The PH Gun Cabinet - Shooting Matters

The PH Gun Cabinet - Shooting Matters

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thismonkeyhere

8,639 posts

169 months

Thursday 7th February
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andyb28 said:
Thank you very much for posting this, I found it very useful.

Yes, I went pigeon shooting for the first time last week. I didn't really get a shot off or saw many pigeons in range. So I think your tips will be put to great use.
Additionally - re camoflauge, hide face. Makes more of a difference than I thought possible until I saw the evidence. Apparently the pigeon can spot a white face looking up at them from some distance.

smartypants

38,415 posts

107 months

Thursday 7th February
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Pigeons are racist. Who knew!


thismonkeyhere

8,639 posts

169 months

Thursday 7th February
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smartypants said:
Pigeons are racist. Who knew!
hehe

Well, I've never met a black pigeon shooter, but I'd imagine their faces stand out a bit less at distance. I may be wrong.

smartypants

38,415 posts

107 months

Thursday 7th February
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hehe

Might do a bit of pigeon shooting in the coming weeks.

andyb28

435 posts

56 months

Friday 8th February
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Sorry, me again with another question smile

Today, whilst at a customers I got chatting. Customers offices are a converted barn next to their farm house. It's not a farm anymore. We were talking about shooting and they asked if I would like to come help them with a rabbit problem they are having.

I haven't been asked this before, but I have tried many times to shoot that damn rabbit clay on the sporting range and dont get it very often.

I would love to give it a go. So does anyone have any tips? Guessing best time of day to do this would be early in the morning or late in the afternoon?
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Turn7

15,165 posts

159 months

Friday 8th February
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Get a rifle ! lol

Suppressed rifle will take more bunnies per hour than any shottie....

ClaphamGT3

7,109 posts

181 months

Friday 8th February
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Hi All. I have bought two slots at next Saturday's Goodwood Road Racing Club clay shoot. Unfortunately, I now can't go as I need to be away on business.

50 clays each plus lunch at the kennels. It was £330 for two.

If anyone's interested in taking it off my hands, PM me and make me an offer

200Plus Club

5,093 posts

216 months

Friday 8th February
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Turn7 said:
Get a rifle ! lol

Suppressed rifle will take more bunnies per hour than any shottie....
Hmr @ 136 yards is my best. A fairly brutal round on rabbits!

Turn7

15,165 posts

159 months

Friday 8th February
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200Plus Club said:
Turn7 said:
Get a rifle ! lol

Suppressed rifle will take more bunnies per hour than any shottie....
Hmr @ 136 yards is my best. A fairly brutal round on rabbits!
Tad OTT for bunnies! My own preference would be FAC 30FTLB .20 pcp........or maybe sub .22lr

aeropilot

17,047 posts

165 months

Friday 8th February
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Turn7 said:
200Plus Club said:
Turn7 said:
Get a rifle ! lol

Suppressed rifle will take more bunnies per hour than any shottie....
Hmr @ 136 yards is my best. A fairly brutal round on rabbits!
Tad OTT for bunnies!
A friend of a mate who lives in the USA, uses his 30-06 on squirrels........in his words, "because I can"

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Turn7

15,165 posts

159 months

Friday 8th February
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aeropilot said:
Turn7 said:
200Plus Club said:
Turn7 said:
Get a rifle ! lol

Suppressed rifle will take more bunnies per hour than any shottie....
Hmr @ 136 yards is my best. A fairly brutal round on rabbits!
Tad OTT for bunnies!
A friend of a mate who lives in the USA, uses his 30-06 on squirrels........in his words, "because I can"

biggrin
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smack

9,245 posts

129 months

Friday 8th February
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aeropilot said:
A friend of a mate who lives in the USA, uses his 30-06 on squirrels........in his words, "because I can"

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Peace through superior firepower!

Scabutz

979 posts

18 months

Saturday 9th February
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Has one done this and would recommend it?

http://www.wmsfirearmstraining.com/new-shooters-sn...

I used to shoot an air rifle when I was a lad and have always wanted to have a go shooting a real gun.

Any other options if that one is no good?

red_slr

7,851 posts

127 months

Saturday 9th February
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If you just want to have a bit of a plink have a look a the mini rifle range in Barnsley. Its only (mostly) .22LR but indoors with reactive targets and a good bit cheaper. https://www.phoenixrange.co.uk/try-shooting

I think they charge about £35 for an hour.

At 800 the weather is going to play a big part and some new people don't enjoy .308.

The other thing you could do is join your local indoor range - some small bore clubs might only charge £80-£100 for a year. You don't have to have a FAC if the club has club guns (some do some don't so if you pick one that does you will be able to use a club gun)


Scabutz

979 posts

18 months

Monday 11th February
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Cool thanks, will check those out.

Its my 40th next year and I was looking for something to do. My wife had a big party for hers but I'm anti social and have no friends so thought I would do something on my tod. Quite like the sniper idea. Pretend to be Chris Kyle for the day, Walt-tastic.

Lord Marylebone

7,960 posts

118 months

Monday 11th February
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This is going to be one of those 'Cool story Bro' type rants, but here it is...

