The Land Report

Texas 2018

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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T E X A S 2 0 1 8 | The LandReport 91 LANDREPORT.COM floors, stamped copper ceiling panels, oriental rugs, oversized leather furniture, and walls covered with sporting art. Black walnut cabinetry and intricate woodwork by trophy room designer Julian & Sons beckon the chosen inside the spacious vault. A roll call of the firearms ensconced behind the nine-ton steel door will give even the most jaded denizen of London's Best gun shops the sweats: Rigby, Purdey, Boss, Francotte, Beretta, Rizzini, Krieghoff, Blaser, Woodward, Browning, Stephen Grant, Perazzi — all arrayed in racks and cabinets and drawers and each one graced with the handiwork of the world's finest engravers. At the time of my visit in March 2018, the matchless inventory included the first Rigby 28-gauge ever produced; a Purdey .375 flanged, the only gun ever engraved by Phil Coggan and his son, Simon; and a matched pair of Purdey 12-gauge shotguns that were also engraved by Phil Coggan. It turns out this pair of Purdeys was Phil's last undertaking before he retired as an engraver. Russell will part with the two masterworks for $550,000. "The Gordy family has built one of the finest gun stores in the world. It's a stunning emporium of guns, clothing, and accessories. " — James Horne, Chairman, James Purdey & Sons Ltd. ABOVE: Whenever he's in the Bayou City, the gregarious Houstonian can be found behind the counter at Gordy & Sons selling guns and catching up with clients, many of whom are good friends. OPPOSITE: The interior of the main vault was custom-crafted by Julian & Sons Fine Woodworking. Among the many treasures it houses is the world's largest inventory of Purdey shotguns.

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