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  • ATA ARMS- A History of Innovation

    ATA ARMS have been producing innovative guns now for over 60 years. Their founder Celal Yollu, produced his first single barrel shotgun in 1955 and their first side-by-side in 1967. By 1973 ATA had released their first over-under shotgun, a gun which is still an ATA icon to this day.

    In 1992 ATA released their first semi-automatic shotgun, not only THEIR first, but the FIRST semi-auto ever produced in Turkey. Among other developments, they spent the next 21 years perfecting their over-under and semi-auto models.

    In 2013 they released their flagship semi-auto, the VENZA. The VENZA has a patented automatic gas pressure control system (GPCS) and moving barrel to reduce recoil and increase accuracy in serial shots. It feels like shooting a light load cartridge when shooting much heavier loads. It comes with a Grade 2 Turkish Walnut stock with a matte finish and is available in Fonex, camo and carbon options.





    VENZA features

    • Larger Gas Release Valves
      • Allowing gas to escape faster when firing heavy loads
    • Moving Barrel
      • When firing heavy loads the barrel recoils and opens the gas valves to reduce pressure from the forend, side vents and cap holes, this reduces overall recoil and minimises muzzle jump, which in turn increases accuracy
    • Bolt System
      • The breech bolt is machined from top grade alloy steel and is hard chrome plated to reduce friction and increase corrosion resistance
    • Receiver
      • Constructed from aircraft grade aluminium alloy to reduce overall weight
      • It is specially designed to provide a clear sight picture for accurate shooting
    • Choke System
      • 70mm choke tubes for a stronger pattern
    • Trigger System
      • Minimum travel for precise shooting
      • Easily removed for cleaning, simply remove one retaining pin
      • Safety button can be reversed making the VENZA suitable for both left and right-handed shooters

    The ATA VENZA and other ATA shotguns are available on our website.

  • The Sportsman Gun Centre Perazzi Open Day

    The 15th of December 2017 will see something extra special happening at The Sportsman Gun Centre store in Exeter. We will be inviting Perazzi representative Philip Unwin to help host our first Perazzi Open Day.

    Perazzi manufacture high-grade precision shotguns in Brescia Italy. They create a wide variety of shotguns, including models for hunting and competition, ranging from standard to deluxe models. As well as their superior quality, Perazzi uniquely offer the option of a fully bespoke product. They allow you to choose the model, engraving and even the wood for the stock. The bespoke Perazzi experience can even include a tour of their factory in Italy.

    At Sportsman Gun Centre we understand, that although you probably would really like to, not everyone can take a trip to Italy to experience the full bespoke experience from Perazzi, so we brought it to our Exeter store for a special, one day only, open day.

    We will be joined by Philip Unwin from Perazzi’s UK importers. On the day both Perazzi representatives and the Sportsmans will be offering gun fitting and advice for your custom Perazzi order. We will also be displaying our vast range of Perazzi guns from standard MX12’s, through to SCO Extra models.

    The Open Day will be running through the usual store hours, from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

    The Sportsman Gun Centre
    19 Apple Lane
    Trade City
    EX2 5GL

    9:30 – 17:00 - 15/12/2017

  • Sportsman Gun Centre Open Day & Black Friday Event

    Something big is happening on Friday 24th November 2017.

    It’s that time of year again where shops and online retailers across the country drop their prices for Black Friday. As well as some huge reductions across our products we are also hosting one of our legendary open days.

    At 10 am we will be opening our doors (and some of our warehouse) to visitors for a shooting based extravaganza! We will be joined by representatives from some industry-leading brands, BASC advisors, trophy head measurers and even a shooting simulator!

    We will also have over 1000 of our guns on display, many of which will be included in our huge discounts and offers.

    Here is a list of representatives and activities available on the day.


    • Pulsar
    • Swarovski
    • Weatherby
    • Strasser
    • Revo
    • Browning
    • Nightforce
    • Yukon
    • ATA Arms
    • Kofs
    • LightFORCE
    • Steyr Mannlicher
    • Accuracy International
    • Boyds

    Advice and activities:

    • BASC advisors
    • Shooting simulator
    • Trophy head measuring


    Some more details:

    The Sportsman Gun Centre, 19 Apple Lane, Trade City, Exeter, EX2 5GL

    24/11/17 – 10am-8pm

  • Lightforce Wins a SEMA Diesel Tech Magazine Show Stopper Award

    At The Sportsman Gun Centre we are proud to distribute LightForce products, so naturally we were exceptionally proud to hear that LightForce won a SEMA Diesel Tech Magazine Show Stopper Award!
    Check out the announcement from the LightForce team below:

    Lightforce Wins a SEMA Diesel Tech Magazine Show Stopper Award
    Each year at SEMA Show in Las Vegas USA, Diesel Tech Magazine reports on new products, designs and industry breaking news to help keep their audience up-to-date with what's happening in the auto industry.
    Recently, Diesel Tech Magazine decided to take things up a notch and began awarding trophies to just five of the best Show Stoppers out of thousands of exhibitors.
    Lightforce is proud to accept one of the 5 trophies awarded at SEMA Show 2017.

