Circa 1957 from Thomas
Bland & Sons Ltd. London
Cracking a clay target with a FourTen (.410) gives a satisfaction and
pleasure that far exceeds the same shot with a more usual 12 bore.
That satisfaction is magnified again if the cartridge used is one that
you have hand crafted and not an expensive factory load.
The Four-ten is often seen as a beginners gun with its light load
and minimal recoil but it is also very difficult for a beginner to actually
hit clays with such a small shot load and they may become disillusioned
The Four-ten should be seen as an Experts gun for someone looking
for a challenge on closer clays or on the Skeet range ( .410 on the
skeet range is more popular in America than here in the U.K.).
The Four-ten can also be the 'Right tool for the Right job' for, say,
close range vermin around farm buildings.
.410s are also know as 36 Gauge in Europe from the fact that a pound
weight of lead divided into 36 balls should produce balls of 0.410 inches
diameter ... but doesn't!
Nearer 68 balls can be made from a pound of lead, each with a diameter
of .410 inches! See The Mythical
As Four-ten shooting is such a minority sport in the U.K. (Few guns,
Expensive cartridges (due to small production runs) and a general lack
of information. We are trying to pull some of the available information
together, especially how to get the required 'bits and pieces' (and
what those' bits and pieces' are!)