Two .410’s and a 28g Westley Richards Droplock. Which one would you choose?

Westley Richards .410 &  28g droplock guns

By offering a ‘free 25 year service’ I have been lucky to repatriate, if only for a short time, three of the small bore guns we made in the early 90’s. I am very grateful to their owners for allowing me to include them in the next edition of our book but also for the opportunity to generally show them off a bit whilst I have them at the factory.

The guns are from the top a .410 Hand Detachable engraved by ‘The Brown Brothers’, a 28g Hand Detachable engraved by Phil Coggan and lastly a .410 Hand Detachable  engraved in the classic style of Westley Richards, with cameos and scrolls, by Alan Brown.

Everybody has different taste, so if you were faced with an offer to be able to ‘keep just one’ I wonder which gun you would choose?!

Westley Richards .410 &  28g droplock guns

Westley Richards 28g Droplock

Westley Richards .410 Droplock

Westley Richards .410 Droplock

9 thoughts on “Two .410’s and a 28g Westley Richards Droplock. Which one would you choose?

  1. Great Morning Sir,

    Thank you for sharing such lovely guns with your followers, Oh my but what beauty. Now to answer your question. If I have to pick it would be the one in the center, with it’s various gold, and Bob White Quail scenes. But if I were building a gun for myself it would be some of all three. Interesting isn’t it, this is just the reason that you guys are building Best Guns? For a fellow with just the mind set I am speaking about…something with a personal thumb print so to speak. Thanks again!!

    In Christ

  2. Being Irish I will happily take a present of any of them ! If spending my own money,
    the bottom (classic) WR every time.They all look superb but the classic more than most!
    Aren’t we blessed that 2oo years on,WR are still producing guns like this.Fantastic!

  3. The 28 bore for me for two reasons: one, it is a wonderful gun for upland birds and, two, I prefer guns with either no gold or just the smallest amount. However, those .410’s are just lovely.

  4. Oh, I’d better not…

    Well, it certainly goes without saying that all three are spectacularly fabulous. I would utterly relish every moment just to hold one of them whilst in a state of repose and reflection in my gun library after a day afield after bobwhites. Or, ‘Gentleman Bob,’ as he is known in the south.

    Simon- Very interested to know where these guns came out of. Georgia, South Carolina, Texas?

    After 25 years, they do look as though they have spent more time in the gun cabinet than hunting the longleaf pine and wiregrass uplands of the Red Hills.

    And, oh, the classic .410 with semi-beavertail forend for me as well. I loved that gun as much when it graced the pages of ‘British and Best’ as I do now. Just lovely.

    Thank you for sharing.

    • Originally they went to California, Missouri and North Carolina. I admit they have spent quite a lot of “cabinet time”, but they are pretty unique so in a way that is probably a good thing, and anyway, the owners had other ones they could abuse!

  5. The 28 bore is my pick… I have actually admired it for years beginning when it was featured prominently in one of your catalogues published in 2000- which I still have! It appears to still be in fantastic shape and like so many of your Best Guns, it has only improved with time.

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