A timeless location

West Raynham Business Park is located on the site of a former RAF base. Sorties were flown from here until 1974. The facility then went on another 20 years before its closure in 1994. After that, the place lay empty for some years, until it was eventually bought and turned into an industrial park.

The “backlot”. A large selection of old MoD buildings and lush greenery.

The Park’s list of occupants includes a busy film production company. Not suprising really, as this old base has bags of character. All sorts of movies could be set here, from an Enigma-type story to a full-blown zombie apocalypse.

Huge fir trees are dotted about but don’t dominate, as their setting is big and roomy.

Perhaps due to its tranquil aspect, the Business Park is also home to a variety of artists and craftsmen. My neighbour across the hallway, for instance, makes the most beautiful custom guitars and wood sculptures inspired by waveforms.

With nothing to suggest modernity, you could be right back in the 1940s.

For me and my little venture, the past few months have seen a gradual transformation of what was a large, echoey void into dedicated workshop and retail spaces.

One end of the retail area, now dressed and ready for fitting out with shelving and displays.

I’ve said this before, I know, but I still can’t believe that all this equipment was once packed into an 11′ x 18′ room.

Still a bit chaotic backstage, but we’ll soon get there.

The joy of working on this project has been in realising ideas which, only a few months ago, existed solely in my head. I’ve always worked best when there was a creative problem to be solved, so doing this has been a challenge and a pleasure.

At last, the mighty Bench B is fully decked out with shelves. Just got to decide what goes where.

There are a couple more mountains to climb before the premises is ready to resume being an RFD (registered firearms dealer). One consolation though, is that the eye-wateringly expensive joinery stage is now complete, so we can now move onto the fabrication and so forth.

As I write this, the electricians are in, adding power for the various benches, including the reloading area. Juice, at last, for the lamps, case-prep machinery and Dillon press.

It will be a few more months before we’re back doing what we always did, but we are open, for non-licensable goods and to welcome potential customers

If you’re considering getting into shooting but don’t know where to start, please contact me and I’ll be happy to give you some pointers.
Tel: 01328 838142 or email: jon@jdrguns.com