We do everything we can to make buying simple. If after you have read our Buyers Terms & Conditions you need any help, then please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 01524 233430 and they will be happy to assist.


Sporting Guns, Rifles and Ammunition will not be released without the appropriate Firearm or Shotgun certificate. Overseas certificates are not valid in the UK and firearms will be released by appointment only. The buyer of any section 1 firearm must hold the appropriate Firearm Certificate with the appropriate variation in order to purchase and acquire the firearm. Please find more comprehensive information further down this page.


All purchases are subject to a Buyer’s premium of 20% plus VAT. When you successfully bid on any lot the price you pay will be the winning bid plus the Buyer’s premium. Additional commission between 1.5% via our site (Bidspirit), 3% via Easylive or 5.95% via Invaluable.


These assessments are based on the NRA Gun Condition Standards.
These are assessed in three areas – Metalwork, Finish and Wood including other stock/furniture materials.
The finish is assessed separately as wear could be due to other factors (ie acid sweat could remove blueing very quickly) and would not have had an impact on the underlying metalwork. A finish can, in most cases, be easily rectified.
These are purely subjective opinions and those of the auction staff and are purely to assist buyers assess a lot and again, offer no guarantee.
A New All original, untouched
B Excellent Used but very little sign. Limited fine scratches
C Very Good Some wear. Edges sharp. More expansive fine scratches, some silvering, minor burrs, marks sharp
D Good Obvious wear. Edges rounded in places. Minor dents. Local, light pitting, marks worn
E Fair Light, more extensive pitting, with localised deeper pitting, marks very worn,
F Poor Extensive deep pitting, some parts needing replacement, marks difficult to read,

A New 100% All original, untouched.
B Excellent 95% All original, very localised wear
C Very Good 80% Still localised, more expansive, some silvering to edges
D Good 60% General wear, silvering to edges
E Fair 30% Expansive wear
F Poor <30% Obviously little remaining

A New All original, untouched
B Excellent Used but very little sign. Limited fine scratches. Can easily be polished out
C Very Good More expansive light scratches, finish worn locally, some dings – easily restored
D Good Some dents, more dings. Deeper scratches.
E Fair Expansive dings, more dents, small crack
F Poor Badly scratched, cracked, broken, bits missing.

For shotguns, please see the specific measurements for gauge, wall thickness and chambers. Any damage will be noted in the condition report

Rifle Barrel
A New All original
B Excellent Some copper wash, very minor, occasional light frosting
C Very Good Rifling crisp, more light frosting
D Good Some rounding of the rifling, widespread frosting to light pitting
E Fair Extensive pitting, rifling worn
F Poor Little or no rifling

Wood – Dings and Dents
Dings are where the wood is marked and can easily be repaired ie by steaming, There is no damage to the fibres of the wood
Dents are where the fibres of the wood have been broken / torn and the damage would need significantly more work to repair

No consignments are tested to ensure functionality. However, if a component is obviously not working ie. a hammer stuck, then this would be noted in the condition report.

Postage / Shipping

Shipping in the UK
We can send any restricted items to a nominated RFD. Please do confirm they are happy to accept on your behalf. Cost increments are net as charged by Parcelforce.
UK Mainland (excl Highlands Islands, IoM and NI) Up to 25kg £42 inc VAT
Highlands & Islands £50 inc VAT
Northern Ireland £52 inc VAT

For unrestricted items please contact us for a quote.

Please see below for US shipping estimates


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To bid at Lonsdales for the first time you will need to create an account which can be done online or by telephoning us.
You will need to provide:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Valid debit or credit card

Once you have an account with us you will simply need to register to bid in each sale. Further details will follow when we open for registrations.


Buyers must have a valid certificate/licence to purchase the item they bid on.
Lots listed as S1 will not be delivered to purchasers without production of a valid United Kingdom Firearms Certificate or R.F.D. Certificate.
Lots listed as S2 will not be delivered to purchasers without production of a valid United Kingdom Shotgun Certificate or R.F.D. Certificate.
UK Buyers must hold the appropriate authority to possess the firearms which they intend to purchase as required under the Firearms Act. A copy of your Firearms or Shotgun certificate must accompany your absentee bids and buyer registration. Private Buyers resident within the UK who have successfully bid on a section 1 or section 2 item must send their original shotgun/firearm certificate by recorded delivery to Lonsdales in advance of making payment. The certificate will be checked and completed and returned promptly by recorded delivery at which point payment must be made in full by the buyer. Successful Buyers not in possession of valid authority must pay a deposit of 95% of the invoice total with the remaining 5% payable once the certificate has been checked and completed. Please be advised that if a successful bidder is then unable to produce the correct paperwork, the lot(s) will be reoffered by Lonsdales in the next appropriate sale, on standard terms for Sellers, and you will be responsible for any loss incurred by Lonsdales on the original sale to you.
In the case of RFD certificates and Section 5 authorities please ensure an up-to-date copy is in our possession in advance of bidding.
Buyers of deactivated weapons must inform the Home Office that they are in possession of them as required by UK law.


