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About JJsDad

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    Lifelong shooter. Used to shoot clays and rifle competitively, but lost the competitive instinct a number of years back. Member of a walk/stand game syndicate for the last 33 years. Enjoy a spot of carp fishing in the summer months & working my 2 ESS on a commercial shoot as a picker up.

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  1. Thanks David. Shame the people who are not members for their own personal reasons, dont just keep it to themselves. We always seem to have a small selection of people who feel the need to broadcast on a public forum their ill informed views about BASC and what it does. Not a member for your own reasons, fine ! But do we need `shooters` knocking our shooting organisations for the world and his brother to read.
  2. Unfortunately there a several members on this forum who think like that. The fact that BASC/NGO and others did a load of work lobbying and producing evidence when the GL fiasco blew up seems to escape some people. However, these same people were happy to continue pigeon and corvid shooting when Defra stepped in, examined the evidence, sorted the mess out & re-issued the licences.
  3. Seconded. I bet he would wonder where it all went wrong with this country since the war, in the light that London is becoming a free-fire zone for anyone with a gun or a knife.
  4. Yep, but us oldies were probably only earning £10 or £15 a week back then, so 10 bob on cartridges was quite an outlay !
  5. 51p and a half-penny for a box of Impax. Grand Prix were dearer, at 53p !! Happy days.
  6. In the early 1960s when I first started shooting there was very little choice, bar paper cased Eley Grand Prix. We didnt have a `proper` gunshop for miles, so it was Grand Prix or nothing. The ironmongers where we bought them occasionally had Alphamax in stock which we treasured for ducking, albeit the price was a jump up from Grand Prix. Yellow Wizard then came along and undercut Eley, but my recollection was that they were pretty awful and we had the occasional weak charge where you heard the shot rattling down the barrel.
  7. The OP is saying the safety was off, i.e: in the ready to fire condition.
  8. With the Police involved, they will get the weapon examined in great detail by a forensics lab or a a specialist rifle-smith to determine if it could discharge if dropped. Personell opinions from members of a forum, however well meaning, cannot be used to support your case that the weapon fired when dropped.
  9. None of these have any jurisdiction over your GP. I had two seperate discussions with BASC over this, but other than vague promises that they are on the case I got no where, and ended up having to change GPs. British Medical Association are the Doctors union, so you could take it up with them. This work is not funded under NHS rules so it is left to individual GPs to charge as they see fit for their time in order to trawl your records and draft the letter. I believe BASC are lobbying the Home Office and BMA to try to get an agreed fee for GPs when they carry out this work, but I have seen nothing to suggest there is any form of agreement as yet.
  10. The GPs report is mandatory over the water here in Kent. No letter, no licence. I had to change GPs practice because the old one would answer any Police requests or provide required medical report. No problem with new one, he charged £25. BASC telling people not to pay or challenging FEO that a letter is not required is outdated and trouble making. I challenged Kent Police over exactly this and the response was that the Home Office guidelines are guidance only and if the Chief Constable wants to exceed them he can.
  11. The simple answer to your question is: `Yes` You do need to fill in all parts of the form regardless of the fact that many of your details have not changed over the last 5 years. As you live in Kent you will also have to get your GP to provide a letter and send it direct to the Police at Maidstone confirm you are free from a number of medical conditions. You may have to pay the GP for this service. Some charge, some do not. Mine charged £25 which I thought was a fair price, in the light that without this letter Kent Police will reject your application.
  12. Exactly. Used a light smear on all my shotguns for years. Quite where and how people supposedly pick up all this grit that makes grinding paste is beyond me. I use an old AYA magnum for fowling and even if it gets wet & muddy I dont find it gets into the hinge pin area or around the knuckle between fore end and action. My game gun comes home fairly clean externally after a day walking & standing.
  13. No probs, pleased to help. You & yours havea good one.
  14. The clue is in the first box at the top of the Form 201 !
  15. Pleased to help seeing a how you were evidently stranded somewhere `off-shore`. Blow that for a job this time of year. Not being a doom monger, but bear in mind firing pins often need a light fetal to get the protrusion and free movement correct.
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