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.'
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.
Cleaning a gun is an invaluable way of getting to know it, to ensure its reliability and to preserve it for future generations. Harriman's guide covers safety basics, legal considerations, cleaning materials and tools and implements... Gun cleaning is a story in itself, a part of the sporting fabric of life. Harriman's book is an essential guide for the novice and a pertinent reminder for the rest of us. -- Alexandra Henton * The Field * What an absolute gem this 100-page pocket-sized manual from Quiller Publishing is, and what better time than the start of the British game bird shooting season to release it. This well-produced, succinct manual covers the cleaning and maintenance of the main categories of firearms: shotguns, sporting rifles, air rifles, ex-military rifles and black powder firearms, as well as hints on restoring antique and vintage guns. The text and explanations are easy to follow and the clear colour photos augment the book nicely. I also like how the back few pages are reserved for personal notes - something all firearm owners and tinkers will certainly appreciate. Highly recommended for novice and more experienced firearm owners alike. -- Gary Creighton * British Country Sports * Although I have been shooting and cleaning both modern and black powder guns for many years, I learned a lot from reading this small book. There is very good advice in the 'legal considerations' chapter that would protect many a licence holder. Cleaning products and tools and comprehensively covered, but the author also talks about everything from black powder, through air rifles and shotguns, to centrefire military rifles. He also touches on recording and marking your guns - a subject most owners, I would think, don't consider. It is not a manual on how to restore a badly-damaged antique gun, but it does advise on most work and materials with which to maintain and carry out small repairs. Overall, this book is an interesting read and would help any firearms owner. -- Helen Lang (winner of the BASC social media book competition) * Shooting and Conservation *