Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Pushandpull

  • Rank

Recent Profile Visitors

640 profile views
  1. Get yourself a copy of "Morning Flight" by Scott. - his first book, written when he was living at the East Lighthouse and shooting hard. Easy to find a cheap copy.
  2. OP, what is the HoD vacancy at BASC please ? I see nothing on the website. I am aware that they are short of a Regional Officer but I guess that one will wait until post-Covid times.
  3. It vanished as a result of work done at Patrington Haven to remedy flooding in September 1969 according to Graham Downing's book "A Sporting Century". It was reported at the time as being washed away by a big spring tide but it seems there was more to it than that as it stood on high ground and they had already cleared away Duncan's punt sheds.
  4. Bob Johnson is still about but has I think got rid of his many big guns. He posts occasionally as "Double Four". T. Clifford Bland mentions having built some 3 1/4" guns "for which english cartridges are available" in the Lonsdale Library book on fowling. I have an I.C.I. undated looseleaf catalogue which lists no big cartridges but shows "Gastight" cases in many sizes such as 3 1/4" 12, all eights up to 4 1/4" and 3" 16. I guess this is wartime or early post-war. David Baker's "The Royal Gunroom at Sandringham" describes and illustrates King George VI's duck gun - a 3 1/4" hammerless Greener. The photo shows red paper case cartridges. The gun has a conventional top slide safety catch, weighs 7 lb.and was delivered in 1939 so HM can not have used it a lot. Simon Reinhold (Twitter or website) might be a useful chap to talk to.
  5. Does GW still take folk out on these marshes ? I know he was looking for an "apprentice" a while back. (NB we are not talking about a professional guide here).
  6. Manish, if you decided to stick with the AYA, why get bothered too about the finish ? Any shotgun or rifle which is used in rough places will get some wear and tear although it is claened and oiled and it will acquire a patina which as natural as the scars and callouses on your own hands. Many on here will have seen Frank Harrison's old gun which was used for many seasons guiding on the Wash. It isn't pretty and the chequering is virtually worn away but it still functions.
  7. The OP seemed to move from sbs to pump rather soon but here are my thoughts. An AYA magnum will be worth a few bob as it is so don't try to change it into something else as it will be costly and possibly fail. Sell it or trade it in. You are evidently planning to go fowling on the coast next season (if we have one), and so I guess you fancy a bigger cartridge if you are changing guns. Reloading is a whole different game which you may come to later in your career. If you are recoil-sensitive as some of us are (it's nothing to do with being big and tough) then consider a semi-auto ahead of a pump or double. I would prescribe a decent used semi-auto in 3" or 31/2" for starters and a few boxes of Mammoths. Your gun will get a bit mucky on the coast at times. If you must have a pump then be prepared to use it and handle it a lot. They are an acquired taste and pumping on the recoil (not as in the movies !) becomes a reflex. I once had a Savage pump as my only shotgun for a few years and was very handy with it but going back to trying a Remington 870 pump some years on never felt the same. Lastly, if your mate really had a double discharge with a double .416 Rigby then either the rifle or the shooter need looking at. On a dangerous game rifle this could get you killed.
  8. As a general comment : if you are in a position to pay clubs subs on time then please do so. Hopefully there will be a "normal" season, and we will all be here to take part. But remember that clubs are mostly run on a shoestring so a decrease in subscription income could mean no lease and no marsh in the future.
  9. That is spot on - long tang and all. It's a battered old thing but of great sentimental value. It reminds me of the horny-handed old great uncles who made me my first catapult and who turned me loose with this gun when I was about 8. It must have been handled, too, by the ones who I never knew whose bones are scattered from the Somme to Coromandel. Many thanks Sir.
  10. LB, my old BSA has a straight hand and is number 3675. Can you put a date on it please ? Unlike my old "guvnor's" Webley it has just been around in the family seemingly forever.
  11. Father's Webley Mk II .22 which he bought new in about 1931 is still in use. Also have a battered BSA Lincoln Jeffreys patent .177 which dates back to his childhood in the 20s which comes out occasionally. They still do the job. Neither is for sale so please do not enquire.
  12. Al Myers was a bit farther on than that Ithaca idea. He was not popular with everybody but he built some remarkable big guns as well producing some ingenious new ideas such as this eight, as well as his "super-punt" Tundra and electronic ignition. JRS, who used to post on here, did a lot of machining for AM but must be retired by now.
  13. It is a biggish chunk of tidal saltmarsh. The tide comes in twice a day. When the big tides are on the marsh will be covered and you do not want to be standing out there. There must be some videos which will help you get the picture......
  14. It was indeed AM. Have no idea if he sold any.That Kelso fair was about the wettest event I have ever attended - we were in a caravan for the duration. The atmosphere in the campsite especially in the racecourse bar was actually amazing. As I recall it was a choice of chilli con carne or spag bol and a LOT of ale was shifted.
  • Create New...