My son, Charlie, is now 15 and has been mad keen on shooting since he started coming beating aged 7.
Over time, he has used air rifles and shotguns under supervision, and has shown that he is a safe, competent and considerate shot. My SGC and FAC were due for renewal this year, and so he and I had a lengthy discussion about applying for him too; he fully understood the implications and responsibility that this brought, and on the basis that if I had any doubts about his suitability we wouldn't even be having the chat, I decided to submit an application for him.
Forms completed, photos taken, referees lined up......everything submitted.......
........and having gone through the process, I have visited Force HQ today to collect my FAC (with AOLQ now on all my rifles ) and SGC - and to collect SGC and FAC for Charlie!!
Now we need to get him on the range, get him shooting as well with the .243 and .308 as he does with an air-rifle....and then get him out somewhere after a deer......
(.....and I have nothing but praise for my Licensing Dept. I consider that I received an outstanding service from them.)