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Gun Craft : Fine Guns & Gunmakers in the 21st Century - VENTERS VIC

Gun Craft

Fine Guns & Gunmakers in the 21st Century

Hardcover Published: 14th February 2011
ISBN: 9780892729074
Number Of Pages: 270

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In Gun Craft, noted fine gun authority Vic Venters draws on extensive research and in-depth interviews with the individual artisans behind the art of traditional gun making. He examines many of today?s best artisan-made guns and provides insights into the craft of making them in Britain, Europe and the United States. His intent is to make the sometimes arcane techniques and technical information accessible and relevant. The early 21st century marks a transitional period in artisanal gun making. New computer-controlled manufacturing technology is supplanting the traditional craft skills once required to make fine shotguns and rifles. Today's generation of craftsmen - the last to be trained via traditional methods - is coupling hand skills with evolving manufacturing technology to produce some of the finest shotguns ever made. The author knows well the time-honoured methods and many of the craftsmen who still employ them - and he wants to preserve that knowledge for generations to come. Gun Craft is beautifully illustrated throughout and required reading for anyone who appreciates fine shotguns and the effort and skill that go into making them. AUTHOR: Vic Venters is the senior Editor of America?s Shooting Sportsman Magazine. A lifelong shooter, he has travelled widely in the gun trade in the UK, Spain, Belgium and Italy and has visited many of the world?s most important gun makers. Vic enjoys game and clay shooting, especially for grouse, woodcock and snipe. He wrote the text for The Best of British (Quiller), the much-admired title published in 2010. REVIEWS: 'Those with even a passing interest in fine shotguns and sporting rifles will need to find a space for this book on their shelves. Vic Venters is an authority on fine guns... exhaustive research and in-depth interviews with the finest gun makers from Europe, the UK and the US provides a true insight into the skills behind best guns. There are some fine illustrations throughout, including 150 colour photographs and annotated charts, which make the sometimes-technical world accessible to readers. Michael McIntosh describes Venters' approach as "hard-headedly practical, free of the breathless gushing that too often taints writing on this subject.'" Shooting Gazette 'Unless you are fortunate to have watched your collection of modern and expensive shotguns being handcrafted, Vic Venters' new book is the closest you will get to the pinnacle of gun making today. Featuring technical and historical details about leading gun makers' products, what really makes this book stand out is the behind-the-scenes stories of the stockers, actioners, barrelmakers and engravers who dedicate their skills to the world's best guns. Thoughtful, intelligent and beautifully written, this is a fascinating and impressive work.' Shooting Times 'Gun Craft (subtitled Fine Guns & Gunmakers in the 21st Century) is a look at a unique period of time in gun making which has seen traditional skills supplemented by new technology.' Fieldsports 'Venters deserves praise for his writing style, not just his knowledge of fine guns and their makers. Perhaps he makes his subject so widely accessible because he doesn't see himself first and foremost as a gun expert. "I consider myself a journalist with a passion." His prose ranks with short story writers and novelists.' Virginia Sportsman ILLUSTRATIONS: Colour photographs *

We challenge you: read three chapters of this book and try to put it aside for later. I did. I tried; I failed and found I had to read on. We challenge you to read each chapter in order and do not look ahead to the next topic. I did this and found continuing intriguing information around each corner. Be sure to go beyond the last page of text (244) and read through the annotated bibliography. The artesian well of information continues to flow in the last 25 pages. The 23 chapters are mostly adopted from Vic Venters' columns appearing in Shooting Sportsman over the past two decades. The topics are of such incisive interest that many readers may have clipped the columns for permanent retention. The refreshingly modest price of this elegant book, hardbound, coated paper, clear color photographs, at $ 30, is delightful. It tempts the reader to buy a batch and distribute copies to deserving friends! As I read Venters' lucid thinking, expressed in cleanly crafted language, (Michael McIntosh-from the introduction) I imagined myself at his shoulder as he visited and interviewed the many living legends of 21st century gun crafting. The information Vic elicited always left me feeling more appreciative of the topics covered in crafting double shotguns by largely handcrafted methods. Mostly focused on British shotgun making, deftly exploring action jointing, barrel making, color case hardening, and proofing, to name a few topics, memorable visits to Belgium and Spanish-Basque gun making sites provided bonus nuggets of information. While German gun making topics are largely absent, Venters praises the quality reputation of Hartmann and Weiss of Hamburg. Also, the GGCA website is listed in the appendix. A final challenge: Finish reading this book and then pick up your favorite double gun and deny that you notice its features with heightened awareness. I double dog dare ya! Venters will do this to you. -- Richard Hummel, German Gun Collectors Association Unless you are fortunate to have watched your collection of modern and expensive shotguns being handcrafted, Vic Venter's new book is the closest you will get to the pinnacle of gunmaking today. Featuring technical and historical details about leading gunmakers' products, what really makes this book stand out is the behind-the-scenes stories of the stockers, actioners, barrelmakers and engravers who dedicate their skills to the world's Best guns. Thoughtful, intelligent and beautifully written, this is a fascinating and impressive work. -- The Shooting Times & Country Magazine Those with even a passing interest in fine shotguns and sporting rifles will need to find a space for this book on their shelves. Vic Venters is an authority on fine guns, as this collection of articles from magazines including Shooting Gazette proves. Exhaustive research and in-depth interviews with the finest gunmakers from Europe, the UK and the US provides a true insight into the skills behind best guns... -- Shooting Gazettte The author is a busy man. In fact Gun Craft (subtitled Fine Guns & Gunmakers in the 21st Century) is a look at a unique period of time in gunmaking which has seen traditional skills supplemented by new technology. Vic is one of America's most respected fine gun authorities, and this work is a collection of gunmaking columns written for Shooting Sportsman Magazine. -- Fieldsports To put it simply, Gun Craft is a fascinating book ... The theme of Gun Craft is how traditional makers are surviving by adopting 21st century technology like modern CAD-CAM/CNC manufacturing, while still making guns of breathtaking quality, beauty and price. In most cases, Venters personally visited the shops of the craftsmen he profiles in the book. Some of the chapters explain a certain facet of gunmaking such as case-hardening or choke regulating, while others discuss a particular gun - Purdey .410s, for instance. There are also chapters on some older guns. The book contains a good glossary and bibliography and makes an excellent reference. -- Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream Shotgun Editor In insightful prose accompanied by excellent photographs and illustrations, Venters brings to life the essence of good gunmaking at the best British and European firms. As knowledgeable as he is passionate about guns, Venters writes with quiet, insightful authority. - Gray's Sporting Journal. Gun Craft is loaded with stunning color photographs, plus charts and diagrams, and offers hundreds of pages of well-written, detailed text by noted fine-gun authority Venters. - Big Sky Journal Vic Venters is steadily gaining renown as one of America's foremost gunwriters. - Sporting Classics

ISBN: 9780892729074
ISBN-10: 0892729074
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 14th February 2011
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.0  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.89