John Dickson & Son, the oldest working gunmaker in Scotland, has recently come under the new ownership of Jean-Pierre ‘J-P’ Daeschler.

As a fully trained gunmaker himself, J-P will oversee the build of the Dickson Round Action in their workshop in Dunkeld, Scotland.

In addition to building the Dickson round action, the MacNaughton ‘skeleton’ gun will also continue to be built. Due to strong demand for small-bore guns, the firm is starting to build a number of 28 gauge side-lever Round Actions alongside a new classic Daniel Fraser hill rifle and interest has been noted in bringing back the Dickson ‘side-opener’ Over & Under shotgun.

J-P Daeschler entered the gun trade as an apprentice in 1988 and soon came across the firm of John Dickson & Son, developing a passion for the elegant Round Action that has been in production since 1880. J-P opened his own gun stocking and restoration business in 1997 and has been building guns under his own name since 2016.

On the acquisition, J-P commented: “After a thirty year career, and with Dickson’s looking for a new owner, it was an obvious choice. With the experience and skills of Dickson’s three other gunmakers, the future of Round Action production is in good hands.”


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