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The Policing and Crime Act 2017

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The Policing and Crime Act 2017

 

The Policing and Crime Act has received Royal Assent and it brings forward some very positive and very welcome changes to firearms regulation. Firearms UK responded to the public consultation on the Bill and called for some of these changes as did other organisations representing UK Firearms enthusiasts.

Below is a summary of the changes and how we understand they will affect shooters.

One change is placing expanding ammunition generally used for hunting and pest control back onto section 1 after being classed as section 5 in 1997. This removes the need for special exemptions for possession and use. Shooting organisations such as SACS and BASC have campaigned for this change since 1997 and they deserve congratulations for achieving this common sense victory. It removes a lot of additional costs and red tape to both shooters, gun trade and police and is most welcome.

Perhaps the most important changes, which we feel are vital to ensure a bright future for shooting in the UK is changes to the regulations around borrowing firearms and shotguns.  In summary it allows FAC and SGC holders to lend their firearm or shotgun to people for the purposes of game shooting, hunting or pest control and the shooting of targets if they have the shooting rights to the land or the person is given permission by the landowner. It unfortunately does not change section 1 shotguns and LBP these are still unable to be loaned or borrowed.

Firearms UK believe this is a fantastic change as it will not only make introduction to shooting sports more accessible but also allows for a sensible and safe introduction to shooting from more experienced shots where new shooters can get experience more readily which should in turn facilitate FAC grants.

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SACS Airgun Licensing FAQs

Helpful information and advice on the upcoming airgun licencing shambles in Scotland from The Scottish Association for Country Sports. SACS, alongside BASC and Firearms UK strongly opposed airgun licencing.

It is now here unfortunately and we may have lost this battle but we must all continue to build on what we have done, introduce more proactive people into shooting sports and defend our rights and liberties.

SACS AIRGUN LICENSING FAQs (1)

Amending Council Directive 91/477/EEC

Draft Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 91/477/EEC on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons.

Annex I: Defining the semi-automatic firearms to be prohibited

a. Text as in 5662/2/16 REV 2

7. Semi-automatic firearms with one or more of the following characteristics:

a) firearms allowing the user to fire more than 21 rounds without reloading, if a magazine with a capacity exceeding 20 cartridges is connected to the firearm;

b) magazines capable of holding more than 20 rounds;

c) long firearms (i.e. firearms that are originally intended to be fired from the shoulder) that can be reduced to a length of less than 60cm without losing functionality by means of a folding or telescoping stock or by a stock that can be removed without using tools.

Text as proposed for discussion in COREPER

Bold text is new as compared to the text in document 5662/2/16 REV 2.

7. Any of the following [centrefire] semi-automatic firearms (…):

a) [short]2 firearms the configuration of which allows the firing of more than [21] rounds without reloading;

[b) long firearms the configuration of which allows the firing of more than [11] rounds without reloading;]

c/b) long firearms that can be reduced, by means of a folding or telescoping stock or by a stock that can be removed without using tools, to a length of less than 60 cm without losing their functionality.

 

 

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South Yorkshire Shooting Club

Kate took advantage of some coaching on her new Steyr LP10E during a taster session at the exceptional South Yorkshire Shooting Club earlier today. Located in an industrial area not far from Meadowhall Shopping Centre the facilities at SYSC begin to impress as soon as you step through the door.

Each of us has visited a number of grounds and ranges recently; but it’s fair to say we were still a little awe struck when we entered SYSC. Immediately we found ourselves in the refreshments area, with everything you’d expect; cold drinks, tea, coffee and sandwich facilities, all provided by the very friendly and helpful staff.

Looking ahead, you get the first glimpse of range through viewing windows; which is an excellent touch. Unlike some ranges which seem much more closed off, SYSC is very open, bright and very much inviting. A cursory glance around the wall at the rear of the refreshments area and you’ll see the main range in all of its impressive glory. With a number of positions, complete with C02 charging facilities, rests, chairs and everything else you’ll need to enjoy your time here.

On the range itself you’ll find dedicated booths; suitable for right and left handed shooters, remote controlled overhead carriages, Bell Tower among others; and the range is disabled accessible.

Turning the opposite way you’ll find the reception area, and no doubt will be greeted by the friendly and welcoming staff of SYSC. Opposite the reception desk there are disabled friendly toilets, which are certainly the best I’ve ever experienced at any range or shooting facility! Ahead, past reception is the gun room with a sensible selection of rifles, a diverse selection of targets and accessories and a very impressive selection of pellets for you to choose from – including test packs in both .177 and .22, which would be ideal for your to pellet test your air pistol or air rifle.

Off the gun room, is a shotgun simulator; although closed during our visit and I’m told archery is also soon to be accommodated.

