Westley Richards Monkey Tail History, Eezox, ArSa pistols, Black Powder Accessories
Occasionally the phone, 01483 202619, might get answered, if I can hear it ringing over the lathe. There is no answering machine, but you are welcome to phone up to 2100 hrs. The easiest way to contact me is to E-mail email@example.com - I try to answer within 24 hours, if you don't get a reply - suspect Gremlins. PO Box 50, Albury Post Office, GU5 9AB gets a weekly visit, it's a 3 mile walk there & back.
I will be starting off with seven main sections;
1. ArSa's Matchlock, Flintlock & Percussion Competition pistols, handmade for a smaller hand than those of Pedersoli.
2. EEZOX, a wonderful penetrating lubricant that dries to a low friction rustproof membrane - cutting Black Powder cleaning time in half.
3. Black Powder Accessories: These stocked items are selected on the basis of being arguably the best available, not commercial viability. The majority are imports so any prices are for guidance and are subject to Currency fluctuations - this generally allows me to offer better value for money than the alternative. Goods are shipped, unless otherwise requested, by cheapest post. Packing is free and Carriage is charged at cost.
MLAGB members often find they are the recipients of a small discount on declaration of Membership Number.
4. Monkey Tails. As a way of thanking those people who have helped me with the Monkey Tail Register I have composed a brief History. Helpful though they have been Westley Richards has changed hands several times since being a Family Concern and few records from those times have been retained.
The Register serves a number of purposes.
It can provide provinance, sometimes going back to the 1860's.
Reverse Engineering from survivors is the only way of recreating the History of 'tails.
It records and publishes details of Stolen guns. It highlights composite guns concocted from spares.
Pictures of Missing Parts can be provided.
If you have a Monkey Tail of any description please send me some details and pictures. I will not pass on contact details unless given permission. The Register records Serial Number, Barrel Length, bore dimensions, Lock Date, stock shape, furniture specifications and any other details available. Please be aware that I consider pictures or specifications I am sent to be resource which I hope to publish in due course - unless advised otherwise.
The Rule of Thumb in the World of Black Powder is that at least 50% of anything related is a fabrication, as often as not as an 'aide' to sales. By going back to the source - the guns themselves - and harking to their story I hope to be approaching 'fact'. If you have a dissenting opinion, tales or myths, peripherals, catalogues or articles of the time - please tell me.
This is very much a two way street, questions are always welcome; as is information on 'tails for Sale or Wanted.
For more detail click on a picture or download and Zoom.
5. 'tails for Sale
6. Catalogues. These are a good source of Data. I am missing a few Wallis & Wallis and Weller & Dufty Catalogues. Most I have read, but would still like to collect. I have a number Surplus, along with copies of Guns Review. If you have any to dispose of, or want, do tell.
7. Books for Sale. Full details, content, photo condition etc. on request