My last visit from the firearms licensing chap 5 years ago was a very pleasant affair. He was a very well known man locally, liked by all the shooters. He was polite, friendly, and helpful. My previous licensing visit at my house was more like a brief friendly chat. He would even visit in the evenings and at weekends if it was more convenient for people.

There is now a new firearms officer, and he visited my house 3 weeks ago when I renewed my certificate.

What a fking arrogant, unhelpful, jobsworth .

He rang me one morning at work, and told me he was coming 'that afternoon'. I told him I couldn't make it as I was at work, which he didn't seem to find very convenient. He then barked at me that he would be at my house at 11am on Thursday, and I told him that was fine, and I would come home from work to meet him.

On the arranged morning, I drove home from work and got home at 10:49, and found him sitting in his car outside my house. The first thing he uttered was something about 'Being kept waiting'.

Once inside, he never introduced himself or told me his name, was impatient, asked me absolutely loads of questions and then tried to pick holes in what I was saying whenever I gave him the answers.

As an example, he asked me who my doctor was and when I last saw him. I told him which GP surgery I was registered at, and said I didn't know who my current GP was I hadn't been to the doctors for years and years, and my original GP was retired.

He then seized upon this and said "So you don't have a doctor then? How are we going to get information on your medical history?" so I just had to bite my tongue, and reiterate that I DID have a GP surgery that I was registered to, and he should simply write to the surgery.

He asked lots of questions about my wife, lots of questions about my family, far more than the other guy.

He then inspected my gun cabinet, and told me in his opinion it was only a 3 gun cabinet, and not a 5 gun cabinet like the last firearms officer had classed it as. I tried to protest this, but he said "It's 3 gun and thats the end of the matter". He then tried to argue that it didn't look sufficiently bolted down and started asking if the house was timber framed and all that kind of thing. Started swinging off it trying to find some movement.

He then asked to check all the shotguns I owned and their serial numbers. This is where the real fun began.

He examined my 2 Beretta's and deemed them 'fine', but when he came to my older Browning, he claimed the serial number didn't match what he had in his records.

The serial number area was ever so slightly tarnished.

He said that there was a '3' on the gun serial number and it said '5' on his records. Bizarrely, he seemed really pleased about this. He asked me to have a look at it, and I said I was fairly sure it was a 5 as per the paperwork. He looked again and categorically stated that it was a '3' then started making a massive fuss about this being a big problem, and went off on a rant about having to confiscate the shotgun as it was technically unlicensed.

I asked him to wait 30 seconds while I went upstairs for an illuminated jewellers loupe which I keep for reading serial numbers on watches that I occasionally buy and sell. I asked him to look again at the numbers using the loupe, and after what seemed like a long period of silence, he went a little red in the face, and said it was indeed a '5'.

He then told me I was 'lucky' and that he would have 'sworn blind' that the gun had a different digit on it.

He then wrote me out a temporary certificate as he said they had a 4 week backlog of licensing, and marched out of my house.

Clearly, he was one of those police officers who don't think anyone should own any kind of firearm whatsoever, and he was clearly looking for something, anything.

I felt like telling him that if his job involves reading tiny serial numbers all day, they maybe he should carry a fking loupe/magnifying glass with him. But thats the Police all over isn't it? Never think about things like that. Thick as mince and arrogant with it.

aholes.

Edited by Lord Marylebone on Monday 11th February 21:17

Pesty

39,210 posts

194 months

Monday 11th February
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Ours is great. It was a real surprise.

Best contact him before he retires.

smartypants

38,415 posts

107 months

Monday 11th February
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What a tt. Sounds like a former traffic policeman changed jobs smile

Mine was great also yes

Lord Marylebone

7,960 posts

118 months

Monday 11th February
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smartypants said:
What a tt. Sounds like a former traffic policeman changed jobssmile

Mine was great also yes
That's exactly what I thought. The sort of traffic officer who makes up 'the law' as he goes along and you know fine well it's bullst but can't talk back to him.

Like the traffic officer who told me it was 3 points for not wearing a seat belt. Or the traffic officer who told me that you couldn't have green coloured running lights on the front of a truck. Or the officer who told me that white underbody neons where illegal (in the early 2000's). All of which were simply lies.


Such as shame as the last firearms officer was a really nice bloke. Everyone knew him in the county and respected him.

No one will respect this wker.

Edited by Lord Marylebone on Monday 11th February 21:35

aeropilot

17,047 posts

165 months

Monday 11th February
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Lord Marylebone said:
Clearly, he was one of those police officers who don't think anyone should own any kind of firearm whatsoever, and he was clearly looking for something, anything.

I felt like telling him that if his job involves reading tiny serial numbers all day, they maybe he should carry a fking loupe/magnifying glass with him. But thats the Police all over isn't it? Never think about things like that. Thick as mince and arrogant with it.
How do you know he was a Police Officer?
Many FLO's are civilian staff, but that's the public all over isn't it, never think about things like that, thick as mince and arrogant with it......whistle