‘a specimen of the smallest variety of jack-snipe’

Carruthers hasn’t talked enough about shooting since he acquired his Lancasters back in September. At last on October 16, he bothers to get his gun out, but all he manages to bag is a jack snipe. Not very impressive. Jack snipes are rather lovely little things – tiny even. One bird alone would certainly notContinue reading “‘a specimen of the smallest variety of jack-snipe’”

‘There is plenty ducks’

September 30 is the last day in the book that Carruthers is allowed to believe he really is on a duck shooting holiday, and not a spying mission. Finally, he gets to unpack his Lancaster (and specialist cartridges) to bag something for his dinner. “It was just dusk when we sallied out again, crossed aContinue reading “‘There is plenty ducks’”

What have Carruthers, the Kaiser and Prince Albert got in common?

Adventure Club member Jon Ratty has dug up yet more interesting information about the Lancaster guns that Carruther favours for his supposed duck-shooting holiday: Ahoy! I turned up another few items about Lancaster guns in the last day or so, which may add some interest. People collect old shotgun cartridges like other people collect stamps,Continue reading “What have Carruthers, the Kaiser and Prince Albert got in common?”

‘At Lancaster’s I inquired for his gun’

Finding a gun shop in central London is a little harder these days than it would have been in 1898. Lancaster’s is definitely no longer there, but thanks to studious research by Adventure Club members Nick and Jon, we’ve located it at 151 New Bond Street W1S. It turns out Lancaster’s was a rather historic place,Continue reading “‘At Lancaster’s I inquired for his gun’”