On Saturday my Dad and I took a trip up the road to the new Gilsan Sports shop near Richmond. I had heard great things about this shop whilst at the Northern Shooting Show earlier this year so thought it was worth the trip. The shop is around 45 minutes away from home and I have three or four other gun shops much closer to me but boy was this place worth the drive!
Gilsan Sports currently have two shops, one in the beautiful market town of Leyburn, North Yorkshire and one just north of Richmond near Melsonby. I have visited both shops but with Richmond being the newest of their stores this is the one I wanted to write about. It has only been open a year or two at most and I first heard about it from one of the reps from Browning at the Northern Shooting Show 2018 in Harrogate.
On arrival you are greeted with a lovely wooden cladded building on a small business park with dedicated parking and a great frontage to the building. It already looks impressive and far removed from the small farm yard gun shops I have been used too. This place is purpose built and is meant for business!
Inside the shop you are greeted with a large open space, packed with clothing from some of the most prestigious brands including the likes of Alan Paine, Musto, Harkila, Seeland, Ridgeline, Pampeano and many more. There were jackets, shirts, socks, wellington boots, hats, everything you could think of, not to mention the countless accessories for personal use and for your guns or pets. Everything was laid out in a clear order and displayed really nicely making for a lovely shopping experience.
On arrival, literally within two minutes of being in the store, we were offered a hot drink by Simon the owner and allowed to take our time to walk round the store with a lovely cup of coffee in hand. Every single member of staff greeted us and checked in to make sure we were well looked after. All the staff at Gilsans are also extremely well presented, very smart and add to the overall clean and polished feel that Gilsans gives.
From the entrance to the shop you can see through to the next room in the shop, the 'Gun Room'. What a sight it was! A lot of gun shops have dusty old shelves cram packed in no particular order with hundreds of guns and it can take an age to work your way through them to find what you are looking for. Not here! At Gilsans the presentation of the guns is superb and reminded me of the type of shopping experience you get from a premium brand car dealership. It was clear to see that Gilsans are a fan of the Browning range as they took centre stage in the store with a fantastic display.
The selection of guns in store are great with a huge range of all the well known manufacturers and they also had a great selection of semi autos, side by sides, rifles and guns suitable for a smaller budget. The guys in the shop were more than happy for us to help our selves to the guns on display and allow us time to look round the store at our leisure whilst also being close enough to provide help where needed.
They also stock a huge range of ammunition and shotgun cartridges and sell their own brand cartridges produced by Eley for only £50 per 250 known as the Gilsan Stinger in 28g 7.5s. I bought a slab of these and took them to Hazel Bank Shooting Ground that afternoon and they performed great.
Overall I absolutely loved this shop. It is nice to have a high end, premium gun shop within a reasonable distance from home and I will most certainly be going back when its time to upgrade the trusty old Browning 525. Gilsans have it nailed, from presentation to customer service, this is a shop worth a visit for the shooting and country enthusiast. I look forward to going back soon!
You can check Gilsan Sports out for yourself at their website which is www.gilsansports.com
Monday 9:00am to 5:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am to 5:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am to 5:30pm
Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am to 5:30pm
Bank Holidays 10:00am to 4:00pm
Moor Park Moor Rd Melsonby Richmond North Yorkshire DL10 5PR Tel. 01748 822108
High Street Leyburn North Yorkshire DL8 5AQ Tel. 01969 62394