Issue 15 September 2020

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Featured In September 2020William & Son Retrospective

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Introducing the September Issue

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

Our mission is to develop knowledge of British sporting guns and promote their continued use in the field.

September marks the start of partridge shooting in Britain, following on from the grouse, which started on August 12th. Mixed reports from the moors. The cold snap in June and the very hot April turned out to have not worked well in many places, with survival rates of chicks poor. However, I have heard of some good bags and plenty of friends have enjoyed productive walked-up days.

This month we reflect on the sad demise of William & Son, gunmakers of Mayfair, who ceased trading in July. Always a champion of British brands and small scale high quality producers, they will be missed. However, their legacy of guns includes some superb specimens, which we examine.

Auctions have been very busy during the quiet high-street trading period and September brings us sales from Gavin Gardiner and Holt's, both with interesting catalogues to tempt home-bound buyers.

Here at VGJ headquarters, we continue to endure the biting phase of new vizsla puppy 'Vermin', who is doing her best to live up to her name! She is happy, healthy and growing into a lovely bitch. Training for real starts soon.

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