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    London Proof House waiting times

    Hi Folks

    Can anyone give me an idea of the current waiting times at London proof house? I spoke to a very helpful man (I'm sorry I didn't catch his name) a few weeks ago who said for standard proof 6 weeks but if the person called in they were normally looked after there and then. He also mentioned a premium service where you could book a time, not exactly sure what was involved in this.

    Unfortunately I have been waiting a few months on a rifle and my patience is pretty much gone.

    Thanks

    Jonny

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    oh, I've had rifles that have taken 3 months + in Birmingham. The last one's they even lost for over 2 months and couldn't find as they had accidentally thrown out the paperwork I submitted and then dared say I never included the proof request..the cheek!

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    In the fickle world of rfd/gunsmithing/ paperwork (which i have no part in) I too sometimes feel like the workers of an orange grove awaiting for "the man from delmonte" to say ye! At the same time when he does, there is jubilation.
    All good things come to who waits.....although it can feel a pita before the officials say ye, it is always worth it.

    Not much help in your question.......but patience is the better answer than stress if we can't do anything about it!

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    Just to add........I am awaiting 2 rifles to be proofed, but they will be ready when they are ready. All I can do is continue with the rest of my jobs with the tools I have.
    Bureaucracy is never someone's friend. ....

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    I currently have 2 rifles at the London proof house, they have been there over 3 weeks now.

    My smith told me that the last lot he sent in took nearly 2 months, something to do with a huge military order going through

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    Thanks for the info folks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double0gorgeous View Post
    Hi Folks

    Can anyone give me an idea of the current waiting times at London proof house? I spoke to a very helpful man (I'm sorry I didn't catch his name) a few weeks ago who said for standard proof 6 weeks but if the person called in they were normally looked after there and then. He also mentioned a premium service where you could book a time, not exactly sure what was involved in this.

    Unfortunately I have been waiting a few months on a rifle and my patience is pretty much gone.

    Thanks

    Jonny
    How long did it take? Or is it still there?! Currently waiting for my rifle, 6 weeks today....��

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    Harrumph! Make work schemes for the otherwise unemployable. Minimum charge and 50% addition to that for "same day" service.

    Now compare what labour is involved to certifying an de-act bolt action rifle is properly de-activated to what labour (and specialist equipment) is involved in MoT Test and it's hard not to see the thing as a monopoly long past its end time.

    It must be the only remaining "standard" appraisal test in the UK that hasn't been "privatised" or opened to other service providers. Imagine if, still, only Oxford or Cambridge Universities could offer medical degrees.

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    got stuff at London - just had some stuff from Viking (Ruger Precision rifles) and there was a delay because they did not have enough proof ammo in 6.5 creedmore ????

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    The jungle drums are telling me that the London proof house is temporarily closed!

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