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    Quote Originally Posted by Stryder5 View Post
    The lawful power of air rifles has not changed, it's 12 ftlbs. for rifles, as with most things they can be tampered with.

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    But not by much. You can take them a bit above the legal limit, but only by a modest margin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stryder5 View Post
    It's not illegal to carry an air rifle in public as long as it cased or in a gun slip, it cannot be loaded though.

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    You might have fun trying to explain why you were carrying it through Westminster though, after you been held at gunpoint by the police and pinned to the ground in cuffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    But not by much. You can take them a bit above the legal limit, but only by a modest margin.
    Sorry but this is simply not true, I can turn my compressed air rifle to 15 ftlbs by turning one screw, don't have to open internals. I shoot HFT competitively, to maintain accuracy I need to adjust to 11.9 ftlbs. External temperature and pressure can effect this so I need to be able to adjust so I don't go over 12 ftlbs.

    I have seen some spring rifles that have had different springs giving 18 ftlbs, hardly minimal.

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    An FAC covers an air rifle up to and including 20ft/lb. Or it certainly used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    You might have fun trying to explain why you were carrying it through Westminster though, after you been held at gunpoint by the police and pinned to the ground in cuffs.
    Indeed. If you are carrying one in a public place, even covered and contained, you need a bloody good reason.

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    Had a shot of a smaller bore air rifle once that was ?? .177 or summat like that with much stronger 22 spring in it.. by god this thing could do damage. was a mate of my brothers.. way back in 60's i think
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    Yes I have a Sig Sauer P226 air pistol that Sig makes to be as similar as possible to the real thing - if I got that out anywhere in public other than the range where my son and I use it, I would expect a whole lot of trouble.

    Aren't the vast majority of airgun injuries accidentally inflicted? I very rarely hear of villains tooling up with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haselsh1 View Post
    Indeed. If you are carrying one in a public place, even covered and contained, you need a bloody good reason.
    You don't need a reason the law is clear, we can all conjure up situations where to carry one would be unwise, still legal though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julesd68 View Post
    Aren't the vast majority of airgun injuries accidentally inflicted? I very rarely hear of villains tooling up with them.
    Not sure about the accidentally inflicted injuries but certainly the number of people intentionally injured / killed by them is tiny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stryder5 View Post
    I can turn my compressed air rifle to 15 ftlbs by turning one screw, don't have to open internals.
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    Out of interest Gary, do you need a licence because the rifle is capable of 15ft/lbs or only if you're cought with it over 12?

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