I've just been to the post office and got my variation paperwork in the post, special delivery so happy that that part of it is sorted, just gotta wait to hear back now......
I contacted Avon and Somerset a while back and they said that current turnaround for variations is 3-5 weeks, which isn't too bad, and I'm going to be interested to see how they handle mine - only had my FAC 5 months (SGC 5 years or thereabouts), got a 22lr but this is my first deer-legal calibre application.
Anyway, I've included (as well as the mandatory paperwork) a photocopy of my DSC1, a letter of reference from a friend who I have been out stalking with a few times, and contact details of two other stalkers who kindly let me join them aswell (thanks again Mark and Rich!!), I've also enclosed a land permission, and mentioned that I have the relevant insurance.
Now to wait and see! I am interested to see if they are going to choose to pay me a visit, and try and get me a mentoring condition etc., but I believe that I have a good leg to stand on when it comes to giving reasons why I don't think that's necessary. Reading some of the threads on this site to do with variations and conditions etc. has been quite helpful, I've got a better idea of how best to deal with different situations that may come up.
Anyway, as usual I'm going on a bit (a lot), so I'll stop there!
Can't wait to get hold of my first deer/fox rifle!! (.243 is what I went for in the end by the way!!)