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All percussion muzzle loading guns made after the outbreak of WW2 in 1939 require a Section 1 FAC.

Those made prior to this event are classed as Section 58 (2) antiques and no licence is required.

However the laws are still valid for antique Percussion guns :

Antique guns are on sale to COLLECTORS ONLY, to be kept as a curio or ornament, as per Home Office Guidelines Section 58 (2). Persons wishing to buy any antique must not be a prohibited person and can legally purchase and own such items clearly defined under the new Provisions 108-111 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, and by virtue of Section 21 of The Firearms Act 1968.

What the Law actually says:

On 14 July 2014, the firearms provisions in Section 110 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into effect and extended the definition of a `prohibited` person to include those with suspended sentences.  The law has also been changed so that prohibited persons will no longer be able to possess antique firearms.  Taken together, the changes made to the Firearms Act 1968 mean that a person who has served a term of imprisonment, or has received a suspended sentence, of at least three months and less than three years, cannot possess a firearm, including an air weapon or antique firearm or ammunition, for five years from the date of his release if imprisoned or if given a qualifying suspended sentence, from the second day after the date on which the suspended sentence was made.  A person who has served a term of imprisonment of over three years can never possess a firearm, including an air weapon or antique firearm or ammunition. Please note that these provisions also apply to a person sentenced to youth custody, detention in a young offender’s institute or a detention and training order.  A prohibited person may apply to the Crown Court, or in Scotland, in accordance with Act of Sederunt to the sheriff for the prohibition to be lifted.

Possession of an antique firearm and ammunition during a period of prohibition is an offence under section 21(4) of the Firearms Act 1968 and attracts a maximum sentence of five years.


Remington Model 1858 0•44 calibre Percussion Revolver.

No Licence Required.

Remington New Model Army 0•44 calibre percussion revolver. Some of theses revolvers were used in the Civil War. This version functions very well, has the typical slight pitting towards the muzzle in side the barrel as you can see in the photograph, and the barrel and frame serial numbers are different. The barrel measures  8", the diagonal length is just under 14 1/2", Only £1,250.

Colt Model 1849 0•31 calibre Percussion Pocket Revolver.

No Licence Required.

Colt Model 1849 pocket percussion revolver, made in 1855. All serial numbers match, 4 inch barrel marked with the address Sam Colt New York City. The action works well and the lock up is good. Only £750

Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver in 0•31 Percussion.

No Licence Required.

Colt model 1849 pocket revolver, made in 1865 towards the end of the civil war. Very good bore and overall condition, Cylinder engraving is very sharp, sign of colour case hardening still visible, a really nice example of this iconic back up revolver, only £3,900.

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