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2011/03/14 16:02:01 (permalink)

Anyone got a firearms certificate?

How easy is it to get one of these? What are the criteria to be able to qualify for one? 

What would be a decent entry level gun to get? 
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    essex_chris
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 16:08:31 (permalink)
    Nah i failed the psychological part of the test. Luckily Dad has a couple of shotguns and a nice selection of axes, so i still have options

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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 16:10:04 (permalink)
    I looked into this a while back and they're quite difficult to get these days, I would have absolutely no chance due to past medical history

    A shotgun licence is a lot easier if that would interest you

    Otherwise google has loads of info, such as

    http://homepage.ntlworld.....davidson1/fac_app.htm


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    Packup Pete
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 16:13:42 (permalink)
    What do they look for in medical history drab?? I did see a psych during my teenage years....will that go against me? I have a clean criminal record and will have permission from land owners to shoot on their land.
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 16:18:52 (permalink)
    Yes I was told that if you look at question 15c on the form mate, if you tick yes here, that's it for your application. And they'll look into it so lying probably won't be an option

    http://www.met.police.uk/...rtificate_form_101.pdf


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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 16:21:36 (permalink)
    cheers bud
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 17:02:39 (permalink)
    How about just forget the licence and buy a firearm, problem solved!
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 18:26:50 (permalink)
    Firearms are hard to get I have tried and been refused even though I had land and an existing SGC. Was hoping to buy an investment grade double rifle but couldnt get one :(. Pete you will need a silly amount of acreage and a very valid reason but some forces are easier than others. 

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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 18:29:34 (permalink)
    used to have a FAC, gave it up after dunblane due to the idiot rules and regs they started hoying about. they started limiting what sort of gun and calibre you could have, which is like limiting what kind of car you can buy when you get a driving licence, and the whole getting sponsors to countersign just went idiotic. shipped my fave pistols to Belgium and moved onto other things.
    very fkn annoying, since the whole dunblane thing was 100% the cops' fault and the civvie club owners were the ones who did everything right and tried to get teh cops to take hamilton's guns off him....
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 18:45:17 (permalink)
    Mates waiting to hear back about one just now. Think the process involved a fair bit of admin plus an interview at the cop shop.
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 18:56:02 (permalink)
    Rasputin

    Firearms are hard to get I have tried and been refused even though I had land and an existing SGC. Was hoping to buy an investment grade double rifle but couldnt get one :(. Pete you will need a silly amount of acreage and a very valid reason but some forces are easier than others. 



    I have 2 good friends who own farms and 1 who owns a large country estate, so it'd be for hunting game and helping with vermin control, I also want to join a shooting club. Would these constitute valid reasons? Any idea what the Leicestershire force is like for licences? 
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 18:58:31 (permalink)
    Would it be better to get a shotgun licence first then? Are you more likely to get one if you have showed your responsible with shotgun? 
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 19:55:38 (permalink)
    No idea what that force is like Pete there pretty much the same reasons I had but because I didnt have the land myself asnt sufficent that said having a sgc will help. Entry level .222 rifles are cheap as chips its the decent scopes that cost the wedge.

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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 20:13:11 (permalink)
    Pete, the actual licence isnt expensive, i may be wrong bit think its only around £50, but not easy to get one, a shotgun cert is far easier

    joining a firearms shooting club is pretty much essential if its a new licence and not just a renewal, so is having somewhere to shoot it, hence the need to join a club with a proper rifle range if its a rifle you want and not just a handgun, which if you are looking to do vermin control and game hunting then I assume it is

    you have permission off your mates so get them to put that in writing detailing the size of the land they own and you have permision to shoot on, so that proves you have somewhere to shoot and a reason for doing so

    once you have joined the club ask them for guidance as and again I may be wrong but I think its slightly different depending on what kind of shooting you want to do, as in target or game, and where you want to do it as in a club or private land

    as for the local force, easiest way would be to call them and ask to speak to the firearms licensing officer and ask them what they require etc

    theres a few shooting clubs round the east mids, as I considered this myself but changed my mind so never looked to much into it

     
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 20:21:48 (permalink)
    Cheers for the advice lads, are large bore rifle slugs allowed with a shotgun licence? 
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/14 22:45:08 (permalink)
    At least there are strict laws to control it, unlike here where 99.9% of the guns (including mine) are illegal and across the border in Texas, where you can buy a gun easier than you can a beer
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/15 07:17:20 (permalink)
    FAC may not be expensive, but bear in mind the cops will inspect your house and make sure it's adequately secured. you'll probbly need a proper gun cabinet etc, so budget for that stuff too.
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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/15 08:51:14 (permalink)
    Dont think there's much point in UK any more mate, since you cant get any decent guns even with the licence, unless you buy an unlicenced one from any random scrote down the pub, pmsl - the only people in england that get to have guns these days are criminals, responsible law-abiding people are banned!

    If you want to go shooting you're better off travelling outside england. My mrs wont allow guns in the house due to the kids, but fortunately next door neighbour (a cop) has a great collection to play with, including an AK,


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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/15 09:07:03 (permalink)
    These all look pretty smart





















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    Re:Anyone got a firearms certificate? 2011/03/15 12:13:44 (permalink)
    The top one will be good for squirrels :)
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