Hi, from Alan, an envious admirer of your freedom. I'm retired now, and a frustrated former gun owner. I started at 14 firing 303s in the army cadets, MK4 Enfields and air rifles. I had my own 410 and 12 guage, a, Cooy, against my parents wishes. I was conscrpted into the Rhodesian Army as I was working out there in the mines. I was in the airborne at first then I was attached to gunships after I was injured. We had the 7.62 SLR and the FN Cal rifles. South African Mag belt fed MGs. Uzi, and The Browning Hi Power. Returning to England I Joined the British army. When in Germany bought my own S/W 357 model 28 and a 9 mm Colt Commander of my own and spent many happy hours at an Anglo German gun club targaet and combat shooting. Serving over ten years.I brought the weapons home and obtained the fire arms certificated that was needed but the local clubs were tame. I started 12 guage shooting again , a Winchester semi and a o/u Frianchi, for clays. When Tony blair passed that antihandgun law, goodbye S/w and Mr Colt. Retirement came with family illness. So my 12 bores were sold. I'm afraid now its memories of happy hours and talking and interest only. I would like to talk with members around the N/W because my son lives near Vancouver now, after serving in Bosnia and Iraq as a reservist, and does someshooting over there.