Accepted Wednesday 11th to
Wednesday 25th October


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 7th December
Commencing at 10am

Catalogue: Download PDF catalogue

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

link to consignment and registration forms



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 18).


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 2.5% 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 12pm - 4:45pm : The Auction Centre, Eastcotts Park, Wallis Way, Bedford, MK42 0PE.

Later collections can be made the following Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9am – 3pm 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.


We offer an in-house shipping service for purchasers who cannot collect their guns in person.
Please be aware that shipping will only commence in the week after the designated clearance days as published for each sale. 

Please note, all modern air weapons (post-1939) will be required to be sent to a registered firearms dealer and cannot be sent to a private individual’s home address.  

For Deactivated Weapons and for those classed as ‘Antique’ (S58), we can arrange shipping direct to the purchaser, subject to receiving a copy of the purchaser’s photographic ID.

1. For shotguns, rifles and modern air weapons (licensable weapons S1; S2) buyers will need to nominate a Registered Firearms Dealer (RFD) in their locality to receive their parcel and confirm the full particulars of their nominated RFD to Southams by email.

2. Private purchasers must send their original Firearm / Shotgun certificate by recorded post to: Southams Administration Office, 24 Newnham Street, Bedford, MK40 3JR.

3. Southams will re-issue your original invoice with the charges for packing & shipping added. Once the necessary license information and payment have been received, we will ship your guns using Parcelforce Express24/Express48 service. 

Standard Tariff: 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 (ex. Highlands & Islands) All charges are plus VAT. 

Additional Charges & Insurance: 
Shipping within Zones 2 & 3
* Parcelforce Express - £POA 
Shipping to Isle of Wight – Additional £8+VAT;
Saturday Delivery – Additional £14+VAT
AV Surcharge: Age Verification for Edged Weapons (mandatory) £5+VAT 
In-Transit Insurance covering loss or misplacement: 
Amount of total cover: £500        £1,000         £1,500        £2,000       £2,500 
Cost: £5.00         £10.00        £15.00        £20.00        £25.00

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

Packing & shipping of these lots will be handled by the packing department at W & H Peacock – please email shipping@peacockauction.co.uk for further information.

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


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