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A Very Happy New Year and Prosperous 2015. A selection of guns from 2014.

2015 brings a new chapter in our gunmaking history. This .470 will be the 1st delivered.

In England we are lucky to enjoy a prolonged holiday at Christmas time, this year the factory closed on the 24th and opens again on January 5th, giving plenty of time to add a layer of winter warmth from the excess food and drink! I hope everyone, wherever you may be also enjoyed a good holiday and Christmas and wish you the very best for the New Year.

One of the comments I received recently, related to there being a great selection of photos on our Instagram account but not so many appearing 'large size' on The Explora. So in an effort to correct that, here is a selection to start the year off.

Westley Richards, droplock, .410, alan brown,

Westley Richards, droplock, .410, alan brown,Westley Richards .410 Droplock engraved by Alan Brown.

Westley Richards, sidelock, roundaction, 12g, shotgun, Westley Richards 12g Round Action Sidelock engraved by Florian Guillert.

Westley Richards, sidelock, roundaction, 20g, shotgun,Westley Richards Trio 20g Round Action Sidelocks engraved by Florian Guillert.

Westley Richards, Droplock, 12g Shotgun, Oak & Leather caseCased Westley Richards 12g Droplock with sideplates engraved by Peter Spode.

Westley Richards Ovundo, 20g ShotgunWestley Richards Droplock Single Trigger 20g Ovundo engraved by Vince Crowley.

Westley Richards 20g, Roundaction Sidelocks,

Westley Richards 20g, Roundaction Sidelocks,Pair of Westley Richards Roundaction 20g Sidelocks engraved by Paul Chung.

577 Droplock, Westley Richards, double rifle, 577

577 Droplock, Westley Richards, double rifle, 577

577 Droplock, Westley Richards, double rifle, 577

577 Droplock, Westley Richards, double rifle, 577Westley Richards .577 Droplock cased in Oak and Leather and engraved by Peter Spode.

Westley Richards, Droplock 375, Double Rifle,Westley Richards .375 Droplock fitted with QD Telescope and cased in Oak & Leather.

Westley Richards, droplock 500,Westley Richards .500 Droplock rifle with Traditional pattern scroll engraving.

Westley Richards double rifleMany customers wait patiently for this photograph. The rifle stocked and off to engraving!

Pair Purdey 28g

Pair Purdey 28g

Pair Purdey 20g

Purdey Pair 20gTwo Pairs of James Purdey in 20g & 28g for which engraving was done in Italy.

Boss 28g Over under Pair

Boss 20g Over Under PairBoss & Co. 2 Pairs of Over and Under shotguns in 20g and 28g.

Droplock WR 303 A Rare .303 Westley Richards droplock. (Sorry HL!)

Sutherland Rifle .577 James Sutherland's 577 Single Trigger Hand Detachable Lock Rifle.

Picture00121-Edit The Westley Richards 12g Cutaway Gun with Single Selective Trigger.

WR Gold Name 12gThe Westley Richards 'GOLD NAME' 12g, clean, simple but beautiful.

The India Rifle, WEstley Richards, 600 Double rifleThe other end of the spectrum is the India Rifle, a sidelock .600 engraved by Paul Lantuch.

The Lion Rifle, Westley Richards, 470 double rifleAnother masterpiece from Paul Lantuch, the Lion Rifle. A Westley Richards 470 sidelock.

Pair Express rifles, 7x57r, westley richards,Pair of 7x57R Droplock Rifles engraved by Paul Chung.

We have many more guns in the collection to photograph and will be trying to find time to do this in the new year. First though we are headed to Dallas for the Dallas Safari Club convention which starts on the 15th January followed by visits to The Antique Arms show in Las Vegas and the SCI Convention. We will be exhibiting at all three exhibitions and look forward to welcoming all to our stands.


  • Vance Daigle on January 2, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    What can I say Simon:
    I will start with Thank you for the great pictures. They are wonderful to look at... daily. You are much wiser than your years Sir. Nothing could get a guy are gal stirred up more about a gun and the love of great artistry, more than these my opinion. It has to be like showing off your children...with the Pride of a Father. I cannot wait meet with you and look at your wares at the Dallas show. Thank you again for effort it takes to keep this site up and running.

    In Christ
    Vance Daigle,

    • Nigel Barker on January 3, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Indeed! I love to sit back with a cup of early morning coffee, and scroll through the beautiful photos throughout the blog.

      • Simon Clode on January 3, 2015 at 5:37 pm

        Thank you both for your kind comments!


  • Lajos Nemeth on January 5, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Just want to join to agree, the pictures on Explora are beyond just technically good, we have a real art here, and as we all know, we live in a imagine driven society. Thanks for the awesome selection! :))
    Cheers from Hungary!

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