Vintage Guns: Collecting, Restoring and Shooting Classic Firearms

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2008 - Antiques & Collectibles - 224 pages
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This is a book that deserves a place on every shooting man's bookshelf.--Michael Yardley, author of Positive Shooting and Gunfitting At the back of many a gun cabinet lurks a neglected old shotgun. This book will encourage its owner to bring it back into service. A beautiful, fully-illustrated volume, Vintage Guns offers expert advice on collecting guns and restoring them to firing condition--on a reasonable budget. It provides practical tips on buying the right gun for restoration, and gives an honest description of the steps--and potential pitfalls--on the path to renovation. Written for the shooter rather than the historian or engineer, it covers the subject in a lively, informative manner, always with an eye toward heading to the field. Topics covered include safety, servicing and maintenance, ribs and chokes, sidelocks and boxlocks, proofing, ejectors, ammunition, and much more. 50 b/w photos, 215 color photos.
  

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This book is a standard reference for anyone interested in firearms. The information in it is all the rare secrets of time gone by ,and the modern secrets of shotgun making. It truly is a modern classic.

Contents

PROLOGUE
12
INTRODUCTION
15
SHOOTING COLLECTING
17
Why do we shoot?
19
Returning to shooting a modern phenomenon
20
A proud history of Practical Eccentricity
22
Richard Arnold
26
Frederick Beesley
27
Transitional guns cheaper and interesting
108
The bargain basement of British overandunders
109
What detracts from the value of a gun?
110
and other lightweight influences
111
Damascus versus steel barrels
113
Importing and Exporting your Vintage Guns
114
Damascus terminology
117
The rib
119

Sir Ralph PayneGallwey
28
Philip Beasley
29
Competitive and noncompetitive shooters
31
Competitions for vintage guns
32
What is a vintage gun?
34
Why do most people shoot with a machinemade overandunder?
35
The practical case for buying vintage guns to use
36
Resale value
37
Servicing maintenance costs
38
Quality
39
Availability of spares
40
Fitness for purpose
41
Aesthetics
42
Safety
43
VINTAGE GUNS AND HOW TO EVALUATE THEM
45
The collection of the Practical Eccentric
46
Collecting guns for shooting
48
Sleeving
49
What to collect
51
The Twelve Twenty
52
Buying at auction
53
Tips for auction virgins
54
What to look for at auction
55
Bidding
56
Preparation for the auction
59
The locks
60
The action
61
The woodwork
62
Triggers and furniture
63
Engraving
66
Gunstock issues
69
Stock shapes and grips
71
What to collect and use
72
GUN ACTIONS
74
The BarinWood or WoodBar Action
77
Coil Spring Locks not such a new idea
78
Types of Hammerless Gun
81
GUN ACTIONS
84
The Quality Factor
86
Hammer versus Hammerless Guns
89
Reconsidering the Qualities of Hammer Guns
90
Vintage guns competing with new ones in the market place
93
Safety Devices
94
When do you need a Certificate and when do you not?
95
Other technical matters
97
Single Triggers
99
Was there ever a Golden Age of gumnaking?
101
Ejectors are important
102
Bore Size
103
Single barrel guns are worth no consideration
105
What are single triggers for?
106
The choke
123
Top extensions and locking bolts
126
Operating levers
133
The Rotary Underlever Jones Underlever 1859
134
The LiftUp Toplever 1864
135
The Snap Action Underlever
136
The forend
137
Proof
138
Barrel length
143
Live pigeon guns
148
The Vena Contracta
150
The project or buying junk for fun
151
Gun fitting vintage guns
154
Amateur gunsmithing
157
Maintaining your vintage guns
158
Refinishing a stock
159
Birmingham Anonymous
162
TRADITIONAL APPRENTICESHIPS
166
THE OUTWORKER SYSTEM Locks
167
A 20th century Purdey apprenticeship
168
THE FUTURE IN SAFE HANDS?
174
USING VINTAGE GUNS
177
Equipment
178
Gun Slips
179
Cartridge belts
180
Wellies
181
Hats
183
Cleaning equipment
184
Knives
185
Hammer guns for practical shooting
186
Hammer guns for driven game shooting
188
Rough shooting
189
BIG BORE WILDFOWLING GUNS
191
The Vintagers of the USA
194
technique and style
196
Shooting with vintage guns etiquette and safety
198
Safety and Vintage Guns
199
Vermin Shooting
202
Security
203
The Gun Room
205
Safety and young people
208
VINTAGE GUNS FOR YOUNGSTERS
209
Single barrels
210
AMMUNITION FOR VINTAGE GUNS
213
Lead shot
214
Do vintage guns have a future?
215
USEFUL ADDRESSES
216
BIBLIOGRAPHY
218
GLOSSARY OF SHOOTING TERMS
219
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Diggory Hadoke is a regular contributor to Double Gun Journal , Sporting Shooter , and Gun Mart , and is a registered firearms dealer. He lives in London, England.

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