"Well, your honour; " replied the detective. "The accused did steal a Purdey shotgun, and saw the barrels off to rob a bank of a few thousand pounds".
The cost of a classic Purdey side-by-side now begins at £57,340. A sidelock over-under based on an improved Woodward design costs £67,562.
The Sporter will cost in the region of £20,000 to £25,000 including VAT, a price made possible by the style of gun and its innovative method of manufacture.