If anyone doubts BASC value read below, I am sure a solicitor would have cost far more and been lot slower.
Just applied for a variation for FC fro new calibre and for a FC for 16 old son so that he can come stalking with me and use rifle, my existing rifle not being ideal as a first gun.
Local police missed the point totally, FEO miss understood the law, so recommended that the rifle was not included on sons FC due to lack of experience. (not surprising as I did have that calibre)
Sort advice from the start of the process prior to the application being completed from BASC.
Good advice from BASC firearms dept confirmed my understanding of the law, after a request for a partial withdrawal of the application by the FEO BASC called the FLO at police headquarters which then allowed me to have a good discussion with the FLO who was a shooting man with a practical view and was able sort the matter out. Prompt service from the police once I got through to the main office.
Result son now has FC with everything we wanted including deer rifle but with mentoring clause which is what I had offered at the start.
Full marks to BASC Firearms dept very good service, happy to recommend to anyone.
Now father and son team looking for opportunities perhaps to travel.