Blackley Replica Gun Kits
By: Pat Farey
E.J.Blackley & Sons, specialists antique gun repairs and reproduction
Established in 1965, E.J.Blackley & Son is a unique company offering a wide range of professional services to shooters and gun collectors, including specialised engineering, antique arms restoration and supplies. They also produce in their own foundry one of the largest ranges of high quality lock and furniture castings available to the restorer, enthusiast or collector. All work undertaken is carried out personally or supervised by Edward or Kevin Blackley.
A widely experienced staff combined with specialist machinery in their foundry and workshops, enables the company to offer workmanship of unrivalled quality. It is the only restoration company with an in-house precision investment castings foundry. Reconversions from percussion to flintlock are a speciality.
The company has over 30 years experience in restoration work for both the private individual and trade dealer. They have also produced and supplied component parts and weapons for the Royal Households, film industry, television companies and theatrical suppliers.
Blackley offer lock sets for the Whitworth rifle and Alexander Henry, falling block rifle comprising: lockplate, hammer, safety, main spring, sear spring, tumbler, bridle, sear, spring link, tumbler fly, etc. They can also supply parts for the Whitworth Match Rifle, comprising: breech plug, standing breech, trigger guard, trigger, trigger plate (not shown), 2 piece sliding sight, grip cap (not shown), tumbler, bridle sear, butt plate (chequered) and percussion hammer.
Alexander Henry Lock Set
Perhaps their most popular products are their range of authentic pistol kits. These kits offer unrivalled authenticity, and are manufactured in their own workshops and foundry with the highest quality materials. All kits are presently supplied with ‘Blank’ stocks, however a barrel starter channel is machined into the wood. Each part is carefully moulded from the original and is not altered in any way to facilitate easier production, as can occur so often with many mass produced reproductions.
We have used the same specification of Steel and Brass for over thirty years and do not deviate for economics sake in any way. The brassware is manufactured using ‘Yellow Brass’ in order to obtain the correct period colour. The barrels are profile turned to the same contours as the original and manufactured from a suitable steel for those who may wish to use for Muzzle loading - (subject to licensing requirements).
The stock is supplied in English Walnut, although harder to obtain than the more common European varieties, it was widely used in the manufacture of the originals. The Kits are supplied in a format that requires no licensing, or alteration to existing certificates. All screws are manufactured to obtain a modern thread that is as close to that of the original as possible, but enabling the builder to obtain taps etc. without difficulty.
All parts are included with the exception of the hand tools normally required on such a project. Full size plans are included and with the Dragoon kit a manual of instruction is issued. The flint, leather, oil and stain are also supplied and furthermore each part is available separately, should the need ever arise.
The kits can be supplied with various additional operations undertaken prior to being despatched, sadly at this moment woodwork is not included, however any lock assembly work or similar work can be undertaken, just state your requirements and Blackleys will give a quotation.
The latest addition to the kit range includes a Key Pistol Kit (Option One). This all steel piece, originally thought to be a Jailer’s Key by “G.Trulock” measures 9.5” in length and includes castings, a set of screws, flint and leather, hardening powder, and instructions. Price is £162.15. Option Two includes all of the above plus the lockplate is pre-fitted to key body, the tumbler shaft hole is drilled through, frizzen fitted and hardened, while the springs are hardened and tempered – the Option Two price is £242.05.
The Dragoon Pistol Kit (Ref: KIT001/004) with English walnut stock is a superb reproduction of what was one of the most beautifully profiled Military Pistols, originally by “Farmer”. You can see why this kit has been a best seller for over thirty years. The long eared butt cap and slender stock profile give the Dragoon a unique character all of its own. Barrel length is 12”, barrel bore is .625” and overall length is 20”. Price is £313.72 including VAT and UK p&p.
The Queen Anne Pistol Kit (Ref: KIT003) is based on an original by “Gill” of Richmond, and is a superb example of this classic pistol. Available with Silver or Brass furniture (originally in Silver), the kit is supplied with English walnut stock and correctly profiled barrel custom fitted to each individual breech frame. Price is £313.72 including VAT and UK p&p.
The Sea Service Pistol Kit (Ref: KIT002) is a faithfully reproduced set of parts, intended for the builder or hobbyist who appreciates the attention to detail that differentiates this kit from mass produced types. Barrel length is 12”, barrel bore is .625” and the overall pistol length is 20”. Price is £292.57 including VAT and UK p&p.
For more information on all E.J. Blackley and Son products and services, give them a call on 01508 548003 or visit their website at www.blackleyandson.com
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