The result of four-plus years and the development of a purpose-built action, the ‘1812 Edition’ is Boss & Co’s first ever side-lever over-and-under gun, and the world’s first to include two side-levers in the presentation case. Uniquely, this allows the gun to be changed and adapted for a left or a right-handed shooter.
Circa 1920 Boss & Co produced a booklet to describe their guns to interested buyers. That booklet started with two paragraphs and remarkably, both statements remain as true today as they did in the 1920s, perfectly describing an ethos that has been steadfast in the company throughout its lifetime.
“We would say from the outset that we make only one grade of gun and have never placed a second quality make upon the market. This policy has enabled us to retain the services of the finest workmen in London, and to give them continuous employment. The advantages attending the production of best work only are manifold. There is no opportunity for the work of inferior men to be utilised in the economy of the workshop, which is frequently the case when more than one class of weapon is produced.
The owner of a Boss & Co gun has the satisfaction of knowing that he has the best gun that money can buy, and that no one has a better gun. The Boss & Co gun has, therefore, always a standard value whether new or second hand. Our output is strictly limited according to the amount of first class labour available.”
Boss & Co is London’s oldest gunmaker, and a company that has remained in privately-owned operation since it was established in 1812.
Boss & Co has a rich heritage and history. Our founding fathers were true innovators, inventing and perfecting many of the actions that define the gun world. We continue making these same “Best Guns Only” by hand to this day.
Boss & Co continues today in private ownership as it always has since its founding in 1812, as London’s oldest gun company. Today it is owned by Arthur DeMoulas a man with a long-standing knowledge and appreciation for the company.
With full workbenches and an extended team of master craftsman, the next stage of Arthur’s vision was set in motion revitalising the excitement for innovation that was seen at Boss & Co during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The creation of a Boss & Co gun uses methods perfected by our founder Thomas Boss who established the company in 1812, John Robertson who took charge in 1891 and many others who have contributed to our heritage.
In a world where gunmaking is increasingly performed with the assistance of machinery, and competitors owned by luxury groups have diversified into areas such as lifestyle clothing, Boss & Co continues as it always has, in private ownership making only Best Guns, using traditional craftsmanship and handmade construction.
Our forefathers worked for centuries honing the techniques required to guarantee a quality that can only be offered when a gun is handmade. These processes have been passed down from generation to generation and are used to this day at our London gun factory.
The ‘1812 Edition’, the world’s first ambidextrous O/U side-lever gun, is deemed a triumph by prestigious shooting and luxury titles.
Field Sports Journal gets hand-on with our new ‘1812 Edition’; the world’s first ambidextrous side-lever over and under.
The Field magazine reveals all about Boss & Co’s world-first ambidextrous Over & Under shotgun