Andrew Ambrose has spent more than 20 years in the gunmaking industry and has been fortunate enough to have worked for three of the biggest names in the trade – Holland & Holland, John Rigby and currently he is director of gun sales at James Purdey & Sons, one of the first names to sign up to this year’s World Gunmakers’ Evening.

He joined Holland & Holland in his early twenties and was given the opportunity there to work in three key roles from the administration side to being at the famous factory and then becoming London gunroom manager.

From there he spent almost three years at Rigby as head of sales, which proved an invaluable experience in many ways, none more so than gaining a great learning and understanding of the complex world of rifle making.  

His current role as director of gun sales at James Purdey involves overing all the gun-related areas of the business at the renowned company.

Andrew revealed: “This role feels like the culmination of everything I have learnt from my time at Holland & Holland and Rigby and continuing to learn from all my colleagues here at Purdey, then being able to use that knowledge and experience to help grow the company.

“These are very exciting times at Purdey and was one of the defining reasons why I joined. In addition to new guns, we have recently launched our unique Gun Configurator on our website as we recognise that a digital presence and reaching our clients digitally is critical to the future growth of the company.

“We have a number of other exciting plans in the pipeline that we hope will lead to a very promising future and, most importantly, ensure this great name is preserved and grown.”

Andrew is excited about bringing the company to World Gunmakers’ Evening on Wednesday, November 3rd at The Tower of London.

“There are several reasons we are exhibiting at the WGE and they are all the same reasons as to why we have exhibited every year since the launch of this unique event.

“It brings together the entire gunmaking industry here in the UK under one roof and I personally believe this is vital as this generates the appeal that entices a knowledgeable and varied audience. We are stronger as an industry when we try and work together and the future of this industry relies on that unity. 

“In addition, the event format ensures that the focus is completely on the gun or rifle with the clever restrictions placed on exhibitors on what they can and cannot do in terms of supporting graphics and merchandising. Ultimately this is what clients want to see but that can sometimes be lost at other events.”