CLA GameFair 2013. RAGLEY HALL, JULY 19th -22nd.

On Friday 19th the CLA (Country Landowners Association) GameFair, the largest of its kind in the world, starts at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. The weather is set to be sunny and in the high 80’s which will please visitors and exhibitors alike, especially after last years cancellation due to heavy rain. We look forward to welcoming friends and customers to our booth on Gunmakers Row.

 

A CUSTOM KNIFE FOR MONTERIA AND BOAR HUNTING

Knives have always formed a part of any hunters kit bag. With this in mind we are pleased to be working in partnership with UK knife maker Geoff Hague to produce a limited number of one of a kind knives for our customers. This bark Ivory handled knife was commissioned for use on Spanish Monteria and Boar hunting. The blade measures 260mm, overall length is 400mm and the weight is 564g. 

Some other examples of recent commissions.

RAJA OF KASHMIR’S HOLLAND & HOLLAND 240 ROYAL

We first purchased this .240 Royal in India about 15 years ago and on repatriating it here to England did some work including fitting a new telescope, case hardening the rifle and fitting it in a lightweight case. The rifle was in excellent condition and had the original stock length of 14.5 inches without any recoil pad which is unusual to find on the Indian guns. It is always nice to put a face to the original owner, The Maharajah of Kashmir who took delivery in 1926.

THE APPRENTICES. SECURING OUR FUTURE

Our apprentices are the lifeblood of the factory, providing the craftsmen of the future and the ability to continually improve our products. The current scheme, introduced at Westley Richards by Factory Manager Chris Soyza and Foreman Keith Thomas in 2008 has proven to date a magnificent success and has achieved the backing of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers. Since our move to the Pritchett Street premises, we have employed and trained six young men who have now matured into skilled craftsmen who cover all aspects of the manufacture of our guns.

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