The Proof House: 48-50 Commercial Road, London E1 1LP
Worshipful Company of Gunmakers
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7481 2695
The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1637 to promote and regulate gunmaking, a role it still fulfils today.
Governed by the Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants. Activities encompass four broad areas of operation: Regulatory, Charitable, Social and Civic.

Armistice 100 Livery Lunch at the Cutlers’ Hall

This is a lunch for the whole Livery to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. The Company’s Honorary Chaplain, The Rev’d David Cooper, a respected collector of the Lee Enfield rifle, will speak on the subject. As many as possible are encouraged to attend this important marker. Liverymen are encouraged to bring guests; there is no restriction on the latter. The price per head is £95 and application for tickets should be made to the Assistant Clerk as soon as possible. The book will close 18 October.

Time: 12:30 – 14:45


Since 1675, the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers has been located at its present location, just outside Aldgate and the old walls of the City of London. For directions visit our Contact page.


The Company operates the Proof House, which has statutory powers to test and regulate the safety of firearms.


Members of the Livery serve as trustees of the Gunmakers Company Charitable Trust, which provides assistance for training gunmakers and advancement of the art and technology of gunmaking and related trades.


The Company organises formal dinners and other activities and events for its liverymen (which includes women).


The Livery participates in the governance of the City of London, including the election of the Sheriffs and the Lord Mayor.


No gun can be legally sold in the United Kingdom without having undergone proof.


The Proof House is called in to investigate accidents caused by firearms malfunction.


The Proof House ensures and certifies that guns wanted for display purposes, rather than use, have been made permanently unusable in the manner required by law.