Nice! - excuse my ex-pat ignorance Ade but how do they go about de-activating firearms in England?.
Is it down to parts removal, machine milling or barrel replacement?.
The reason I ask is that a few years ago the NZ army 'dumped' many thousands of SLR's onto the civilian market (aaah! those were the days!) which had the original select fire parts replaced or welded up.
Hi Chris, deact work in the UK has to follow a series of guidelines set down by the Proof House. (Any gun sold in the UK has to be passed by either the London or Birmingham proof house)
These guidelines have altered over the years and will vary a little depending on the type of gun. But basically:
Bolt face will be cut off at a 45 degree angle and firing pin removed or cut short.
Barrel has a milled slot cut in it. A steel rod is then welded in place to block the barrel.
Chamber will be either pinned, welded up or blocked via the aforesaid steel rod.
These pics will show the full horror of what has been done to this P38
Here in the States we have it nice to be able to fire these guns! I have a Walther, "AC42" and I have personally fired about 500 rounds through it without a jam. What a well balanced firearm! Sorry, didn't mean to gloat to those over the pond..
Hi Joel, no worries. I wish we still had your liberties here in the UK.
But here I am firing Walther P38 only two weeks ago in Austria. I entered a pistol competition at the club where I was a guest and came 17th out of 32 entrants. Not too bad to say I had never shot pistol before? Thanks to two forum members here "Roughshooter" and "Ostmark"