Accepted up to
6 weeks prior


Wednesday prior, 10.00am - 8.00pm
Morning of Sale 9.00am - 12.45pm

How to Bid

Attend Sale
Attend Sale

Live Online
Live Online



Please see below

Sporting Guns & Antique Arms

Thursday 15th September
Commencing at 10am

Southams Auctioneers, part of the W&H Peacock and Locke & England group have been holding gun sales for over 40 years. Sales are held at W&H Peacock, Auction Centre, Eastcotts Park, Bedford, MK42 0PE


Our wide experience of weapons of all kinds together with our market knowledge, auction expertise, specialist contacts and understanding of the relevant law and regulations, ensures that we can provide a complete and dedicated centre for acquisition and disposal.

If you would like to consign items please contact us to discuss your options. Entries are invited which include: English & Continental Shotguns, Sporting & Target Rifles, Vintage & Modern Air Weapons, Flintlocks, Percussion & Pinfire Weapons, Edged Weapons, Collectors Cartridges, Cases, Magazines & Shooting equipment, Sporting Books & Pictures.

Lot specific information

Lots prefixed (S1): Purchasers will require the appropriate Firearms (S1) or RFD Certificate.
Lots prefixed (S2): Purchasers will require the appropriate Shotgun (S2) or RFD Certificate.
Lots prefixed (S5): Purchasers will require Section 5 Authority or Section 1 or 2 certificate with the appropriate condition.
Lots prefixed (S58): Antique or Obsolete Calibre weapons that do not require a licence to hold provided the purchaser fully complies with the Terms of Sale (see Section 16).


Please read the following information carefully before bidding.


Auction Centre, Eastcotts Park, Wallis Way, Bedford, MK42 0PE

All consignments to be delivered to:
Consignments &  Administration Office 24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR

Wednesday prior, 10.00am - 8.00pm
Morning of Sale 9.00am - 12.45pm

A buyers’ premium at 17.5% plus VAT, will be added to the bid price of each lot.

Lots purchased online will also attract a 3% plus VAT surcharge through Southams Online or 5% plus VAT through the- saleroom.com

We regret that we are unable to process requests for condition reports received after 1.00pm on the day preceding the sale.

Access to the saleroom is by catalogue only, priced at £10.00 (admits two).
Identification may be required, and the auctioneers reserve the right to refuse access at their discretion.

Collection of lots purchased are at the designated times and locations as follows :

Collections of lots on sale day from 1pm – 6pm and on the day following the sale 9am – 3pm can be made from the sale location : The Auction Centre, Eastcotts Park, Wallis Way, Bedford, MK42 0PE.

Later collections can be made the following Tuesday & Wednesday 9am – 4pm from the Southams administration office : 24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR.

Any collection times other than the above are by appointment only directly with the auctioneers.

In all instances, the Auctioneers need to be advised that shipping is required. For all licensable weapons and modern air weapons, buyers will need to nominate a Registered Firearms Dealer in their locality. The nominated RFD will send a copy of his RFD certificate to Southams by email or post, Southams will issue a copy of their own RFD certificate by return.

Where required, the purchaser must send his/her Firearm or Shotgun certificate by recorded post to: Southams, 24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR.

On receipt of the necessary certificate(s), the Lot(s) will be packed and the purchaser will be invoiced. Upon receipt of payment, the Lot(s) will be entered onto the purchaser’s certificate and will be shipped to the nominated RFD with the purchaser’s certificate(s).

All firearms, including modern air weapons and antique guns will be packed by Southams and shipped via Parcel Force using the standard ExpressAM or Express48 Service. Expedited Shipping & Insurance are available on request – email: shipping@southamsauction.co.uk for a quotation. For firearms export outside the UK please contact HGSS - admin@HGSS-global.co.uk

Please be aware that we are unable to ship any live ammunition.

Lots that do not require a certificate (i.e. not modern guns or ammunition) can be shipped directly to the buyer’s registered address.

Examples of non-firearms applicable shipping: Collector’s items, Gun cases, Collector’s edged weapons, Shooting accessories, Books, Clothing, Reloading equipment (excluding primers).

Standard Tarif: Packing & Shipping within Zone 1*
Small parcel £12+VAT; Standard parcel £20+VAT; Oversize parcel £30+VAT
*Zone 1 – England, Wales & Scotland (ex. Highlands & Islands) 
Expedited Shipping & Insurance are available on request (insurance prices below).

Parcels will be packed and shipped by Southams and sent using Parcelforce Express48 service to the buyer’s registered address only.


Standard Charges:
Packing & Shipping of up to 3 guns within Zone 1* Parcelforce Express - £55.00+VAT
Each additional gun £10.00+VAT
Up to a maximum of 30kg per consignment.

*Zone 1 – England, Wales & Scotland (excluding Highlands & Islands)

Additional Charges:
Packing & Shipping of guns within Zones 2 & 3* Parcelforce Express - £POA
Packing & Shipping of guns to Isle of Wight – Additional £5+VAT
Saturday Delivery – Additional £12+VAT
Up to a maximum of 30kg per consignment.

Amount of total cover:   £500     £1,000    £1,500     £2,000    £2,500
Cost:                              £5.00   £10.00       £15.00     £20.00    £25.00
All charges +VAT @20%

Attention is drawn to the Auctioneers Conditions of Sale in this catalogue and posted on the premises.
In particular, it is emphasised that all accounts must be settled on the day of sale. Sale currency is GBP.

The following payment methods are accepted:

• Cash
• Debit card (in person)
• Direct bank transfer

We do not accept payments by credit card or any card payments over the telephone.

Bank transfer details are as follows :

Bank Name :       Metro Bank Plc
Account Name :  Southams
Sort code :          23-05-80
Account # :          29033862
Please quote both the auction number and your invoice number as reference. Failure to do so may delay goods being released.

International Payments
IBAN : GB44 MYMB 2305 8029 0338 62

Please be aware that clients making international transfers will be liable for any bank imposed charges.

In completing the online bidder registration and providing your payment card details you:

(i) confirm that you are authorised to provide these credit card details to the auctioneer and have sufficient funds available to complete the transaction.

(ii) agree to abide by the auctioneer’s conditions of sale and special terms and conditions as stated in these particulars and on the online bidding platform.

(iii) agree to make payment via the methods and timescales stated above at the completion of the auction and authorise the auctioneer that on failing to do so the credit/debit card given may be charged in part or full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased.

24 Newnham Street
MK40 3JR
United Kingdom
Tel:01234 269082


Wednesday prior, 10.00am - 8.00pm
Morning of Sale 9.00am - 12.45pm



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