Friday, January 9, 2015

Douglas Jardine's Double Rifle

Douglas Jardine was captain of the English Cricket team in the 1930s. He invented an unethical but not illegal tactic called the "Body Line" where the ball is pitched directly at the batter throwing him off balance. This tactic caused the top Australian players to have their score cut in half and England won the title. Then Aussies hated him and he said the Aussies were a bunch of ----- idiots. He was the most hated man down under. Douglas was also a hunter and in 1957 he hunted in Northern Rhodesia, today's Zambia. He was fighting cancer and whilst in Africa contacted tick fever. He died in the spring of 1958 and his widow sold his Harrison and Hussey .450-400 3" back to the company. The rifle, which dates from 1920, was later sold to an auctioneer and it ended up in Australia. I purchased it in an estate sale in the mid 1990s and it has taken more game than all of my other doubles combined--many caribou, leopard, lion, croc, hippo, plains game, water buffalo, white tail, etc. In the group photo, Doug is center right, the rifle, and two critters I've taken with the double. Sorry that the low res photos are a bit blurry but you get the idea.