A Purdey Side-by-Side incorporates the innovative and beautifully engineered selfopening
mechanism that was designed and developed by the Purdey employee,
Frederick Beesley, in 1880.

Using the residual power of the mainspring, the Beesley Action means a Purdey Side-by-
Side is a true “self-opener”, allowing for much faster loading. This is something that is
appreciated today as it has been by the great shots throughout the centuries.

Purdey offers dedicated action sizes on all its guns in square, round or ultra-round bar action
shapes. This gives each gauge perfect proportions and is extremely important to the weight,
balance and feel.



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