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  1. 3.5" guns should be crimped, welded or whatever using 3.5" cartridges as a measure. The fact that more shorter cartridges may be loaded is an anomaly caused by poor legislation that was drafted in a rush. Surely not?. And then there is ghost loading, perfectly legal as the legislation only mentions magazine capacity. The ghost load doesn't go in the magazine.............
  2. Thanks for your replies. I come with a very long, pre 1988 changes, history in practical shotgun. I have seen and had done conversions S.1 to S.2 and S.2 to S.1 but I had never come across the method of restiction that the SX4 has. At least I thought I hadnt then realised Mrs YVM has a S.2 SX3. This has the no crimp no RM or MR marks also. I am perplexed as to how these guns can be deemed to be S.2 but do not meet the specification for restriction laid down by the Home Office. Perhaps I should let sleeping dogs lie.
  3. A friend has just bought a new auto shotgun on SGC. He tells me he can only load 2 cartridges into the magazine so far so good. He says he can see no evidence of crimping of the mag tube nor any proof marks to confirm the restriction. Looking through the tiny gap round the tab on the mag spring retainer he thinks he can see 1 of those plastic rod restrictors and the retainer may have been crimped in place as it doesn't pop out as the instruction book suggests it should. His rfds phone is on answer phone constantly. Has anyone any knowledge if this is a new way of restricting? Thanks
  4. Look at Suzuki Ignis. Mother in law has one, sits quite high so easy access for old bones and drives nice. Make sure whatever you get it has a spare wheel. Tyre related breakdowns, and the car having no spare, are the AA's top reason for call outs.
  5. I was a AA patrol for 40 years. I would not have a Ford. I would have a Daihatsu. I would look at Japanese brands before anything European.
  6. I would also add that the workshop guys at the dealer need a kick. To decline to test the alternator when a battery fails the test and you have reported sulphorous smells shows incompetence. It takes seconds to test alternator output voltage.
  7. What was the result of the charging test, once the Assist guy had got the engine running. That is very easy to do, a voltmeter across the battery and amp clamp round the battery leads. That would show if the alternator were overcharging, which I bet it was. Did you receive either by email or hand written a report of the breakdown detailing what he found? If he didn't do a charging test then he needs a good kick as that is a vital part of any flat battery diagnosis.
  8. And he was resident in Herts so the Met not involved in licensing him. I understand the range was shut down by Epping Forest Council on planning grounds
  9. No ticket required. He was operating under an exemption from FAC to run pay and play ranges. This exemption was intended to allow shooting galleries at funfairs and the like. It seems the authorities take a view that this exemption does not apply to him as his case in court shows. Was he operating within the terms of this exemption? Quite possibly. Was he operating dangerously ? you bet. A charge under health and safety type stuff might be more certain of a conviction than one of illegal possession of firearms. The case continues.
  10. Winchester 1200, 1300. Other than that neither
  11. Personally no I would not. But some might like the look. How would it invite trouble? Reading between the lines, I feel it may be helpful if I explain why I have the extension even though it's no one else's business. I've been very active in Practical Shotgun over the last 33 years. I took the decision to go along the 20 bore Standard Division route some years ago, so I sourced the mag extension from the USA and a yank brought it over for me at a major European match. The gun I intended to fit it to, turned out to be not so suitable, and with advancing years and reducing dexterity I now shoot Open Division box mag. It just so happens that the extension fits Hatsan, and others, I wish to sell the Hatsan, and a prospective buyer may wish to go to S.1 with it. I have no other use for it. I also have a 20 bore slug mould to go with it, but I expect some one will see that as inviting trouble too.
  12. Please explain why this is misinformation
  13. You are absolutely correct. My S.2 gun is S.2 because the mag tube is crimped to limit the capacity. Fitting an extension has no bearing on that. In order to increase the capacity either the crimp must be pushed out or the magazine replaced with one that is not crimped.
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