Collection: Airgun Law & Shipping

Airgun Law

The law makes no distinction between air rifles and more powerful guns for which you need a licence – they are all classed as firearms. This means that any offence you commit can carry a very heavy penalty – and there are at least 38 different offences. Following this code will help you to keep on the right side of the law, but, if you have any doubt, seek advice from BASC or your local police firearms licensing department.

As of the 1st of January 2017, those in Scotland wishing to purchase an air weapon above 1 joule require an Air Weapons Certificate (AWC) to purchase and own. For more information, please go to the Scottish Air Weapons Licensing webpage here.

Who can shoot

18 years

If you are 18 years or older there are no restrictions on buying an air rifle and ammunition, and you can use it where you have permission to shoot.

14–17 years

You can:
- borrow an air rifle and ammunition
- use an air rifle, without supervision, on private premises where you have permission

You cannot:
- buy or hire an air rifle, or ammunition, or receive one as a gift. Your air rifle and ammunition must be bought and looked after by someone over 18 – normally your parent, guardian or some other responsible adult.
- have an air rifle in a public place unless you are supervised by somebody aged 21 or over, and you have a reasonable excuse to do so (for example, while on the way to a shooting ground).

Under 14 years

You can
- use an air rifle under supervision on private premises with permission from the occupier - normally the owner or tenant. The person who supervises you must be at least 21 years old.

You cannot
- buy, hire or receive an air rifle or its ammunition as a gift, or shoot, without adult supervision.
Parents or guardians who buy an air rifle for use by someone under 14 must exercise control over it at all times, even in the home or garden.

It is illegal to sell an air rifle or ammunition to a person under 18 years of age.

Airgun Shipping

Section 1 FAC air rifles and non licence air rifles are sent via Parcelforce AM Secure delivery service where possible or via Parcelforce 24/48 where the secure service is not available due to location. These items can not be sent direct to the purchaser as they can only be shipped to another Registered Firearms Dealer. Please note there may be a couple of days shipping delay on gun purchases as we have to validate RFD's via the relevant authorities prior to dispatch.

Please Note: we only ship guns to UK mainland RFD's. Any order placed outside the mainland will be cancelled. 

Once you have purchased a section 1 FAC air rifle or a non licence air rifle from us we will contact you to arrange which RFD you would like it shipped to. Please note the RFD may charge you a fee for the paperwork transfer. 


Purchase In Store

  • If you would like to purchase a non licence air rifle you will need to show ID to prove you are 18 years old or older and this much have proof off address. We will keep a copy of name and address for all new air rifle purchases.
  • If you would like to purchase a section 1 (FAC) air rifle you will need a valid licence with a slot available for this calibre and firearm.

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