Larry it is true that his Lordship/s did shoot thousands of birds, but not the ordinary people/peasants did. We did not have this here, what we did have is Trap and pigeon shooters who shot thousands and thousands of rounds through these American guns, and some of them are still around also.
The difference is, most of the English had the good sense at the end of the season to have the gun looked at by the maker, where as we just kept on shooting them.

I also don't believe that the shooting in England in the 1890's was for everyone, only the very wealthy could afford to shoot unless you were a guest. I believe most of the shotguns made were shipped elsewhere in Europe for other dignitaries.

Last edited by JDW; 04/15/13 06:16 PM.