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First Taster Lesson Done.. Now What?

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by MiniSe7en, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. MiniSe7en

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    Ok so my wife and I have had our first clay 'taster lesson' with a BASC instructor.. We both hit a few and both missed a few but had a good time with what appeared to be an instructor who helped us into our first goes with a shotgun. The club guns were a 12G and a 28G... my gun seemed to 'fit' reasonably well but the 28G gun was a bit low in the Combe for my wife and possibly a bit short... none the less a good day out. Now heres the question, my wife would like to shoot VERY occasionally, where as I might shoot 2 or 3 times a month.....but its nothing she wouldn't do on her own without me their. Under s11A of the Firearms Act 1968, and assuming I was granted an SGC, could I allow her to shoot, supervised by me, at a private shooting ground as long as I was present with the guns on my cert.... say I had 2 guns on my cert.. one that fit her better than me and one that fit me.

    As a second question can anyone recommend a RFD in the North East that has a large range of shotguns and would be happy to check the fit of a number of guns before we start spending... might as well use the time between applying for the cert and (hopefully) getting it by checking out as many guns as possible.

    Thanks in advance

    Dave
     
  2. buffy vampire slayer

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    why not get her own licence.
    then there's no problem.
     
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  3. MiniSe7en

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    We might well do that and it’s an easier option but she isn’t THAT bothered unlike me who would end up competing all the time. It was just a thought. She would shoot so infrequently I just thought it was an option till she made a decision one way or the other
     
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    Hi if by shooting ground you mean a clay ground you neither have to have a licence to shoot although you do to buy the cartridges. So if you owned both guns on your SGC your lady could shoot with you without one!
     
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  5. MiniSe7en

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    As I’m a bit new that surprised me... neither of us need a licence!!! How does that work surely to be in possession and transport the shotguns to the clay ground we need at least 1 certified person. Or am I completely mixed up on that one? Or have I read all that wrongly
     
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    at least one of you will need a licence to be possession of a/the gun/s.
    it would be easier to both get a licence and put both guns on both licences.
     
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    As Buffy says one of you will need a licence in the circumstances you describe, and the clay ground will need to be registered with the local police for the S11(6) exemption to apply.

    S11A(3)(ii)(c) will likely be a stumbling block to the S11A exemption (the whole of S11A is a bit tricky but is essentially for game/pest shooting requirements and zeroing, not really for clay shooting generally).

    It's the S11(6) that you'll use for clays and the clay ground/club organiser(s) are the ones that need to get this approval from the police before non-certificate holders can play. Most will have it.

    Best bet is both get a licence.

    (all references are to the FA1968)

    ETA: Good luck with your new sport, it can get very addictive.:)
     
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    Might as well both get licences then :) and for the second question anyone in the northeast know where I can shoulder a variety of shotguns suitable for clay shooting to get a feel of what we will be looking for in the future? TIA
     
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    Some of the clay grounds that I shoot require all shooters to hold a certificate for insurance purposes.
    My wife just got her own ticket for that reason.
    All guns and cabinet are now shared.
    You should both apply, it’s so much easier.
     
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    And good luck funding 2 people’s clay shooting!!!
    That’s the down side :D
     
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    How do these grounds go on then with taster days? or do they not do them.
     
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    They do but charge a fortune.
    You have to be accompanied by a member off staff who is an approved instructor. So you pay for that.
    You can’t just shoot with another certificate holder.
     
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    I feel for you being so restricted. Our clay ground we can go on any stand when we choose and if we wish to bring a guest who has never shot before that's ok. they will even loan him a gun at £10 per day. Only real restriction is you may not buy cartridges without showing your SGC. We go every week but if you have forgot your licence "that's tough" But of course that's the law!
     
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    Exactly as it was when I started shooting years ago. Much more relaxed.
    Easier now my wife has her own ticket.
    As were advising @MiniSe7en
     
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    We are applying for a cert each … will be in the post tonight. thanks all :)
     
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    Great. Depending on where you live you might just have them for Christmas.
    "if you are lucky":up:
     
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    I downloaded 2 sets of forms to fill in, then read the notes. ALL convictions...… hmm... I only have had 3 driving convictions in 40 years... 2 speeding and one was a CD10 when I was very young. But do I have to provide exact dates... cant remember that far back lol :)
     
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    just a best guess will do.
    it will show you're being open and honest.
     
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    He's right. I did ask when I did mine!
     
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    KeithSports in Saltburn may be worth a look. He has a good selection of new and S/H and you and your good lady can make a day of it and walk the beach and pier. Don't worry about the convictions, as long as there's nothing major and no current trend you will be fine, just declare as much as you remember.
     
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