I'm pretty comfortable with the law on this but always worth checking out before speaking to my FEO.
What I know to be fact:
- Double barrelled shotguns (and others) have no minimum overall length but do have a minimum barrel length of 24" on a section 2.
- Shotgun slugs are a section 1 slot
Nothing in the guidelines (that I can see) says that I can't shorten my shotgun barrels to whatever length I want, so long as they are above 24". My local RFD says otherwise, that it must be done by an RFD and only if the barrels are damaged on the section to be removed.
I think he is confusing this with another piece of guidance.
Any takers on this? Just so I have a rounded interpretation for when I speak to the FLO.
On to the second point. I would require a section 1 slot if I desired to fire bore diameter round balls in my shotgun. These would count as slugs and would be for target use only. Due to the nature of the shotgun it wouldn't be useable in practical shotgun and wouldn't be eligible for any target competition due to no class that I am aware of. Therefore, how would I justify it? It would be for fun and 'competitions' at my club in the 'everything else which doesn't fit in a group' group.
Any input appreciated. As I've said, it's just so I have a more rational chat with the FLO. Rather than usually when I quote HO guidelines which can get their backs up. Which i'd rather avoid.
Thanks in advance