WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE!
We hope you like our new 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 34 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 24th OCTOBER 2020
WE’RE BACK AND OPEN AS USUAL!
We are delighted to tell you that Roger is back from hospital after heart surgery and so far it’s looking good! He is a little battered and bruised and is sporting a rather glorious (and a trifle sore) 6″ diameter bruise in his groin! Sorry if this is a bit too much information for those with a delicate stomach. The indications are that the surgery has worked but it is the second time in two years he has undergone this type of treatment and there is a possibility that the problem may recur in the future. No way of telling so it’s finger crossed. He is still rather tired and struggling with very severe back pain after being laid flat on an operating table for around 6-7 hours. As he is always in pain with a long term back problem this is hardly a surprise. Sheila has firmly instructed him NOT to restart working for a few days and he will take it easy for a while but hopes to be back in the workshop very soon. At this point we would like to thank all of you who have offered so many kind words of hope and encouragement over the past few days. It is difficult to put into words how much these thoughts and sentiments mean to us.
We have already received two phone calls this morning to ask if we are open, so this is a good time to remind everyone that we are indeed very much open (until otherwise forced to close!)
This “New Normal” situation is getting some used to! Whilst reopening our shop was welcome we are still finding it difficult to accustom ourselves to not greeting people with a friendly handshake and needing to move around as though taking part in some sort of old fashioned dance so as to maintain social distancing (how much we have come to hate this phrase!) It seems very surreal but hopefully we will get the hang of it in time. With any luck it will soon become unnecessary as and when we are all able to resume our previous way of life…. We are obliged to remind you all that currently it is (regretfully) mandatory for you to wear appropriate facial covering when entering our shop. We also offer hand sanitising solution for your use.
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 attracte 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)
All these problems have combined to give us a real headache as we pride ourselves on keeping a good inventory of parts and accessories for sale on our site. Sadly, just this morning we changed the status of yet another product to “out of stock” Sorry to sound rather negative on this but we can only apologise as the list of available items continues to shorten. We are particularly concerned that Magpul parts are fast running out as these products are best sellers for us. We do have more at our importers BUT it is almost impossible to find any Magpul parts in the US right now.
RIMFIRE MAGIC RIFLES
SOME GOOD NEWS!
We are delighted to tell you that following the recent return from the Proof House of a small batch of Rimfire Magic receivers and bolts Roger has managed to complete the orders in our workbook and is now in the position to assemble a selection of rifles for immediate inspection, collection, or dispatch to your RFD. This also means that any new builds requested to specific specifications will be available hopefully within a few days, depending on Roger’s current health status! Over the years we have acquired various assorted barrels and trigger units so we felt this would be a suitable time to incorporate many of these parts in our rifles. Some of these parts may be slightly used or second hand but of course will all be checked and tested before being used in our rifles so there will be a number of bargain priced rifles for your consideration. We will post these new builds on our “New Firearms” page as soon as they become available so you may like to come back to view this page over the forthcoming weeks and months if you are considering a new, quality semi-auto rimfire rifle!
Meanwhile we had a pleasant surprise recently 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 (including one from us later in the 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 are now ordering more At-One stocks from Boyds so will be able to offer them for sale again in the near future. We apologise for any inconvenience for this.
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 are taking 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. 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. We have been advised that Raytrade do have a batch of rifles currently at the Proof House but that we will only be receiving a small proportion of the 35+ Marlins which we currently have on order with Raytrade. This unfortunately means that many customers who have kindly pre ordered a tuned Marlin from us will undoubtedly be disappointed. It would seem we may be looking at four months or more for a further shipment to come into the UK. Meanwhile we did receive 5 MArlins just before Roger was admitted to hospital so five lucky people will be getting a phone call or e-mail when he has managed to tune them, hopefully later this week.
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 friends too! Thank you all!