Lots listed as S5 will not be delivered without the Authority of the Secretary of State under Section 5 to purchase or acquire prohibited weapons to which section 5(1)(abc) of the act applies. Only holders of Section 5 authority may bid on Section 5 items. Items eligible under Section 7.1 and 7.3 may only be bid for and purchased by holders of an appropriately varied Firearm Certificate.
Please ensure you consult the notes at the beginning of the catalogue relating to the item you wish to bid on for further information.


Antique and obsolete calibre weapons are sold under Section 58(2) of the 1968 Firearms Act expressly as Antiques and Curios only, they must not be fired and ammunition must not be possessed. Please note that by bidding on these items you declare that you are not a prohibited person as defined by Section 21 of the 1968 Firearms Act and that you are 18 years of age or older.


Please note that all air weapons manufactured post 1939 are subject to Section 32 of the 2006 Violent Crime Reduction Act. All transfers must take place “face to face” in person. These items can only be shipped to another Registered Firearms Dealer if you are unable to collect in person where ID will be required.


By bidding on a bladed/edged weapon you are declaring you are 18 years of age or over. Upon collection, photo identification will be required if a person appears under 25. Please note it is prohibited for us to send bladed/edged weapons by post to a UK residential address.


Buyers are urged to arrange collection within 10 working days of the auction after which period risk of loss passes to the buyer. Instructions for shipping and delivery to a shipper or Registered Firearms Dealer must be received by this time.
All lots that remain uncollected after 10 days will be subject to storage charges of £2 per day (plus VAT) unless instructions have been received and/or alternative arrangements have been made which have been accepted by Lonsdales.


Firearms under 100 years of age, in addition to any other Export Licence requirements, need a DTI strategic licence in order to leave the UK. Lonsdales will upon request and at the Buyer’s expense, arrange through the nominated shipper and the appropriate Government agencies for the relevant Export Licence application. Shipping Instructions should include the nature of the consignee’s business, and the ultimate intended use for each firearm. In most cases an Import Licence or General Undertaking will be required before an Export Licence is granted. Lonsdales recommend that any queries concerning the shipment and Export of Firearms be addressed to our firearms shipping agent.
To enable our firearms shipping agent to apply for the Export Licence after the sale, they will require:

  • Import consent from the country of destination.
  • Intended use and purchaser’s business.
  • Non EEC Buyers will require to supply an End User General Undertaking.


The buyer of any firearm must hold the appropriate Certificate (or other valid authority) to acquire the firearm.


The term ‘proof exemption certificate’ indicates that a firearm has been examined at a Proof House but not proved, as either (a) it was deemed of interest and not intended for use, or (b) ammunition was not available. In either case, the firearm must be regarded as unsafe to fire unless subsequently proved. Firearms proved for Black Powder should not be used with modern smokeless ammunition.
The term ‘Certificate of Unprovability’ indicates that a firearm has been examined at a Proof House and is deemed both unsuitable for proof and use. Reproof is required before any such firearm is to be used.


Barrels of guns sold as parts will only be made available for sleeving and measurement once rendered unserviceable, according to the Gun Barrel Proof Act of 1968 to 1978 and the Rules of Proof.


Comment in the catalogue/auction description is restricted in general to exceptional condition and to those defects that might affect the immediate safety of a firearm in normal use. An intending buyer unable to make technical examinations and assessments is recommended to seek advice from a gunmaker or from a specialist. All prospective Buyers are advised to consult the lists of bore and wall-thickness measurements posted in the saleroom. Potential Buyers should note that guns are stripped only where there is a strong indication of a mechanical malfunction. Stripping is not otherwise undertaken. Guns intended for use should be stripped and cleaned beforehand by a professional. Hammer guns should have their rebound mechanisms checked before use. The safety mechanisms of all guns must be tested before use.


Lonsdales hold a Section 5 authority for certain prohibited weapons. Those handguns that fall outside this authority and which may be acquired as ‘antique’, or under Section 7, will be highlighted.


As a seller of these articles, Lonsdales undertakes to comply fully with CITES regulations and DEFRA. Buyers are advised to inform themselves of all such regulations and should expect the exportation of items to take some time to arrange.


All lots are offered subject to Lonsdales Terms & Conditions of Business.


