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  1. I think the case being referred to is R v Stubbings (1990). IIRC the defendant was found by police in a public place with a pistol (then on certificate) and a number of primed cartridge cases that could be chambered and fired in it. It was alleged that the defendant, who was not on way to or from target shooting, or apparently any other purpose authorised by his certificate, had committed an offence contrary to s19(c) Firearms Act 1968. This offence requires that he be in a public place, in possession of a firearm and ammunition for it, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse. The prosecution argued that the primed cases were ammunition for the purposes of s19. The court agreed, but this did not mean that the primed cases were ammunition for the purposes of being recorded on a firearm certificate etc. Essentially the precedent set is that blank ammunition, whilst not subject to certain controls, is still ammunition for the purposes of s19 and for the purposes of possession by a prohibited person for example.
  2. Potentially Roy. The derogation proposals for the continued use of lead bullets on outdoor ranges are summarised on page 9 of the HSE document. Whether outdoor range operators can meet the proposed arrangements would be be something they would each have to decide on I expect. There is/was a further issue of whether the land being used as a range or being shot over is also used for other purposes (e.g. agriculture or grazing). Whilst I think that this consideration was earlier applied to both the use of lead shot and lead bullets, it now appears restricted to the consideration of the use of lead shot alone (page 8). As Popsbengo says, these are proposals. The NRA links also link on to the current HSE consultation. Whilst that consultation seeks responses to very specific questions it does have a general comments section which could be used to comment on the aspects above. Adrian
  3. With reference to indoor ranges, and their exclusion from further consideration, the HSE Proposal Document dated April 2022 included the following assessment as regards such ranges; "the environmental and human health risks arising from lead exposure from lead ammunition are negligible if the appropriate risk management measures are applied." (see page 153 as an example) I believe that this conclusion was based on the assessment conducted by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). I realise it is not a full rationale, but I hope it helps, at least for now. Adrian
  4. Items have arrived safely and exactly as described. Many thanks John.
  5. Hello, Trying to be helpful and not sound pedantic here but I am working on the basis you are maybe travelling from Great Britain (perhaps Scotland, given your profile location?) to Northern Ireland, as Northern Ireland is part of the UK. The reason for saying that is just that the PSNI offer the advice copied below on their website, and I think you will be a "Great Britain resident visiting NI". I have only travelled from England to Northern Ireland by ship with my firearms (rifles) and not by air, since 2016 and the last time I did so (2017) I did not need any other authority than my domestic Firearm Certificate. The ship operators had their own procedures regarding firearm security onboard, and I had to declare I was travelling with firearms and ammunition when booking, but in terms of police requirements in NI there was nothing further to attend to. I can't be certain, since I have never done it, but my expectation would be that you would have a similar situation when flying, abiding by the arrangements that your airline has in place for your flight/firearms, but not needing any other authority in NI than your GB FAC. I was shooting at a rifle club there and so the NI club stored my rifles and ammunition, having notified the PSNI they would be doing so. I hope that is helpful, and if you would like to see where I found the information, or if your circumstances are not as I have supposed (and apols for that!) then the link is; https://www.psni.police.uk/request/request-firearm-licence Thanks Adrian Great Britain residents visiting NI From May 2016 firearm and shotgun certificates issued in Great Britain are valid in Northern Ireland. No further documentation is required to enable Great Britain certificate holders to travel to Northern Ireland with their firearms. However in Northern Ireland airguns of over one joule and over are considered firearms. If you wish to bring such an airgun to Northern Ireland, you must apply for a Northern Ireland certificate of approval (Form 30/15). There is a fee of £11.00 for this documentation. Please apply at least 8 weeks before your expected date of travel. This includes residents from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
  6. In this context “air weapon” means what is commonly referred to as a “low powered air gun”, (the route to establish this are the definitions in s57 and then the one at s1(3)(b) for those wanting to follow the details). Thus the provisions at s5(1)(aba) apply to “specially denagerous” air weapons but not to “low power” air guns, which is what allows for the lawful possession of air pistols still. The relevance of this to the OP will depend upon whether the air gun in question is “specially dangerous” or “low power”. This determined by its muzzle energy. Whether to apply the 12ft/lbs for a rifle or the 6ft/lbs for a pistol is the aspect that is less clear, as this is likely to depend on how it was intended to be operated/fired, as Matt indicates. The air gun in the OP appears to be a rifle, but ultimately a court would be the decision making point if the question of rifle v. pistol really had to be answered. I hope that helps. Adrian
  7. S5(1)(aba) Firearms Act 1968 prohibits a firearm if it’s barrel length is less than 30cm or its overall length (not including any folding stock or similar) is less than 60cm. However this provision does not apply to an “air weapon” (or to items designed as signalling apparatus or muzzle loading guns).
  8. Like Roy I have several Arktis jackets, having first encountered them as issued uniform clothing when serving in the police. They proved waterproof and durable then, as well as having what I considered to be a good pocket layout (which I consider they still have). They have maintained the standards I think. I use the “waterproof combat smock” now, but also have an unlined (not waterproof) “combat smock” for warmer weather. The latter jacket is reasonably showerproof. I believe the founder of Fortis was previously associated with Arktis and their products also seem very good, although I have only used one garment personally, an insulating smock. I hope that helps, Adrian
  9. Hello, I would like to buy this please. Thanks Adrian
  10. Hello, If you are happy to travel to the Target Sports Centre at The Tunnel, near Lyme Regis, (perhaps 90 mins away) then we would be happy to show you various reloading presses and equipment set up for handloading. We conduct some reloading on the site. I would very much endorse the comments from Miki and others above. Handloading is very satisfying (and something I do alongside one of my sons too), but it may not be the best money saving exercise. Happy to show you how some of us approach it, and although there is a shop on site selling some bits for reloading, no pressure on that front! I hope that helps, and I appreciate we may be further than you wanted to travel. Adrian
  11. Hello Rick, Thank you for the Tier One 230mm carbon tactical bipod. It has arrived safely (within the week). ATB Adrian
  12. The rules include; 2.2.3 – Factory Division combined rifle and scope new retail ‘dealer price’ (as listed on three or more individual company’s websites/adverts) shall not exceed £3000.00 GBP, the rifle shall not exceed £1500.00 GBP and the optic shall not exceed £1500.00 GBP. I hope that helps, Adrian
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