Put my initial grant application in 19th Nov, finally had the FEO visit 20th Jan. All went well with visit, FEO was very down to earth and we had a really good discussion about quite a few things. I sort of saw the visit as the big hurdle, the light at the end of the tunnel; it was what I had waited two long dreary months for, alongside a very drawn out house sale and subsequent purchase. Moved into my new house 22nd Jan, bolting the gunsafe to the wall was one of the first jobs.
Two polite phone calls to Avon and Somerset later, I am still waiting for my tickets. Still a big backlog, currently signing off June applications. Renewals are currently a priority, initial grants come third after variations
I have been advised to give them a bell in two weeks, please say it can't be much longer than that!!!!
Having touched on this with the FEO on the visit, I understand the staffing issues; but like everyone else on this site, I am paying taxes for a substandard service. Along with 90% of initial grant applicants, I dare not make a fuss, in case my forms get 'lost, by accident' or slip to the bottom of the very large pile.
On the bright side, at least it has stopped me impulse - buying the first rifle I see! (Savage Accustalker .243)
In an imaginary fully staffed department, I would expect a month to be reasonable; from submission of forms to receipt of ticket. Thoughts anyone??