It is always very hard to judge how Safari Club has been, every business will judge the show by its own order book, so for some it will have been spectacular and some dreadful. Certainly for Westley Richards business was better than last year, sales of our boots, leather goods and clothing were up significantly. On the gun side of the stand we sold some very nice used guns and took orders for new ones, both shotguns and rifles. I was certainly too busy to get out and get any photographs of the show this year.
The African operators I know and talked to, the bigger operators, appeared to be quiet on the whole but that said, one had a superb show with many bookings, so who knows!
Whilst it does seem that attendance was significantly down from last and previous years, I am sure the organisers will strongly deny that! I personally don't see a lot of new faces coming to the show, by which I mean first timers, mostly it seems to be people who have attended either for many years or at least for a few. The show unfortunately appears to have lost its buzz, so we will see in future years if that is just a temporary blip or a permanent problem for the organisers.
There was always a good crowd trying on Courteney boots, buying leather and clothes.
And the nicest looking item at the party on the Rigby stand was....? Correct the girls.
So the 2015 Safari Club Convention has come to a close, time for us to pack up and head back home. A sincere 'thank you' from all of us at Westley Richards to all those people who visited our booth during the convention to see our guns, rifles and leather goods, and in many cases buy or order them! We appreciate it very much and look forward to welcoming you once again next year.
bruce scott on February 9, 2015 at 8:14 am
well this is well known fact that rigby have allways made better guns than westley Richards or other English brands,the New rigby is without any question the finest guns Money can buy.the finest guns made of the finest steel and Wood.
Simon Clode on February 9, 2015 at 8:42 am
Well, you learn something new every day. I had never realised that and I have seen a lot of very fine guns and rifles in my time.
Vance Daigle on February 9, 2015 at 1:34 pm
Bruce have you looked at both manufactures closely? While I am no expert and reserve my judgment on a Rigby. I think that Westley is making the best guns in all the British trade at this moment in history. I have seen and own a few guns that may be close in quality... mostly Pre-War. Nothing being built comes close now...in my humble opinion. There fit and finishing is no doubt second to none. So my hats off to the TEAM AT WESTLEY keep up the great works guys & gals. You certainly have my vote and much of my discretionary funds HAHA!!
D'Arcy Echols on February 9, 2015 at 5:50 pm
As a professional in the trade I as well as many of my American peers feel that the magazine rifles being made at Westley today are the best that money can buy from the British Trade. They are not inexpensive by any means but quality comes at a price and Westley provides quality in spades. Just one mans opinion that has spent more than a few hours at the bench.
Simon Clode on February 10, 2015 at 10:15 am
Thank you D'Arcy, very generous of you to say these words.