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  1. Controls on the use of crossbows on public safety grounds (accessible) www.gov.uk So there you are! All these sound moderators come off licence and, maybe, crossbows go onto a licence and if so does the cost of administering that then get loaded on to local police firearms departments and who then pays? Controls on crossbows Call for information and evidence about whether we should introduce licensing of crossbows on public safety grounds. www.gov.uk If people do respond then I hope they make it clear that the cost of this, if loaded onto the remit of police firearms licensing departments, be not used as an excuse to increase the fees for Firearm and Shotgun Certificates! This is what I wrote regarding controls. Yes I would want them but ONLY as below and that other than as below I would not want to see any other controls.The controls should be no more than those that apply in England and Wales in respect of the controls on air weapons. That is that any person who has been sentenced to between three months and three years in prison is automatically prohibited from possessing crossbows and etc. for five years from release. A person who has been sentenced to more than three years is prohibited for life.And then I just cut an pasted the same above in the "Other" box on the immediately following question about what controls I'd like to see and the "More details" box.I said that there should be no controls on broadhead arrows.The survey then asks if you would apply for a licence for a crossbow.I said "No" but then in the question immediately following about "Do you use a crossbow" wrote this.I do not own or use a crossbow and would not want to. However I do not think a permit scheme or licence should be introduced as the police have enough work to do.And finally in "Any other comments" wrote this:I do not own or use a crossbow and would not want to. However I do not think a permit scheme or licence should be introduced as the police have enough work to do. I would certainly not want the burden of such be loaded onto already overworked police firearms licencing departments and their budgets and that cost then be used as a reason to increase the fees charged for Shotgun or Firearm Certificates being issued by that same firearms licensing department.
  2. It depends so be careful. If anywhere in the consideration a de-activated weapon, be that one that was formerly s5, s1 or s2, is involved it may be an offence. Notwithstanding that if you don't have such de-activated weapon then it isn't an offence! But if you do that it might be! That sort of thing would be a trigger group, a fully functioning hammer assembly, even perhaps a magazine that holds the full quantity of cartridges it was designed to hold. Or modifying a forend so that it can be removed and replaced on a deactivated s2 shotgun.
  3. The blank loads I had a box in maybe 1980 or so.
  4. There is less effect on the gun from recoil when the lower barrel is fired so therefore the gun is under better control. That's why the bottom barrel is fired first when shooting a pair and, of course, why it is the barrel of choice when but a single shot is being fired. Of course on a side by side the barrel which would produce least affect of recoil when the gun was fired would be the left barrel for a right shouldered firer! But most side by side guns are double trigger guns the front trigger fires the right barrel. And I suppose the small advantage of the right barrel being easier to reload? Having said that I have never, when I had an SKB 200, set up a selectable single trigger side by side to fire the left barrel first. That's the penalty of tradition and how the right and left barrel were customarily choked. Even on a Boss and its standard non-selective single trigger gun the right barrel fired first.
  5. The recent thread on another Forum I belong to had as its topic "the worst forums". It made me log back in to the UK Fly Fishing Forum. That I have not visited for some good few years. And I was saddened to her of the very recent death of Ifor Jones. Ifor was a good man and I shall miss out chats in the fishing lodge at Thornton Reservoir. I have cut and pasted this from UK Fly Fishing: Friday 23rd February 2024 An announcement on behalf of Fishery Management Limited Following the tragic passing of Ifor Jones on the 16th of January, 2024, there has been understandable speculation into the future of the business and the waters he managed so well for so many years. On his diagnosis back in November 2023, Ifor asked his 2 daughters, Sophia and Cassandra Rose, along with his friends, Arthur Olding and Mark Hunt to form an interim management team to help with the future transition of the business. On the 7th December, 2023, the above were appointed directors of Fishery Management Ltd and set about consolidating the accounts to gain a view on the state of health of the business. This process took until late January, 2024. The conclusion of the account consolidation made hard and unwelcome reading. Unfortunately, the business was found to be very heavily in debt, with little working capital and a low asset base. The team explored every possibility to work through the identified issues and transition the business as a going concern. Sadly, to no avail. “On consultation with the firm’s accountants, Haines Watts, discussions were entered into with Leonard Curtis, one of the largest independent firms in the UK, specialising in corporate recovery, insolvency and business restructuring. With great regret and sadness, a decision was subsequently made this week to wind down the business with immediate effect and put it into voluntary liquidation. This was the only option available. The process will be handled by Richard Pinder of Leonard Curtis. Enquiries should be directed to recovery@leonardcurtis.co.uk Leonard Curtis will, in due course, be writing to all known members, creditors and other stakeholders of the company to explain the steps that are being taken to wind the company down voluntarily and place it into Creditors Voluntary Liquidation.” As acting Directors, we would respectfully highlight that no salary was taken at any point by any director, no money was removed from the business at any time and their own money has been used to both run the business and pay for the insolvency process. This cost alone was and is considerable. The acting directors would also like to thank all of the staff and in particular Tom Bird and Lloyd Thompson, for their professional attitude, efforts and cooperation during this difficult period. We would also like to thank the long-standing customers of Ifor’s business for their patience and understanding. This isn’t the news any of us would want to hear regarding the business and the prospects for fly fishing Draycote, Eyebrook or Thornton reservoirs. Whilst indeed this brings to an end a chapter in fly fishing that has touched many people’s lives, including our own, we do not believe it will ultimately be the end of fly fishing on these waters.
