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Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2017 4:59 p.m. PST

I'm starting to really enjoy the ECW. I've been on the Sealed Knot website and the pictures really help tie in with what I'm reading. But speaking of reenactment companies it was my belief that the U.K. was anti-gun so how does the reenactors get away with muskets and cannons.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2017 6:33 p.m. PST

This might help you:-


Martin Rapier30 Apr 2017 11:40 p.m. PST

Just because you need a Firearms Certificate to own firearms, doesn't mean there aren't any guns.

Iirc there are almost 2 million registered (privately owned) firearms in the UK, which will include the muskets and rifles used by reenactment groups.

willlucv Inactive Member01 May 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

We're not anti gun, we just have much tighter gun control. They have loads of firearms at your average reenactment.

When my youngest daughter was very little, I parked her sleeping in her pushchair about twelve feet from a cannon not realising it was functional. She was not happy to day the least, they're unbelievably loud.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2017 5:00 a.m. PST

Do Longbows and Crossbows need a license?

willlucv Inactive Member02 May 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

Nope, although there are limitations on usage, i.e. no hunting.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2017 3:06 p.m. PST

So does any hunt in the U.K.? Fox hunting still goes on I believe, but no deer hunting? What about birds.

Deuce03 Inactive Member02 May 2017 9:17 p.m. PST

Most types of gun are illegal in the UK, but shotguns are stil permitted with licences. I think muskets and the like are legally classed as shotguns.

Hunting *with dogs* is prohibited, for both deer and foxes, although it has proven all but impossible to effectively enforce. However, the shooting of game (including deer) is permitted and so is falconry.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP03 May 2017 4:47 a.m. PST

falconry! That's awesome!

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP03 May 2017 3:05 p.m. PST

Yes, traditional fox hunting with blokes in red jackets and packs of dogs is now illegal.

With the right permits and licences etc you can still go hunting for stuff. The problem is that we don't have much to hunt! Also we don't have 'wilderness' like America. Almost everywhere belongs to someone…

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