Friends of mine arrived from France late last night bringing some much-needed supplies from across the Channel. There isn't much French stuff that you can't buy here these days, but amongst these rare items, which are now in my possession are Bordeau-Chesnel rillettes, two bottles of Amer Picon, and most importantly the 2014 edition of Le Chasseur Francais' guns and equipment supplement.
This kit bible is published every two years, and is the Devil to get hold of when you're abroad. In 2012, I ordered it online and had to wait three months for it. I think they distribute in newsagents, and then wait to have enough orders for a second print run. Anyway, this amazing publication is essentially the catalogue of EVERYTHING. Every single last shotgun, rifle, cartridge and optic that is on the French market is listed, tabulated, priced. There are tests galore, a review of all the latest new products, it's just like a huge concentrated binge of hunting-kit-centric geekery!
New for this year in particular is that innovation that's taken French the market by storm, the .30-06 Springfield...
Anyway, I just thought I'd share my enthusiasm with you. If anyone has anything they want me to lookup, let me know, as that would give me some sort of purpose beyond wide-eyed self-indulgent drooling.