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J Roberts & Son

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The passion and enthusiasm of everyone who works here makes J. Roberts one of the most admired and respected firms in British gunmaking.

One of our leading aims is to share that passion with all our customers.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts

Managing director, Paul Roberts’, passion for shotguns was ignited by his father Joseph ‘Pip’ Roberts at the tender age of six, his first air rifle bought at seven and the collecting and dealing bug developed by fourteen.

In the early 1950’s Paul joined his father at premises in London’s West End and developed the gunmaking and dealing side of the business. Hunting and buying visits to India, hours spent at Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses, attendance at gun shows worldwide – fraternising with the world’s leading collectors and dealers – combined with ‘product testing’ safaris in Africa, have resulted in producing a gunmaker whose expertise and inherent gun knowledge is superlative.

His extensive knowledge and skills were honed in the field, market place and factory by renovating, repairing and dealing in English guns, old and new, German Mausers and Lugers, the new Italian and Spanish shotguns and a large selection of American firearms. In the 1970’s he started working closely with traditional British gunmakers John Rigby & Co., eventually purchasing the company in the 1980’s when Paul brought his considerable knowledge into the manufacturing field, successfully re-establishing the brand to it’s former pre-war glory days.

An affiliation with WJ Jeffery & Co further enhanced his area of expertise and continues to keep Paul in the forefront of British gunmaking. Over the years and to this day, his employees continue to benefit from his knowledge and insight.


John Resteghini

John Resteghini

John is another sage of the gun trade and some would consider a veteran. Starting 35 years ago at J. Roberts & Son, he was originally taken on as the Assistant Manager in the showroom to Ron Solari another veteran of the trade. From there John has developed a large and varied knowledge of all types of firearms with a particular interest in classic doubles, vintage rifles and pistols.

He now works as the Gunroom Manager at Roberts and is a constant source of invaluable gun-related information to the other members of the team. Working for a rifle manufacturing company such as Roberts has also given John the chance to complete over 12 Safaris in Africa and to hunt in all of the western European countries for boar, deer and other game. As with all other employees at the firm, John is able to use this experience and knowledge in all matters relating to the construction of big game double rifles.


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