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Thread: DSC1 shooting test and using your own rifle.....here's a question...

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    DSC1 shooting test and using your own rifle.....here's a question...

    Hello all,

    A question came through my DSC training website recently which, at face value, was quite easy to answer. Q? I have just got a 30-06 and am going to do my DSC1, can I use a rifle of this calibre for the test? The easy answer of course is "Yes" because you are expected to be able to shoot using a rifle suited to shooting deer.

    But then I thought....and would like your views on this please.....

    What if the student has a FAC which is limited to 'land over which you have permission to shoot AND which the Police has approved as suitable to this calibre' . I'm not sure about the actual wording but the meaning is that the holder of a certificate with this limitation must ascertain that the land where they are shooting has been checked over by the Police, and this usually means that they have to ring the Police to find out.

    I have contacted my local FAC Officer and she wasn't sure so is checking with her boss, they'd never been asked this before.

    Anyone got any experience of this please - especially those conducting the tests?

    Cheers,

    Steve

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    It depends where the shooting test is being held I would have thought. It's usually on an approved range isn't it? In which case it would be 'deemed suitable' almost by definition.

    Alex

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    Hi Alex,

    Yes, you are right that it would depend on the location, but I wonder how many locations are actually approved ranges and how many are the same as where I did mine last year. It was a great site at Donington in an area at the back of the deer park. It was a very safe location, and actually had deer around in the distance, but it was not (as far as I know) a range approved by the Police.

    Cheers, Steve

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    Steve,

    I think the answer is very few - and as seen in another recent thread, becoming a range is fraught with difficulty and bureaucracy. Better to use the 'zeroing/practice' clause of the FAC holders licence. - and then ensure the land is cleared to the necessary level by the course provider - dtudents should not go ringing their local FEO and getting others uninvited visits for land clearance - most regular course providers will have had the land cleared as appropriate - and have some sort of evidence of that to boot. If there is any doubt in the FAC holders mind, they should not shoot their own rifle and use an estate rifle, under the direction of the course provider. (Not that they should be using their oewn rifle NOT under the course providers supervision....!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSC trainer View Post
    Hi Alex,

    Yes, you are right that it would depend on the location, but I wonder how many locations are actually approved ranges and how many are the same as where I did mine last year. It was a great site at Donington in an area at the back of the deer park. It was a very safe location, and actually had deer around in the distance, but it was not (as far as I know) a range approved by the Police.

    Cheers, Steve
    If you mean David Stretton's place, we spoke about this and his land is passed. It is approved unto one of the cannons that Mark uses :-)

    One day I want to be as wonderful as my dogs think i am .....

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    Hi all, thanks for the replies.

    I thought it wise to raise the subject as many people assume that land is passed but it's always wise to check.

    Love your tag line Eric, I still crease when I hear it, and Neil, if Mark#s got the OK for his cannons, then I think the whole of Derbyshire has been passed...just to be safe LOL

    Cheers, Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by neil_r View Post
    If you mean David Stretton's place, we spoke about this and his land is passed. It is approved unto one of the cannons that Mark uses :-)
    Don't think It's cleared for his pull weight though!!
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    ok. this also bring up another question. i have an open ticket for my 308. if land is cleared by the police upto .270 can i still use my 308

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    If you have an open ticket then it is down to you where you use your .308 as long as you have permission to shoot from landowner

    One day I want to be as wonderful as my dogs think i am .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pj1 View Post
    ok. this also bring up another question. i have an open ticket for my 308. if land is cleared by the police upto .270 can i still use my 308
    This is one of those conundrums that makes the passing of land for specific calibres rather silly.
    Are they clearing an energy level or the diameter of the projectile?!

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