The Holland & Holland Royal double rifle is the most copied double rifle in the world, with very good reason, it is a beautiful looking and handling rifle, a rifle that set the standard many years ago as the very finest English sidelock express rifle available. It seems if anyone embarks on making an express rifle nowadays or even over the past 30 years the Holland Royal is the rifle they try to emulate, none in my opinion have ever succeeded.
The shape, weight and every little detail can be copied and made with superb craftsmanship but without the magic name they are but that, good copies, like a Chinese Rolex, just not the same as the real deal.
So here is a selection of Vintage Holland Royal and Royal Deluxe double rifles from our collection which help keep us focused as we produce our own very unique model of Express rifle, The Hand Detachable Lock or Droplock.
It was great to see the author, hunter and Westley Richards supporter Ross Seyfried at the Safari Club Convention last week in Las Vegas. Ross was the only person allowed to take the Sutherland 577 rifle from its case and shoot an elephant! I think if anyone could understand the history in the rifle, where it had been and what it had done, Ross would be that person.
Of all the vintage catalogues and paperwork in our archive, my favourite has always been this small 52 page, 7″ x 4.5″ pocket size catalogue from C1908. This catalogue must have been the forerunner to the large scale and comprehensive catalogue of 1912, celebrating the firms centenary.
Half of this pocket catalogue is taken up describing in detail the key and unique design elements of the Westley Richards guns, namely the Single Selective Trigger and the Hand Detachable Locks. Detailed descriptions are given on their construction, operation and maintenance and these are complimented by both drawings and photographs.
We are pleased to announce that we will exhibit at the 2014 Safari Club International Convention, starting in Las Vegas on February 5th, two of the most famous 577′s ever built by this company. We will showing the Westley Richards 577 used by Ernest Hemingway in Africa alongside, and for the first time, the single trigger Westley Richards .577 belonging to the infamous elephant hunter James Sutherland. These two large rifles bring with them a lot of history, and with each of them in the same condition as when left by their owners, many stories to tell. Please take this rare opportunity to see the rifles whilst you are at the show.
As well as these rifles we will also be exhibiting some our recently completed work which includes the highly praised India Rifle, a highly embellished sidelock 600NE, new drop lock rifles in 600, 577, 500 and 470. We will have our take down models in 416 and 300 win mag and some super 12g round action sidelock guns.
I sincerely hope some of you will be able to visit our stand, say hello and see these historical old rifles along with our current production guns and rifles.
The Antique Arms Show in Las Vegas this year combined with the International Sporting Arms Show, the Las Vegas Custom Knife Makers and also the American Engravers Guild, it is the largest event of its kind in the world. There are literally, miles and miles of guns of every sort from cased duelling pistols to modern production best guns. I have been attending this show now personally for 27 years and have met many of my long term customers here. As a company I think we have been exhibiting for most of the shows 50 odd years of existence as I recall my father telling me he had seen Elvis and Fats Domino one year when he visited.
The show fills 2 halls, one is focused on the original basis of the show which was Antique Arms, and here you will find rows upon rows of tables exhibiting, Colts, Winchesters, Antique Western & Indian artefacts, European antiques and many many other things, it takes hours to walk the aisles. A second hall houses the “modern” guns meaning sporting weapons as well as the knife show and the engravers exhibit. The major dealers in USA all show here and you will never see as many Hollands, Purdey, Boss and other guns for sale in one place anywhere at any one time. I am not saying there are any bargains but the guns are here and it is down to the buyer to work the deal, just as you would do in a market or bazaar in the east!