Yearly Archives: 2014

We’ve added a little info to help those who have had difficulty using the members section of this website. To view this page please click the link below or you can find a permanent link under the  main ‘Members’ menu item.

How To Log In

If you are still unsure, or if you continue to have any problems with your user account then please contact us, start a thread about it on the forum, or speak to AJ at the range.

What would happen if the police called unexpectedly to check your firearm security ?

As a certificate holder you should be well aware of condition 4(a)

“The firearms and [section 1] ammunition to which the certificate relates must at all times (except in the circumstances set out in paragraph (b) below) be stored securely so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, access to the firearms or ammunition by an unauthorised person; ”

Any breach of this condition is viewed seriously by the police and the courts, so PLEASE make sure that your guns and all your ammunition is put away properly after a shoot, and that the keys are kept in such a way that only the certificate holder knows where they are. 

Hiding them in your sock drawer is NOT a good option – it seems that that’s the one place that criminals look first – assuming they know which drawer has the socks in it. Hanging the keys on a hook next to the cabinet is even sillier.

 You’ll note that this doesn’t apply to normal shotgun ammunition, but it still makes sense to store it in out of the way – certainly away for your shotgun.

The second condition relating to security is Condition 4 (b):

“Where a firearm or [section 1] ammunition to which the certificate relates is in use or the holder of the certificate has the firearm with him for the purpose of cleaning, repairing or testing it or for some other purpose connected with its use, transfer or sale, or the firearm or ammunition is in transit to or from a place in connection with its use or any such purpose, reasonable precautions must be taken for the safe custody of the firearm or the ammunition.”

Which is less onerous, but you still have to comply with it.  Make sure that nothing is visible in your car if you park it that would make it obvious that there might be guns or ammo in it. Lock them in the boot, park it in an obvious place, make sure it’s locked – there’s plenty more advice in the links below.

We don’t want Phoenix to be dragged through the mud because a member was careless and left guns or ammunition out where someone who doesn’t have a certificate had access to them, so PLEASE take this warning on board – and THINK about your security at home or in the car.

There is plenty of help and guidance in the two links below, but you can always ask Mary or Mike if you need any help at all.

We know most people (and hopefully ALL Phoenix members) comply with this, but one or two careless or complacent shooters haven’t done so, which leads us ALL into problems.

The Value of Shooting

An independent report evaluating the value of shooting to the UK has recently been published.

From the BASC website:

In the UK today…

  • Shooters spend £2.5 billion each year on goods and services
  • Shooting supports the equivalent of 74,000 full time jobs
  • Shooting is worth £2 billion to the UK economy (GVA)
  • Shooting is involved in the management of two-thirds of the rural land area
  • There are 4 million (est) airgun owners – of which 1.6 m shoot live quarry
  • 600,000 people in the UK shoot live quarry, clay pigeons or targets
  • Shoot providers spend nearly £250 million a year on conservation
  • Shooters spend 3.9 million work days on conservation – that’s the equivalent of 16,000 full-time jobs
  • Two million hectares are actively managed for conservation as a result of shooting

To view the full report click on one of the links below:

About the survey:

We all know that shooting is important. We know it’s good for the economy and the environment – and we all know from first-hand experience how the social aspects of shooting are beneficial to us and our local community.

But how can we prove it?

BASC and 15 other shooting and countryside organisations commissioned a comprehensive study to ascertain exactly what shooting is worth.

The survey – carried out by Cambridge-based Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC) – was to assess the economic, environmental and social benefits of shooting sports.

This independent and statistically robust report gives us the latest facts and figures. It demonstrates that shooting is involved in the management of most of the countryside, actively shaping the world around us with hundreds of millions of pounds of privately funded conservation effort. It records the hundreds of thousands of people who find their recreation and sport in the countryside and on the shooting ranges and clay grounds across the country. It shows, for the first time, the social benefits of an active recreation enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds.

The data collected were based on a 12- month period between August 2012 and July 2013.

A total of 16,234 questionnaires were completed, making this the most comprehensive research into the value of shooting ever undertaken in the United Kingdom.

You can read the full press release over at the BASC website:

Or download the report in PDF format here.

We’ve been told that the name for an area of houses being built on the Mostyn House School playing fields is to be “Phoenix Court” – apparently in honour of our (now ex-) presence there.

It’s difficult to know what to feel about this…..