The manager of our US shop is on vacation for 2 weeks so I decided to come over and sit in our Bozeman office for a few weeks and catch up with friends this side of the pond. Flying into Chicago I have made my way here by road, stopping off and filling my rented suburban with guns. I think my timing could have been better, everyone is away on holiday and July 4th is not the best time for a Limey in Montana!
Whilst here I have managed to pick up some very nice new guns to offer on our website which are being photographed now and will soon be online. I will also be heading down to Twin Bridges to visit Sweetgrass rods who have made my first replica WR split cane rod. I look forward to collecting it and trying it out on a spring creek.
Anyone who would like to catch up whilst I am here, and anyone who has some unwanted guns needing selling please call me on the office number in Bozeman where I will be during the week.
A Pair of Holland & Holland 28g Royal Deluxe engraved by S. Coggan.
A set of 3 Holland & Holland Royal Deluxe engraved by the late Phillipe Grifnee.
A Pair of .410 round body shotguns by David McKay Brown. Creative Arts engraving.
carlo pontezi on July 6, 2014 at 3:30 am
mr.simon the 2 hollands are sweet eye candy,i am sure they are as good to shoot as they look, i hope to visit Your shop in England some day,and thank you very much for a wonderful blog
Thierry Bombeke on July 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm
Good luck with the trout and please consider posting a few photos of the fly rod.
Simon Clode on July 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm
The rod and I passed over the Atlantic! Not very good planning, the rod being in Birmingham and me being in Bozeman! Photos when I get back!
Jeff Cordell on July 15, 2014 at 12:54 am
Mr. Clode first of all you have a terrific site. I'm a police officer over in the state id Idaho and I'm a lifelong gun owner and collector. Colt and Smith & Wesson revolvers mostly. However I'm fascinated by the big African doubles and magazine rifles. I have been for years. A couple of years years ago I was in Bozeman and had the opportunity to visit the shop. However I entered with some trepidation. I had heard accounts from others that the British gun-shops make it very clear that if you can't afford their products you won't be welcomed. I didn't encounter that at all. The staff were friendly and were happy just talking to me. They answered my questions and simply talked to me. Even though I made it clear that wasn't buying. I've never forgotten that visit. Thank you.
Simon Clode on July 15, 2014 at 8:50 am
Thank you for your kind comments. Hopefully one day you will make it over to England and we can give you a real tour and demonstration of building double rifles!
Jeff Cordell on July 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm
That would be great. We lived in Germany for three years (93-96) but I never got over to England. I've had the opportunity to tour the S&W factory in Springfield and also visited the old Springfield Armory (which is now a musuem operated by the Federal parks department) which was fascinating as well. We hope to visit England in a few years. I would enjoy touring your factory very much.