WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE!
We hope you like our latest site which allows orders to be placed with us 24/7 Please note this service is an extension to the telephone mail order service we have offered for the past 35 years. So if you have any questions you need to ask you are still welcome to call us on 01226 756332 or e-mail us at email@example.com Our shop opening hours remain unaltered and we are available from 09.30 – 17.30 Thursday to Saturday with voicemail available outside these times and e-mails are checked every day.
We look forward to serving new customers together with our regular customers! Please note that we have many more products to be listed on the new site and expect to be adding more items at regular intervals so please feel free to check back frequently to see our most recent additions!
This is a good moment to remind everyone that we are not just a mail order business, and our little shop offers a fair assortment of items which may be of interest to all Section One shooters. For example we stock rimfire and centrefire ammunition for sporting and target shooters together with reloading components such as brass cases, primers, expanding and Match projectiles, powders from Vihtavuori, Alliant and Hodgdon. We stock cleaning products and chemicals, reloading equipment from Lee Precision and many more related bits and pieces. We stock many Magpul items and of course many Ruger© 10/22© related factory replacement and aftermarket accessories and parts from Power Custom, Volquartsen Custom and lots more…..
UPDATE 5th DECEMBER 2021
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE JUST SUFFERED A TOTAL COMPUTER FAILURE! WE SENT THE COMPUTER TO OUR COMPUTER DOCTOR LAST MONDAY BUT LIFE WAS ANNOUNCED EXTINCT A FEW HOURS LATER. WE HAVE MANAGED TO SOURCE A COMPLETE NEW SYSTEM AND FORTUNATELY WE HAD A CUSTOMER WHO WAS IN THE SHOP YESTERDAY AND HEARD ME MUTTERING ABOUT THE PROBLEM. HE KINDLY OFFERED HIS SERVICES AND NOW WE ARE BACK UP AND RUNNING….. MANY THANKS TIM!
THIS MEANS OF COURSE THAT WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO DEAL WITH ANY E-MAILS SOR ALMOST A WHOLE WEEK AND EVEN WORSE WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO READ ANY ORDERS PLACED THROUGH OUR WEBSITE! SO PLEASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGIES FOR EVERYTHING BUT THINGS WERE OF COURSE COMPLETELY OUTSIDE OUR CONTROL. HOWEVER WE ARE NOW WADING THROUGH AROUND 150 E-MAILS AND TRYING TO REPLY TO THEM ASAP. THE SAME APPLIES TO ANYONE WHO HADS KINDLY PLACED WEB ORDERS AND WE WILL DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THEY ARE ALL SENT OUT TOMORROW (MONDAY 6TH DECEMBER)
WE MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE!
WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL AGAIN!
Roger and Sheila would like to thank everyone for their incredible support throughout this past year which has without a shadow of a doubt been the most difficult we have experienced. It is hard to believe that our little family business has been running for 36 years and this has only been possible due to you ….. our valued customers!
We have mentioned before the current difficulties faced by anyone who imports gun parts from the US. This has been a perfect storm whereby several events have made it incredibly hard (and expensive!) to import from the US. The recent rise in civil unrest in the US fueled by the forthcoming Presidential election has led to panic buying of firearms and anything gun related. With Covid 19 forcing the closure of some manufacturing facilities it is impossible to buy certain items anywhere. We purchase through our very helpful US importer in Colorado who is tearing his hair out contacting numerous wholesalers websites only to find item after item saying “out of stock”. We have as usual been consolidating many different orders with our importer until we have a large enough shipment to warrant the air freight. This brings up another nightmare as Covid 19 has of course severely restricted airline travel and there are simply not enough planes flying anywhere to get our shipment out of the US. For several months there were no incoming flights into Manchester airport. This in turn has forced freight costs to frightening new heights. Our last shipment took four months to get here and would normally attract air freight charges alone of $3,500 – $4,000 It finished up costing $6,200! Don’t forget that VAT and duty of around 23% is added to all the add on charges for each shipment (plus of course all the goods involved)
RIMFIRE MAGIC RIFLES
Just an update on the supply situation with our rifles. We currently have 26 Rimfire Magic barreled actions at the Proof House and are hoping these will be dealt with soon and are looking to receive a phone call from them around the end of next week or the week after at the latest. Whilst we are pleased to say that 14 of these are already ordered this does mean that once again we are faced with a delay in filling our order book. Naturally this is a disappointment to us as well as our valued customers but it has been very evident that everyone understands the current pressures and difficulties facing us. Whilst we are working ahead and currently preparing a large number of our modified trigger units which are standing by on the shelf. This means that we should be able to commence building new rifles as soon as the barreled actions are returned from Proof. This MAY be tempered slightly and we may see a further slight delay in production as Roger is booked into hospital on July 6th for a replacement cardiac pacemaker. He will need to rest and take it easy for a few days but hopefully this won’t delay things too much. His original pacemaker was implanted in 2018 but deterioration in his heart failure means an upgraded pacemaker needs to be put in which will pace three of his heart’s chambers whereas the current device paces just two chambers. He will then be booked in for further heart surgery in the near future but we will of course keep you posted on progress.
