Back to Las Vegas for Safari Club Convention 2015

BA departure for Las Vegas

Here we go again, BA back to Las Vegas! The Safari Club International 2015 Convention starts tomorrow morning, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention centre in Las Vegas. We look forward to welcoming everyone onto our stand there which you will find in the Gunmakers section of the show. We have a great selection of our new guns and rifles, the India Rifle and the Lion Rifle to name a few, ones which you have perhaps seen here on The Explora and can now see in the flesh at the show.

Safe travels to all attending and we look forward to saying hello!

Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas

Westley Richards Safari Club 2015 BoothThe Westley Richards 2014 SCI booth.

A Wednesday walk around the Workshops.

 The Lion Rifle in the hands of the finisher.L1004660

Adam at the Bridgeport Miller

L1004683Chris and Dave oil finishing rifle stocks.

L1004712-EditTracy completing a Christmas Cartridge bag.



There is a famous pub in the old gun quarter called  ‘The Gunmakers Arms ‘ which was frequented by many who worked in the Birmingham gun trade. There is a story, possibly apocryphal, about an engraver working in a local gunmakers many years ago who apparently, was very fond of a little liquid refreshment at lunchtime at  this public house. During the morning , he had been working on two guns; one a shotgun and the other a double rifle. Mistakenly he had engraved elephants on the shotgun and pheasants on the rifle. After lunch, he staggered back to work and his error was  pointed out to him and he was told in no uncertain terms to go and ‘ sort it out’ before the day was over. He was not pleased! At the end of the day, he had just engraved a pair of wings on the elephant and a small trunk on the pheasant……….

It couldn’t happen today…..could it ?



WoodlouseEvery make of gun has its own design of safety catch. Some are ‘ramps’ , some have a small button in the middle and some are just domed.

All safety catches are checkered in some way or another to help provide grip . Ease of use and reliability in use are a prerequisite for this small but important part of a gun. The movement backwards is usually automatic upon opening the gun, so  the design must facilitate this sliding catch being pushed forward.

The Westley Richards design is one of uniqueness in that there is a good length behind the button which together with the two widely spaced lugs below make for a smooth and precise action. The large high button at the front  provides a larger than average area for grip and its height allows the thumb additional purchase when pushing forwards.


A significant difference is in the treatment of the button. My own nickname for  this is the  ‘Westley woodlouse’  ( pillbug or  rolypoly in the US ) . Instead of cross hatched checkering, all the sharp grooves are cut at right angles to the direction of travel,  giving the appearance of this attractive  well known small creature.

These are not just decorative lines, but are deep enough to do a real job under all circumstances. They give maximum grip under the thumb and ensure easy operation with a sweaty thumb or when wearing heavy gloves. It may not be the end of the world when a less than efficient safety catch design means the loss of a bird, but faced with a very large angry beast at close quarters the story could be very different.

This unique example of form and function has stood the test of time and continues to offer utter reliability when it really matters – just another small feature that characterises a Westley Richards gun.



Blenhaim Palace

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.

Courteney Selous

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.

Sutherland Bag

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.



WR 12g Round Action


John Field

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.

To learn more about John Field visit



Filson Logo


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.

Filson Light Field Coat - Olive Filson Guide Vest- Waxed Tartan Filson Cape Cruiser - Tan
Filson Tin Cloth Shooting Bag Filson Rucksack - Green Filson Sportsman's Bag - Black


New visitors to our online shop will receive 10% off your first online order when you sign up to our mailing list.




John Field Rain Poncho - Tornado - Forest Green

‘John Field – designed for purpose’.

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.

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John Field

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