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    Semi auto shotgun

    Chaps

    Thinking of getting a benelli 5 shot minimum on my FAC. Is pigeon shooting and other pest control enough grounds for getting it. I'm with the MET have a .22lr .223 & .300 win mag all approved on the ground i shoot on. Will the firearms officer need to come visit?

    Cheers

    S

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    Think the magic word is "corvids"
    "Smoke me a kipper - i'll be back for breakfast"

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    Im also in west Sussex , use Sussex police . I live on a farm and said I needed it for rabbit control . No problems at all and i got a military stocked 10 shot escort . Great tool!

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    ok cheers will give the feo a bell

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    Good luck you won't go far wrong with a Benelli mate.
    I did find it needed a couple of hundred rounds to free off a bit though.

    Once you get sorted just get a screw on mag extension, its only 5 mins to change back to 3+1.

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    I was putting in a variation for a couple of things a good few years ago and got the FAC Semi Auto refused as I hadn't provided a letter from the landowner to support my need for it. I wasn't asked for the letter as evidence nor was I explained why I hadn't got it added on my FAC, I had to ask why not. I was pretty annoyed as it then cost me 26 a few years later to submit another variation when I could be bothered again! When I did put back in I asked for vermin conditions and got them. A lot of FAC semi autos are now issued for 'avian pest species' which would not cover rabbits, so be specific in your application that it must be for those species. Once I had it I asked the FLO whether I could shoot foxes and he said that as I had been granted it for vermin, not for vermin and foxes, technically I could not shoot foxes!

    Anyway, got a benelli M2, fantastic gun, although it will not cycle 2 1/2 inch cartridges, but will cycle 67 mm cartridges! Will cycle ANY load as long as 67mm or above, I have tried as low as 24g and no problem!

    As for magazine, I was under the impression that the 5 shot could not be increased to a 10 shot (or thereabouts depending on size of cartridges) without having it sent back to GMK, but the 10 shot could be reduced to a 5 shot.
    Last edited by stalker.308; 16-05-2012 at 17:52.

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    you just buy a magazine extention , a longer spring and a barrel clamp

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    Put in a variation last year for a FAC semi auto used "avian control" as the reason, no problem with TVP.

    Got a Benelli M2 with 7 shot mag, tad heavy roost shooting with 7+1 in the chamber but in the hide it's no problem.

    So far no problems & digests any cartridge I throw at it.

    Cheers

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by stalker.308 View Post
    As for magazine, I was under the impression that the 5 shot could not be increased to a 10 shot (or thereabouts depending on size of cartridges) without having it sent back to GMK, but the 10 shot could be reduced to a 5 shot.
    I've got an FAC Benelli M2 that required no gunsmithing to attach an ext tube. My mate however got the non-FAC model and discovered that the mag tube is crimped halfway along and as such had to be replaced in order to accept an ext tube. He got Mr. Midway to do it for him.

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    I would give them a call and just ask for some advice on getting a fac shotgun...

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