The pistol range was the main reason for our visit today, and it didn’t disappoint. Clean and bright, it is an impressive and inviting facility; complete with video camera and monitor, making checking your targets an effortless exercise. The targets are moved manually and can bet set at 6m, 10m and 13m at the back wall. A key facility and one which was appreciated by Javkhlan, a Mongolian 10m air pistol shooter and recent visitor to the club is a large viewing window beside the pistol range. The viewing window allows visitors and others to view the action on the pistol range without getting in the way of the shooters; which was considered an important anxiety-rising addition for those who are serious at training for national and international competitions, offering a chance to steadily get used to being watched whilst performing.

Under the tutelage of Mike, Kate got to grips with the Steyr LP10E, fine-tuned the sights, shot a number of groups, and had an opportunity to try out a diverse selection of pellets to see which her pistol preferred. Mike was friendly, helpful, fostered a relaxing, pressure free atmosphere and was clearly experienced and despite Kate’s significant experience with air pistols, the coaching session today was no doubt beneficial to her.

Overall I can’t recommend SYSC highly enough, the facilities and overall impression of the site is simply outstanding, coupled with the very friendly, welcoming and supportive staff; finding a better facility for serious, and casual air pistol shooting alike would be a significant challenge.

Molly; range dog :-)

Molly; range dog :-)

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Budget O/U Shotguns

The post is intended to highlight some budget; typically sub £1000, O/U shotguns which are available within the UK. If you have any requests for additions to be added please mention them in the comments, drop us an e-mail or suggest them via our Facebook page

Redolfi Arms (RA) Sport sporting shotgun with 3” chambers, 28” barrels and fully adjustable stock is available from Malmo Guns for £895 in 12G with case and 5 chokes.

Close up of RA EOS Sport shotgun action

Photo courtesy: Malmo Guns

“The Franchi Alcione One is available in 12GA (both with 28″ & 30″) M/C with 3″ chambers and superior steel shot proof. The nickel plated steel receiver is tastefully decorated and the selected walnut has a matt oil finish. A single selective gold-washed trigger and auto-safety complete the package.” Available from Keen’s Tackle & Guns for £799.

Franchi Alcione One O/U shotgun

Photo courtesy: Keen’s Tackle & Guns

ATA Steel Action; shown here in Black 12G shotgun. Black Chrome protection, reportedly better than conventional buing. Available with 28” or 30” barrels with a lightweight profile. Available from Wild Hunter for £959+ and some gun rooms in the UK.

ATA Arms Sporter Black Action

Photo Courtesy: Wild Hunter

Last update: 7th March 2016

The NRA Civilian Service Rifle Winter League

The NRA Civilian Service Rifle Winter League is a series of matches held on the first weekend of every month from October through to April and we regularly see in excess of 100 competitors taking part. Month by month they alternate between either a Saturday or Sunday and the match days usually consist to two separate events. At the end of the season trophies and medals are awarded for the first to third place in four classes. This season has been the best attended yet and there have been some very good performances put in by competitors new to CSR.

The facilities at Bisley for CSR are improving all the time and the NRA, supported by a group of very experienced and willing volunteers, run a very efficient and slick operation on the ranges and in the back office both of which have helped CSR grow for strength to strength. The classes are Historic Enfield, Iron Sights, Practical Optic and by far the most popular Service Optic. The straight-pull UK legal AR15 in .223 dominates the competition although there are quite a few other types of rifle used to equally good effect. CSR is a challenging discipline but the atmosphere is always friendly and helpful, there is a physical element to this type of shooting but nothing the moderately fit cannot cope with. The NRA run CSR Introductory Courses throughout the year and these continue to be popular and are a great way of finding out what CSR is all about. Suitable rifles can be hired from the NRA if course members do not have their own and expert tuition and coaching is available in the classroom and on the firing point for what is a mostly practical course. In all the NRA have run 9 CSR Introductory Courses since setting them up in 2013 with 160 people attending. Feedback has been highly positive with progression through to competing in League Matches at about 44%:

‘Just to say thanks to the team for a great day and time spend (sic) helping and tutoring – knackered and sore the next day !!! But I will be back for more! All the very best Robin’

‘Just thought I should say big thank you to the guys for running an excellent course on Saturday. It was a nice combination of useful information, practical tuition and great fun. Excellent value for money too. Well done! Regards, Gary’

NRA CSR Imperial

The national competitions for the Civilian Service Rifle discipline are held at Bisley, as part of the Imperial Meeting, this year between Wednesday 29th June and Sunday 3rd July 2016. The four classes will compete in the respective individual championships over 4 days with the final individual matches taking place on Saturday 2nd July. Later on the Saturday evening the hugely popular Falling Plates competition will take place to be shot in two classes – ‘Historic’ and ‘Modern’. The Falling Plates sees a large number of four shooter teams competing in a knockout match to see who can knock down a bank of ten steel plates in the quickest time from 200 yards after a 100 yards sprint to the firing point.

