Sherlock Holmes: A Historically Good Shot? Garry James November 2nd, 2011 | More From Garry James Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+While everyone is familiar with the many skills of the world’s first consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, what is not generally known is just how fine a marksman he really was. Many Sherlockian scholars of the past have tried to denigrate his shooting skills, but they are at best misinformed and at worst, woefully wrong. For example, in “The Musgrave Ritual,” Holmes’ associate and chronicler, Dr. John H. Watson, describes an occasion, “…when Holmes in one of his queer humors would sit in an arm-chair with his hair trigger and a hundred Boxer cartridges, and proceed to adorn the opposite wall with a patriotic V.R [the royal monogram for Queen Victoria] done in bullet pocks, I felt that neither the atmosphere nor the appearance of the room was improved by it” As well, using his .450 short-barreled Webley Metropolitan Police revolver, in “The Sign of the Four,” Holmes, with some help from Watson, was able to pick off a Pygmy Andaman Islander at a fair distance from the deck of one moving steam launch to another. As recounted in “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” Holmes dispatched the “hound of hell” – actually a large mastiff/bloodhound mix – by emptying “five barrels (chambers) into the creature’s flank.” This unerring marksmanship was undertaken in semi-darkness under the most harrowing circumstances, as the beast was savaging Sir Henry Baskerville who, thanks to Holmes, survived the attack. There are numerous other examples, but it must be admitted that along with his acumen as a boxer, unerring deductive powers and skill as a master of disguise, we can also add, Holmes was one heck of a shot. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from Guns & Ammo Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week To sign-up for our newsletter, check this box and submit your email address below. If you sign-up, then you acknowledge that your email address is valid, and that you have read and accept our Terms of Service Even More From the History Books Show More Get the Guns & Ammo Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. To sign-up for our newsletter, check this box and submit your email address below. If you sign-up, then you acknowledge that your email address is valid, and that you have read and accept our Terms of Service 9 Awesomely Creative Ways to Kill ZombiesRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 12 issues for the low price of just $9! Subscribe!