Churchill shooting is a set of principles of instinctive wingshooting for game birds and sporting clays. Initiated by Churchill’s nephew Robert and adapted to contemporary technology by his friend and fellow London gunsmith Macdonald Hastings, the method is not only easy to master, but also produces superb results.
Churchill himself was a keen shot and game shooter. He readily accepted invitations to shooting parties and often stayed at the houses of such hosts as Lord Spencer at Althorp; George Kemp, 1st Viscount Rochdale (created 1st Baron Rochdale in 1913) at Gunnerside in North Yorkshire; and the Duke of Buccleuch at Castle Douglas.
At the same time he was keen to support the British gunmaking industry. He sat on the board of the London Gunmakers’ Company and, after the outbreak of World War I, acted as the president of the British Federation of Shooting Clubs.
When he was elected as the first prime minister after the 1918 general election he was determined to restore Britain’s lost prestige in the field of international relations. Among other things, he wished to bring back the practice of diplomatic missions armed with British arms. This was a major challenge to the French, who were largely unarmed and whose diplomats often had to fight the enemy hand-to-hand.
During his time in command of the 6th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers during 1916, Churchill was a prolific shot. He was recorded as firing a total of 10 rounds from his Mauser pistol, estimated to have killed three enemy soldiers. This particular pistol is reputed to have been one of his favourites and it still bears the evidence of frequent use. It is also engraved on the right-hand slide: ‘WINSTON SPENCER CHURCHILL’.
The Churchill Method
A great deal has been written about Churchill and his political career, but little has been said about the shooting skills he mastered. Mark Murray-Flutter rectifies this omission with this book, a comprehensive and authoritative account of the guns that Churchill owned and used.
The best cure for your missed shots is to find an expert to help you understand what went wrong. Charley Perkins, manager of brand marketing for Orvis and an instructor at the Churchill School of Shooting, has a wealth of experience in this regard. He teaches 70 Orvis company associates to shoot every summer, and spends 30 days each duck season with guests at his Arkansas hunting camp. So he sees plenty of misses and has solid advice for curing them.
MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) – Deputies are responding to a shooting in Macon. Police found a 51-year-old male and 35-year-old man injured in the 2900 block of Churchill Street. Both are being treated at Atrium Health Navicent Hospital. The investigation is ongoing. Stay with 41NBC and WMGT for more details. Churchill shooting