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There are few things I en­joy more than shoot­ing a gun in the com­pany of Hol­land & Hol­land’s chief in­struc­tor, Chris Bird. We have sim­i­lar ideas on shoot­ing tech­nique and our con­ver­sa­tions combined with ac­tual shoot­ing of great guns – of­ten made by his firm – are al­ways mem­o­rable. These Roy­als at­tracted my at­ten­tion ini­tially be­cause they are of a vintage and form I ad­mire. Hap­pily, the one I shot with Chris, the No 2 gun (on a rather grim day weather-wise) was su­perb. Its 30in

barrels made it pointable, a slightly rear­wards bal­ance al­lowed it to re­main lively, and there was suf­fi­cient weight to main­tain mo­men­tum in the swing and en­sure com­fort­able felt re­coil. Clever and er­gonom­i­cally ef­fi­cient stock shapes were part of the most de­sir­able pack­age.

It was so im­pres­sive that I am now look­ing for a sim­i­lar sin­gle gun. These test Roy­als de­fine the best Lon­don gun

in its golden era.

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