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  1. Saracen Exports do deactivated shotguns from £130.
  2. Of interest to owners of Section 58 obsolete calibre firearms. They are proposing to remove some calibres from the list and add others. Those removed will require an FAC: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-closes-antique-firearms-loopholes-to-protect-public?fbclid=IwAR0T6CneOg-PnnqdrOEcvFoN92i-skh56xBi1t68k0NTXi2QsIXcCGV3X6U https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/933597/Govt_Response_09-11-2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1IU3HsC4ebPUuDB7gQONpGqdmvj_vgn7vgBM7hP_1Ht8ojFWI09jeh3h0
  3. A firearms dealer: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/paul-panagi-2853159b https://www.enfieldguns.com/
  4. The law concerned was modified last year by an SI so that it changed from ‘in the EU’ to ‘in the UK’. The UK left the EU in January and that is the current law. However, in the real world it is a bit of a dead letter as regards private sales and is being widely ignored. I also don’t know whether it has been tested in court: as it stands, someone could spend six months in prison because they had sold an irreversibly gun because it had been irreversibly deactivated in the wrong irreversible way.
  5. Interesting article that was published last December: https://brudenellchambers.com/2019/12/23/new-deactivation-specifications-2/
  6. I believe KR is the pre-1971 commercial serial number prefix. Afterwards it was S.
  7. My understanding is that the British military guns always had the smooth Suncorite over phosphate finish. However, some commercial spare parts with the crackle finish (e.g. end caps) were later on obtained by the MoD from Sterling and ended up on military guns.
  8. I believe almost all of them were scrapped sadly. This also explains why ex-British military Sterling SMGs are almost non-existent on the UK market. The ones you see for sale are commercial guns sold abroad in the past which have different markings and a different paint finish.
  9. A range of WWII and postwar 20mm ammunition can be seen here: http://www.quarryhs.co.uk/tankammo1.html As mentioned, I think they are 20x128mm cases. Not Hispano and not WWII Oerlikon.
  10. I would tentatively identify them as 20x128mm Oerlikon cannon cartridge cases. I don’t think they are British.
  11. No change in the short term. The former wasn’t EU derived and the latter has been transferred into UK law. It is possible the latter may get revised into something more sensible post-Brexit, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.
  12. I'm guessing the Mindfulness Unit wasn't very interested...
  13. As mentioned, the good news is "Firearms which were deactivated prior to 8 April 2016 are not covered by these provisions".
  14. Steven Kendrick of the DGCA has sent round the following email: “So in case you hadn't heard, as of Thursday, transactions involvingdeactivated firearms have to be notified to the Home Office. (The HomeOffice is the "national authority" for this purpose, so it's the whole ofthe UK).The definition is any firearm deactivated to the current spec, acquiredsince 14 September, 2018. The reason for the latter date is that the HomeOffice was supposed to implement these regulations by that date, but they didn't because of the whole Brexit mess. So in essence, it's retroactive to that date.Also, possession of any current spec deac has to be notified to the HomeOffice by 14 March, 2021. Failure to comply is subject to a fine of up to£200.As far as older spec deacs, nothing changes. You still can't transfer them unless they're "upgraded" to the current spec. There is a rumour going around that when the UK leaves the EU then this restriction will be lifted, but that's wrong, because clause 61 of the The Law Enforcement and Security (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 replaces the words: "the EU" with: "the United Kingdom" in section 128 of the Policing and Crime Act, so nothing will change.The forms are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/circular-0102019-firearms-regulations-2019-and-the-firearms-amendment-no2-rules-2019They're very basic: name, address, details of firearm and you send it to the email address on the form.You might think this is stupid, but bear in mind deacs are now in Category C of the EFD. Originally there was talk of requiring all transfers to go through RFDs, which would have been much worse than this. What is stupid is that it doesn't make much sense if the UK leaves the EU, but obviously they want to remain consistent with the EU. Which raises the question of what the point of Brexit is, but that's a much bigger can of worms!”.
  15. Mentioned in an article on The Register website: UK Home Office: We will register thousands of deactivated firearms with no database https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/11/08/home_office_deactivated_weapons_email_address/ Someone also commented on it on the Army Rumour Service website: "The apparent UK current response is to go through the motions of obeying the letter of the EU law while ignoring the intent. Under new EU law, owners of deactivated firearms must "notify" the government of the status of deactivated firearms. In the UK you apparently will send an email containing the particulars to an address the UK government will set up. Nobody will apparently be reading the emails, but the government has been "notified", so the letter of the EU law has been obeyed. If there is ever a need to refer to any of these emails someone can in theory do a automatic search through the received email on the server. Job done. What happens in future will apparently depend on if and when the UK leaves the EU, and to what extent the UK will still be subject to EU law after that. I also suppose that whether there is a change of government after the upcoming election will also be a factor in that. So far though there has been minimal IT investment involved in actually implementing anything for any sort of actual effective registration". PS. There is also a theory doing the rounds that the SI only technically covers deacts done to the EU spec, not those done before. Having re-read it, it does only seem to explicitly refer to deacts done "in accordance with" the EU regulation - not every deact. Fingers crossed.
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