Well the good news is I got my FAC back from a 1:1 variation, removing a .22LR and adding a slot for .243. As such I now have a FAC for .17HMR and .243.
Posted 1:1 forms on the 9th of January, so not a bad turn around by Sussex.
I originally applied for the variation for the .243 so I could get a centre fire suitable for both foxing and deer. Sussex police, my licensing authority, did not have a problem for a .243 for foxing but ask me to attend a DSC1 for the deer option.
(Something I was not bothered about as I always intended doing a DSC at some point, along with some hands on mentoring.)
My FAC has today come back with the additional conditions worded as such:
As I read it:5. The (I) .17HMR CZ Rifle and sound Moderator (IIb & IIb) .243 rifle and sound moderator and ammunition shall be used for shooting (I) Vermin & Fox (IIa) Fox (IIb) Deer whilst attending a DSC Level 1 course at (the name of the centre I am attending in March) and for zeroing on ranges, or land deemed suitable by the chief constable of police for the area where the land is situated and over which the holder has lawful authority to shoot.
6. The certificate holder may posses, purchase or acquire expanding ammo, or the missiles of such ammo, in the calibres authorised by this certificate and use only in connection with (a) the lawful shooting of deer (b) the shooting of vermin or, in connection with the management of any estate, other wildlife.
.17HMR is fine for Vermin and Fox
.243 is fine for Fox
I, once I have completed the DSC1, can then apply for my ticket to be revised to cover deer on my permissions.
This is not an open ticket
Does that sound about right?
PS, trip planned to Sportsman in Exeter on Saterday, could be expensive!