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Stunningly Classic Westley Richards .404 Now Complete

Due out the factory in the New Year is this stunningly classic .404 Jeffery calibre detachable barrel Westley Richards magazine rifle. Images of this rifle appeared a couple of months back fresh from engraving, the 'Rose & Fine Scroll' engraving creating quite a stir among our more traditional clients.

As mentioned then, classic rose & fine scroll engraving is a tradition of the London gunmaking houses so it was a very nice departure for the team here at Westley Richards. Our intention (which we hope we have attained) was to build a classically featured, classically engraved and classically finished rifle that would fit comfortably with the guns and rifles built during the pre-war era. This era is considered one of the finest in the history of British gunmaking, where the actual build quality and final execution mattered more than fancy embellishment.

The careful use of case colour hardening, blacking and light blue, is an important element of this rifle, as with the exception of the platinum engraving the rifle is intended to be very understated.

As a calibre the .404 Jeffery is one of those great work horses, once the preferred cartridge of the East African game departments. The rifle is set for a big safari next spring, rightfully out where it belongs in the great hunting fields of Africa.

The contrasting case colour hardening, blacking and light blue makes for a classic finish to the rose and fine scroll engraving.

The more liberal use of case colour hardening harks back to guns built in the pre-war era.

The balance of rose and scroll is best observed looking down onto the rifle. Small pockets of fine scroll allow for a 'fuller' coverage. 

Whether for the discerning collector or the avid sportsman, Westley Richards firearms represent the epitome of excellence in the world of bespoke gunmaking. Known for the droplock shotgun, over and under shotgundouble barrel rifle and bolt action rifle, the company has achieved an illustrious 200 year history of innovation, craftmanship and artistry. As part of our best gun build, clients can choose from three levels of gun engraving: the house scroll; signature game scenes; and exhibition grade masterpieces. All Westley Richards sporting arms are built at their factory in Birmingham, England. Discover more about the gunmaking journey at our custom rifles and bespoke guns pages.


  • neil mcveigh on December 18, 2019 at 7:50 am

    This is my kind of rifle.It typifies the saying that less is more.Everything about it is understated but the sum of its parts is simply stunning but not in an ostentatious way.This guy or girl is going to have a wonderful new year and rightly so.Everybody involved in its creation has scored ten out of ten.
    I hope the new owner enjoys using it as much as I enjoy looking at it.

  • Peter Kelly on December 18, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Picking up on the understated theme, in 404 calibre it must be a substantial rifle but the stock shapes make it look quite slim and balanced. Sometimes what you do not see shows the skill of the makers.

  • Peter Buckley on December 19, 2019 at 11:45 am


    Westley Richards intention to build a “Classically finished” .404 Jeffery certainly has been achieved, the beautiful figure in the stock timber following through into the detachable barrel timber, the stock and finish is stunning.
    The case colour blending perfectly with the blacking, just love the light blue!
    The engraving completely lifts the rifle into that classic period, since blacking and case colouring it’s given the engraving a subtlety that doesn’t overpower, what a cracker of a rifle and scope, wish it was in my cracker on ‘Christmas day’!!

    Photography again just fabulous, particularly like the Stalking scope.

    May l take this opportunity to wish everyone at Westley Richards a very Happy Christmas and a very Prosperous New Year.

    Very best regards


    • Trigger on December 19, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Many thanks indeed for your kind words Peter. Wishing you and all the family a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year from all at Westley Richards.

      Best regards


  • Chris Buckingham on December 19, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    This is what a rifle should look like in my opinion, this one just oozes quality with it's, in the best possible taste engraving, unfortunately looking at many of the over embellished "bling" rifles we see today I am in the minority, this may just be the start of a new better taste era, many thanks for showing us this gem, all best wishes to you for Christmas and New Year.

  • Matt Schmidt on December 20, 2019 at 9:00 am

    a superb rifle once again, very tasteful and well balanced in probably one of if not the best cartridge ever made. Well done to everyone at WR, merry Christmas.

    Matt Schmidt.

  • Morten Skarra on December 27, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Nice wood indeed :-)

  • Clive Newman on December 28, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    A wonderful piece of craftsmanship with a beautiful balance of engraving, and left handed too.

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