  6. Where, please, are you based and do you want manual, electric, what need you?
  7. Well I guess they are taking over running it from the Bilderberg Group who after WWII took over running it from the Jews who, of course, had succeeded the Freemasons who were running it before WWI. How long will the Islamists continue to run it? As long as the Archons allow probably? But whoever it is be it some form of human, extra terrestrial or even artificial intelligence (if I had David Icke on speed dial I'd ask) we can all thank God Almighty that that last over reaching requirement of it being at least some form of intelligence means it'll never ever be Suella Braverman.
  8. You all not have been bidding on the famous or infamous Minoudis Purdey then? I remember the original Guns & Ammo write up. Cor blimey awful the thing was! https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-4829691
  9. I remember showing my Colt 1911 that was made in about 1917 to one of my late father;s friends, one George Baxter, in about 1976. Mr Baxter had been a machinist back in his working life. He didn't as such know about guns but he knew about machining and light engineering. he looked at the pistol and after, at his request I'd stripped it and then reassembled it said this. "There's not a single operation (as in a mill, cut, machining) on that gun that isn't necessary. It is perfect." So I agree that less is more in that respect. Supposedly the engraving on a sidelock is there to hide wear as the gun is used and gets rubbed against other objects and secondly to hold oil against the metal. This below is just sublime IMHO. Apart form the gilded fences and the fancy work on the barrels and the gold triggers that is. But the lockplates are superb and tasteful too. How practical it would be I don't know!
  10. Steel case heads zinc coated? And showing corrossion? Not rare as in old but maybe uncommon but modern made. I'd not pay money for them over and above what a box of present production would cost and indeed I'd want to pay less. They may. also, the Two Inch not be reloadable as they may use old Eley Surefire primers?
  11. Johnny Walker Red Label became "export only" as likely, or disappeared, did Cutty Sark as also disappeared did Booth's gin. The two have now had the names revived. Things come and go. Watney's Red Barrel anyone? Whitbread Tankard?
  12. Yes. I think anyone thinking, if it becomes the law, of taking up this "early pension" would be best to take advice on their individual circumstance. Absolutely so.
  13. My parent's house where I lived until my father'd death in 1987 (after which the house was sold) had in fact a gunroom where my father kept his two shotguns, his cartridges for them and all his salmon and fly fishing tackle. My mother however kept her rifle upstairs in the walk linen cupboard behind the immersion heater therein. My pistols and rifles were in a two gunsafes up in the attic rooms.
  14. Thank you. Best laugh I have had this evening so far. Love it!
  15. It's a con job! Stop working through ill health before you receive your state pension and you will be on Universal Credit. This gives free dental treatment and a number of other advantages such as the possibility of help with home insulation and heating, Council Tax reduction and etc.. Even if you monthly universal credit is only £10. If you receive state pension you lose those automatic rights. So the con job is by you taking state pension early you lose those advantages. Never trust a Tory Chancellor when it comes to benefits and pensions. So by letting the sick "retire early" they will be potentially worse off.
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