Over 29 years of experience, 22 of which were in the London gun trade.
Established in 2002, Stephen & Son Gunmakers is owned and run by master gunmaker Stephane Dupille.
I am extremely passionate about my work. My motto is:
Quality always comes first.
After graduating with an engineering diploma in France, Stephane spent three years at Leon Mignon School of Gunmaking in Liege, Belgium. In 1994 whilst doing his apprenticeship at the famous gunmakers Marcel Thys and Sons, Stephane graduated with a diploma of Actioner and Stocker. He went on to work for Gastinne Renette in Paris for a while before coming a full time Stocker for J.J. Sipp in Strasbourg.
In 1998 Stephane left France to achieve his lifelong ambition to work on English guns. He worked for Watson Bros followed by a position at the prestigious company of Holland & Holland.
In 2002 he started out himself within the premises of Atkin, Grant and Lang, where he spent six years working for them and many other famous gunmakers.
In 2008 Stephane setup his own workshop in Harlington, Bedfordshire offering services to both the gun trade and the public.
A selection of trade customers include: Purdey & Sons, Holland & Holland, Boss & Co, William & Son, Westley-Richards, John Dickson & Son, PV Nelson, Atkin, Grant & Lang, Charles Boswell and many others, whilst members of the public travel from far and wide for the quality service and fine selection of guns Stephen and Son Gunmakers has to offer.
Vincent Lafont is a stockmaker who has been trained in house for the last six years. Vincent’s tasks include finishing, gun repairs, stock alterations and chequering.
In the past he has worked for Watson Bros in London for two years and has completed a two year degree in the French gunmaking school in St Etienne. Born in France and from the age of 19, he wanted to pursue his dreams to work on the best guns made today.
He is always looking to better himself and help others in the trade. He’s hard-working, with attention to detail being one of his main qualities.
He loves the atmosphere here at Stephen and Son and the never-ending ambitions of the team. Every day is different, ensuring the job never gets boring, always fulfilling his needs.
Outside of work, he is a gym-goer and always up for any kind of physical activities like hiking and running with his dog Bobby.