The beauty of being handmade

As a dealer of various brands we see some great looking guns from people like Chapuis, Zoli, Merkel Beretta and Browning et al. These guns are mainly mass produced using the latest technology of CNC & CAD, the results are tremendous and the advancement in these engineering techniques is constantly moving forward. Some engineer on lowest cost production, others quality of finish in regard to tolerances etc.

On my syndicate shoot a few weeks ago, using our demo Grulla 209H 20 gauge and another gun asked me why I choose to shoot with such a ‘fuddy duddy’ looking gun, why don’t I shoot a modern gun? My reply was short and simple; if you need to ask you won’t get it. Well he wasn’t accepting this as an answer and insisted I give him my view point and what ensued was a tit for tat debate for the best part of 20 minutes. At the end, he still didn’t understand my viewpoint as ‘they all go bang’ (which they don’t if you go too cheap) and that is the beauty and value of owning a handmade Grulla gun in my opinion. It is your own perceived value of something that has been crafted for you personally by hand vs machine.

Those amongst you who look at your guns as mere tools where price is one of the main drivers, will never buy a Grulla, AYA etc as you’ll see no value in anything being handmade. The fact that filing the action to shape can take the best part of a week and one slip of the file will either alter the shape vs the one previous or render it useless means that attention to detail and craftsmanship is paramount.

Bizarrely when I quizzed my fellow gun on why he owned both a Range Rover and a Ferrari instead of a Mitsubishi pick-up and Nissan GTR as in theory roughly do the same thing, i.e mud plug and go fast respectively. His response was priceless; ‘because they look nicer and there is better detailing’

Working on the building of a product



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