When English gunmaking was booming, and the likes of Churchill, Holland & Holland, Purdey and Boss & Co. put their guns to the test in front of the public, a favourite destination was Monte Carlo, where live pigeon trap shooting contests offered seriously impressive prizes and celebrity status to the best Shots.
Live pigeon trap shooting was big, and before the sport was banned in the UK there were a number of clubs to rival those found overseas.
Indeed, the sport of live pigeon trap shooting has a fascinating history which has been brilliantly pieced together over two decades by live pigeon aficionado and Texan author Cyril S. Adams in a brand new and lavishly illustrated coffee table book, Live Pigeon Trap Shooting.
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On March 10–11, 3,000 members of the public and angling community attended the inaugural London Fly Fishing Fair held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.