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A Sweet Little Westley Richards .410 Droplock

Raw back from the skilled engraving hands of Vince Crowley comes this stunning little .410 droplock shotgun. It is often difficult with an image to appreciate just how small these guns are and so for a change we decided to add a little sense of scale with a 10 pence coin rightfully showing the Queen face up.

As with scaling anything, so the scroll engraving itself must be scaled to fit the finer proportions of the .410 action body and parts. This finer scroll concept was started many years ago at Westley Richards by Rashid El Hadi who many of you will know was one of the most talented engravers of his generation. Whilst Rash may be remembered for his exceptional creative designs and execution of such masterpieces as the 'Hummingbird Gun', it was some of his finer work that really showed the skill of the man.

Thankfully these skills were passed on to Vince who has carefully and very skillfully carried this concept forward with the gun you see before you.

In this particular instance the client had seen an earlier example of this fine work and requested a revised version with carved fences, a staggered name banner and an elegant Woodcock in flight game scene. We hope you will agree that Vince has captured everything the client wished for magnificently.

The gun will now go for full case colour hardening of all parts which should add another dimension to the overall look of the gun. Subject to how the case colours complement the gun, will determine the final finish. We will post pictures once back from hardening and perhaps put the question to you.

Absolutely stunning Woodcock game scene!

Staggered banner proudly bearing the Westley Richards name.

Super fine detail on a small frame gun cannot be beaten.


  • Neil McVeigh on November 16, 2018 at 11:05 am

    What a beautiful little gem.I am delighted that the desire to make the best gun that can be made continues to drive you guys onwards and upwards!Many years of happy use to the new owner.Trigger thanks for continuing to share these treasures with us and well done to the whole crew for creating these masterpieces.

  • Peter Buckley. on November 17, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Hi Trigger

    This diminutive gun is unique, so personal to the client, long may the client enjoy using it!
    Scroll engravings appeal never diminishes and the way this engraving was executed we can see why!!
    Mr Crowley has surely created yet another masterpiece, his depiction of a Woodcock in flight leaves me astounded!

    I do hope the case colour hardening doesn’t overpower this beautifully fine scrolled gun but merely compliments it, let’s wait and see.

    Best regards


  • Rex L Northen on November 22, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Vince never disappoints - amazing work on an amazing WR canvas!

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