Hammer Guns

by Diggory Hadoke

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In theory and practice

Vintage gun expert Diggory Hadoke (author of Vintage Guns 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.


490 Colour photographs, 13 Black & white photographs, 19 Colour tables, 1 Diagrams


Sep 01, 2016


About the Author:

Diggory Hadoke was born in Hereford in 1967. He has been
obsessed with British sporting guns since childhood.

He is a long-standing contributor to: Shooting Times, Sporting Shooter, Fieldsports Journal, Gun Trade News, Rifle Shooter, Sports Afield, The Double Gun Journal and several overseas titles. He makes regular television appearances as both a gun
expert and hunting advocate.

Diggory is the author of three books: Vintage Guns, originally published by Merlin Unwin Books in 2007, The British Boxlock Gun & Rifle (2012) and Hammer Guns in Theory &
e (2016).

After two decades in London, Diggory now lives with his family,
near Ludlow, in rural Shropshire, from where he manages Vintage Guns Ltd and edits the digital magazine The Vintage Gun Journal.

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