Issue 28 October 2021

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Featured In October 2021Bankrupt. Order Cancelled!

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Introducing the October Issue

Welcome to The Vintage Gun Journal, your free-to-view monthly magazine for all things British gun and rifle.

As we shot the Hurlingham Cup in late September, the warm breeze carried with it the last hurrah of a fast-departing summer. As October literally blows-in, the rain has come with it, bringing decidedly winter vibes to our corner of Shropshire.

Business in the gun trade is good. Make no mistake; dealers are bullish, auction houses clearing the sale rooms and demand is high.

People are spending money and the scare-mongers predicting a slump due to the impending imposition of a lead-free shooting future so far proven woefully premature. The foreign speculators, circling like vultures, can circle a while longer. The British are not giving up on their game guns just yet!

This month we review Holt's last sale and have some interesting guns to examine. Of particular interest to me was the discovery of my great, great uncle's name in the order books at Westley Richards.

That led to the re-telling of a story the family can laugh about now but which was far less amusing a hundred years ago!

By next issue, we shall be knee-deep in puppies, with Vesper the vizsla and Ratty, the terrier both due to whelp in mid October. It is going to be a busy month.

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Diggory Hadoke, Vintage Guns Journal Editor sitting at his desk working hard