Watson Brothers Gun and Rifle Manufacturers

Watson Brothers

Who We Are? 

Watson Brothers guns are made almost entirely by hand insuring individuality and attention to detail, which no machine can equal.

At Watson Bros. Gunmakers you won’t find the latest hi-tech machinery, but rather a huge investment in training the best craftsmen to hand make the very best guns. From our unique double barrel four bore sidelock ejector to our registered design roundbody over and under, featured in an exhibition at the V&A museum.

All Watson Bros. shotguns and rifles are man-made in London by craftsmen, all personally trained by proprietor, Michael Louca. We also carry a varied selection of fine shotguns and accessories for sale in our online store.

Our History

A Tradition of Excellence:

Thomas Watson was the son-in-law of the renowned gun and revolver maker William Tranter. In 1875 Thomas Watson acquired the company and premises of Durs Egg at 4 Colonnade, Pall Mall. Durs Egg was a gunmaker of Swiss origin who established his business in London in 1772 and subsequently became gunmaker to George IV in 1820.

The company was famous for arms of the highest quality and Thomas Watson continued and enhanced this reputation, in particular as a maker of the finest small bore shotguns, a reputation the company still maintains today.

In 1885 Thomas Watson’s sons, Arthur and Thomas, succeeded to the firm as the eponymous Watson Brothers, continuing the gunmaking traditions established by their father. Today Watson Bros. remains a privately owned and managed business making guns and rifles of exceptional quality.

When Arthur and Thomas Watson took over from Thomas senior back in 1885 they decided to actively create and promote a small bore market. This became so successful that any lady or young gent about town would visit us at 29 Old Bond St London W1.

As W.B. reputation grew so did their client base attracting royal warrants from such exotic lands as Turkey and Persia. With demand high over a 100 year period W.B. built 17,000 guns of which all the records are still held, specialising in all varied forms of fine sidelock ejectors.

Watson Brothers

These 29″ barrelled single trigger guns hand crafted in our Tower of London workshop are adorned with our Nero D’Avola leaf and hand carved with a variation of game birds. Beautiful carved breechends and not forgetting the carved and pierced levers. Fully choked with Long stocks they can be adjusted to suit most clients.

Cased and for sale for the sum of £120,000.

These are just two of many handmade shotguns available from Watson Brothers.

For more information watsonbrosgunmakers.com

Watson Bros. Gunmakers Ltd
41 Tower Bridge Road
London
SE1 4TL
Telephone: 020 7378 9700