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    Open fac

    Hi Does anbody know if you can get your FAC changed to open before 5 years if so how

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    Yes you can, the 5 years thing isn't law but you'll need to be able to justify it with a good reason and reassure them of your competence/experience.

    Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJC View Post
    Hi Does anbody know if you can get your FAC changed to open before 5 years if so how
    Mine was opened up after about 3 years on changing police area, though I do have 21 years in the forces.

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    I believe you can
    You must be able to satisfy the issuing authority that you are safe/competent.
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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    You should get an open FAC when your circumstances and experience are suitable to have it. It is up to the individual to show this so get in your letters supporting your experience with Level 1 done and 2 started for example and permissions all in place and it should just be a case of asking for it.

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    In my case I needed to accompany a friend on an unchecked patch of land (only 20 acres or so but with a massive backstop/bank). The police didn't want to even come out to check it, so I said to them if they open my certificate I'll take the responsibility of passing it and accompanying him. I sent in a summary of experience, level 1 and level 2 was 2/3 done at the time and EMcC on here who I stalk with often very kindly sent them in a letter saying that I was safe/not a nutter etc. and they opened my certificate as requested. That was after 3 1/2 yrs.

    Alex

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    My FEO said to me that when a FAC expired after three years the renewed FAC was then open.
    So ask at three years or if you have good reason.
    He also said he was familiar with the old chestnut of FAC holders claiming high ammo usage and lots of land checks as a way to achieve the same thing.
    For my 22LR it was opened at about 2.1/2 years and the CF at about 2 years.

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    mine was open from day 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJC View Post
    Hi Does anbody know if you can get your FAC changed to open before 5 years if so how
    PM sent

    Chris
    Life should be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving skidding in sideways, Merlot in one hand, Cigar in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO what a ride!

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    I did

    Lots of land checks, and the ability to demonstrate the need for it (ie turning down "work" due to conditions) worked for me

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