The early 21st Century marks a transitional period in artisanal gunmaking. New computer-controlled manufacturing technology is supplanting the traditional craft skills once required to make fine shotguns and rifles. Noted gun authority Vic Venters knows well the time-honoured methods and many of the craftsmen who still employ them — and wants to preserve that knowledge for generations to come.
In Gun Craft, Venters draws on extensive research and in-depth interviews as he examines today's artisanal guns, providing insight into the craftsmanship behind 'handmade' firearms in both Europe and the United States. Fully aware of the often-arcane nature of this industry, he seeks to simplify the techniques and jargon in order to make it accessible to all those with an interest in shooting, owning and collecting fine guns.
Obligatory reading for anyone with an appreciation for shotguns and the skill that goes into making them.
Reviews for Gun Craft
Vic is one of America’s most-respected fine gun authorities.
A fascinating work that draws on extensive research and insider interviews with some of the world’s finest gunmakers… Thoughtful, intelligent and beautifully written, this is a fascinating and impressive work.
Those with even a passing interest in fine shotguns and sporting rifles will need to find a space for this book on their shelves.