R. Ward Gunmakers enviable reputation has been built on nearly half a century of offering only the most exquisite rifles and shotguns, from world-renowned brands such as Boss & Co, Holland and Holland and James Purdey and Sons, now sitting alongside our own Ray Ward range of exquisite shotguns and rifles.
The Ray Ward brand is synonymous in the gun trade with the pursuit of perfection, in-depth knowledge and shooting experience at the highest level - developed from the passion of its founder, Ray Ward, and continued by members of the Ward family.
Renowned for its unrivalled stock of exceptional shotguns, Ray Ward has now become a gunsmith in its own right as well as offering the expertise to maintain and refurbishing the rarest or most complex sporting guns.
Ray Ward won national shooting titles in disciplines such as Olympic skeet and Olympic trap. He became Chairman, then President, of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA), the sport’s UK governing body, where he remained the Life Vice-President until his death in 2013. He was also instrumental in driving important changes in safety across gun sports.
Ray’s two sons followed in his footsteps, with eldest son Andre managing Continental Sports, Ray's first outlet, with younger son John overseeing the RW Trap Club (his father’s pioneering, competitive clay pigeon shooting club).
Ray Ward opens Continental Sports in Redhill, Surrey, selling a wide range of sports equipment and accessories. He soon begins supplying shotgun cartridges for a local gun shop and Ray Ward Gunsmith is born.
The company's extensive knowledge in importing and retailing guns results in a new outlet being opened to supply specialist fishing and shooting equipment including imported shotguns and firearms from Beretta, Browning and Ruger.
Ray retires, leaving John, now a well respected game shot and knowledgeable industry figure, to take over management of the Ray Ward Gunsmith business.
Ray Ward opens a London showroom in the heart of the English gun trade - the prestigious Cadogan Place premises in Knightsbridge. This enhances a growing reputation as experts in the field of Old English sporting guns such as Purdey, Boss and Holland & Holland, allowing Ray Ward to become one of the only independent suppliers worldwide to offer immediate sale of the finest guns.
Gun sales increase, along with demand for shooting clothing and accessories.
An on-site gunsmith is added to handle repairs and servicing, followed by a much welcomed gun storage facility.
As the exclusive Knightsbridge premises become the Ray Ward Gunsmith Head Office and flagship store, the original Redhill outlet is closed.
Ray Ward Gunsmith, now a recognised luxury brand in its own right, is bought by JMH Lifestyle to complement their expanding stable of super-luxury brands.
The Knightsbridge store is completely refurbished and 21st century flagship premises are created.
The very first pair of Ray Ward Guns are completed and receive their public debut.
Ray Ward rebranded to R. Ward Gunmakers.