The Worlds Greatest Shooting Stories by Tom Quinn
The World’s Greatest Shooting Stories brings together for the first time all the most hilarious, extraordinary and bizarre tales from more than two hundred years of sporting shooting from around the world. Given the huge popularity of the sport there are stories of big game hunting in Africa and India during the 19th century; tales from the Wild West of America; grouse shooting on Edwardian English moors; rough shooting and wildfowling; tales of poachers and diverse tales from eccentric Royals to Russian secret servicemen. All the great shooting characters of the past are well represented.
Everyone who enjoys shooting would agree that the next best thing to being out there is reading about it – which is where this book comes in, a wonderful collection of stories for modern Guns about the lighter side of the history of the sport.
"This is another of those fascinating compendium of bizarre stories that is almost impossible to put down. There is Lady Cardigan, who removed the shot from foreign guests' cartridges because she feared for the safety of other Guns; the Afghans who machine-gunned rock doves in crates to show that they were civilised enough to appreciate driven shooting; the ghostly bunny of the Highlands... Yes, it's a great read and a worthy addition to the bedside and bogside bookshelves."
BASC Shooting & Conservation
"This anthology of shooting tales ranges from the quirky to the outrageous. Whether it's an account of shooting the giant murrel fish with a British army rifle in 19th century India, or of Davy Peters turning up to a shoot day with six perfectly trained pigs as pickers-up, there is plenty to entertain."
"...if you do like the kind of 'coffee table book' which can be opened at any page and dipped into for five minutes of gentle, stress-free reading, you will find much to entertain...."
"This is a remarkable collection of fascinating true-life tales from across the world. Author Tom Quinn takes us from the modern day through to legendary accounts of big game hunting in Africa and India in the 19th century; Edwardian pheasant and grouse shooting stories of poachers; inexplicable incidents; ghostly happenings and one in a million shots - plus some delightfully dotty Royals."
"The author is a lifelong shooting enthusiast and has spent decades compiling the information for this book which, with its attractive binding and fascinating content, would make an extremely nice gift for the sportsman in your life."