The members of the Gunmakers’ Company are drawn not just from the gun trade but also from a variety of other professions and walks of life. The Company provides them with opportunities for fellowship, furtherance of common interests, and participation in the ceremonies and governance of the City of London.
Under the provisions of the Gun Barrel Proof Act, all guns sold in the United Kingdom must undergo proof to test the basic soundness of barrel and action. Together with the Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House, the London Proof House provides proofing and other services to the British gun trade. The Proof Master may also be requested to investigate accidental gun and barrel failures.
The Gunmakers’ Company Charitable Trust provides grants for gunmakers and others looking to improve skills in gunmaking or gun-related crafts and industries, or to undertake research that will advance the state of knowledge in the trade.
Gunmakers entered 46 photographs in the three categories. Some were great snaps, others were of the standard that one might...