Historical timeline of the development of modern weapons starting at 1364 with the first recorded use of a firearm and ending in 1892 with the introduction of automatic handguns.
1364 - First recorded use of a firearm.1380 - Hand guns are known across Europe.1400s - The matchlock gun appears.
Existing license holders We will deal with applications in accordance with our SLA below, with our primary focus being those whose certificates are due to expire.
When you renew your certificate(s), we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible so we can process it by the expiry date.
However, in some circumstances we will try to prioritise your application, whether that is a grant or variation, such as for full time or apprentice gamekeepers or if you are competing at a significant level in sporting events.
If you consider yourself to fit into this category, please let us know when submitting your application.
We also encourage you to join Hampshire Alert, where we provide regular updates on firearms licensing along with other crime and police-related information - remember to tick the box for firearms licensing updates.
Please see our Service Level Agreement (SLA) below for more information on timescales.
Here's what I do to determine the age of the cases by determining the date the Winchester ammunition boxes they came in rolled off the production line, with the help of examples from my modest collection, and being able to equate their lot numbers to a specific date. This box has white paperboard tray with holes, which further narrows the date to 1994-1996.
Section 129 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 came into force on and removed the restrictions on the possession of expanding ammunition in respect of rifle ammunition only – the restrictions still apply to pistols.
This means: If your question is not covered by the above, please contact us.
Please do not send us the original certificate(s) - instead, include a copy for us to ensure your record is up to date.
New applicants In order to provide a fair service to all our customers, new applications are dealt with in strict time order.