    This award is in recognition of our Genesis LED 210mm Driving Light which was designed, tested and manufactured right here in South Australia. This award validates our passion for the design and manufacture of high performance lighting systems. We aim to push the limits with every product we bring to market and it's satisfying to see this recognised by others in the industry.

    Our focus will always be on building lights that are effectively “tools not toys” and that serve those who value performance, innovation and design. Thanks to Justin Waters and Brian Gearhart, our guys at SEMA! Brian will soon be featured in a video for Diesel Tech Magazine Facebook Page.

    For regular updates on LightForce and the other amazing products we distribute you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

  • Beretta White Onyx

    Beretta are known the world over for quality, accuracy and a touch of luxury. With shotguns reaching costs as high as £165,000 you would be forgiven for thinking that Beretta is not a brand for everyone’s budget, but you would be wrong.

    Beretta has a range of much more budget-friendly guns such as the 680 range. This range features models such as the Onyx, White Onyx and the Silver Pigeon 1 which are a favourite of sports shooters and wildfowlers alike!

    The White Onyx is a striking over-under shotgun built around an action that has become an unrivalled benchmark for over-unders. It features a dual locking-lug system that ensures both strength and sleekness: the dual lugs in the middle of the action dispense with the need of a cross-bolt on top, thus enabling the receiver to be thin and low-profile. The point of balance is right at the hinge-pin, meaning that this Beretta shotgun will shoulder and point better than other brands costing several times as much.

    Sometimes, you don’t need extra embellishing to bring out beauty. The 686 action is a perfect example of this. With its trim proportions and its lines, with its flawless contour and harmonious geometry, you get a sense of form following function, resulting in a truly classical object. Add to this the rest of the shotgun--with its components in harmonious proportion with one-another--and you see why the 680 line of sporting guns has become something highly prized in the gun-cabinet of the most discriminating collectors. Put another way: the 686 White Onyx Sporting is something you can brag about even when you are not shooting it.

    The White Onyx comes with barrels equipped with the Optimabore/Optimachoke system, to let you easily swap choke tubes to match the type of shooting you intend to do. Also, the cold-hammer forged tubes are super-resistant and with withstand any kind of shell you put through them. The single selective trigger further enables you to put two different chokes on the barrels, thereby tailoring each shot to the intended distance and purpose. Lastly, the 686 White Onyx is extremely easy to maintain, since Beretta has constructed it of highly-durable materials designed to last for generations.

    The White Onyx is available with a 30” barrel in 12 gauge Field and Sports specifications and with a 28” barrel in 20 gauge Field specification.

  • Civilian Service Rifle – learning new techniques and updating equipment

    Nigel Greenaway  started full bore rifle shooting at the age of 14 and was coached for four years at Bedford School by the Great Britain National Rifle coach. Well known on the Classic, Practical Rifle and Civilian Service Rifle circuits he has won numerous national competitions - notably first winning the PR nationals in 1993 and then four years in a row between 2000-2003 plus the PR National League in 1997, 1998 & 2007.  He took up Civilian Service Rifle shooting in 2000 – winning the event using a 7.62mm Parker Hale M85 and again in 2006, 2009 and 2012 having downsized to a .223 Southern Gun Company AR15 rifle. He also specialises in shooting WW1 and WW2 sniper rifles - winning numerous 200, 600 and 900 yard sniping competitions and was the only civilian invited to the 2004 British Army's Sniping Symposium to coach snipers from 25 different countries in the use of classic sniper rifles.


    It is with great pleasure that Sportsman Gun Centre has invited Nigel to submit an article for our blog and test The Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 24

    Civilian Service Rifle – learning new techniques and updating equipment

    Civilian Service Rifle (CSR) shooting has had a core band of followers since the late 1990’s but recently there has been a dramatic rise in the numbers of shooters, particularly in the CSR Winter League with over 700 participants shooting in one or more matches during 2015. Perhaps the reason for the sudden rise in popularity, apart from the obvious fact that it is great fun, is a series of coaching courses run by the NRA’s Peter Cottrell. Peter is an expert rifle coach and winner of this year’s CSR League and National Championships. These coaching courses have gone a long way to removing some of the mystique or fear factor that have perhaps prevented some shooters from taking that first step in to CSR shooting.


