1977cutcher wrote:From an American perspective yes trading seems to be very lopsided. Our laws make it easy for other countries to dump steel, cars, oil, and various other products in our markets yet it is near impossible for our businesses to import into other countries. It is an issue that the common American holds against Washington yet we seem to get no results from our law makers. We are currently in the beginning of our election cycle for President and I do have hope, but we will see. Donald Trump seems promising but then again who knows.
I am curious, you seem to have a number of shotguns. I was under the impression that England made it very difficult to own more that one or two similar type firearms.
As far as your Smith and Wesson goes, you do see them in around in these parts but not very often. They have been out of production for some time. Parts are not easy to come by and they do not hold value very well. The tang safety is often found on some of our lower end "hard ware store grade" guns. The barrel attachment is similar to a Remington 31. My thought is that a group of engineers threw a bunch of good ideas at a gun that never really caught on.
Mr Trump is getting bad press over here from the liberal lefties, but he is as far as I can see first and foremost a hugely successful businessman who wants to put America first. I don't think any American would be against that. All the Americans that I have known over the years have been fiercely patriotic irrespective of their politics. Its one of the things in the UK that worries me, the dilution of our heritage and the fear of speaking out and being labelled as reactionary. But, I digress, I love my country and would give all to protect her.
With regard to UK shot gun ownership, there are 2 levels; section 1 which is "multi shot", i.e. any shot gun with a total capacity of more than 3 rounds and section 2 which is "shotgun", that is any single shot, double barrel, and pump (lever) or auto with a magazine capacity permanently restricted to 2 rounds (+ 1 in chamber) This restriction is by means of a crimp on the mag tube. This crimp does not affect the working of the gun but does men that the follower can never be removed (difficult for deep clean) My shotguns are held on section 2 and there is no actual limit imposed, other than secure storage. I have a metal 8 gun safe which was approved by the local police authority. I could install another or many if I wished. It is my intention to collect those pump guns that interest me and I foresee no immediate limit to that. I also shoot an Arrieta sidelock and a Feg over/under. I am in the throes of applying for my section 1 licence which does take time but I foresee no problems there. The main difference with section 1 is that I will have to specify which guns I wish to acquire, calibre, type etc. rifles and other non restricted guns are also on section 1. We cannot own and keep at home, self loading full-bore rifles and handguns. There are some dispensations for classic and historical handguns where the guns are kept in an armoury at the range.
We work with the laws and shooting in the UK is quite healthy, personally I shoot sporting clays, skeet, compak, game and ipsc disciplines, the latter the reason for high capacity shotgun requirement (3 shots definitely teaches ammo awareness!)
Love your quote about engineers! how often that happens in life!