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Air rifle minimum length.

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Igotknobblies, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. Igotknobblies

    Igotknobblies Engaging Member

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    What is the minimum length an air rifle can before it is termed a pistol and has to comply with 6ftlb energy.
    I assume this will be from muzzle to heel of the stock.
    Thanks in advance.
    IGK
     
  2. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Most (correctly or otherwise) apply the general definition used in section 1 law that prohibits anything with a barrel length of less than 12" and an overall length of less than 24".

    In practice I don't think there's anything strictly linking this definition to airguns (much like the rubbish floating about regarding semi-auto air rifles) and that very, very few people in the industry, police force or home office really know their their arses from their elbows.

    This only makes it ever-more difficult to navigate one's way through the often counter-intuitive, counter-productive and almost contradictory patchwork that is British firearms legislation :rolleyes:
     
  3. SteveO

    SteveO Top Poster

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    I asked John Bowkett this question recently, he replied that there are no limits on air rifle length providing the gun is not subject to FAC.
     
  4. Clubshot

    Clubshot Clubshot

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    My Skan Swift is 24 1/2 Inches advised at time 24. inches was the Shortest Rifle possible

    But the General Rule Built as a Pistol - Stay's Sub 6FP
    Not aware of any Air Pistols that have been Granted FAC Status - TAC Guns are on a Sperate License -

    Restricted to registration prior to May 2004

    BOB/R
     
  5. Jackroadkill

    Jackroadkill Donator

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    There are no minimum lengths for air rifles - the laws regarding power refer to the "weapon" (sorry, hate that word) as it was originally intended to be, hence, if a gun is a rifle when it is made, it stays a rifle no matter how modified it gets.

    There was a thread about this a month or so ago... will see if I can find a link.
     

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