    I took part in a coaching session for the Urban Contact Match and am pleased to say that old dogs can learn new tricks. However, even old dogs like me can still make mistakes and I had a real howler at this year’s National Championships. So what lessons did I learn and what new equipment would I like to use to lessen the chance of making the same mistake twice?


    The right way to shoot the Urban Contact Match


    The NRA has invested in a turning target range on Short Siberia and this allows civilian shooters to shoot the 40 round Urban Contact Match – a four stage event at 100, 75, 50 and 25 yards. Each stage requires ten rounds but adopting new techniques will extract better results as all the scoring rings are used on the Fig11 and Fig14 targets.

    100 Yards Standing Supported

    Supported standhand position

    Start standing about two metres behind the firing point and on appearance of the targets for 15 seconds move forward, adopt a standing supported position on the right hand side of the post and shoot two shots at the left hand Fig 11, followed by four exposures of five seconds, two shots each exposure. Supported standsquare onThe trick here is to take a square on position to the post, feet square with your shoulders and lean in to the post supported with your left hand palm on to the post with your index and thumb gripping the fore-end of the rifle. Don’t let the side of the rifle touch the post as this will affect your zero, usually the elevation. The square on position helps because a more normal left foot forward stance can cause you to use the post as a pivot point and your shots end going left and right.

    75 yards kneeling or squatting supported

    The appearance of the targets is the signal to move forward to the 75 yard point, adopting the kneeling or squatting position around cover. Your left hand can be placed palm to the post again but instead of kneeling on your right knee try kneeling on your left with your right knee acting as support for your right elbow. You now have two points of support – the post and your right knee. There are two exposures of 15 seconds, five shots on the right hand Fig11 on each exposure.


    50 yards standing and kneeling or squatting

    The appearance of the targets is the signal to move forward to the 50 yard point, adopting the standing alert position and on appearance of the upper Fig14 target for six seconds, fire two shots – one standing followed by one kneeling before adopting the standing alert position again.  There will be four more 6 second exposures. You may find it beneficial to use a sling.

    25 yards standing unsupported

    The appearance of the targets is the signal to move forward to the 25 yard point, adopting the standing alert position and on appearance of the lower Fig14 target for seven seconds fire as many shots as you like.  Adopt the ready alert position between the remaining two exposures, each again of seven seconds. Many shooters adopt a 3, 3, 4 firing sequence as the first two exposures allow you to gauge the timing before speeding up to shoot four on the last exposure. However, there are no hard and fast rules and if you have got a nice rhythm then shoot four shots if it feels right on any of the exposures. Again you might want to use a sling.



    If you want to be successful in CSR learn how to use a sling! Sling types are the single point, two point or the Springfield type. For a number of years I have used a Tactical Interventions Specilaists Quick Cuff sling. It is an interesting sling because it combines the elements of a two point sling and a single point sling so that you get the best of both worlds. Different types have certain advantages depending on what position you are adopting.  The Quick Cuff has a separate arm cuff with a female fastex buckle attached that you wrap around your supporting arm.  The two point sling that is attached to the rifle also has a male fastex buckle which allows it to be set up as a single point when attached to the cuff on your arm.  A well-fitted sling actually helps you adopt a more consistent position and helps you recover from the recoil quicker.  Therefore it is a good idea to use a sling even when using a bipod.


    Sitting/Kneeling – little to choose between a two point or single point but a single point will need to be shortened from its prone position length. A hasty sling is the best for the Urban Contact Match


    Standing – Use a two point or Springfield sling attached at the front and rear sling swivels.  With the two point adopt a simple hasty sling by inserting your arm through and back round before gripping the fore-end.  In the standing position this sling position will result in the rear of the sling resting across the top of your chest and therefore helps stabilise your position.  You will have to lean backwards slightly to achieve this.  You can achieve the same with the Springfield sling but use its forward loop through which you insert your arm and adjust the length of the rear portion of the sling to gain support across your chest. The great thing about this is that the sling also helps you support the rifle in the Ready/Alert position – rifle in shoulder, barrel pointing down at 45 degrees.  You’ll be very grateful of the support the sling gives both when shooting and whilst waiting for the next target to appear!


