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DAVID FROST says: You are not the only person who is confused by age limits for the younger shooter; they can be very complicated. There is no lower age limit for getting a shotgun certificate and plenty of teenagers have one.

You must be 15 before you can use a shotgun without being supervised by an adult (who must be at least 21). At 15 you may be lent or given a shotgun but you are not allowed to buy one until you are 17. Nor are you allowed to buy ammunition until you are 17.

If you have never used a shotgun before I strongly advise you take some lessons at your nearest shooting school. This gives you the opportunity to learn about safety and will improve your standard of shooting so that you don’t miss too often.

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