THE GREAT SHOOTS

Scottish Field - - COVER TO COVER -

BY BRIAN P. MARTIN QUILLER PUB­LISH­ING £35.00 ★★★★

This book has been re­vised and re­vamped and is now in its Third Edi­tion.

For all those field sports and coun­try­side fa­nat­ics out there, Brian P. Martin’s The Great Shoots: Bri­tain’s finest shoot­ing es­tates – past and present is one that has to fea­ture on the book­shelves. Though it does not pro­vide a ‘how-to’ guide on shoot­ing, nor tips on how you can beat your great­est shoot­ing ri­vals, this large hard­back book pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive over­view of the his­tory of some of the coun­try’s great­est shoot­ing es­tates.

Start­ing off with de­tailed back­ground in­for­ma­tion on so­ci­ety’s shift­ing at­ti­tudes to­wards the game-shoot­ing scene, a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the re­la­tion­ship be­tween shoot­ing and con­ser­va­tion, as well as the tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ments that have shaped gun-mak­ing and game rear­ing, the in­tro­duc­tory sec­tion pro­vides an in­ter­est­ing over­view of the age-old sport as a whole. Martin then takes the reader through the his­tory of over 170 shoot­ing es­tates in the UK, giv­ing a glimpse into the lives of the rich and fa­mous who have owned these mag­nif­i­cent es­tates from the 19th cen­tury all the way up to to­day.

Hav­ing se­lected a range of shoot­ing lo­ca­tions from across Eng­land, Ire­land, Scot­land and Wales, it is not ex­clu­sively ded­i­cated to a Scot­tish au­di­ence. That said, it does cover some beau­ti­ful High­land lo­ca­tions like Moy, as well as Burn­cas­tle and Toli­hill, and Aberdeen­shire. Though it is per­haps not one to buy if you are ut­terly de­voted to the Scot­tish shoot­ing scene, it nev­er­the­less of­fers you the chance to broaden your knowl­edge about other note­wor­thy des­ti­na­tions.

There is a nice bal­ance in this book – with both per­sonal and sport­ing sto­ries, past and present, there is some­thing for both the old-fash­ioned shoot­ers as well as the more mod­ern shots of to­day. What’s more, the sto­ries are brought to life with stun­ning im­ages of each lo­ca­tion, mak­ing this an ideal book to have kicking around the house for a re­laxed week­end read.

“Martin takes the reader through the his­tory of over 170 shoot­ing es­tates in the UK

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