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Converting to FAC?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by mikeguitar, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. mikeguitar

    mikeguitar Member

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    This may sound like a stupid question, but...

    Can all PCP rifles be converted or tuned to FAC levels? Or does it have to be specifically built to handle the extra power?
     
  2. andyhawkx3

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    l had my 177 S410, converted to FAC, by a local gun smith, but the max pressure he could wack it up to was 18 ft lbs, if l had a specfically built rifle it would be around 30 ft lbs. my rifle will always be classed as a fire arm, no matter if i drop the power to sub 12 ft lbs. l hope this is of help to you. Andy
     
  3. mikeguitar

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    Ah nice one. So I take it you have an FAC license? I am wanting to get one, but I don't know of any gun clubs around here I can even begin to start proving my merit to obtaining one :(
     
  4. andyhawkx3

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    first of all do u have land (written permission)that already has F.A.C. shooters on it? or/and.... 2nd'ly look on the internet for f.a.c shooting clubs in your area.... And yes l do have a F.A.C. Licence.
     
  5. mikeguitar

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    I called my local firearms department through the police yesterday and they got someone who specialised in this area to call me this morning. Had a good chat with him and he was pretty helpful - He's going to get some clubs to call me back and hopefully get me to come and visit them :D
     
  6. Sam

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    Mike,

    I don't know of any clubs for FAC rated air rifles, you'd be better off getting suitable land to shoot on and applying that way.
    Clubs are ok for rimfire, fullbore or clay pidgeon if you're going for a SGC - but again you're restricted to club use only.

    Most PCP rifles are capable of FAC energies, its al down to how economically they can shoot; resevoir capacities, max working pressure and barrel length.

    Something like a little BSA Ultra or S200 won't be suitable as they would only provide a minimal number of shots at relatively low power.
    Other rifles such as the Theoben Rapids with can vary in barrel length upto 24" and carry either 280cc 400cc or 500cc bottles will give a massive number of shots at some silly high power levels.
    (I know, i've built enough of them!) :D

    Good luck with the application - you'll never look back.
     
  7. Darren Petts

    Darren Petts Temporarily Alive

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    As there are no competitions for FAC airguns there is no "good reason" for you to own a FAC rated airgun for competition use. Whilst some gun clubs that cater for rimmies and above may let a FAC airgun on their ranges all airgun only clubs are 12 ft/lb only. The only "good reason" to own a FAC airgun and therefore get the ticket is for pest control which will require you to have suitable land to shoot over. As Sam says some airguns are far more suitable than others. An FAC airgun will need a good sized reservoir and a long barrel.
     
  8. mikeguitar

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    Nice one, cheers for you help guys. I think I am gonna have to go into finding some land to shoot on, so ...

    1 more question! (sorry, hehe):

    Can I apply for/use an FAC license if I am using the gun over land which is not mine, but I have permission from the owner to shoot across?
     

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