‘ACPO’ won’t take no for an answer: Shop-a-gun-owner hotline to be relaunched

Originally posted on UK Shooting News:

The National Police Chiefs Council has admitted that despite the public backlash over its discredited “shop-a-gun-owner” hotline, which was abruptly dropped last year, it will be relaunched under a new name.

The NPCC is the rebranded Association of Chief Police Officers, which was formally shut down on the orders of Home Secretary Theresa May. The NPCC continues to operate in much the same way that ACPO did.

In the minutes from this February’s meeting, ACPO Firearms and Explosives Licensing Working Group (FELWG) chair, Chief Constable Andy Marsh, stated he would attempt to re-launch the hotline.

acpo being naughty

The original hotline launch took the licensed firearms community by surprise, as the police chose not to tell anyone of their plans before announcing it in a publicity drive which encouraged the general public to inform on shooters, in a move clearly designed to stigmatise licensed firearms owners. This prompted a massive public backlash led…

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Polymer bullets for all!

Recently I have been talking to a company called PolyCase, they featured quite heavily in last months edition of Guns & Ammo, and they specialise in creating bullets by injection molding, using high tech polymers. Due to the method of production many more bullets can be produced in the same amount of time that it would take to cast lead bullets, and without the inherent problems associated in dealing with lead. At present they are making a number of bullets, mainly it would appear in pistol calibre’s. But in the foreseeable future they are looking to make a number of larger calibre bullets for both target shooting and hunting. There may also be a selection bullets for smaller calibre’s, and as soon as I have more information I’ll let you know. These bullets have a number of advantages over lead bullets for shooters in general. The FBI however have stringent tests which they put their prospective ammunition through, and despite these high tech bullets passing, in theory all other areas of the test, they may not pass the safety glass test. Reinforced safety glass is one of the toughest barriers, and upon striking the glass, the ARX disintegrates. An advantage to civilian shooters, these bullets shatter when they encounter a solid object such as a wall, steel plate, etc. This is an advantage for all other shooters, including other areas of law enforcement, and should reduce damage or injury to property and bye-standers.. When out hunting, the above attributes mean any miss is terminated once a solid object is encountered, reducing ricochets which may have occurred using more traditional ammunition. Bullets of the same size and dimensions are a bit lighter, however this lightness does mean velocities are much higher. This additional speed, when combined with the now possible bullet design, as seen in the ARX, means there is no need for a hollow point. The design utilises the bullets spinning with precision flanges on the bullet, which create forces in much the same way a propellor does. These forces create an enlarged cavity whilst still retaining over 99% of the initial overall bullet weight. Shots into ballistic gel can be seen demonstrating this on PolyCase’s, YouTube – PolyCase Ammunition web site. This looks like being an interesting next few years in which the old ways, after nearly 500 years, will be eclipsed by new technology and materials. New is not always best, but these are early days, and I think in years to come these materials, and others like them will remove the need for lead. But lets not throw the baby out just yet, traditional ammunition will take a lot of beating and these new bullets will have to earn their stripes, but from what I’ve seen polymers are the way forward.

Subscription renewals!

Update: Any subscriptions not received by today are deemed to have lapsed. For all the rest of you, thank you for renewing, and I will be doing the paperwork this coming weekend, so your new cards should be with you by the 21st of the month. If you have not received it by then please let me know.

Thank you to all those who have taken the time to send in their logs, and renewal fees. there are still a few out there that I have not heard from yet. Please try to get your payments to me in the next two weeks or so, before memberships lapse.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon, and good luck for the rest of the season!

Petition your M.P.

There have been a number of petitions circulating in recent months to do with shooting and the shooting sports, and really it’s up to you whether you join in the fray or  not. But this one, organised by the Countryside Alliance is a must Petition Here.

This new set of guidelines to search and check security of all licence holders is open to abuse, with the result that law abiding members of society are once again “guilty until proved innocent”. there will be certain forces, already opposed to civilian possession of any firearms, that will use this to their advantage. Heated argument in your road, good cause, fight at the local pub, good cause, or any other reason that may turn up, could be used as a reason for an unannounced search. So in an effort to stop this infringement and abuse of power it is beholden upon you to sign up today!

UPDATE! Thanks to everyone who contacted their M.P. and took an active roll in making our feelings known on this issue. Rather than write a lengthy article the link to the Western Morning News details the move adequately. All gun owners should be getting a letter from the police detailing their new approach.