Meanwhile we had a pleasant surprise a few months ago when a caller at the shop showed us a video on YouTube which had only been posted the day before and had already received over 1,000 hits (plus one from us later that day!) We knew nothing whatsoever about this review and we have no connection with the reviewer who in turn it appears was offered the rifle to review by a customer. The rifle itself was produced back in 2017 We thought you may like to see this ….
Yes, at last we have around 85 beautiful new laminate stocks all ready for your Rimfire Magic or Ruger® 10/22® rifle. Naturally we have plenty of the favourite Evolution stocks in Nutmeg, Pepper, Forest Camo, Royal Jacaranda, Sky Blue, Applejack ….. even Pink! The really good news is that we also have some of Boyds latest creation …. the At-One stock! This is their new thumbhole version which features adjustable length of pull and comb height and whilst we admit to a certain degree of bias here ….. they are gorgeous, and of course eminently practical too. See what you think ……..
They have a barrel channel to accept .920″ barrels and the example shown here is fitted with a 16″ VQ carbon fibre barrel with compensator in a Coyote laminate stock. The stocks are available as a separate item in our online store for £325 and currently offered in Nutmeg, Forest Camo and Coyote laminates. However we will need to remove them from sale separately for a while as their popularity as the stock option on our rifles means we will need to retain our current inventory for use when building rifles.
We have been delighted with the response to the tuning process which we apply to all the Marlin lever action rifles we offer. When the work is completed it is possible to work the action with one finger, and the trigger pull is usually a maximum of 2.5 lbs with most rifles showing a trigger pull weight of 2.0 lbs or even less! Apart from internal polishing and reshaping of some parts we also include a one piece stainless steel firing pin and modified or reduced power springs
The popularity of these fine lever action rifles has led to a shortage and despite placing regular orders with the importers we are still unable to get our hands on enough of them! We are delighted to confirm that we are Pro Dealers for Raytrade UK Ltd who import not only Marlin rifles but also our favourite centrefire rifles …. the Remington 700. Whilst we try to carry a reasonable number of both these marques in stock at the shop we are able to quickly provide a price quote and availability for any model of Marlin and Remington rifle plus of course ANY other item from any other manufacturer whose products are supplied by Raytrade including Chiappa, Nesika Bay, Bushmaster and Dakota Arms rifles etc
MARLIN DARK SERIES
We have taken a number of advance orders on any Marlin rifles including the latest Dark Series Model 1894 in .357 and .44 mag They feature a 16.25″ threaded barrel, black painted wood stock with webbing finish, XS sights and scope rail and big loop lever with Paracord wrapping. Naturally ours will be supplied in a fully tuned and slicked package, ready for use on the range. We currently have around 20 Marlins on order with the importers and of course will post details when we get our hands on them. Included on this order is a number of the new Marlin Dark series in both .357 and .44 calibres. As well as the basic model we are also expecting some of the Tactical versions which are fitted with a Midwest Industries aluminium M-Lok style handguard and 16″ barrel. With their parkerised metal work and black wooden butt stock we think they are a great addition to the Marlin range and destined to be rather sought after too! We are accepting back orders for them right now so please feel free to get in touch if you are interested. You won’t be surprised to learn that they will all be tuned and slicked before sale! We were recently asked by a customer if we would tune his Dark Series Marlin in .30-30 calibre (we don’t see many in this calibre) and here is a photo of this gentleman’s rifle after we fitted the handguard he had purchased separately.
News reached us recently that Marlin has been purchased by Ruger in the US. Clearly this has enormous repercussions here and it is very unlikely that we will see any Marlins coming into the UK for a long time. It is very much hoped that Ruger will subsequently appoint Raytrade as their UK distributor as they have done a great job with Marlin bearing in mind the difficulty in actually getting any Marlins out of the factory. So our news above about the new Dark Series is already out of date but it now seems incredibly unlikely that we will see any Dark Series (or indeed ANY Marlins at all) coming into the UK until next year or even 2023! I very regrettable situation so we can only suggest that if you are thinking of purchasing a new Marlin …. do it soon! We are at least able to supply a number of Dark Series .44 calibre Marlins including the Tactical model which is fitted with the Midwest Industries M-Lok aluminium handguard.
Whoops…. nearly forgot! We would also like to thank all those people who have e-mailed to say that they have read about the cancellation of our retirement plans (yet again!) and said how pleased they were to see it. Although we are going through the worst two years of our lives with various health issues we honestly have to say that main reason we have tried to keep going is the kind sentiments expressed by so many of you we have come to regard as not just just customers but good friends too! Thank you all!