This is the English version (not a direct translation) of my article which was published in Russian Hunting Magazine 1/2014
All pics (c) Joseph Manton London
Joseph Manton is one of the most famous names in history of British gunmaking. Almost every gun book contains a reference to him as the ‘father of London gun trade’, the person who shaped the modern double-barreled shotgun and lit up a whole constellation of gunmakers including Boss, Greener, Lancaster, Lang and Purdey. The knowledgeable hunter who reads such books also knows the sad end of Joe Manton’s story – bankruptcy, debt jail, dying alone and broke.
How will the knowledgeable hunter react when he or she sees a brand new gun bearing the name “Joseph Manton London”? Continue reading