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J Roberts & Son

As passionate about hunting and shooting as you are

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The workshop at J. Roberts & Son has produced well over 1,500 new rifles and shotguns, whilst restoring and repairing perhaps 30,000 over the last 50 years.

Almost all of the team started apprenticeships with the firm in their teenage years. Their skills and knowledge being passed to them by gun makers of the old school, who themselves learnt from the craftsman who produced guns during the classic period of the early 20th century.

Working closely to original designs and techniques, our workshop are today producing fine rifles and shotguns in much the same style as firearms built 100 years ago. Whilst we have included many modern and improved methods to our gunmaking process, most work is still done by hand.

Coupled with this, the J. Roberts team has considerable field experience, all of which is used when the workshop produce a new hunting rifle or shotgun. We also have access to many original firearms that can be used as patterns for new builds, giving their modern counterparts a real sense of pedigree.

Not only do the team manufacture guns, we regularly repair, alter, fit, modify and refinish any guns, from a best quality London made shotgun, to a working over-and-under from Italy.

Karim Daffalah

Karim Daffalah

Trained in mechanical engineering, Head Bolt Action Rifle Maker, Karim Daffalah moved to England from Algeria where he had recently completed two years of national service as an Armourer.

His passion for rifle making is no less than it was when he started his apprenticeship at J. Roberts back in 1985. Now, as an experienced rifle maker, Karim says "It gives me great pleasure to build something that is not only a museum piece, but is also a real hunting tool".

Learning from the masters of rifle making and building most of J. Roberts' bolt guns, Karim's aim is to make the very best rifles and to ensure the customer is more than happy with the result.

Tom Hickman

Tom initially trained as a blacksmith, which led him to silversmithing, in which he completed a 3 year apprenticeship. This previous training meant he was already ‘oven ready’ and was highly competent with many of the tools that are used by both the silversmith and gunsmith.

Tom completed his three year gunsmithing apprenticeship with J. Roberts & Son in 2015 and has proven himself to be a very competent gunmaker, specialising in finishing.

He has a passion for shooting and has been helping the local gamekeeper for a number of years.

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