New Publication

'Bristol Gunmakers from the 16th to 20th Century" by Brian Godwin.

Hundreds of names of gunsmiths, gunmakers and gunsellers from the city of Bristol from the 16th to the 20th Century; when and where they worked, their apprentices and other references including an introductory text, contemporary engravings, maps, photographs, Trade Cards and Advertisements.


Brian Godwin is an established authority on 16th and 17th century firearms, especially those of Great Britain. For over 20 years he has been the Adviser of Historical Firearms to the National Trust, appraising and cataloguing the historic firearms within their care. This work has taken him to many parts of the UK, and in the process he has identified some rich and unique collections of early English firearms, in particular those at Dunster and Chirk Castles, and Hardwick Hall.

Brian Godwin has published over seventy articles on early firearms in journals and magazines, both in the UK and North America. His book on Bristol Gunmakers was published in 2013. He was awarded the Arms & Armour Society Research Medal for 2015.

These web pages are for those interested in the history, origins, development and study of English flint-using gun locks of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Please click on the thumbnails below to view the subject areas.


Softback: spiral bound; 105 pages, 77 illustrations including colour.

Available from Ken Trotman Military Books
PO Box 505, Huntington, PE29 2XW
Telephone 01480 454292

£22.50 (UK only)

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