In this book leading firearms expert Bill Harriman deals with all aspects of the cleaning and maintenance of the most commonly encountered types of sporting firearms. The book gives practical advice distilled from the author’s 50 years’ experience in shooting sports and gun collecting. The emphasis is on safety and value for money.
Cleaning materials and other consumables are discussed in detail as are the tools and implements necessary to maintain a gun’scondition, reliability and value. The specialist techniques required for cleaning and maintaining every type of firearm are described, as are those for dealing with ancillary equipment. The book also covers how to mark and record firearms to discourage theft and to aid their recovery should they be stolen.
As the author remarks in his introduction: ‘This book is not just about preserving wood and metal, it is about preserving heritage too’.
About the Author
Bill Harriman is Director of Firearms at the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). Before joining the Association in 1991 he worked in Birmingham for a firm of auctioneers specialising in guns, arms and armour. From 1974 to 1991 he served in the Territorial Army (Royal Artillery and Royal Yeomanry), retiring with the rank of Captain.
He is one of a team of arms and militaria specialists for the BBC TV programme Antiques Roadshow since 1985. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and an honorary historical adviser to the Royal Armouries. He is also President of the Muzzle Loaders Association of Great Britain.
He is a professional member of the Chartered Society for Forensic Science and gives evidence in court on ballistic issues.
Bill collects infantry rifles (1830-1918), their ammunition and accessories. He also enjoys rough shooting, particularly with a muzzle loader. Outside of shooting Bill enjoys real ale, opera, painting model soldiers and playing snooker at his club.
Table of Contents
Tools and Implements
Cleaning Sporting Rifles
Cleaning Air Rifles
Cleaning Ex-Military Rifles
Cleaning Black Powder Firearms
Restoring Antique and Vintage Guns
Marking and Recording Your Guns
Maintenance of Ancillary Equipment