About Bowland Custom

7 x 57 Borden stalking rifle built by Bowland Custom
PGWDTI Coyote culling rifle built by Bowland Custom
PGWDTI Coyote in natural surroundings

Bowland Custom was formed in 2007 by Andy Massingham

In 2007 Andy obtained a RFD and started Bowland Custom as a part time venture, whilst working in full time law enforcement. This was with full knowledge of his employers, though never advertising this service, Bowland Custom quickly achieved a reputation for high quality repair, service and manufacture of centerfire / rimfire rifles for industry professionals, recreational users and target disciplines.

Bowland Custom also provides alterations, re-barrelling and service to gunshops and industry customers in the North of England.

Amongst his own specialisms Andy shoots regularly at Diggle Ranges at the Egg and Fly Shoots using high accuracy rifles manufactured by him and has attained many patches for hitting the Fly at 500 yds and achieving Best Group at such matches

Andy also was a regulary competitor at the annual military competitions in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, in 2010 achieving 5th place with his shooting partner in a team event against serving military personel from across the world using a rifle built by himself. Andy also built several other rifles for competitors in these events.

Entrance Ceremony to 2009 Military Shooting Championship – Libava – Czech Republic

F Class (Open) is another passion – often described as the Formula 1 of competitive rifle shooting. Bowland Custom have built numerous high end / high accuracy rifles for this discipline and in 2013 Andy was part of the GB Open Team who travelled to Raton, New Mexico, USA, to compete in the US F Class Nationals and World F Class Championships at the Whittington Centre – one of the largest NRA ranges in the USA using rifles he had built.

GB Open F Class Team 2013

Andy has competed at International level on several occasions using rifles built by himself, though has had a period of absence from this discipline, will continue to compete at National Level in the GB F Class Championship League

Precision Rifle Shooting appears to be the new “in ” word in the UK, yet it has been around for decades, starting with steel plate competitions at the “WMS Steel Safari” in Powys and Diggle Ranges. 

Bowland Custom have built numerous rifles for customers to compete in such events and we continue to do so for the many Precision Rifle Shooting disciplines – competing at the inaugural PRL event at Eskdalemuir and subsequent competitions at this location with rifles built by Bowland Custom achieving Top 5 place on a regular occurrence

Send It Series Eskdalmuir

Deer Management plays a major part in Andy’s life since 1998

Having served as a volunteer and committee member for the North West Branch of the British Deer Society for several years, Andy is now the Secretary for a large Deer Management Group in the Yorkshire Dales.

Andy also carries out contract culling work on a professional basis for a number of clients – whom require absolute discretion and client confidentiality. 

Managing the wild Red, Roe and Fallow deer on a local estate for the past 20 years, he has strong links with industry professionals within this area of work. 

Cumbria Deer Management Area
Wetlands Deer Management Area
Deer Management Group Area in Yorkshire Dales National Park
West Cumbria Deer Management Area

Bowland Custom offer a truly personal service for the discerning customer. 

From a rifle built to the highest standard using bespoke custom parts to the basic service of a working rifle – no matter what level or cost is involved, the same care and attention to detail will be undertaken to ensure complete satisfaction. 

Please explore the web pages further to gain information as to the services offered – be that for Firearms Manufacturing Services or a discrete Deer Management Service