Shotgun licence: Is there a time limit after getting a shotgun licence in which I have to buy a gun? I’d planned to get one pretty soon after the certificate arrived but now I’ve been made redundant there are more pressing demands on my finances.
Shooting advice: I've read a book on skeet clay shooting written by an American coach who says the knee on our front leg needs to be bent and the gun should be mounted with the elbow held high - almost at right angles to the shoulder pouch.
When pigeon shooting last summer, I enjoyed a couple of days on laid wheat in hot weather - the only trouble was the heat haze from the barrels caused problems when the gun was mounted. How do you stop this haze occurring? Would it help to pour cold water down…
Deer stalking: I've just returned from deer stalking, where a shot I took went low and the animal ran into cover. There were a few clumps of rushes in front of the deer, but they didn’t seem too thick to me.
Pigeon shooting: In your opinion, are more pigeon shooters now using steel shot cartridges to keep costs down? The reason I ask is that nobody seems to be talking about the subject, yet clay shooters openly admit that they are using the stuff.
Shotgun licence: I live in Essex and included in my recent shotgun certificate renewal pack there was a form I was required to sign to the effect that if my certificate renewal was delayed I could keep my guns in the approved storage but not use them.
Firearms Certificate mentor: I have been asked to act as mentor for a friend of mine who has recently been granted an FAC, subject to having a mentor. Are there any issues I should be aware of if i decide to become an FAC mentor?