British Gun Turn-In: Heavy on Air Guns, Low on Ammunition

England Bristol Gun Turn in 2017

England promoted a national firearms amnesty/turn-in during 2017. In Bristol, 313 “guns” were turned in, along with a whopping 120 rounds of ammunition. That’s one round of ammo for every 2.6 “guns.”. I put “guns” in quotes, because . . .

only 186 of the 313 items were actual firearms. Most of those had no ammunition for them. Here’s the breakdown from bristolpost.co.uk:

Flare 3
Shotgun 80
Rifle 25
Air weapon 96
BB gun 14
Pistol/Revolver 81
Starter pistol 11
Slaughtering gun 2
Stun gun 1

More than 35 percent of the guns (110) are air-guns (BB guns are air-guns). That’s a higher percentage than observed during Australia’s 2017 gun amnesty: a bit more than 25 percent.

The ammunition turn-in at Bristol was underwhelming. To create a scary hypothetical, the author had to dig deep.

For example, a .38 revolver was surrendered and, separately, a bag of live .38 bullets. The two combined would have been a lethal weapon that could have fallen into the hands of criminals and caused significant harm or death.

The implication: almost none of the guns turned in had ammunition turned in with them. That fits the given numbers.

The U.S. has over 400 million guns. No one keeps track, but during the four years of the .22 ammunition bubble, approximately 20 billion rounds of .22 ammunition was sold in the United States. Most was stored, not shot. I don’t have an estimate for centerfire ammunition, but it would be in the multiple billions of rounds.

It is not unusual for a single firearm aficionado to have 50,000 rounds of ammunition. Private gun owners in the United States could easily possess a 100 billion rounds of ammunition or more.

The United States will not be following Australia or England anytime soon.

©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included. Gun Watch

comments

  1. avatar BLoving says:

    Heavy on sheep, low on free citizens…
    🤠

    1. avatar California Richard says:

      “What do you want?”

      “BAAAAAAAA”

      https://youtu.be/LJ2XQul4kEw

      1. avatar Toni says:

        as an australian i sadly have to agree. most aussies bent over backwards for them to f$%# them up the A#$. this is why i am more and more beginning to hate my fellow australians and wish more than ever that i was born american. even as a teen i wanted to move to the US and that was well before 96 when i was in my early 20’s. the firearms i had at the time i refused to register or get licensed for. since then had to leave what i had at family’s and they sold them so to get more i had to get a license esp if as i wanted i could train and practice

        1. avatar BLoving says:

          You sound like an American to me.
          Now you just need a different zip code to realize your true potential.

        2. avatar Toni says:

          thanks mate. and no i would not come illegally unless civil war broke out then i would come to join the patriots who love freedom. F#&$ Traitors. hang draw and quarter the lot and no burial on native soil either. just dump at sea

        3. avatar Kyle says:

          Wish you could come over, but you’ll have to come in illegally.

          We dont let wont people like you in this country.

          Only people with no real skills whatsoever or those related to people that came in illegally and have no real skills whatsoever, are what we seek in this nation.

  2. avatar barnbwt says:

    No seamine?

    1. avatar anonymoose says:

      No L1A1 or horse either.

  3. avatar Huntmaster says:

    I would think the number is at least that much.

  4. avatar doesky2 says:

    It is not unusual for a single firearm aficionado to have 50,000 rounds of ammunition. Private gun owners in the United States could easily possess a 100 billion rounds of ammunition or more.

    The United States will not be following Australia or England anytime soon.

    I like it when you shove their pansy ass nose in it.

    1. avatar Toni says:

      so do i and i am an aussie. i do it all the bloody time to fellow “traitors” (aussies) who refused to do what was needed when we still had access to the arms to do it more easily.

      1. avatar VerendusAudeo says:

        Your people went to war with emus and lost.

        1. avatar Button Gwinnett says:

          And rabbits. But the lesson the US needs to learn is you can’t wage war against a birthrate, and WHAT group of “migrants” has the most kids?

  5. avatar TexTed says:

    “I don’t have an estimate for centerfire ammunition, but it would be in the multiple billions of rounds.”

    Heck, I’ve got that much in my closet…

  6. avatar Old Region Fan says:

    Buy more ammo……everyone !

    1. avatar Mr.Savage says:

      what about those of us who should, BUILD more ammo?

  7. avatar Muhammad says:

    Thank God for America and our constitution. I would hate to be stuck in that sh!thole they call Europe

  8. avatar Southern Cross says:

    Just imagine if someone turned in a tin of air rifle pellets.

    “Hundreds of rounds of ammunition were surrendered!”

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      I seem to recall that possession limits prevented a Briton from buying a full sleeve (5000) of pellets, because that one single purchase would have put him over the limit.

  9. avatar Hunter427 says:

    I am scared out of my wits just knowing that much ammo is out there in hands of the deplorable’s. Hillary Obama come and save us

  10. avatar RCC says:

    Previous post seems to not have gone up. Only the media / left wing would worry about 120 rounds in Australia.

    120 rounds is what I would pack for a two or three day goat cull here in “gun free” Australia. One friend recently took 5000 rounds for a one week professional kangaroo cull with two shooters.

