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The Empire Rifle by Webley & Scott

Introduction: A Trusted Name Resurrected The Webley revolver became the iconic British gentleman's arm. Without doubt favored by fictitious private detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson, who brought his Webley revolver back from the Afghan War. The Webley was far more than the standard arm for fictitious characters however and was the side-arm for ...

The .600 Nitro Express

The .600 NE: Chronograph Slaying Power Much has been written about the .600 Nitro Express, most focusing on the sheer power of the cartridge, power with which to stop a charging elephant, and power to break a shooter's collar-bone and cause a nose-bleed at the same time. Although I first handled a .600 Nitro Express double ...

The Holland & Holland Range Rover

A Blend of Two British Icons For car aficionados the name Land Rover needs no introduction, and their top of the line model, the Range Rover will be familiar and in all likelihood lusted after by many. The British however are a nation of many talents, some of which are largely hidden from the view of ...

Honda CBX1000Z

The Honda CBX was a motorcycle that George Brough, of Brough Superior fame, would have loved. It was a bike that George Brough's most famous customer, T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) would have really enjoyed: but it was a bike that I must admit the first time I saw one I was stopped in my ...

Crayford Argocat All-Terrain Vehicle

The Argocat is one of those little items most hunters and fishermen would like to have in their garage ready for life's little adventures. Despite the fact that many of us could profitably do with a bit more walking to mitigate against our developing a rather more portly figure than we might prefer, the provision ...

Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite Barn Find

It looks like the car that Kermit the Frog should drive. The British called it the "Frogeye" Sprite, while across the pond in the United States they settled on "Bugeye": but a Sprite by any other name is still as sweet. The Austin-Healey Sprite was made to be affordable fun, plain and simple. While Donald ...

Land Rover Santana

Introduction: The Land Rover Of all the vehicles ever made the one you are most likely to encounter in the most far flung places on earth is the Land Rover. Created by Rover's Chief Designer Maurice Wilks as an Austerity agricultural vehicle the Land Rover was only intended to be a stop-gap vehicle to help Britain ...

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