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  • Birthday 04/23/1963

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  1. David Hancock

    Minox ZP 5-25

    I seriously looked at buying this scope but could not get the reticle I liked so I bought a Tract Toric instead. Both the scope and the customer service from CEO Jon LaCorte in the US is stunning. Check out Tract Optics.
  2. David Hancock

    Howa Replacement Barrel??

    "For the price of a Howa barrelled action, throw it away and buy a new one" Yep !
  3. David Hancock

    Firearms Interview on Tuesday

    Humphrey. Forget the bikkies. I was asked, who else would have keys to your cabinet. In your case not relevant, but no-one else is to have knowledge of your key location, eg your partner unless guns are noted on a shared certificate / cabinet. Stability of home environment, children in the home and a check of home security / neighbours / relationships. I was asked about shooting on a cold morning and over water !. A slight trick, but frozen ground and water can cause a richochet - particularly with a non-frangible bullet like a 40gn .22LR round. I was also asked how I would securely transport my rifle from home to ground and security if I popped into a shop. Also - "how do I feel about loading a magazine at home in good light and to save time when you arrive" . Another slight bit of trickery !!. The carrying of a loaded magazine in your pocket on the way to your permission. A legal no, no. It's deemed a loaded weapon. (some people say no, but I err on the side of best practise) My interviewing FEO also liked the fact I had a plain black ring binder (no camo or gun brand stickers / same with my car - no BASC or my other gun is a Browning sticker !!) with copies of BASC insurances, letters of permission with ICE numbers, some cheap vistaprint business cards with contact details on, attended ranges days, rounds shot and calibres, and OS maps of my perms with public access and no shoot zones marked. Liked the fact I shot on a range - particularly to test different ammunition at different ranges / establish drop charts / and had mentors. All calm, pragmatic common sense stuff, properly conducted and no sloppy matey matey stuff but the FEO made me carefully consider my application in the interview. Good luck.
  4. BASC responds to revocation of general licences Apr 23, 2019 BASC is advising members that Natural England (NE) is temporarily revoking three general licences in England for controlling certain wild birds from Thursday this week. These licences (GL 04/05/06) cover 16 species of birds including several members of the crow family, Canada goose and some gulls and pigeons. There is uncertainty as to when the temporary revocation will end. During that time, anyone needing to control one of these 16 bird species where there is no reasonable non-lethal alternative will need to apply for an individual licence. Natural England says it has simplified the process for applying for such a licence and details will be available on its gov.ukwebsite on Thursday. NE says this action is the first stage of a planned review of general and class licences, which will be completed this year. The change follows a legal challenge to the way the licences have been issued, which could mean users who rely on them are not acting lawfully. “To take such a step without consultation and proper notice is utterly unacceptable from a statutory body and leaves many people at risk of breaking the law at a crucial time of the year when their need to control pests could not be more pressing.” Glynn Evans, BASC’s head of game and gundogs, said: “This change will clearly cause disruption and disarray and we urge people who may be affected to carefully follow the advice issued by Natural England. “BASC is disappointed with the lack of notice from Natural England and we feel it unnecessarily puts people at risk of unwittingly falling foul of the law. “We will be accepting Natural England’s offer of an urgent meeting to discuss these changes and the other issues around general licences. We will update our members at the earliest opportunity.” Natural England has issued this advice: What to do if you use a general licence It is expected that, over time, many situations currently covered by the three general licences will be covered by new licences. Natural England is undertaking new licensing assessments to support lethal control of certain birds in defined situations, such as to prevent serious damage to livestock from carrion crow and to preserve public health and safety from the impacts of feral pigeons. It intends to start issuing these licences on gov.uk from the week commencing 29 April when more details will be available. If people need to take action in the meantime they will need to apply for an individual licence, using a simplified process which will be available on gov.uk from 25 April. In limited circumstances, people may be allowed to undertake urgent action in accordance with the existing requirements of section 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Anyone exercising lethal control of birds after Thursday 25 April 2019 without taking the above steps will not be covered by a general licence and could be committing an offence. If you are unsure what you should do on your land, visit the Natural England licensing webpage for more information and advice. The three general licences being revoked are as follows: General licence GL04: To kill or take certain species of wild birds to prevent serious damage or diseasehttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wild-birds-licence-to-take-or-kill-to-prevent-damage-or-disease General licence GL05: To kill or take certain species of wild birds to preserve public health or public safetyhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wild-birds-licence-to-take-or-kill-for-health-or-safety-purposes General licence GL06: To kill or take certain species of wild birds to conserve wild birds or flora or faunahttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wild-birds-licence-to-take-or-kill-for-conservation-purposes
  5. David Hancock


    Martin B - if you are thinking this route, look at Tract Optics. Their spec trashes Riton - Tract have Schott glass on some models. I have just imported the Tract Toric into the UK direct from the US. Scope cost was around £800, Express shipping (ordered Sunday evening, arrived Wednesday 12.00) guarantee and customs was around £150. Website gives duty prices and CEO Jon LaCorte is sublime to deal with. They have lesser price models on 1 inch tubes but the Toric is a great piece of kit.
  6. David Hancock

    Shooting Fleece

    I've just bought a Shooterking Venatu suit and it is darned good in terms of finish, fit and quality. It certainly breathes and has some nice features. They have some very good looking kit in the rest of the range. Maybe worth a looksee at their fleeces.
  7. David Hancock

    Tract Scopes

    Stunning. OK, so they are not Swarovski before anyone chirps in, but neither are they Swaro prices. I have a £1372 Delta Stryker on my 6.5cm but the top end Tract Toric UHD 4-20x50 - to give it its full name was ordered from the States on a Sunday at 21.00 and arrived in the UK on the Wednesday by 12 - and knocks the Delta into next week - which is a great scope. Retails at around UK £985 excluding postage. It is on on my Sauer 100 .223. Sublime customer service - some UK companies could learn (Many are excellent !) Heavy but not a huge long lump. 30mm tube. Mil / Mil matching click values. Also available in MOA / MOA. Schott HD glass which is so so clear, great reticle IMHO, sunshade and easy to fit zero stop and a stunning bronzey finish. The parallax has the IL switch - on / off / on / off The pull-up push-down locking turrets are sublime, there is the detail of a rubber o-ring in the turret allen key centre, the clicks are very precise and line up. It tracks / ladder tests mm perfect. The rings are so easy to use and smooth. 30 day return. Easy USA postage and customs. I was honestly looking at a Zeiss Z6 with ASV but in my mind it felt cheap, but the two do not compare - my view. The lower level Tracts are getting good feedback in the USA - Tekoa. I took a punt after a recommendation and am very pleased. I would equally put in on my 6.5. I can pm pics.
  8. Bump - offers on this.
  9. David Hancock

    Tier 1

    Tier 1 website direct. Sign up and receive a ££ discount
  10. David Hancock

    Bergara b14

    Facebook James Fowler at Ruag
  11. SOLD to Ian subject to usual. Thank you Ian.

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