Ham­mer guns in the­ory and prac­tice

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From the first few para­graphs in Dig­gory Hadoke’s third book on ham­mer guns it is clear that he is ob­sessed by them. Even by the end of the pref­ace most read­ers will start to share his pas­sion for ham­mer guns, such is the in­fec­tious power of Hadoke’s prose and en­thu­si­asm.

With sen­tences such as, “Ham­mer guns are not an af­fec­ta­tion, they are the best guns ever made and are still bet­ter to use than any­thing else avail­able,” I chal­lenge you to read this book and not be moved to want one of these “hand­made works of art”, as the au­thor calls them.

This book charts Hadoke’s life-long pas­sion for ham­mer guns com­bin­ing his­tor­i­cal anal­y­sis, prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion and per­sonal re­flec­tion. Hadoke makes a con­vinc­ing case for the Vic­to­rian ham­mer gun as the finest sport­ing gun avail­able to­day, even giv­ing ad­vice on suit­able am­mu­ni­tion, strip­ping and re­fur­bish­ing.

The “prac­tice” part of the book’s ti­tle comes from a chap­ter that out­lines the best type of ham­mers guns to use for mod­ern day shoot­ing. There are even sec­tions on spe­cific types of shoot­ing such as wildfowling and pi­geon shoot­ing. This is the most ex­cit­ing part of the book be­cause Hadoke does not see these guns as mu­seum pieces, but firmly be­lieves that they should be used for what they were made for.

This ac­ces­si­ble book is ideal for those with­out prior knowl­edge of Vic­to­rian ham­mer guns, but would also ap­peal to more se­ri­ous col­lec­tors. It is a beau­ti­fully pro­duced, weighty tome with stun­ning colour pho­tog­ra­phy as well as some fan­tas­tic old il­lus­tra­tions. It would look good on the cof­fee ta­ble, but once you open it you will be spell­bound and drawn into the world of vin­tage ham­mer guns. My ad­vice is to read it and en­joy it.

“Once you open it you will be spell­bound and drawn into the world of vin­tage ham­mer guns”

Ham­mer guns in the­ory and prac­tice

By Dig­gory Hadoke Pub­lished by Merlin Un­win Books

Spe­cial read­ers’ price: £25 (RRP £30) plus £3.50 P&P. Quote “Sport­ing Gun” (tele­phone book­ings only) – of­fer ends 31 Jan­uary 2017. Tel 01584 877456 or visit www.mer­li­n­un­win.co.uk

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