The British “obsolete calibres” legislation is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise totally opressive regime of fireararms legislation. I an very grateful for its existance because it means for me I can buy and own rifles like the 577/.450 Martini rifle without needing a permit. how ever it is not without its down side.
Take our good friend Falcon for example. lets say he went to a show and bought himself a .44 S&W Russian pistol . Totally legal, he can own it, leave it on a coffee table, hang it on a wall etc with absolutely no problem.
However, Falcon is also a cartridge collector and probably owns a licence to hold several hundred rounds of live ammunition for the purpose of collection. He can own .303s .30-06s in fact any thing he wants. But if he subsequently owns a single round of .44 S&W Russian susequent to buying that pistol he will be breaking the law. A lot of collectors don’t realise that.
You cannot own an exempt calibre weapon and ammunition under any circumstances, even if both ownerships are seperately legal. I know a few collectors who are big on the Martinis and also collect the ammunition. I offer this advice in a friendly manner to anyone who may fall into this catagory. Don’t get caught out.
I know Falcon well and know this doesn’t apply to him so I am using him as an example to illustratrate a point. I know he is aware of the law.