Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • AIR GUN LAW 2014

    It is an offence to have an air gun if you are a person prohibited from possessing a firearm by section 21 of the 1968 Act. This section prohibits anyone who has been sentenced to a custodial sentence of between three months and three years from possessing an air weapon or other firearm for five years from the date of release.

    • Anyone sentenced to three years or more is prohibited for life.
    • It is an offence to fire an airgun within fifty feet (fifteen metres) of the centre of a public road/path in such a way as to endanger or impede any road user/pedestrian.
    • It is an offence to shoot protected wild birds or animals. When live quarry shooting, it is your responsibility to make sure that you only shoot legal quarry.
    • It is an offence to shoot pet animals. Besides being abhorrent to most people, this is above all others, the offence that gives all airgun shooters a bad name.
    • It is an offence to have an air weapon with intent to damage property.
    • It is an offence to have an air weapon with intent to endanger life.
    This may seem a long and onerous list, but it is all no more than common sense. If you use your gun safely and responsibly, you will be in no danger of committing an offence.



    Airguns can, in the wrong hands be lethal. However, by following a set of simple, commonsense safety rules, you can ensure that you are never the cause of an accident.
    • Always treat ANY gun as if it was loaded.
    • NEVER point your gun at another person.
    • Never carry a loaded air weapon in a public place and when you are carrying your gun in public, keep it fastened securely away in a gun slip or case. (A full magazine is also classed as a loaded gun)
    • Never load your gun until you are ready to shoot.
    • Never fire your gun unless you are certain the shot will be a safe one. This means checking there are no other people nearby who might be endangered by the shot and ensuring there is a suitable backstop to catch pellets and prevent ricochets.
    • When at a shoot, never let your gun out of your sight.
    • Never let young children near your gun unsupervised.
    • Never touch anyone else's gun unless you have permission.

    After using your gun, make sure it is unloaded and store it in a secure place to which children cannot gain access and Store ammunition in a separate secure place.


    Air weapons are only sold from registered firearm dealers of which Sportsman Gun Centre is one. The law was changed and Internet and online sales were banned. You can still purchase online from The Sportsman Gun Centre but they can only be collected from one of our stores or sent to a RFD (registered firearms dealer) for collection. The buying and selling of second hand air rifles and pistols remains unaffected.

    Air rifles with muzzle energies of less than 12 foot pounds (16.3 joules) and air pistols with muzzle energies of less than 6 foot pounds (8.15 joules) don't requiring a licence and can be bought by any person aged 18 years or more.

    Any air rifle with a with a muzzle energy greater than 12 foot pounds is only available to section 1 F.A.C. (fire arms certificate holder). A firearm certificate is available from your local police firearms licensing department. Air pistols with muzzle energies greater than 6 foot pounds may only be acquired with the authority of the Secretary of State.

    Self contained gas cartridge system (these are manufactured by Brocock also known as ‘SCAC' Cartridges and does NOT include the CO2 cartridges used in CO2 rifles and pistols) are prohibited weapons which may only be acquired with the authority of the Secretary of State. If you are in any doubt, seek advice from your local police firearms licensing department.

    Having bought your gun, you can use it for a number of purposes including target shooting, vermin control and hunting small ground game/ vermin. However, if you have never shot before, you would be well advised to go to a shooting club with an airgun section and learn from a qualified instructor how to handle your gun safely and responsibly and become an accurate shot. You may find that target shooting provides all the challenge you need or you may want to move on to shooting live quarry.


    If you do move on to live quarry shooting you must be careful only to shoot on private property over which you have permission to shoot. Do not shoot at live quarry if there is any doubt that your shot will result in a humane kill. Provided you follow the safety rules contained in this article, you will be able to shoot safely and enjoyably even on quite small pieces of ground.

    ALWAYS use your airgun in a way that demonstrates that airgun shooters are, in the main responsible people who pose no threat to anyone. Always follow the guidelines set out in this information.

    Sportsman Gun Centre Invests In A State Of The Art EPOS System and Electronic Gun Register From Gun Trade Specialists, EPOS Link

    As a retailer dedicated to customer service, the Sportsman Gun Centre are proud to unveil their new EPOS and gun register systems. Working with gun industry specialists, EPOS Link, the SGC have spent 5 months developing a system that will provide unrivalled levels of customer service, stock reporting and gun ledger management.

    As a team we are very excited about the opportunities these new systems will provide, from live stock feeds to automated processes – these new systems will drive efficiencies, improve turnaround times and give up to the minute stock availability.

    Core to these new systems will be an industry leading electronic gun register on which Managing Director Gary Lamburn had the following to say:

    “Our new electronic gun register allows us to quickly and easily track all firearms transactions, ammunition sales, storage guns and repairs, as well as providing live feeds to numerous websites. This will streamline many of SGC's business processes, allowing us to concentrate on what we do best.”

    Briefed with the development of a multi-channel and fully integrated system, EPOS Link have pulled together all angles of our business and developed a customised system that delivers on all fronts. Going forwards these systems will be integral in maintaining and enhancing our retail and wholesale business, allowing for further expansion and a greater product range.

    For more information on the EPOS system call 0845 094 5326 or visit

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