Mountain Breeze or Ventura? Safari Shirt Review
Westley Richards | Gunmakers since 1812
by Diggory Hadoke
2d ago
Packing for adventure in Africa sounds straightforward until you get into the details. The truth is, no two African countries are quite alike, no two seasons the same and no two itineraries identical. Where you go, when you go and why you go will all be factors affecting the right choice of garment. To make it a more pressured decision; size and weight limits for baggage will reduce any scope to hedge by bringing several items that you, ultimately, find redundant. Packing for safari requires precision and utility. There is no room for poorly chosen kit. When choosing the best shirts for your ..read more
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Two in One - A Rifle For World Travel
Westley Richards | Gunmakers since 1812
by Rachel-Elizabeth
1w ago
When magazine rifles started to make a big impact on sport hunters and professionals in the early 1900s they offered small calibre, low recoil, flat trajectory, excellent penetration and inexpensive ammunition. With these attributes, they quickly gained a following, then a level of widespread popularity that has never really been challenged. With the .275 Rigby and the .256 Mannlicher-Schoenauer fast becoming a staple of every serious hunter's battery and many trying them out for effectiveness on dangerous game, the call for a similarly convenient and relatively inexpensive magazine rifle in a ..read more
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Westley Richards Special Edition Luggage
Westley Richards | Gunmakers since 1812
by Rachel-Elizabeth
1w ago
Westley Richards leather is not mass market, it is not made overseas and it is ‘reassuringly expensive’, to borrow a well-used phrase familiar to the beer drinkers of the ‘90s. Just about every Westley Richards travel bag, wallet or case, seen gracing the reception desk of a select boutique hotel or making its way up the steps of a private jet, has been made to order in Birmingham, in the very same factory that turns-out guns and rifles costing upwards of one hundred thousand pounds. While the big fashion houses market well, Westley Richards quietly creates masterpieces, designed and hand-stit ..read more
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Elmer Keith - Sportsman & Writer
Westley Richards | Gunmakers since 1812
by Rachel-Elizabeth
2w ago
Elmer Keith was born at the tail-end of the frontier period, on 8 March 1899 in Missouri, and thus was in contact with an earlier generation of frontiersmen and met and spoke to many Civil War veterans and gunfighters in his early years. He learned to shoot a handgun from a former gunfighter turned barber, shooting at the patterns in the linoleum in the back of the barber shop. In 1911 he was badly burned in a fire and nearly lost the use of his left hand, a disability he overcame with courage. The lion, weighing over 500 pounds, which Mr Keith shot on his 1957 safari During the 1920s and 193 ..read more
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'Modele-de-Luxe' Westley Richards In .500/.416 Nitro Express
Westley Richards | Gunmakers since 1812
by Rachel-Elizabeth
3w ago
It is a Modele-de-Luxe, the name Westley Richards has used for its extra-finish guns and rifles for over a century. Quite why so many British gunmakers used French to describe their highest quality products is a reason lost to time. Perhaps, like the fashion for naming gun models in Latin in the last quarter of the 19th century, it just sounds more sophisticated. Perhaps the first thing a customer thinks about when he decides to order a new rifle is the cartridge. After-all, the rifle is primarily a means of delivering the contents of a cartridge to its final destination, if one is to be redu ..read more
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Packing for the Okavango
Westley Richards | Gunmakers since 1812
by Diggory Hadoke
3w ago
Three months seems like a long way in the future but it isn’t. There are vaccinations to book, flights to arrange and kit to pack. The elephant rifle is taken care of. Michael will be taking the Westley Richards .470 NE drop-lock he had them build a decade ago. I will be bagging ducks for camp meat and sport in the down-time and for that will take my trusty old Thompson 12-bore hammer gun. However, my other main interest when not carrying a rifle is the chance to take photographs and record the hunt, the place, the characters and the action. The trip is really a focused elephant hunt this time ..read more
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The Huntsman & The Expedition - Safari Shirt Review
Westley Richards | Gunmakers since 1812
by Diggory Hadoke
1M ago
Add to the temperature factor, the need, in some situations, for a garment to provide protection from the sun, a barrier to the ravages of tsetse flies and mosquitos and good resistance to tearing, when snagged by tree branches or thorns. T-shirts, shirts, jackets and coats all have their part to play but a heavy safari shirt is one of those indispensable items that has to be accommodated; largely for its flexibility as several garments in one. Two of the staples of the Westley Richards collection are the Huntsman Overshirt and the Expedition Safari Shirt. The examples pictured here are in M ..read more
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Westley Richards - Making the Impossible Look Commonplace
Westley Richards | Gunmakers since 1812
by Rachel-Elizabeth
1M ago
Not just a perfect modern iteration of the company's best known model, it transports nineteenth century aesthetics and developmental genius into the hands of the twenty-first century hunter. Regulated for 250-grain bullets, loaded into the traditional brass bottle-neck case especially made by Kynamco for Westley Richards, this wonderful medium game rifle is again viable, after decades during which the world considered the .318 cartridge obsolete. Westley Richards customers know better and we remain the only company on earth making rifles in .318 Accelerated Express. Any reader wondering why s ..read more
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The Power of Nostalgia - Westley Richards Feature in Fieldsports Journal Gunmaker's Edition
Westley Richards | Gunmakers since 1812
by Diggory Hadoke
1M ago
As US columnist Doug Larson is quoted as saying: "Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days". That image of the file seems apt when discussing the gun trade. The spectre of nostalgia is one all too often invoked by the average gun trade marketeer. As an industry, we (and I include myself) are overly susceptible to its haunting influence. Were we born too early? Do we belong in another era? We may pretend we do. We like the old things, like leather cartridge bags that smell of Ballistite. We collect Victorian shotguns and hang maps of a long-dead empire on our stud ..read more
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Leslie B Taylor's Pre War Bullet Design - The Original Ballistic Tip?
Westley Richards | Gunmakers since 1812
by Diggory Hadoke
1M ago
Like many a managing director before him, Taylor co-patented, along with one of his employees, several important improvements to sporting guns and rifles. He may be best known among sportsmen and collectors for the 1897 hand detachable ‘Droplock’ which is still the cornerstone of the doubles Westley Richards builds today, but the one patent that carried his personal marker throughout its life was the L-T capped bullet. Like the Holland & Holland ‘Paradox’, introduced in the 1880s, the Westley Richards ‘Explora’ and ‘Fauneta’ were designed to shoot a solid projectile as well as a shot cart ..read more
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