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Just sorting out and charity shopping all of our old clutter from storage. I remember getting these books new out when I was a young lad, 1990s. There wasn’t really the Internet as we know it now, any I didn’t know anyone else who shot so these were all I had to learn from. 25 years later they are still a good read! 

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i had that book the pigeon shooter, good book is john batley still alive, and pigeon shooting,he was very good.

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I have that John Batley book also. I have a good collection of gun books and shooting related books. I enjoy looking back through them and the guns and equipment which were the latest thing back then. 

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Yes, think I will put them in the ‘keep’ pile and put a shelf up in the gunroom. Reminds me of starting out when I would decoy woodies with an old army net a few dead birds and be content if I got a single shot!

Bately’s ‘Modern’ was still before electronics had been introduced into our sport 😂

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look at the cover on the pigeon shooting one....................elm tree.... blackthorn hedges.... church and steeple in the background ....and freshly drilled land ...quitisencially englash/british scene

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18 minutes ago, ditchman said:

look at the cover on the pigeon shooting one....................elm tree.... blackthorn hedges.... church and steeple in the background ....and freshly drilled land ...quitisencially englash/british scene

Yep, and look at the size of his horseshoe pattern, remember him giving demos at the game fairs, he always built his hide in a V shape, did he live in Herefordshire?

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Remember before Instagram when you had to physically take a photo around your friends and acquaintances and ask them if they liked it and then record it in a big ledger so you knew how many likes you had! Also Nigerian Royals would have to write to you to ask if you would be able to help them shift $100,000,000 in exchange for keeping a small percentage! Different times

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back in the day you had to know and research and understand what you had learnt  to write a book to inform others  and educate             today you don't have to know jack **** to be on Facebook / social media to try and influence others thought process                  people would read books / newspapers for information and with a thirst for knowledge          now Facebook /social media to become more stupid  by the day as believe everything they see  as gospel              common sense is now well and truly  in the archives    sadly 

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What was the name of a series of ‘How too’ play different sports type books?

From my childhood memory they were half height and not exactly thick either.

Just remember my Father having a few including Squash and Shooting- read that one many many times.

 

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4 hours ago, Jaymo said:

What was the name of a series of ‘How too’ play different sports type books?

From my childhood memory they were half height and not exactly thick either.

Just remember my Father having a few including Squash and Shooting- read that one many many times.

 

"Ladybird books"........?

 

'about the same time readers digest always did a section "I am johns lung" ...or "i am johns left leg"............i learnt all my medical skills reading those sitting on the toilet ..

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23 hours ago, mossy835 said:

i had that book the pigeon shooter, good book is john batley still alive, and pigeon shooting,he was very good.

I knew John Batley around 25 years ago when he lived near Painswick with his family. My youngest was school pals with his child. At the time he was having a cottage conversion done out at Much Markle and we helped them move house. There were several extra bedrooms in the house as he was planning to host pigeon shooting weekends. I don't know if it worked out as we didn't stay in touch, but years later I learned he was chairman of the Gun Trade Association and AFAIK he still is.

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30 minutes ago, Westward said:

I knew John Batley around 25 years ago when he lived near Painswick with his family. My youngest was school pals with his child. At the time he was having a cottage conversion done out at Much Markle and we helped them move house. There were several extra bedrooms in the house as he was planning to host pigeon shooting weekends. I don't know if it worked out as we didn't stay in touch, but years later I learned he was chairman of the Gun Trade Association and AFAIK he still is.

I think he gave up that in 2018. Now it’s Oscar Waktare I think.

OB

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