Ten years ago, investing in the right sort of firearm had the potential to offer rather a good return.

As the markets struggled, there were a smug few who bought beautiful shotguns and rifles, both modern and old, whose purchase appreciated in value over the course of just a few years.

The same is rarely true today though, of course, exceptions remain in the form of the rarest of antique collector’s pieces, or the one-off pieces.

There is one exciting benefit to this change in the market – buying a stunning shotgun or rifle now no longer means that it must be kept hidden away, never to see action in the field for fear of leaving a mark on it.

Instead, buying a gun is an investment in your shooting.

We look at some of the best guns on the market today, from the perfect starter’s gun to those manufacturers crafting the finest one-off pieces.