Had my 2nd visit today for a check of security and as the FEO left he told me no problems all the forms were completed and the 3 calibres Id asked for as well as a 23.5 inch 9mm shotgun would be no problem, the rimfires (.17 and .22) and 9mm would be recommended as open day one and the .243 he expected would have a mentor condition on it.
Great thinks I and headed off to work...On my return home theres an answer phone message telling me he had checked the land on the register and a senior FEO had previously only considered it suitable for shotguns and air rifles I would have thougth that was the first job.
To say Im hacked off is an understatement. Ive used rimfires on this land under estate rifle rules for years, been shooting it for 30 years. The old stalker used a 6.5x55 for all his stalking, its 420 acres of pasture, arable and woodland set in a small valley with 4 high seats. Yes there are footpaths but that doesnt make the land unsafe to shoot on.
Any advice welcome, Ive left a message telling him Id like to walk him round it and show him the seats etc, but as it was inspected by a senior FEO Im wondering if he would then clear it.
Thames Valley btw
Edited to say this also stuffs me Im guessing for the rimfires as well as .243....Bit of a bind as a qualified (all be it in March 10) , insured self employed pest controller with rabbit contracts starting in September counting on rimfires to help me earn a living.