Guy Bignell, former President of Griffin and Howe, one of the oldest gunsmithing and gunmaking firms in the United States.
Welcome to The Gun Room’s inaugural episode. Thank you for joining us as we explore the world of sporting firearms; the shotguns and rifles we use for target and sport. Each episode will highlight an individual in the firearms sphere, their history, and background, as well as touch on a specific gun or guns of interest that they are familiar with, were involved with the development, or have worked on. We hope you enjoy listening to the conversations as much as we enjoy having them. In the end, it is our goal to help maintain, curate, and document the immense body of knowledge surrounding the guns we love.
The Gun Room Podcast is Presented by: Upland Gun Company
In our first episode, we sit down with former President of Griffin and Howe, Guy Bignell. Griffin and Howe is one of the oldest gunsmithing and gunmaking firms in the United States. With humble beginnings as a cabinet maker in New York City, Seymour Griffin set out on a path that would lead him to become one of the most well-respected rifle makers of his day. From sporterized rifles to the development of the .35 Whelen cartridge, the storied history of this firm runs deep.
We dive into the world of Bespoke Gun Orders, something that Mr. Bignell is an expert in having overseen some of the most unique orders in the last decades including rifles and shotguns from the likes of Lebeau-Courally, Purdey, and Boss. We touch on the Gullwing shotguns and finally discuss the most epic of gun flights, a 16 gun order of Boss side by sides and over-under guns that Guy fees will be the apex of his career in fine firearms.
We hope you enjoy the episode, thanks for stopping by The Gun Room.
Joel Penkala is an Upland Bird Hunter and outdoors enthusiast from New Jersey. His love of all things upland has led him to travel and hunt around the United States and fostered his affinity for double guns and bird dogs. He runs English Setters in his home covers chasing Woodcock, Grouse, and Pheasants.