Issue 14 August 2020

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William & Son Closed

The London shop lies empty.

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Issues & Events|August 2020

The virus currently inflicting so much damage on the economy has claimed its first victim from the London gun trade.

William & Son guns and clothing offered a good value, high quality alternative to other London shooting brands.

William & Son closed its doors in early July, this time, it seems, for good. The enforced closure period allowing for the furlough of staff was weathered and the shop re-openned but poor footfall in what is now a very quiet West End has led to the decision to call in the receivers.

William & Son was started by William Asprey and the gun making team was headed by Paul West and sales director Ian Andrews. Chris Hunter took care of clothing and as a team the four of them created aspecial little brand to offer superb quality shooting kit and sporting guns to customers at prices far more attainable than many of their nearby competitors.

William & Sons offerd side-by side guns build in the London trade and over & under guns based on a Boxall & Edmiston platform. Their leather goods and shooting kit was stylish, practical and popular.

I'm sure William Asprey will re-emerge with something notable and I wish Paul, Ian and Chris well in finding new jobs in the Trade.


The beautifully appointed shop in the West End has closed its doors, seemingly for good.

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