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I do not own a gun or even a licence yet but want to get into shooting.

ive had a look at the government application form and it requires me to have proof of good use for the firearm.

I am looking at getting a rifle. Not an air powered one. I would want to join a shooting club like target practice but don't want to buy membership for proof if I may not be accepted for licence as it would be a waste of money. Whats the easiest thing to put as 'good use' for ownership for a firearm? Thanks lads.

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1 hour ago, Jamie9999 said:

I do not own a gun or even a licence yet but want to get into shooting.

Contact some clubs that have club guns, go along , pay your money and have a go.
If you like it enough, join.
Most firearms clubs have probationary membership criteria with around 6 months of active attendance (50% + attendance) before acceptance for full membership .
Once you have full membership you can apply for a licence. This is your 'good use' reason.

If you have any err, interesting convictions, they may be a problem.

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Good reason is land to shoot on and a reason to shoot on it. 

Ie, this farmer has asked me to control rabbits on this land and the distance requires an fac in ??? caliber. 

A club membership will usually lead to a closed fac to use at approved clubs unless you do sumat silly during the probation period. 

Edited by manthing

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10 minutes ago, Jamie9999 said:

I will only target shoot a couple times a year but mainly I just want to collect a couple firearms.

This is no good as a reason.

9 minutes ago, Jamie9999 said:

i am wanting a gun licence to collect/use rifles for target shooting.

Im getting deja vu here 😄

You need  reason, full club membership or land cleared for x calibre.

9 minutes ago, Jamie9999 said:

I don’t want to pay for membership in a club incase I get declined.

You dont get membership without paying, and doing probationary period.

 

9 minutes ago, Jamie9999 said:

(I don’t own a firearm yet)  What should I put for good reason to own a firearm.

You wont own any firearms legally , or be able to fill the form out until you do the above ^^

 

9 minutes ago, Jamie9999 said:

Is there anything that is normally acceptable to put that doesn’t require me paying into a club before.

Land permission (written) the police will probably have issues with this if you have no firearm experience.

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If you want to shoot target rifle disciplines at a club that is your reason. You will probably need evidence of having joined a club and been attending to support the application. 

Assuming no criminality or health issues odds of refusal are very slim so join a club and enjoy the sport. 

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Just so you know (Judging by your other post) continued attendance and membership is required if you go club route and have no land permission. You can't just join and get your FAC and then not attend.

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If you are purely interested in collecting then deactivated rifles are a considerably cheaper option all said and done. 

 

There are some obsolete things you can get still technically live without paperwork but you won’t be able to shoot them without a licence even if you persuade someone to load you up some ammunition. 

 

What exactly has caught your eye?

Edited by Wb123

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30 minutes ago, Diss4111 said:

It is, but I would be asking why you want a gun?

 

 

28 minutes ago, Rewulf said:

Me too .

Yep, it comes across as trying to find a way to obtain a cert without good reason. If money is an issue then don't take up this sport, it is in no way cheap.

I've had my certs for just under 3 years and I'm a good 8 grand in at least. And I could have spent a lot more if the misses would let me. I'm far from done purchasing yet at renewal I plan on adding 3 or 4 more rifles.

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If you cant afford the club membership, frequent visits to said club, cabinet, application and potentially medical fees even before buying a suitable firearm, optics, ammunition etc this probably isnt the sport for you. 

The costs applying for a shotgun are potentially marginally lower in that you may avoid the club membership but if your feo gets a funny feeling, as we all i suspect do, he will still want evidence you have been regularly shooting somewhere, which is more expensive for shotgun than rifle club meets I have been involved with (rimfire at least).

 

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To collect, you need to be able to display a long, meaningful and in depth historical interest in the relevant firearms. 

As it stands you have no land to shoot on, no interest in paying to join a club, and even if you did it would only be to shoot a couple of times a year. None of the above equates to ‘good reason’, which is a prerequisite from which to start. Without good reason you can forget about the rest I’m afraid. If it was as simple as that I’d have a huge collection. 

You can collect quite a big variety of obsolete calibre firearms;  deacts, antique or vintage without license, but most of those capable of accepting readily available ammo will require licensing. 

 

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7 hours ago, Jamie9999 said:

I do not own a gun or even a licence yet but want to get into shooting.

ive had a look at the government application form and it requires me to have proof of good use for the firearm.

I am looking at getting a rifle. Not an air powered one. I would want to join a shooting club like target practice but don't want to buy membership for proof if I may not be accepted for licence as it would be a waste of money. Whats the easiest thing to put as 'good use' for ownership for a firearm? Thanks lads.

The answer to the "good use" as you put it is to actually be allowed out on some ground to shoot and clear pests or shoot targets at a range. Spending the money on joining a shooting club could be just what you require.

4 hours ago, Jamie9999 said:

Is the process any different for a shotgun? 

Jamie how old are you?

Is it a spur of the moment decision to get a rifle or a shotgun?

Usually in order to learn a little about shooting most people get either a relative or friend who shoots to help them through the process.

Edited by TIGHTCHOKE

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I have merged two threads and deleted a couple of posts, one from the OP that repeated his original question ,and one from someone pointing out there were two threads running.

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11 hours ago, Jamie9999 said:

Whats the easiest thing to put as 'good use' for ownership for a firearm? Thanks lads.

With that kind of question i hope you dont get one. 

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14 hours ago, Jamie9999 said:

Is the process any different for a shotgun? 

I thought you said they was FAc distance away that's why you needed a rifle. maybe its me but your not coming across as suitable candidate for a firearm is this a windup you only got 4 posts   

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9 minutes ago, Rim Fire said:

I thought you said they was FAc distance away that's why you needed a rifle. maybe its me but your not coming across as suitable candidate for a firearm is this a windup you only got 4 posts   

Hence my question of "Jamie, how old are you?"

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