Alan was apprenticed to James Purdey & Sons and worked under his gaffer Peter Nelson from 1960-1965 as an actioner building side by side shotguns and double rifles.
As the demand for ‘over and unders’ became more popular he moved to building the ejector work on these guns.
In 1971 Alan joined the company of Churchill, Atkin Grant & Lang, Hellis, Beesley and Watson Bros, (Based at Cannon Works, Acton) where he returned to building actions and expanded his knowledge to almost every style of gun trigger and ejection system.
In 1976, He moved to Maidens Green, Berkshire where he took up the role of gunsmith with Thomas Turner and Son, working on a wide spectrum of shotguns, rifles and pistols.
In 1989 Alan left Thomas Turner and moved into a purpose built Gun Workshop within the grounds of his home.
In 1993 Alan's friend Mike Cooley and his family acquired Cogswell and Harrison and all its rights. Alan was appointed as director of gunmaking and for the next 15 years they produced some of the finest handmade shotguns the company have made and re-introduced the paper case Blagdon cartridge.
Alan is a member of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers and the Gun Trade Association.
Alan’s son Jonathan is an Award winning Blacksmith and metalworker with a creative eye and the skills to craft the most beautiful practical, aesthetic or abstract creations. Working aside his father Alan for many years Jonathan has become a fine gunsmith in his own right.
Please call Alan or Jonathan to discuss your needs, they’d love to hear from you.
Tel: 01344 885091