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Selection of a Gun In Regard to Its Weight and Charge

Shotguns and Shotshells

THE SELECTION OF A GUN IN REGARD TO ITS WEIGHT AND CHARGE By Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey I have so far spoken of the choosing of a gun in regard to its fit; but a good deal has to be considered concerning the best gun for a shooter to use in the field in relation to his powers of aiming, his strength, and the description of sport he expects to enjoy. A gun, whether it be the usual 12-bore or a smaller size, may, as far as mere fit goes, suit equally well; but the shooter has to consider many things...

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General Advice On The Purchase of a Gun - Part I

Shotguns and Shotshells

Cheap v. Best Guns, With General Advice on the Purchase of a Gun By Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey Part I Few recognize the skill and completeness exemplified in a modern gun; and many shooters, I really believe, would never do so unless they were condemned to shoot for a season with the weapons of their forefathers. There is a class of shooters who merely look upon a gun as a machine to kill with, and do not in the least realize the care, expense, and anxiety bestowed on its construction. These are the people who declaim against guns being needlessly expensive if they cost over a...

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General Advice on the Purchase of a Gun - Part II

Shotguns and Shotshells

Cheap v. Best Guns, With General Advice on the Purchase of a Gun By Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey Part - IIBEST GUNS Let us have a look at what the manufacture of a good gun means, and at the same time bear in mind that it is in every detail constructed with as much care and accuracy as the fittings of a valuable watch. It is tested over and over again, and its materials are chosen with the utmost caution, in view of their lasting and other useful capabilities. First-class gun-barrels are selected from the very best iron and steel; they are put together with the...

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General Advice on the Purchase of a Gun - Part III

Shotguns and Shotshells

Cheap v. Best Guns, With General Advice on the Purchase of a GunBy Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey Part III CHEAP GUNS Now a word concerning cheap guns—those sold, for example, at about 15£. In the first place, it is impossible to turn out a gun at this price with profit, and at the same time employ the best workmen and materials, or to spend one tithe of the care and time over its manufacture and shooting that a good gun- requires. The barrels consist of inferior metal, and they are bored and ground and fitted by second-rate artisans; they have little time wasted upon them, and...

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General Advice on the Purchase of a Gun - Part IV

Shotguns and Shotshells

Cheap v. Best Guns, With General Advice on the Purchase of a Gun By Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey Part IV GENERAL ADVICE ON THE PURCHASE OF A GUN To any one who cannot afford to give more than a small sum for a gun, and who yet must have a gun of some sort, I would say: Purchase a secondhand one by a good maker, as being the cheapest and most satisfactory arrangement; provided that, on showing it to the maker, he speaks favourably of its history and state of preservation.* And bear in mind that, as most people rush open-mouthed after hammerless guns at the...

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