Meet the Gunmakers
Under the guidance of Watson Bros owner, Michael Louca, with over thirty years of experience - our team can tackle any problem.
Started my career in 1977, apprenticed atJames Purdey & Sons. As a barrel maker and then action filing which wasn’t enough for young Louca,
Having lots of drive and ambition in his quest to design and build guns in
1985 started manufacturing guns for the trade and in 1989 bought Watson bros where all his designs including patent roundbody coffin shape side by sides, 4 bores, lightweight over unders with a unique ejector system. Hammer ejectors and now a revolutionary new over under ejector system with only two moving parts. Trains every gunmaker in Watson bros and now is the only London gun makers still owned by a gunmaker.
Starting his apprenticeship at age 17, Ryan has already dedicated over half his life to Watson Bros. and has become a specialist in a barrels weight, balance and shape.
Drew Mc Manus
Studied aeronautical engineering and achieved a BEng at Brighton university.
Wanted a career in gunmaking in a company that is innovative in design and development. Drew is now utilising his degree in actioning with projects such as hammer ejectors and pigeon guns, helping design and build our three barrelled sidelever ejector .
With a professional photography background Gytė does our guns justice with her beautiful photography to show off all our efforts in design and manufacture.
She also runs an efficient office and takes care of client services.
Started his journey at SEC college studying engineering then came to us to further his interest in fine mechanics. Now having completed his 4 year apprentice as a finisher and with a great eye for detail he is in his improving year where we give newly skilled craftsmen the opportunity to hone the skills they have learnt without the pressure of time.
Holds serjeant instructor rank in the army cadet force and is now sponsored by the gunmakers charitable trust having been accepted on his dedication and discipline. Now nearly two years into his apprenticeship as ejector-man and lock-maker he has shown he is a gifted craftsman who enjoys coming to work everyday and has become a valuable member of the team.
Spent 18 months behind a desk in a shipping company but always had a passion for craft skills. When he found us he pestered for a job but we had reservations because of his age. Eventually swung over not least because of his work with the scouts. Amazingly I have never seen anybody take to a file and chisel in the same way he has.
The hand of a craftmans engaged in his craft is always pure.
Interested in Joining the Team?
We take pride in the craftsmanship behind every product we produce for our clients. As a result we are always looking for more artisan gunmakers to join our team.
Craftsmanship is almost a forgotten art but their is a growing resurgence and desire amongst young people to learn the skills needed to become one of the reasons that made Britain great. Unfortunately the opportunities to learn are few and far between, however we have a vacancy for the right candidate.
No experience necessary, all training is done in house by expert gunmaker and owner, Michael Louca.
Role of Ejector & Lockmaker
- Making the components from the correct steels to fit the guns
- After four years you are expected to be able to fit parts to exacting tolerances so all parts work efficiently to fire the gun
- Fitting springs
- Making cams with runs to tolerance of .001″
- Making pivot points to exacting standards
- Good with hands
- Basic Machinery
- Team Player