    I use my Quick Cuff sling as a single point when prone and a two point for all other positions.  It has the advantage that it will be adjusted for length in both configurations before the competition starts, without having to worry about adjusting it in the middle of a shoot – particularly during a run down when you have little time to make any adjustments other than to your sights!


    Adjusting your sights

    Depending on how high your scope is above the bore of the barrel, on an AR15 this is likely to be at least 2.5 inches or more, you will need to increase your elevation as you get closer to the targets. On my rifle that is plus 1.5 minutes for 50 yards and plus 6 minutes at 25 yards.

    My big mistake was that the night before the competition I was fiddling with the elevation turret on my Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 24 and mistakenly turned the elevation down by a complete turn or 10 minutes.  This equates to 10 inches at 100 yards as I found out to my cost on the day of the competition.  My shots were just above the knees of the Fig11 – a nice tight group but well outside the scoring rings so only scoring two points per hit.  The 75 yard target was little different so I had just dropped 60 points out of a possible 100 - consider that in this year’s championships 2nd,3rd and 4th places in the grand aggregate were separated by only five points! Thankfully, someone cross-shot on to my Fig11 target with five extra shots. This allowed me to have a re-shoot and I quickly turned the elevation turret a complete turn and proceeded to shoot the joint highest score of the day - my luck was in.


    After the competition I actively looked at what was available on the market to prevent this from happening again. Luckily such a scope exists - the relatively new Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 32 with ZeroStop – a function that allows you to zero your scope at 100 yards and then make this your bottom-most setting. If you forget how many turns you’ve had - just dial down to the bottom and you have regained your zero – brilliant. I was already sold on the quality and functionality of my existing Nightforce so it was only natural to progress to the latest model. A 30mm tube plus an illuminated Mil-Dot reticule remains the same so the transition will be straightforward whilst the new scope has the added advantage of 20 minutes elevation for each full rotation of the elevation drum. This allows you to set a 100 yard zero and still have enough elevation in one turn to reach 600 yards. There are three different reticule patterns available for this model. The scope’s features and magnification range make it the ideal scope for the two main rifle classifications of CSR – Service Optic (maximum 4.5 magnification) or Practical Optic where there is no restriction on magnification (but when you get down to 25 yards you’ll be pleased you can zoom down to 3 power). The current importer of the Nightforce scopes and accessories is The Sportsman Gun Centre. My thanks to them for quickly supplying me with this new scope – I lost no time in fitting it and testing it in a CSR league competition on 4th October 2015.


    Considering that I’d only had the chance to zero the scope at 100 yards I was very pleased with the results, especially in the Urban Contact Match where I scored 183 ex 200 and that was with a dropped shot because I was a bit slow in getting a shot off. I’m more than pleased with my purchase and have no hesitation in recommending The Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 24 as the most suitable scope for CSR shooting currently available in the UK.


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    We get asked questions like, "how do I get in shooting?" all the time. Mike Powell steps up to answer those questions with his guide into entering the world of the sporting rifle shooter.

    Bain of foxes everywhere, Mike writes a regular fox control article for Sporting Rifle Magazine and is one of the UK's foremost sporting rifle experts.

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    Today it seems more people than ever are joining the ranks of the sporting rifle shooter. This is distinct from target shooting which is a totally different discipline requiring different equipment altogether. Although you obviously require a rifle for target work my brief here is to explain the way the beginner can get into live quarry shooting.

    For many would be shooters a start may well have already been made by way of the air rifle route. I myself started many years ago in this fashion and had immense enjoyment doing so, but then inevitably the desire to have something more powerful led me into the world of the firearm.  It may surprise some would be shooters that some air rifles are designated as firearms due to the power they generate. Anything producing over 12ft lbs is classed as a firearm and the same procedures to acquire a firearm certificate (FAC) have to be followed as if were a true firearm.

    So we assume you are thinking of purchasing a rifle that is classed as a firearm, for many the commonest step will be a rimfire, possibly a 22Long Rifle (.22LR) this being the most popular for the first time firearm owner to cut his shooting teeth on. There are others but we will come to those later.

    Unless you are going to shoot targets only, when you will need to be a member of a shooting club the first requirement will be to find some land to shoot over, today the word permission is used. This can be perhaps the hardest part of the whole exercise as much land already has people shooting over it. Much has been written on ways to go about obtaining shooting permissions, all I can say is that unless you know a friendly landowner or someone who will take you under their wing allowing you to shoot over their own permissions it can be a difficult task! But let’s assume you find somewhere, the next step will be to apply for a firearm certificate which will allow you to purchase both a rifle and ammunition of your choice and use the rifle, in the first instance on designated land.

