Issue 31 January 2022

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Featured In January 2022The Artful Bodger

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Introducing the January Issue

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

Happy New Year from an unseasonably warm Shropshire. With the holidays behind us and 2022 poised to be a year of growth, we are hopeful that we will see more shooting, more guns and more interesting stories.

Corona Virus has made sure we will not be at the American shows in January and February, which is disappointing, and we had guests from Texas cancel their plans to visit us over the holidays, so we are certainly not back to 'normal' yet.

However, the gun restoration business is ticking along, with some long projects coming to a close, and the Journal is attracting ever more interesting contributions.

This issue we have more from Stephen Barnes, hunting with old rifles in Australia, and some fascinating new stories from the archives at Purdey, by Dr. Nick Harlow.

We will soon be announcing our 2022 season driven game shooting parties; where readers can come and stay at Caynham Court and participate in a fully hosted week of the best in traditional English sport, with like minded enthusiasts.

January in England is a subdued month, usually with an element of anti-climax after the festivities but we have the consolation of some of the best shooting of the year, with the promise of colder weather and fully mature birds trying to get the better of us.

We have the added challenge of two pups to train; a terrier called Toad, and Worm, the Vizsla. So, plenty to look forward to!

write to the editor

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