Old School: Tate Hammer Shotguns
There are those among us who strive for tradition by walking in the footsteps of their fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers. The Parker bunch and L.C. Smith bunch are notable examples of shotgunners who look to yesterday for memories today. They are old school to say the least. If you have a taste for tradition but hate to think of taking a damascus-barreled O-frame in the field, you might want to take a look at Tate Gunmakers of Anglo American Sporting Agency. Anglo imports F.lliPoli (that would be Italian for really fine shotguns) bar-action hammer actions and barrels in the white. Dale Tate then crafts these hammer guns to a customer’s specifications. These guns look like they are from the late 19th-century yet they are constructed of the latest materials. Tate trained at Purdy in London (yes that London and that Purdy) prior to moving to the US and takes about 18 months to deliver your gun. Think quality not quantity. With prices starting at $9,000 you may want to start saving now or cash in that 401K. Great grand daddy would be proud.