1. I really dont think they are "that pretty" Many more common guns that can be ordered from the factory embellished to a higher engraving and with better wood than these
2. Purdy's in the past did not really stand up to high volumne target shooting
regards from Iowa
btw- I was in their shop ( which is a let down if you expect to see a lot of guns- but not if you just want to see large binders of old transactions of sales( which are interesting))
I asked the person there how long it took after you ordered one till you received it and he said something like 2 years and I in surprise said "2 years" and he was very insulted and made the comment- "you are lucky we even will sell a gun to you yanks"
My experience was like yours. 30 years ago I was in london and went to purdy and boss. Same arrogant attitude and nothing to see. Went to holland and aholland and throughly enjoyed the experience.
Attempss at humor? Or is it envy? Granted, prices are ridiculously high but these guns set the standard for the have's and the have not's. Are there prettier guns for far less money? Certainly! Are there better shooters for a specialized sport such as trapshooting? Absolutely! But they are what they are and an owner of one or more could not care less what you/I think. British gentlemen have their standards. Why do so many of us feel better when we belittle them? Marc