Westley Richards

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Westley Richards
Type Private
Industry Firearms
Founded 1812 (1812)
Founders William Westley Richards
Headquarters 130 Pritchett Street, Birmingham England, United Kingdom
Area served Worldwide
Products Double rifles, Bolt action rifle's, Shotgun's
Website www.westleyrichards.co.uk

Westley Richards is one of the oldest surviving traditional English gunmakers. It was founded in 1812 by William Westley Richards. Their inventions included the Anson & Deeley boxlock action and the Droplock, which equals in status James Purdey's self opening and Holland & Holland's removable locks. They were the producers of the Enfield rifles, the British Army standard for many generations.

It still thrives as a family-run business, occupying the purpose-built gunmaking factory built around the turn of last century.

The firm's original factory in Bournbrook, Birmingham was recently demolished to make way for the Selly Oak Relief Road. The firm now has a new factory at 130 Pritchett Street, just outside the city centre of Birmingham. Its double rifles are popular in the United States among safari hunters.

One of the Westley Richards guns is on public display in the gun room at Sandringham House in Norfolk, the home of her Majesty the Queen and her family.

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