Rigby and Leica join forces with
West London Shooting School to launch new rifle range

London gunmaker John Rigby & Co. and German optics brand Leica have partnered with West London Shooting School as their exclusive rifle and sport optics suppliers for their redeveloped rifle range.

This month West London Shooting School will open its doors to their state-of-the-art rifle range, featuring a five-lane 100m range with running boar set up, together with an adjacent two-lane 200m range. Adding a little luxury and protection from the elements, shooters will benefit from shooting huts which are fully covered for prone, seated and stick shooting.

The operation has been officially named The John Rigby & Co. Rifle Range at West London Shooting School. Rigby rifles such as the renowned Big Game rifle and the Highland Stalker will be supplied for use. Rigby clothing and accessories will also be for sale in the West London Gun Room.

Rigby is also proud to announce the unveiling of The John Rigby & Co. Room at West London Shooting School, a grand reception area in the school’s dining facilities where guests can meet to discuss their shooting, enjoy private product viewings and sip a dram of Rigby’s signature 18-year old whisky which will be for sale through the restaurant.

Leica is thrilled to be sponsoring The Leica Running Boar Range at West London Shooting School. Leading Leica products such as their Magnus riflescopes and Geovid HD-B rangefinding binoculars will be on hand for guests’ use.

Marc Newton, Rigby’s managing director, said: “Rigby is delighted to be the chosen rifle partner for The John Rigby & Co. Rifle Range at West London Shooting School. The relationship between Rigby and West London goes back almost 100 years and it is only fitting we embark on this project together. We are looking forward to having a London-based arena of a similar high standard where we can celebrate the sport with our clients.”

Jason Heward, managing director of Leica UK, added: “Leica is very excited to be working with West London Shooting School on their new range. Our customers now have a first class venue in London where they can see what they can achieve with our optics.”

Roddy Richmond-Watson, Director of West London Shooting School said: “Whilst we have been carrying out extensive relandscaping at the shooting school to further enhance the the noise bunding it seemed sensible to improve the rifle range along with our other shooting facilities to meet the growing demand for rifle shooting in general and low land stalking in particular and are very excited to add the Running Boar within the range!
We are delighted to be building on our long association with John Rigby & Co. and welcome well known precision optics brand Leica. The range will be bookable by appointment with an instructor or range safety officer depending on requirement & experience level, details to follow.”

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Editor’s notes

About West London Shooting School
The West London Shooting School has been offering expert tuition and gun-fitting for over a century in beautiful surroundings 12 miles from Marble Arch. With over a hundred traps and stands in superbly laid out grounds, the school teaches every possible variation of game shooting to all standards of shots, from beginners to experts. Their distinctive style of shooting and tuition owes much to the great Percy Stanbury, arguably one of the finest shots who ever lived and who taught at the school for more than 20 years. Twice voted ‘Best shooting ground in the country’, West London Shooting School prides itself in offering tailored tuition to match individual ability and to help develop your own style.
For further information about the school visit www.shootingschool.co.uk or call 020 8845 1377.

About John Rigby & Co.
Founded in Dublin 1775, the company has more than 240 years of gunmaking experience. Rigby opened their first London shop in 1865 and continued operating out of both offices until they closed their Dublin shop in 1897. The company moved to the USA in 1997, but returned to London in 2013 when it was bought by the German L&O Group. Rigby now operate out of a purpose built premise in Pensbury Place, London. In 2013, Rigby recommenced their historic partnership with Mauser, which dates back to the late 19th century. The firm manufactures bolt action and double rifles. Products of particular note include their iconic Rising Bite double rifles, fully bespoke London Bests, the award-winning range of Big Game bolt-action rifles and their latest creation the Highland Stalker.
For further information about Rigby, visit www.johnrigbyandco.com or call 020 7720 0757.

About Leica
Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses. And today, in combination with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualisation and perception. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. The company operates branch offices in Australia, China, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, South Korea, UK and the USA. New and innovative products have been the driving force behind the company’s positive development in recent years. Products of particular note include their impressive Magnus range of Riflescopes, the outstanding Geovid Rangefinding Binoculars and their latest creation the Tempus ASPH Red Dot Sight.
For further information about Leica, visit http://uk.leica-camera.com/Sport-Optics.

Media contacts
West London Shooting School:  Rachel Pedrette  +44 (0) 1452 346466 rachel@bloxhampr.com
John Rigby & Co.: Liz Edgar +44 (0) 1890 882441 liz@tweed-media.com
Leica: Holly Whitaker  +44 (0) 1890 882441 holly@tweed-media.com


One response

  1. Congratulations Marc and Crew,
    You guys just keep pushing the boundaries of what John Rigby can and will do to enhance your brand and the shooting sports overall. I am so proud to have met most of you during the past 4-5 years. Will see many of you again in January at DSC. Please keep up the good work!
    David Hodo

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