We look forward to welcoming customers old and new to our stand P0569 on Gunmakers Row and to showing you our complete range of bespoke shotguns and rifles and hand crafted leather goods. All the team will be at the show and look forward to meeting you.
We will also have a full range of Courteney boots available for you to try on and buy at the CLA Game Fair. Customers will receive 10% off any pair of Courteney boots when this post is mentioned.
Our full range of hand made leather goods will be on display and customers ordering any leather goods at the show will receive free initialling worth £30.00
A few of the guns that will be on display at the game fair.
Visit the Westley Richards stand on GUNMAKERS ROW at the CLA Game Fair for the opportunity to win one of three prizes from John Field; the Hurricane coat, the only full-length shooting coat which protects you from the weather, wherever in the world you are shooting, the Everest insulated jacket, or the Kenya waterproof blanket.
We are delighted to be presenting this new collection of technical, functional clothing from John Field. Designed for shooting, we believe that each piece is truly fit for purpose. Just drop your email address in at our stand and we will enter you into this exclusive free prize draw.
For about 25 years I attempted to buy an American Cowboy hat at the SCI convention, having bought the Loveless boots, a belt from Clint Orms, a pair or 2 of Russell’s there was not much else “American custom” you could ever buy, unless of course you wanted a rifle and I can do that myself in-house! The annual attempt at buying a hat always ended in the same way, arrive at the stand imagining yourself as Clint Eastwood, try on a few hats, realise you look a complete pillock and leave. Nobody ever explained that there is a huge variation in the hats and you need someone with a good eye to get the right hight, width, form and whatever to suit your head.
I met the John Morris’s, Snr. & Jnr. who run the Rocky Mountain Hat Co. a few years ago at Safari Club who put me straight and they have made me and my friends some superb Safari hats in the years since. It is always a pleasure to visit them in Bozeman when I come, an essential stop to buy something from the West, to see them at work, steaming, forming and sewing all varieties of hats.
When not making hats both John’s will be found out hunting either in their home state or perhaps in Africa where they travel to both photograph and hunt. Senior John hunts Huns in Montana with his hammer .410 and I have always had great respect for a man who hunts a hammer .410!
A Heinze Blocking Machine from Germany used for forming the hat.
John Morris Jnr. blocking a hat and below.
The Blocks for all shapes and sizes of hats.
A traditional hat makers bench.
John Morris Snr. putting final touches to the form of the hat using steam.
And look Neil, I found you the perfect hat my dear Irish friend! Top right of course!
‘A year or two to break in, and three or four decades to wear out’
This is Filson’s philosophy. A company with a similar philosophy to our own and nearly as much history. Filson has been making enduring and purposeful products utilising the best possible materials and manufacturing processes since 1897. As a new edition to our range at W. R. & Co. we are proud to start carrying their collection of iconic goods that are fit for both the field and for the street and also guaranteed for a lifetime. Pleasevisit our online shop to see their collection.
Here at Westley Richards we are proud to start carrying a new collection of technical, functional clothing. born from the company Seyntex, a high-tech fabric manufacturer, John Field carries on family traditions using the best textiles available for breathability and waterproofing. Designed for shooting, we believe that each piece is truly fit for purpose.
Spring has brought with it a facelift in our shop with the addition of some great new brands which we both like very much and believe deliver great products which work well in our sport. The recently revived Filson range is delivering some super garments, especially Jackets and a diverse range of bags for every purpose, all of which come with a lifetime guarantee. The Real McCoy makes beautifully detailed clothing using the very best fabrics from which we have selected a very nice range of garments we think are perfect for Safari. Other new products will be arriving throughout the year so please keep checking our online shop if you are not able to visit in person.
A very common question we are asked by the first time African Safari hunter is “what do we need to take”. The list can of course be endless and depends very much on how much or how little baggage you want to take with you. Rifle cases and ammunition boxes add immediate extra pieces of luggage so it is wise to think about what you need well before you go and take only what is necessary.
The most important item besides the rifles and ammunition is the footwear you will hunt in. You need to be 100% sure these are comfortable and fit well before you travel. Don’t make the mistake I have made, taking new custom boots and ending up incapacitated with massive blisters. Use good socks and wash them before you travel, again not new ‘off the rack’. We have recommended the Falke LR socks for years and they have proved totally reliable.
Take something to protect your rifle with on the vehicle and something to clean it with like a bore snake, this you should have with you in your day pack. A sling is often insisted upon so the rifle is carried muzzle up, not pointing at the PH’s back. I know many PH’s who won’t hunt without the client using a sling.
Laundry will be done daily so you don’t need an abundance of clothes. Remember early mornings are often freezing mornings so take warm layers you can easily peel off as the day heats up. Again wash your clothes in advance and take items made of good quality cloth. Heat, long walks and running = sweat and can = chaffing, so take some cream also!
Don’t forget sunglasses and a good hat, a little first aid kit and also blister packs, suntan cream, insect spray and eye drops as it is very dusty. Malaria pills if travelling to those areas are essential.
A back up camera is a good idea, take a prime and a small spare digital should disaster strike before you get your major trophy!
We are always happy to advise on what items we find have worked and those we found haven’t so please do not hesitate to call us if we can help. Have a great trip!