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Air Rifles needing Class 1 certificate?

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by millie, Jun 3, 2015.

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    Sorry, I put this in the wrong thread to start with, I was after buying a PCP and the three being sold are a BSA super10 bolt action, and a Theoben Eliminator and a Falcon Prairie bolt action.

    I was under the impression that Air rifles do not need a liecence or have the laws recently changed? I would very much appreciate
    if anyone can confirm this for me and why?

    Thank you!
     
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    Air rifles over 12 foot pounds are classed as firearms and are registered as such.

    Once they are registered as a firearm they (usually) have to stay that way. You can choose to have a firearms rated air rifle turned down and running under 12 foot pounds but it is still classed as a firearm on paper and in the eyes of the powers that be.

    So you can buy any air rifle you like under 12 foot pounds without a firearms certificate (assuming you meet the required age restrictions) but if the air rifle you are looking at is over 12 foot pounds it will be on the firearms register and you will need a suitable slot on a firearms certificate to allow you to buy and own it.

    In summary:

    Below 12 foot pounds is all good without a firearms certificate.

    Above 12 foot pounds requires a firearms certificate, but you don't have to run a FAC air rifle over 12 foot pounds if you don't want to.

    The Theoben Eliminator was designed and built to run above the 12 foot pounds limit. The others on your list can be set to run within or above that limit from the factory, so you need to be sure what you are buying.

    A gun shop/dealer won't sell you an air rifle that is a firearm (accidents have happened in the past though :rolleyes: ) so all you need to know at this point is whether the gun(s) you look at are below 12 foot pounds, or not.

    Hope that helps.
     

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