    Used 200 9mm and 400 .22 at pistol club yesterday with a friend who buys 9 mm by the thousand.

    I would need more room for 50 000 rounds but average about 500 per centre fire at present plus way too much brass to reload if I’m home long enough.

  11. avatar El Duderino says:

    Air guns, replicas, and little mincey **** balls. Jolly good show.

  12. avatar GS650G says:

    I wonder if they would take a power drill in? My ryobi is pretty menacing and has a large capacity battery as well as a quick chuck for rapid reloads.

    1. avatar Ollie says:

      That will be in the not too distant future — once a Brit gets caught possessing a homemade firearm, it will quickly become illegal for Bris to own power tools or metal tubing or plate or billets.

  13. avatar Geoff says:

    “It is not unusual for a single firearm aficionado to have 50,000 rounds of ammunition. ”
    50,000 rounds?
    Darn!
    I’m about 47,000 short!
    The most I have is around 1,000 or so for my three 5.56/.223 ARs.
    Anywhere from 50 to several hundred rounds for the rest of my 10 rifles and about 1500 for my 9mm. pistols.
    Oh, and about 100 shells for my 20 Gauge shotgun.

  14. avatar ozzallos says:

    Though let’s be honest about this– How often is ammunition turned in with firearms in state side gun buy-backs? Almost never? And I would bet almost always by the same demographic of people.

    The amount of airguns is lulz tho.

  15. avatar MyName says:

    I have a friend who is a recently minted U.S. Citizen of British extraction. Upon his receiving his citizenship our circle of friends threw him a party. In attendance was a cousin of his from the Land of Hope and Glory and several of us were having a conversation about the differences b/w the U.S. and U.K. Predictably, the subject touched upon guns and, several of us yanks talked about our views on and ownership of firearms. The Brit was, i think, dubious of some of our tales – indicating that he thought some of us were exaggerating a bit about our ‘arsenals’. Now, I’m not necessarily what I would call a ‘super-owner’ but, the demanding moms and brady bunch would probably call me that. So, I offered to show him the contents of my safe. After assuring him that *looking* at guns posed no threat to him, he agreed. When I opened the door, his face lost what little color it had and he literally gasped and took a couple steps back. I offered to let him handle some guns and offered to explain their types and designs and, well, all the stuff a gun guy would want to know upon seeing another person’s collection. He looked like an arachnophobe upon being offed the chance to hold a tarantula. I don’t think he appreciated the chorus of laughter from my buddies.

    1. avatar MyName says:

      *offered*

    2. avatar Toni says:

      lol you would not have gotten that response from me. i would have been ken to not only handle but learn to field strip, check over and then head out to the range with you and i live in one of those shitholes that dont like guns much. BTW my partner had never shot before she met me, she is now just as fastidious about taking care of our guns and a better shot than me as the way i taught her prevented her picking up some of the not as good aspects of actual shooting that i did the way i was taught by my dad.

      1. avatar MyName says:

        Well, if you find yourself in the states, specifically Colorado, you’re welcome to do just that. I’m certainly the type who want’s to ‘try on’ all my mates guns as well. In fact, my brother likes to joke that if you want to find out how your new gun comes apart, hand it to MyName.

    3. avatar mike says:

      Not all Brits are anti gun. Please don’t generalize. Some of us are siper collectors. whatever that means.

  16. avatar FedUp says:

    Slaughtering Gun – is that another name for a power hammer?

    1. avatar MyName says:

      Makes me wonder, can one legally own a ramset in GB? How does one drive nails into concrete if not?

    2. avatar Toni says:

      a slaughtering gun uses a blank to fire a captive bolt into the brain of livestock in an abattoir or slaughterhouse rather than using a live round such as a .22LR. it uses massive concussive force rather than deep penetration as the means to kill

      1. avatar MyName says:

        That is essentially how a ramset works but with a nail inserted in front of that captive bolt. Don’t know what the rules are vis-a-vis powder fired nailers in the U.K., or down under for that matter.

        1. avatar Toni says:

          not sure about the UK but here in australia they are regarded as lethal and you have to be licensed to use. stupid nanny state keeping up appearances of looking after public safety while letting actual criminals get away with murder

        2. avatar MyName says:

          Wow, I just can’t even. I have two of them laying around in my shop right now.

      2. avatar John in AK says:

        Not all ‘slaughtering guns’ are captive bolt; Greener of England, and other manufacturers, used to produce a nasty little item called the Humane Cattle Killer (with a smaller version available for goats, sheep, and, um, ‘pets’).
        It had a fitted cup at the working end, a short smooth-bore barrel attached to it, and a breech-cap/firing mechanism that was intended to be whacked with a mallet. The cartridge was a short .310 center-fire with an 85-grain-or-so lead or FMJ bullet.
        The cup was placed upon the intended victim’s forehead, and was configured to direct the bullet through the brain and into the spinal cord. The cup also acted as a suppressor.
        Although designed for farm and veterinary work, I’m sure that it would’ve worked well on surplus humans.

  17. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    It was a demand that Americans turn in their weapons and black powder, that caused the war to start between the british and the American colonies. The government in England has not changed in 270 years.

    Im so glad America is free from the UK.

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