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Stunning Westley Richards .375 Sidelock Double Rifle

So here it is finally finished, the first .375 H & H calibre sidelock double rifle that we have built in modern times. Scaled onto the appropriate frame and incorporating Westley Richards unique model 'C' fastener and top lever work, the rifle has its own distinctive look and elegant lines. Without any form of bolster the sides of the action provide a clean canvas on which the engraver can indulge their art.

Richly coloured exhibition wood once again sets Westley Richards apart.

This rifle pays homage to three of the famed 'Big 5' and it is only now that the rifle has been hardened, brushed and lacquered that all the detail really stands out. The darkened cut away back ground contrasts wonderfully with the elaborate scroll, motifs, gold work and finely depicted game scenes. The scenes were intended to be more animated with fighting bull elephant and buffalo on the respective lock plates.

Westley Richards unique model 'C' dolls head fastener with wide pivoting snap action lever work makes a great area to elaborate and embellish.

Fighting bull elephants in clouds of dust with cattle egrets highlight the right hand lock.

Built in Hollands iconic .375 belted magnum cartridge this calibre remains to this day a firm favourite on safari and we continue to build both magazine and double rifles in this calibre. The addition of quick detachable scope mounts and a Swarovski Z6I scope not only adds versatility to this rifle but also helps those whose eyes are not quite as sharp as they used to be!

Now brushed the detail in the engraving is even more spectacular. Such detailed work is time consuming but certainly worth all of the effort when finally finished.

Complete in a buffalo hide lightweight leather case with a classic complement of horn handled tools the final package is simple yet stunning!

5 Comments

  • Peter Buckley. on October 31, 2019 at 1:54 pm

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    ‘Utterly amazing’ the fabulous detail, the game scenes, the calibre, the wood, the gold work, everything about this double is just stupendous, “WOW” what an incredible culmination of craftsmanship now complete !

    The almost unobtrusive scope mounts does make it so versatile, great touch.

    Good hunting to a very lucky owner.

    Best regards

    Peter.

  • Mark S. on November 1, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Finally!! This is stunning. Personally I might have had just the animals themselves brushed, and left the rest of the case color, but there's no denying this is beautiful work. I especially like the deeper cut of the scroll.

  • Morten Skarra on November 4, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Nice wood ! A little bit darker and it would have been 110% :-)

  • Howard Barry Wesley on November 6, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Pardon me, but that is a beautiful work of art. I hope the owner takes it on a buffalo hunt, but please be careful with it. You will never forgive yourself if you scratch that amazing gun.

    Happy Hunting,

    Barry

  • Daniel on January 22, 2020 at 2:46 am

    Wow! What a fantastic double rifle!

    Who makes those scope mounts? Are they made in house? Very clean look.

    Regards,
    Daniel

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