Hemingway's Guns

Hemingway's Guns
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Ernest Hemingway is a mythic writer and alpha male. As a hunter and conservationist, he drew greatly from the strong example of Theodore Roosevelt, and he much enjoyed teaching newcomers to shoot and hunt. He was a member of his high-school gun club and went to war when he was 18.


Following years of research, this volume significantly expands what we know about Hemingway’s shotguns, rifles, and pistols—the tools of the trade that proved themselves in his hunting and in his writing Including short excerpts from Hemingway’s works, these stories of his guns and rifles tell us as much about him as a lifelong, expert hunter and shooter and as a man.

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Ernest Hemingway is a mythic writer and alpha male. As a hunter and conservationist, he drew greatly from the strong example of Theodore Roosevelt, and he much enjoyed teaching newcomers to shoot and hunt. He was a member of his high-school gun club and went to war when he was 18. He hunted elk, deer, and bear in the American west and went on two extended African safaris, which figured hugely in his writing and changed his life. Following years of research from Sun Valley to Key West and from Kenya to Hemingway’s home in Cuba, this volume significantly expands what we know about Hemingway’s shotguns, rifles, and pistols—the tools of the trade that proved themselves in his hunting and in his writing Including short excerpts from Hemingway’s works, these stories of his guns and rifles tell us as much about him as a lifelong, expert hunter and shooter and as a man.

  • Comprehensive biography of Ernest Hemingway told through his extensive gun collection
  • Beautifully illustrated with over 100 photographs of Hemingway, his family and his collection from various archives with numerous captions
  • Includes excerpts from Hemingway's writings
  • Good addition for those who are interested in classic firearms and Hemingway fans 

 

 THE AUTHORS

A writer, editor, and publisher for more than 30 years, Silvio Calabi lives in Maine and hunts around the world. Roger Sanger, from California and Idaho, is an aficionado of fine guns and the founder of the California Side By Side Society. Steve Helsley, also from California, is a consultant to the National Rifle Association and a firearms historian and photographer. They have collaborated on many articles for shooting magazines and they founded the Gold Medal Concours d’Elegance of Fine Guns and the Western Side By Side Championships

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Sub Heading The Sporting Arms of Ernest Hemingway Second Edition
ISBN 9781586671594
Author Silvio Calabi, Steve Helsley and Roger Sanger
Binding Hardback
Extent 280 pages, 267 x 210mm
Illustrations Photographs throughout
Ebook No
Reviews

'This intriguing book is effectively a biography of Ernest Hemingway, told through his extensive collection of shotguns, rifles and pistols. Unsurprisingly for a man who served in the First World War and was an embedded reporter during the Second World War, Hemingway's life was one of excitement and action. The three authors reveal Hemingway owned many guns, which in many ways defined his life and death. For example, an early anecdote informs the reader Hemingway was taught to shoot when he was just two-and-a-half years old, and was able to shoot a pistol by the time he was four. Though written for the American market, those with an interest in firearms of all types and the man himself will find much of interest within these 184 pages. There are over 100 photographs of Hemingway, his family and his collection from various archives, including some particularly hair-raising photographs of the great author shooting cigarettes from his associates' mouths and hands with rifles.' —Shooting Gazette

 

'A comprehensive biography of the acclaimed writer through his collection of shotguns, rifles and pistols. It is a fine addition to the bookshelf for those with an interest in classic firearms or in Hemingway himself, whose hunting exploits featured prominently in his writing.' - Shooting Times 

'Here's a book by those who shoot about a great shot. Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for literature, but the great author was first and foremost a hunter. Here, his life story is told through his guns, with extracts from his works, descriptions of the guns and notes on how he and his family used them. There were many of them, such as .410s for the children, to the Winchester Model 101s – a staple for an American shot – the three Merkel shotguns, the Browning B25s, the pump actions, the 30.06 Springfield, the .22 lever actions, the Spanish side-by-sides, the Beretta over-and-under, numerous handguns and the WC Scott and Sons pigeon gun with which he tragically took his own life. Shooting and hunting are ever-present in Hemingway's writings, from the short stories to the novels – such as the The Snows of Kilimanjaro. This study focuses for the first time on the importance of shooting for Hemingway and his family. He took great pleasure in introducing his wives, children and friends to the sport and gave away guns as presents to those who were close to him. This is a classic shooting book that merges literature, history and firearms. It will be an asset to the library of anyone who shoots.' - BASC

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