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Hammer Guns

in theory and practice

Vintage gun expert Diggory Hadoke (author of Vintage Guns for the Modern Shot and The British Boxlock Gun & Rifle) has now produced an accessible work on the subject for which he is best known: the hammer gun.

With a fascinating mixture of historical analysis, practical application and personal reflection, he makes a robust case for the Victorian hammer gun as the finest sporting gun available today, just as it was a century ago.

The reader will discover all that is worth knowing about the subject: how the guns were devised, crafted and used, how they were perfected and how they work.

Modern applications are given equal weight to historical ones and subjects such as the selection of suitable ammunition, stripping, refurbishing and customising will prove invaluable to anyone contemplating taking a hammer gun into the field and using it as they would a modern gun.

More than a reference book, this is a clearly-written guide for owners and collectors that will prove invaluable for buying and maintaining  Victorian hammer guns.

Author: Diggory Hadoke
ISBN: 978 1 910723 25 8
Published: September 2016
Format: 276 x 216 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 224
490 colour photographs
13 black & white photographs
20 Tables and diagrams
Price: £30.00

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Hammer Guns by Diggory Hadoke

Press reviews

Reviewed in BASC Shooting & Conservation in December 2016

'There is everything you will ever need to know about hammer guns in the pages of this learned tome. It does what it says on the cover.'


Reviewed in Shooting Times & Country in September 2016

'This book celebrates the elegance of the hammergun and gives a comprehensive account of its aspects and thorough history of its provenance and use in all types of shooting. A true delight for all firearms enthusiasts.'


Reviewed in Australian Shooter Magazine in August 2017

'A real page-turner. Those without a distinct interest in hammer guns are likely to find themselves sucked in and those already impressed by the subject matter are bound to discover something new.

Hammer Guns in Theory and Practice is a great read for any firearm aficionado or an impressive coffee table book for just about anyone else.'



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