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Bring it on Dr. Hause.

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>>Monte Carlo, February 24. ©An Amer
ican shooter, one of the best at targets
and white flyers in this country, last week
showed his superiority over the finest
pigeon shots in the world in the struggle
for the Grand Prix. He was D. A.
Upson, a Cleveland millionaire, at one
time national amateur champion at tar
gets, and winner of many honors at the
traps. Upson won this great honor from
a field of 127 shooters from all parts of
the world in a contest that lasted until
Upson had outshot all his rivals with a
score of 24 straight in the miss-and-out
event. In addition to the gold medal,
the first honor carried with it a sum
amounting to about $3500, but when four
remained in the tie, Upson agreed to
split this money with the other three
shooters, desiring only the medal and
the honor of winning the championship.
The birds were, as usual, an. exceptionally
speedy and difficult lot, like no others in
the world, and Upson was forced to shoot
with remarkable speed and skill to go
through, this great field of shots without
a miss. A number of his shots were so
difficult that they brought forth applause.
When he left the trap after having shot
the bird that
GAVE HIM A VICTORY<<


What tool was he using?

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I translated an article from the French on pigeon shooting in Monte Carlo several years ago. Very interesting stuff.

I worked in the US Embassy in Morocco from 1971-73. Every now and then, tourists would wonder where they could find Prince Ranier and Princess Grace.

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I live here in N.C. I have had the limited opportunity to shoot live birds and Helice.
I can see why they call it "The sport of Kings"
I recently picked up a 1906 Purdey pigeon gun. Verified by the maker as such. It does not have the matted rib but a smooth flat rib.
Can anyone discuss the various types of pigeon ribs they have seen? My friend once owned a Boss pigeon gun and it had a wide flat smooth rib.


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Upson used a Greener at the First DuPont Grand Smokeless Championship Handicap Live-bird Tournament October 1895
https://digital.la84.org/digital/collection/p17103coll17/id/53099

A profile in 1897, but no mention of his gun
https://digital.la84.org/digital/collection/p17103coll17/id/45603/rec/4

I couldn't find what gun he used thereafter nor in 1914

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Good thread regarding What is a “Live Bird” gun?
http://parkerguns.org/forums/showthread.php?t=24472

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You mean he was using a British Tomato Stake in the 1st event? Surely he switched to something else by 1914?

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So they held the shoots in Jan,, Feb., March & April-- que interesant.. Porque non en Ete (accent grave) Le Reynard...


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