shooting


Blast from the past


London gunmaker Boss & Co has produced its first new gun in more than 100 years. An ingenious feature makes it worth the wait


Words Alec Marsh T


he rarefied world of elite London gunsmiths bore witness to an unusual occurrence this year: Boss & Co, one of the ‘holy trinity’ of


premier gunmakers in the capital – the others being Purdey and Holland & Holland – launched a new shotgun. It is Boss’s first new gun since 1909, and comes loaded with a rather brilliant surprise. First, it’s an over-and-under – not so surprising since the Kew-based gunsmith makes arguably the most elegant and sought- after over-and-unders in the world. But look carefully and you’ll see that this over-and- under, the 1812 Edition – named after


the year the firm was founded – features something hardly seen on London-made shotguns for nearly a century: a side-lever. It’s a sure bet that any shotgun you’ve fired has a top-lever which sits above your hand and is used to brake the gun. So why has Boss decided to step back in time? As the forthright American owner of the


company, Arthur DeMoulas explained to Spear’s, it was driven by practicality. Top- levers are bad news for left-handed shooters – you have to push them to the right, using the weaker side of the thumb. They can be difficult for people with smaller hands, too. A side-lever resolves that issue. But Boss’s new gun – four years in


development – goes a step further: its clever new purpose-built action can have the lever fitted to either side of the gun, meaning the same gun is just as good for a right–handed as well as a left-handed shooter. And since each new gun will be sold with


The 1812 Edition’s side lever can be fitted to either side of the gun


two identically hand-engraved levers – one on the gun, one in the carbon fibre case, the 1812 Edition can be passed down through the family without shooting style being an issue. It is truly ambidextrous. Perhaps that makes this the Patek Philippe of guns: something you never actually own, merely look after for the next generation? S


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