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  1. Might as well add my monthly (pre lockdown) total of 24 for March. 525
  2. Best bet would be an air rifle or something like a 9mm garden gun shotgun if it's within 10 or so yards. But you can buy reduced velocity ammo for a .22 which will give reduced energies of 30ib ft or so (less than a third of a normal subsonic .22). Also some CCI do segment ammo which splits into 3 but likely still not suitable. It depends on what you can buy from your RFD and the reduced velocity rounds aren't known for accuracy. But as I said, air rifle would be ideal for this if you can acquire one. Most countryside organisations offer insurance for shooting activities as part of their membership. However, always check small print first to see if you are covered, especially if there is any payment involved
  3. Would it need to be sent to the proof house after the work has been done to get certified?
  4. I agree. It's not the state imposing draconian laws to stop people having fun but to try and save lives. For the vast majority, shooting cannot be classed as essential or justified
  5. Fair enough but did you ask for that to be confirmed in writing because it's at odds to what I was told by my licensing manager. Problem is that as there's no definitive guidance (understandably as there's more pressing issues going on) it's open to interpretation and can change depending on whom you speak to and when.
  6. Am not sure what you mean? That licensing and the police don't always follow government guidelines regarding licensing or in general? Which is true but there's a big difference between that and this current situation where rules are being brought out to save lives
  7. My take on it is that if you carry on shooting there is little risk of infection being spread under normal shooting circumstances. And it's obviously good for mental and physical health. However if we accept that there is a lockdown and only essential travel to work, for medical or food supplies etc is permitted, then there is a risk to the public perception of shooting and an unlikely but still possible risk of your license being revoked. If members of the public see or more likely, hear shooting carrying on as normal they will understandably be angry that folk are carrying on as normal while they are on lockdown. This will reflect badly on shooting as a sport. Regarding your licenses. The Government has issued orders that curtail free movement for all, except in certain essential circumstances. This is to help save lives. The police issue their SGC and or FAC on the understanding that the recipients are law abiding citizens who will respect the rules and conditions of their licenses and of society in general, and abide by them. In my opinion, if the police respond to people carrying out shooting and the shooter cannot prove beyond doubt that the shooting is essential, they will likely open themselves up for revocation of certificates. This is simply because by out shooting, they have demonstrated that they cannot follow government advice and orders. And if they can't do that when it is designed to save lives, they are unlikely to abide by any other conditions or rules. Therefore they are untrustworthy. Just my take on it. I will miss going out but in the grand scheme of things, it's not that much of a hardship.
  8. I had a shotgun for sale at an RFD before. The RFD was adamant that I didn't need to notify the police it was no longer in my position so I trusted him and didn't advice licensing. I think it came to renewal time shortly later and licensing where not happy I hadn't notified them that the shotgun was out of my possession for more than 72 hours, even if it was at the RFDs. If I hadn't argued my case, I don't think I would have had my certificate renewed because of this. Legally, there may not be a requirement but common sense would say that for the few minutes that it takes to email or write a letter, it keeps you right and saves any hassle. enfieldspares is spot on
  9. No requirement for a license to buy airgun pellets in Scotland. Only restriction is age
  10. Been a slow month for the squirrels. Constant rain and a lot of strong winds meant that I couldn't get out as much as I would like and when I did, the squirrels where cosied up in the dreys. The thermal was useful in these cases, showing what dreys where occupied. Another 12 to add anyway since my last contribution. 328
  11. stuartyboy

    A day out LOL

    A lot of times the accused will wait to see if the witnesses turn up to give evidence against them. If the witnesses don't show, more likely to get off with it so pleads not guilty. If witnesses do turn up, the accused might be inclined to plead guilty and get a lesser sentence for doing so, as they know there's a better chance of a conviction with the witnesses supporting the prosecution. But yeah an awful lot of time and money is wasted at the courts
  12. Thanks for your input, some knowledgeable folk here. It's for close range squirrels (16 yards) in the garden. The air rifle is pin point accurate, especially at this range. I've shot 40 or so squirrels with it. Every one a 'textbook' head shot. But a few out of the 40 or so, I've had to shoot between the eyes, front on. It completely incapacitates them but requires a second shot, preferably to between eye and ear side on. I was wondering if a heavier pellet, if accuracy was good, would be cleaner as it had more mass.
  13. My S410 turns out about 10.7 ft ib with 16 grain Air Arms Field pellets. I recently seen some really heavy 25 grain pellets. Anyone take a guess at what the ft ib would be approximately with them? Wouldn't want to risk going over the legal limit.
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