The concluding Imperial CSR event is the Civilian Methuen Team Match will take place on Sunday 3rd July. Sixteen teams will compete for two trophies in Modern and Historic Classes, each six competitor team will complete the fifty two round Short Range Rural Contact Match Course of Fire with the scores for each team posted on team score boards behind the firing point. The Methuen match is always well supported and when the sun shines is a great end to the CSR Imperial week.

NRA CSR & PR Discipline Sub-Committee

There is a CSR Discipline Representative who sits on the NRA Shooting Committee and is responsible for promoting the sport and administering the rules and match conditions. He is assisted by a Sub-Committee who are the subject matter experts for Range Management and McQueens, Practical Optic Rifle Class, Service Optic Class and Historic and Iron Sights Classes. They can all be contacted through: csr@nra.org.uk

The NRA has set up a Facebook page for CSR that contains lots of useful resources and information for anyone wishing to take part.

Photo courtesy: NRA CSR Winter League

Photo courtesy: NRA CSR Winter League

If you want any more information please just ask. This type of shooting is looked on by some with a bit of suspicion but is well supported by the NRA. We still get comments from people who thing that its illegal for civilians to shoot at ‘Figure’ targets and many that are amazed we are able to own magazine fed ‘military’ looking rifles; unfortunately there is little that can be done to educate the true anti’s but the more the shooting community know about what we do and how much fun it is the better.

Content kindly supplied by:

John Morgan-Hosey
NRA CSR & PR Rep

MSP Email Addresses (12th January 2016)

MSP Email Addresses

Winchester 12g O/U Select Sporter Shotgun

When you hear people talk about a Winchester gun you automatically think of the classic Winchester lever action rifle of the Old West and the cowboy jacking rounds into the chamber to ward off attacking Indians. Whilst these rifles are very fine guns indeed (I have fired an original Winchester Model 1873 whilst on holiday in Tombstone Arizona in 2008) Winchester also makes shotguns and I am a proud owner of one these guns.

Nowadays the Herstal Group own the Winchester brand along with Browning and FN. The Winchester I now own was made in the FN factory in Liege, Belgium but is still a very good gun indeed. When I went shopping for my first shotgun I was originally looking at some guns around £600-£700 mark but then I spotted a legendary name nestling amongst the Browning’s and Berretta’s. Winchester. Now as a former Old West re-enactor I do admit to having a soft spot for Winchester so I was immediately drawn to them. I asked if I could have a closer look at one so the gun shop owner unlocked one and handed it to me. Immediately I was struck by how nice it felt in my hand and at £1300 was within my budget for a shotgun. But, unusually for me, I held back as we were due to visit another gun shop the next day and I had the FEO coming round to check my security for my change of address on my certificate.

Picking up the new Winchester shotgun

The next day on a whim, we decided to visit another shop we’ve been recommended; Malmo Guns. They had only one O/U Winchester and I immediately fell in love with it. It had 30” barrels, adjustable chokes, adjustable stock, came in a abs case and with a combination trigger lock. But that is not what made this gun stand out from the rest. It was the furniture. The stock and fore grip were made from a grey laminate and it looked beautiful. The scroll work was just as nice but also subtle (I don’t like in your face engraving as to me a gun is there to used on the range rather than stuck in a cabinet to be admired). It was also £200 cheaper than the Winchesters I saw the previous day. I was cursing the FEO as he took my certificate away to be updated but the gun shop came to my rescue and said I could reserve the gun with a small deposit. The gun was mine. I paid for the gun in full and then waited for my certificate to be returned. A week later I had the certificate and the gun.

This particular gun is a Winchester Select Sporter 12 Gauge in Over/Under format. It comes in a red ABS case with the Winchester horse and rider logo emblazoned on it. When you open the case you are presented with the gun sitting in its foamed lined compartments with the tools, spare choke and trigger lock in a separate compartment. I found putting the gun together a bit tricky at first but that was probably due to my lack of experience and it has become easier as I have gotten used to it. The gun itself weighs a hefty 3.45 kilos (7.6 lbs) (hefty for me that is) but when you are shooting the gun it doesn’t feel like it is that heavy. The chokes supplied are Imp. Mod or ¾ choke, Mod or ½ choke and Skeet.

Winchester Select Sporter 12G

I first used the gun on a Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club day just 8 days after I picked the gun up. The recoil wasn’t as hefty as I expected. In fact, I found I had to really pull the stock into my shoulder to make the second barrel fire. Pointing the gun and tracking the clays was really easy with the Winchester. I needed to adjust the comb to make the gun fit to me but once it was properly set up and fitted my target hit rate shot up.

Close up of scroll work on Winchester Select Sporter

The trigger action is just right for me straight out of the box and has a good solid feel plus plenty of room inside the trigger guard for gloved hands on a cold winters day.

Would I recommend this gun as a novice clay shooter. The simple answer is yes i would. it feels like a much more expensive gun and is well presented both as a package in the case and as a working gun. It handles well and is very comfortable to shoot. It deserves the Winchester name.

The control of the acquisition and possession of weapons and its aspects in relation to security

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