I am in the process of applying for my FAC. I signed up for a DCS 1, letter in the post to join NRA at Bisley (Induction day should be done by Christmas). The FEO I spoke to initially said that the FAC would be closed for 5 years and that I would need a mentor and DCS 1. Most of this will be revisited on the initial view I guess. I am hoping that 9 years in the infantry will count towards suitable firearms experience. However, the odd one is that I was handed Land Approval from. "Approval is needed before a FAC is issued". So how do I get land approval to shoot deer without an FAC, or rifle? And how do I find a mentor, without needing to pay a stalker for however long the Firearms Licensing Department deem necessary?