Estimates are published as a guide only and are subject to review. The actual hammer price of a lot may be higher or lower than the range of figures given and there are no predetermined starting prices. Estimates may be subject to revision. Published estimates are exclusive of Buyers premium and VAT.
All lots are subject to reserves. The reserve price is never higher than the low pre-sale estimate.


A Buyer’s premium of 20% is applicable to all lots in the sale.
The Buyer’s premium is subject to VAT at the current standard rate. Lots are normally offered for sale under the auctioneers margin scheme and VAT is payable of the Buyer’s premium by all buyers. Lots marked with a dagger symbol (†) will be offered under normal UK VAT rules and VAT will be charged on both the hammer price and the Buyer’s premium. Additional commission between 5% and 6% is payable if the bid is made via an internet platform.


All auctions are on public view for at least two days prior to the sale and also privately by prior arrangement.


We will publish on the website when bidding in the room will be available. We always publish viewing days before an auction.


Lonsdales will be happy to execute bids on your behalf if you are unable to bid live on the day. All bids should be submitted in writing and in good time, at least 24 hours prior to the auction. Lots will be purchased as cheaply as possible (subject to other bids received, reserves and competition in the live auction). A bidding form is available for download from the Auction page of this website when a sale is upcoming. Please forward your bids to us via email at We will always confirm your bids by email so please contact us if you do not receive this.
Please note that when we receive two or more absentee bids for the same amount we will prioritise the first bid received.


It will be possible to arrange auction room telephone bidding, but subject always to the availability of lines and staffing. We will contact you a few lots before your items comes up for sale and a member of our saleroom staff will bid live for you over the phone. All request for telephone bidding must be made by email at least 48 hours before the start of each sale day and must include your full details as per the Absentee bidding requirement above. These services are offered free of charge and are subject to Lonsdales Terms & Conditions of Business. Calls may be recorded.


If you would like to leave a commission bid on our website you can do so up until 9am on each auction day. Leaving a commission bid through our website is free for all registered clients.


Live bidding will be via our online auction platform. Please register on our mailing list and we will let you know how to register when this function goes live.


Payment is due in sterling immediately after the sale and before purchases can be released. Payments in person can be made in the saleroom from 9am the day after the auction. After this payment must be made by post, card transactions in person or electronic transfer to our bank. Lonsdales welcome the following methods of payment:


We are pleased to accept MOST major credit cards and debit cards for payments in person, not American Express, however because of fraud issues, we are unable to accept a credit card for a payment exceeding £250. There is no limit for payments made by debit card. Where possible we prefer bank transfers.
These must be drawn on a recognised UK bank or building society. Bank Transfers can be made directly to our Bank as below, further details of which are published in the catalogue. Please contact us for further details.
Cashplus Bank
Cottons Centre
Cottons Lane

Account Name: Lonsdales Auctioneers Ltd
Sort Code: 08-71-99
Account Number: 10426821


Please note that we require seven working days to clear sterling cheques, unless special arrangements have been made with the auctioneer in advance of the sale (normally the presentation of a letter of guarantee from your bank). We always reserve the right to hold goods until a cheque is cleared to our sole satisfaction. Should you wish to pay by cash this must be agreed in advance in writing and only to a limit of £10000.


Buyers are urged to arrange collection within 10 working days of the auction after which period risk of loss passes to the buyer. Instructions for shipping and delivery to a shipper or Firearms dealer must be received by this time.
All lots that remain uncollected after 10 days will be subject to storage charges of £2 per day (plus VAT) unless instructions have been received and/or alternative arrangements have been made which have been accepted by Lonsdales.

Shipping To The US

All charges are approximate and liable to change

UK Charges
The cost to export and ship from the UK
Per item
Pre 1890 firearms & antiques – £250
Post 1890 Firearms – £275
Pairs – £300
For each additional gun or pair (up to 2) – £100
For more items, please contact us for a quote.
The above is based on normal shotguns / rifles. Anything bigger (increase in weight) may be more expensive.
Additionally, Insurance is charged @ 1.5% of invoice value

USA charges
Antiques (includes pre 1st January 1899 UK licensable firearms)
$150 for the first, $50 for each additional OR 2% of the total value, whichever is greater.
Items requiring a Form 6
$50 for permit, $200 per item handing fee if only 1 item OR 2% of the total value, whichever is greater.
$75 per item handling fee if more than 1 firearm OR 2% of the total value, whichever is greater.
The following charges also apply in the US
Duty 2% of purchase price
Brokers fees these are split amongst the total number of customers
Shipping to client’s FFL or Home address depending on items

for 2 antique guns
Export / Shipping £275
Addl gun £100
Insurance £5
UK Cost £380
US / UK Exchange $480

Antique Import $250
US Duty @2% $9.60
Brokers’ fees $50

Approx Total for 2 $790