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Handgunning in the 1920s: The Techniques of W.E. Fairbairn

William Ewart Fairbairn—best known for the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife—was one of the pioneers of gunfighting with the “one-hand gun.” In this article, Fairbairn sets out the philosophy and techniques he developed when he was with the Shanghai Police.

Throwback Thursday: Pistol Shooting

William Ewart Fairbairn—best known for the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife—was one of the pioneers of gunfighting with the “one-hand gun.” In this article from The American Rifleman, March 1927—one of the primary documents of combat pistolcraft—Fairbairn sets out the philosophy and techniques he developed when he was with the Shanghai Police. Lessons he learned on the mean streets of Shanghai were taught to British Commandoe and SOE operatives, as well as Americans in the Office of Strategic Services—including Col. Rex Applegate.

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