This edition of the standard textbook on its subject has been revised by Robert Churchill’s biographer. Macdonald Hastings, himself well-known in the shooting field (and other fields as well), has incorporated comments on matters which, since Churchill’s Game Shooting as first published in 1955, required further enlargement or modification. He has also brought the entire work completely up-to-date.
Macdonald Hastings, who collaborated with the author in the writing of the original edition, was Robert Churchill’s own choice to revise the text and this new edition of Churchill’s drill book, as the great gunmaker and coach himself liked to describe it, may be regarded as contemporarily definitive. None who read the first edition will want to miss this second one, in which every point of controversy and prejudice has been underlined with an editorial note to assist the shooting man in improving his own performance.
To those who are still unfamiliar with Churchill’s method of teaching game-shooting, it is important to add that this books is aimed to help not merely the experienced shot who wonders why he is missing, but also the novice handling a gun for the first time. It contains complete and always practical advice on all forms of shot-gun work for everybody.
Those who make good use of this manual will not only be welcome guests in any company but quickly pay the cost of the book out of the saving they make on wasted cartridges.
Robert Churchill, who died in 1958, was the latest, perhaps the last, of the great gunmakers of London. He was as much a legend in his own specialty, in his time and in his way, as that other Churchill whose name he shared.
For nearly fifty years he was the gun expert consulted by the police and gave evidence in almost every important murder trial involving a shooting in this century. He pioneered the identification of bullets in criminal cases and, in the world of sport, introduced the specially designed short-barreled game guns with which he was associated throughout his career.
But Churchill the gunmaker, Churchill the ballistics expert, was only part of the man. He was also the greatest shooting instructor of his day. He was the first to teach the system of shooting moving targets, not by arbitrary calculations of “forward allowance” but by trusting the sureness of the eye and smoothness of the body action to being the gun on to the mark. All who study his method will find that it works.
Macdonald Hastings, Churchill’s friend for twenty years, has revised this new edition of Game Shooting to coincide with the publication of his book on Robert Churchill’s life and cases. He is himself a well-known game shot, and one of the best-known sporting writers of his day.