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A Very Happy Christmas from Westley Richards & The Explora.

I would like to wish A Very Happy Christmas to everyone who visits and supports this blog, Over the past year we have attracted over 60,000 unique visitors, many of whom return on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. This may not exactly be classified as 'going viral' but in terms of articles on best guns and gunmaking it stands up well when you consider the subscription lists for the better gun magazines stand at about 20-30,000 readers and they have been going many years. I am very grateful for this level of interest and support, it certainly keeps me motivated.

A very Happy Christmas

In January when we return to work we will joined by our own in-house web developer who will work alongside our team. During the course of the New Year I am looking forward to completely redeveloping all of the Westley Richards websites, work aimed at making our online experience easier to navigate, more content & knowledge rich and hopefully an experience you will all enjoy.

The Explora will continue as a stand alone site but with a slightly revised interface that will make searching older articles easier. Whilst mentioning the Explora part of our site, I do send out a message that I welcome any ideas or contributions to the blog, you will notice that sometimes I stall, perhaps because of workload, but more often due to lack ideas!

Thank you all again and I hope that Santa brings you what you wished for.

My Very Best Wishes,



  • Arvey McFarland on December 24, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Merry Christmas, Simon!

    I visit your blog daily, and enjoy it immensely. Kathryn and I look forward to saying "hi" in Las Vegas. I love my old, tried & true Gold Name, and your WR book is still the best of all the gunmakers.

    Arvey McFarland
    Salt Lake City via Crianlarich, Perthshire

  • Tim wilkes on December 24, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you Simon and the entire WR family.

    I too visit daily, am often informed, educated and always entertained. Thank you for taking the time you do with the Explora and don't change it too much!

    United Kingdom

  • Mims Reed on December 26, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I really enjoy this site and check in on it daily. Thanks for putting it up.

  • Ken on December 27, 2015 at 10:08 am


    Best Wishes in the New Year. I appreciate this site and the information you provide on the guns and insights into your business. It is a great site.


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