I have a SGC and am in the process of applying for my FAC. Im asking for a .243 for deer and fox and a .17hmr for rabbits ( after much to'ing and fro'ing between .17hmr and .22lr).
Im in Hampshire and have about 400 acres to shoot on. I do have some experience of rifles but it was in the forces off the back of an aircraft carrier mainly-a world away from the experience i need to be considered safe with a .243.
Ive had the FEO on the phone this morning to book his visit-he's coming on Thursday morning. He said that the 17 HMR would be no problem, but there would have to be a mentor clause for the 243 to start with. He said i could do the DSC1 course but would still need mentoring to start with.
The problem i have, is that i know no-one with a FAC within 250 miles of Portsmouth(i hail from Yorkshire originally)
Is this the end of the 243 application or is there a way round this?
Obviously i would like to have something in place before the visit if possible.
Thanks in advance for any replies.