Tony Sanchez-Arino, A Great Professional Hunter

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  1. monish

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    Tony Sanchez-Arino, A Great Professional Hunter

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    Tony Sanchez-Arino, A Great Professional Hunter. Few hunters in history can match the accomplishments of legendary hunter Tony Sanchez-Arino, who, with almost 1300 elephant, 2044 buffalo and 332 lion to his credit, is among the most experienced dangerous game hunters to ever go afield. Translating the sum of this experience into tangible form, Tony has teamed up with Belgium’s Dumoulin-Herstal to build dangerous game rifles integrating his preferences in rifle configuration and cartridge selection. The rifles of the Tony Sanchez-Arino collection are made to Tony’s technical specifications, designed to meet the requirements presented by the hunt for dangerous game. The collection includes both Sidelock and Boxlock Ejector Double Rifles in .375 H&H, .470 NE and .500 NE as well as magazine rifles on Mauser actions in dangerous game cartridges from .375H&H to .505 Gibbs. Every rifle in this prestigious collection has Tony’s signature engraved in gold on the barrel.

    Tony Sanchez-Arino is a well-known professional hunter and former professional ivory hunter who has hunted in Africa for fifty-five years and counting. Tony has authored several books on elephant hunting, including Elephants, Ivory, and Hunters; The Last of the Few: Forty-two Years of African Safaris; and Elephant Hunters, Men of Legend.

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    Elephants, Ivory, and Hunters by Tony Sanchez-Arino.The most thorough book ever written on the Aftican elephant from a hunter's point of view. Illustrated with some of the most amazing historical photos of giant tusked bull elephants ever seen as well as a four-tusked elephant.

    Few hunters in history can match the accomplishments of legendary hunter Tony Sànchez-Ariño, who, with almost 1300 elephant, 2044 buffalo and 332 lion to his credit, is among the most experienced dangerous game hunters to ever go afield. Translating the sum of this experience into tangible form, Tony has teamed up with Belgium’s Dumoulin-Herstal to build dangerous game rifles integrating his preferences in rifle configuration and cartridge selection.

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    Tony Sanchez-Arino with tusks, A Great Professional Hunter

    The rifles of the Tony Sanchez-Arino collection are made to Tony’s technical specifications, designed to meet the requirements presented by the hunt for dangerous game. The collection includes both Sidelock and Boxlock Ejector Double Rifles in .375 H&H, .470 NE and .500 NE, as well as magazine rifles on Mauser actions (Herstal Safari or White Hunter) in dangerous game cartridges from .375H&H to .505 Gibbs. Every rifle in this prestigious collection has Tony’s signature engraved in gold on the barrel.

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    Tony Sanchez-Arino on his first elephant hunt in Gabon, 1952.

    Annually 1 or 2 anniversary rifles are made. These rifles include the most rare woods and exquisite engraving, the pinnacle of our production and considered among the most beautiful rifles in the world.

    From the time he was a little boy in his hometown of Valencia, Spain, he was expected to follow in the foot steps of his father, a famous surgeon. But instead, Tony dreamed of Africa and elephants. He learned to read early and devoured books about exploration and hunting, and he made it to Africa at the age of twenty-one, beginning an illustrious hunting career.

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    Tony Sanchez-Arino, A Great Professional Hunter. Here pictured with an Elephant in Botswana, 2005.

    Now Tony is in his early 80s with a wealth of African experience and insights behind him. He still guides hunting clients. He has been married to his wife, Isabel, for forty-two years, and they have three sons, Tony, George, and Charles. Sports Afield caught up with Tony at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno last January.

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    The Last of the Few by Tony Sanchez-Arino. Forty-Two Years of African Safaris.

    He hunted elephant professionally for ivory from 1952 until soon after the countries he hunted in gained independence and started having political and security problems. In the early days, there were elephants everywhere in seemingly endless numbers in what was then French Equatorial Africa, Belgian Congo, Cameroon, Sudan, and Somalia. In Liberia, in the 1950s, you could get a twelve-month license to shoot unlimited elephants for $250. There was not even tax on the ivory. In Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Spanish Guinea (now Equatorial Guinea), the quota was also unlimited and you paid tax on the ivory after you shot the elephant--seven dollars per elephant.

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    Garras y Colmillos by Tony Sanchez-Arino.

    He started guiding clients in the early 1960s. Actually, he took some friends out just for pleasure before that. But he guided full time starting in 1960, and he still doing it today, so it's been forty-five years.

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    Cazadores de Elephantes, Hombres de Leyenda by Tony Sanchez-Arino.

    He still hunts about eight months per year, mostly in Botswana and Tanzania. Botswana because it has the best elephant, and Tanzania because it is best for the Big Five. he hates hunting plains game. As he says he has nothing against it, but it holds no interest for him His safaris are primarily for dangerous game.

    A great professional hunter and a great writer of many books on African Hunting...


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  2. lbgsafaris

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    a True Icon.
    I have been reading a lot about Tony Sanchez-Arino lately and he is a very interesting person with a word of experience in Dangerous Game Hunting.
    1304 Elephants
    2083 Buffalos
    339 Lion
    165 Leopards
    127 Black Rhino
    58 Solid years of hunting in 23 different countries
     
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    +1 with Limpopo Big Game Safaris.

    He truly has led the life of his choosing since age 21 and continues to do so with gusto.

    Furthermore, Sr. Sanchez-Arino's well documented experiences are one integral part of my beginner's preference toward heavy bullets for heavy game, and moderate velocity.

    All of these trendy ultra high velocity cartridges do not seem like a good match for any thick skinned/heavy game animal.
     
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    The most amazing of all to me is the fact that he shot all those DG animals and was never scratched, mauled or hit by any of those.
    Shows you what an Experienced Professional Hunter he is. That to me is a reputation to live by and something to be proud of.

    Most of todays charges are provoked (just for the sake of a camera) and usually ends in disaster. Playing things safe is the way it should be done.
     
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    Monish Thank you for sharing.

    i have a few books by Tony and they are a good read..
     
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    I´ve had the opportunity to meet Tony a few times, and can assure you he is truly a gentleman of the old school. Courteous and unassuming, a real pleasure to spend some time with him, and get a glimpse of the old Africa.
    His wife Isabel is a charming lady who is very involved in several projects to help the african natives.
     
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    I love it when threads like this get bumped bacj to the top!

    As opposed to some others, I've never heard of Tony. Looks like I've been missing out for sure!!!
     
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    Royal27 you have no idea how much you missed, well the way I know is that I missed just as much but started picking up on it.
    I found an old African Outfitter Magazine the other night and on the cover page was written Tony Sanchez-Arino
    Tony tells his life story from the start, how he had to study medicine because his father was a well known and respected Doctor.

    His dream was to become a Professional Hunter although his father did not like hunting at all.
    At the age of 22 he took off to Africa and fulfilled his dreams. Hunting all over Africa.

    Tony has seen and experienced more than anyone will ever experience today.
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking....

    I will likely never SEE as many of those animals in the wild as he has taken. Heck, elephant and buff are really the only two species that I could even hope to see close to what he has hunted....

    I love hearing of those who chase their dreams. I didn't, but have been lucky enough to occasionally live my dream. And for that I am grateful.
     
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    Yes! Tony is a legend here in Spain.

    I met him in Jerez, my hometown. A true hunter and a gentleman of the old school, as Nyati said.

    He has just written another book "Hic sunt leones", about hunting lions. I think it has not been translated into english yet.

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