tweed plus-fours and vest

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Plus-fours al­low shoot­ing stock­ings to be worn eas­ily over them and ob­vi­ate any nasty gaps. Plus-sixes (fall­ing six inches be­low the knee) al­low enough over­hang for rain to drip over boots rather than into them. Many peo­ple stock good ones, in­clud­ing Oliver Brown, Far­low’s,

Wil­liam Evans, Cord­ings, Purdey and Hol­land & Hol­land.

I have mine made by Jeremy Shaw of Carters Coun­try­wear, who builds them with match­ing tweed shoot­ing vests. Th­ese are very use­ful on dry days, as they in­cor­po­rate a re­coil ab­sorp­tion patch and have good load­ing pock­ets for sin­gle-gun days. He also makes them with match­ing tweed jack­ets. Th­ese look smart when you ar­rive at the shoot but few ac­tu­ally shoot in them. The ex­cep­tions are those who have Nor­folk shoot­ing jack­ets with small lapels that don’t fall over the shoul­der when you mount the gun. Any­thing that pro­trudes over this area is to be avoided.

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