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 Post subject: Airgunner from Scotland
PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:13 am 
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Hello,
I have been in Canada since 1989. Born in Vancouver, I spent a good part of my life in Scotland where I became hooked on airguns.The selection was amazing and I managed to collect about 10 airguns, mostly German and British, before returning to Canada.I must admit I was a bit disappointed in the rules for shooting airguns here. In the UK at the time you could purchase a legal air weapon(under 12 ft.lbs) even by mail. Then if you had a big enough backyard you could target shoot providing you didn't disturb the neighbors and did not allow any shots to stray outside your property.If you were lucky enough to know a farmer with a bit of land you could ask his permission to shoot rabbits, crows squirrels, rats and other forms of vermin as they called it.
When I arrived here I was told that all my legal(in UK) were classified as firearms in Canada and had to register.No big deal!
But where to shoot. I have used a range in my basement before the basement was finished.Now I am reluctant(my wife more so)to set up a range where things might get damaged.So it sounds like I am like the rest of the air gun enthusiasts here in Ontario-I live in Mississauga.This is frustrating as I am sure you will agree.
I was wondering has anyone thought of starting a club for airguns.I know there are many back in the UK. Often they approach a farmer and ask permission to use some of his land for setting up a range. This could involve setting targets at different ranges and having competitions?Of course the farmer would likely charge for this, but for me a small charge is fine for the chance to safely practice and meet fellow enthusiasts.I know you need a license to hunt even small game in Ontario but I wonder what the legalities of target shooting on private land maybe.
Anyways enough of an introduction from me. I would like to hear from anyone who shares my love of airguns but is frustrated by the present situation.
Thanks Ted


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:42 pm 
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Welcome, Ted. Got to be a bunch of guys here, from around there.

Mississauga, as in part of Toronto?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:11 pm 
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Hi Daryl,
Yes Mississauga just outside Toronto.Anyone can feel free to drop me a line.
Cheers Ted


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:17 pm 
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welcome to the forum Ted very nice introduction... 8)
there are some clubs but there driving distance from you
there is GTAC...https://www.facebook.com/pages/category ... 696579265/
and theirs a couple clubs out in Hamilton area you should have a look see if any interest you
also have a good friend who lives out your way... :wink:

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Welcome friend! Hope you enjoy your time here!

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