    Applying is pretty straightforward and can be done online. Application forms have been simplified and providing there are no medical or previous criminal problems and that you can prove that you have a need to possess a firearm there shouldn’t be too much of a problem acquiring one. The most common reason for you to obtain a FireArms Certificate (FAC) is for vermin control. The various costs again can be obtained online from your local police force.

    If you have permission to shoot over some land it is probable that the land will be inspected by a licensing officer who will also check your plans for security at home.  You will require an approved gun cabinet which will need to be securely fixed to a wall in the house, preferably out of sight.

    Contrary to what you may hear, most police force firearm licensing units are helpful and if you ask for help it will normally be given. In Devon where I am located the local police licensing unit is both helpful and efficient and I have never had a problem with them. I would add though that it is far better to ask them what you want rather than telling them!

    We will assume that in due course your FAC duly arrives with permission to purchase a rifle, ammunition and probably a sound moderator. You will have stated on applying for your FAC which type and calibre of rifle you require and how much ammunition you wish to purchase at any one time, and how much you will have in your possession, again at any one time.

    The decision of what calibre and rifle you will require will of course depend on the type of shooting you will be doing. For normal vermin control as I said earlier the old standard 22LR still takes some beating being able to deal with rabbits, crows and other small ground game and even at close range the odd fox. However shots at the latter should, certainly for the newcomer be limited to fifty yards or less. There are however several other small calibre rifles on offer which may well be of interest to the newcomer, one such is the 17HMR. This is a high velocity rimfire offering flatter shooting out to longer distances than the 22LR. It is less likely to ricochet and will account for a fox out to fifty or sixty yards. Calibres such as the .204 Ruger and .20 Tactical are probably best left until you have had more experience, although the former is really catching on with its extremely high velocity and ability to shoot accurately with a very flat trajectory out to 250-300 yards. This type of calibre however is not cheap to run especially if you are using a lot of ammunition, you can of course load your own, however this is something for the future, not when you are just starting out.

    Should you be going down the road of becoming mainly a fox shooter then you will need something more powerful. Perhaps the most common calibre for fox control is the .223 centrefire, it is accurate, and ammunition is readily available and both good secondhand and new specimens are readily available. There are several other calibres that are used for foxing such as the 243, 222 and the aforementioned .20 calibre rounds. I have used several different rifles and calibres for my fox control work and one thing that they all do is to kill foxes very efficiently. It really comes down to a matter of what you prefer.

    Should you be fortunate enough to have deer of one species or another on your ground you are indeed fortunate, however you will have had to mention this on your firearm application as deer will need to be specified on the FAC, of course a larger calibre rifle will be needed for deer and as a general rule .243 is the smallest legal calibre used for deer. There are exceptions for two species, Chinese Water deer and Muntjac, these can be shot with .22 centrefire calibres, however there are regulations governing their use and should be checked upon. Different rules apply in Scotland, but as with all things relating to shooting there is a wealth of information easily accessible on all these aspects of your new sport on line.

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    If your quarry is deer a .243 will be fine for roe and the other smaller species, and although quite capable of killing larger deer such as Sika, Fallow and Red it would be preferable to go for something larger such as a .308. Once again there is a wide choice of calibres to choose from and advice is always on hand to guide you.

    There is a great deal to learn about sporting rifle shooting in all its forms, and it would take far more space than I have here to cover all aspects of this very addictive sport. Once you become involved, so many avenues will open up to you, you may wish to specialise in small vermin control. Seeking out and stalking wary rabbits can stand you in good stead for the day when you may wish to pursue larger game. Foxing as I said before has gained many followers over the last decade and can be a very exciting sport especially as it will probably lead you into the world of night vision with all the paraphernalia in the world to tempt the enthusiastic newcomer! I would suggest you seek out the advice of someone who is really experienced in this form of shooting as the equipment involved can be costly. The Sportsman Gun Centre have many experienced shooters among its staff who will be only too pleased to help.

    Joining a shooting forum is quite a good idea, although you will find the need to separate the wheat from the chaff if you ask a question, as everyone will have their own fairly positive ideas on what you should or shouldn’t do!

    Whichever path you decide to follow in this absorbing and exciting sport always remember any of the weapons you handle are not only capable of killing vermin etc. they can equally kill humans so safety should always, without exception, be at the top of every shooters list. I have walked the hills and valleys of Devon with gun or rifle for more years than I care to remember and have loved every minute of it, may you get the same pleasure wherever your shooting road leads you.

  • 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.
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