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Aesthetic tradition

Diggory Hadoke explores the history of Rigby rifles and some of their famous clients The long timeline of Rigby’s existence as a gunmaker spans most of the major developments in the craft. Having started business in 1775, the first of

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Changing times

Mike Powell reflects on the massive changes that have occurred in winter foxing in the last 50 years

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A happy warrior

David Barrington Barnes recalls the military and sporting career of Sir Adrian Carton De Wiart, a fearless war hero but also a dedicated hunter

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A rite of passage

Kevin Thomas recalls the introduction he had to hunting as a youngster in Africa, and wonders if his sons will have been the last generation to experience it in the old way

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Uncertain Origins

Editor Pete Carr charts the history of the roe deer in the UK, from the rapid post-war population explosion back to near extinction at the turn of the 19th century

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Hunters remembered: Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett’s .275 rifle is currently on display at John Rigby HQ in London. Here’s Sporting Rifle’s account of Corbett’s life as told through our Hunters Remembered column

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The boar rises again

From 5,000BC to the present day, boar expert and hunter Steve Sweeting recounts the history and development of Sus scrofa in England

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