Vintage Guns

by Diggory Hadoke

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Collecting, Restoring & Shooting Classic Firearms

Old-fashioned shotguns are coming back into vogue. This book provides practical advice on buying the right gun for restoration. It describes the steps and potential pitfalls on the path to renovation so that the gun can be used and enjoyed.

Diggory Hadoke covers all aspects of collecting and restoring shotguns for use – on an affordable budget. It is written for the shooter rather than the engineer or historian, and covers the
subject in a lively, informative manner.

The author’s passion is for old guns and for their continued use in the field. He argues that the quality of craftsmanship in many old guns, as well as the sheer pleasure of handling them, makes them superior to the machine-made over/unders of the modern shooting field.

Topics covered include:

• buying vintage guns
• over & unders
• servicing & maintenance
• lightweight guns
• customising
• damascus/steel barrels
• safety considerations
• ribs/chokes
• barrels/locks/action/woodwork
• proofing
• sidelocks/boxlocks
• extensions/locking bolts
• ejectors
• operating levers
• single triggers
• gunstock issues
• bore sizes
• ammunition for vintage guns and much more


280 Colour photographs, 20 Black & white photographs


Sep 27, 2007


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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