About


F.J.Wiseman & Co Ltd is a family business catering for the needs of game, clay and air-rifle shooters. The company prides itself on providing good value in-house traditional gunsmithing services, serving to urgent repairs, modifications and long term bespoke orders.

Over four generations, Wiseman gunmakers has built an impeccable reputation based on time served craftsmanship.

The shop sells a selection of new and second-hand shotguns, air-rifles, optics, ammunition, clothes and shooting accessories. The shop provides gun valuations, a commission sale service and a storage service. Our staff have breadth of shooting knowledge and aim to tender to your sporting needs.

For many years the business was headed by brothers Brian, Colin and John Wiseman. Brian a master gun engraver, Colin the learned shop manager and John the mechanical wizard and chief gunsmith. Brian, our engraver was the last apprentice to train under the famous Harry Morris and has firmly established himself as one of the finest gun engravers in Britain. John is an expert gunsmith and stocker,he has stock-fitted over eight thousand guns and is extremely well regarded in the guntrade.

Now the business is operating under the directorship of John and his son Philip Wiseman, with Brian and John remaining actively involved in workshop practices. Philip is the leading force for the future and under the expert guidance of his peers is determined to continue the Wiseman legacy beyond the fourth generation. The business has recently appointed a new Sales & Accounts manager Richard Mobley, who is leading the development of our improved showroom and gunroom.

Brief History

F.J.Wiseman & Co Ltd has been serving the public and trade since 1946, it was founded by Frank Joseph Wiseman. However the roots of our family gunsmithing history stems back to Frank's father Joseph Wiseman, so we'd approximate over 100 years. Joseph undertook an apprenticeship at W.W.Greener as stocker and would eventually pass his skills on to his son. Frank soon established himself in the trade as a highly regarded stocker and had one the most affluent and thriving businesses in the Birmingham gun-quarter with a company profile incorporating the following names:




Frank introduced his three sons to the business and in the mid eighties moved the business from the Birmingham gun quarter to Cannock, Staffordshire. At present the business is operating in it's fourth generation, with John teaching his son Philip the trade much like his forefathers.


History in photographs