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New Pair of 20g Hand Detachable Lock Shotguns

Mixing elegance, exuberance and subtleness is something Westley Richards has mastered the art of like no other gunmaker. The skill of producing a fine pair of exhibition grade guns that possess all the qualities of ‘collection grade’ with the attributes and modesty of ‘field grade’ is evident in our latest creation, this superb pair of hand detachable lock 20 gauge shotguns.

Built with super deluxe functionality in mind, closely adhering to the remit of the most discerning client, we have managed to produce a truly fine pair of guns. Featuring an exhibition but traditional specification while being careful not to be over the top, the patent hand detachable lock, single trigger, scroll back actions, are beautifully engraved with our in house, fine scroll engraving with the gold name in a staggered banner and deluxe carved fences. The cover plates expertly feature grouse in flight on one and partridge in flight on the other. Westley Richards name in gold around the top levers and gold number 1 & 2 in the usual places add just the right amount of bling.

The action and furniture has a stunning full case colour hardened finished as opposed to blacked and a very personalised and never done before addition is the gold butterfly inlaid just behind the safe button. Entirely hidden when the gun is on safe, but as the button slides forwards the butterfly is revealed to ‘let the shot fly’. A great and unique idea requested by the client.

The 30” barrels are Teague thin wall choked with a full set of 5 chokes, cased neatly in a WR hand made choke box. The straight hand, exhibition stocks are truly exquisite, fitted with heel and toe plates they are of the very highest quality which is, dare I say, fairly standard for a Westley Richard’s gun. The guns are stocked to a very specific set of measurements, with a higher than average comb height which provides plenty of sight down the ribs and encourages more lead on driven birds.

Weighing 6lbs 2oz the guns are a dream to handle and point with casual ease. Equally at home on the grouse moors as they would be on the sundrenched Spanish partridge estates, these 20g guns offer a lively style of shooting with a controlled swing and target acquisition. Our case making department has equaled the skills of the gunmakers in producing a superb best oak and leather case to house the guns with a full complement of tools to complete the package.

The pandemic rolls on, but so does the factory and our guns and rifles are reaching completion regardless. This latest pair of guns have been recently delivered to the client and God willing, they will grace the sporting field this season!

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.


  • Luis barcenilla on September 1, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Remarkable work. Elegance expressively shown and reliability And quality of the entire mechanics are long demonstrated. Wood work blind my mind too. Congratulations to WR team.

  • Mims Reed on September 1, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful shotguns and to die for wood.
    Thanks for posting.

    Better tomorrows,

  • Jeff S on September 1, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Tim Popp on September 1, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Amazing piece of craftsmanship. Simply beautiful. These should be in my collection.

  • Peter Buckley on September 2, 2020 at 9:55 am


    Absolutely glorious, that timber is just superb, no need to say anymore......they speak for themselves .
    What a discerning client.


  • William Woods on September 2, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Am absolutely beautiful pair of works of art, but you knew that already!

  • Graeme Keeble on September 2, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    An Amazing pair of guns one day to go with a pair of 16 bore Westley Richard droplocks circa 1920/1930 just had them serviced ready for this season .
    They were in the bank for 40 years until I made my father get them out
    Nothing feels better than standing on your peg with an English side by side.

  • Steven J. Amato on November 28, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Outstanding craftsmanship & overall quality. Congrats to the entire WR Team that made it happen for that lucky new owner. Best wishes & continued successes ahead! Happy Holidays.

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