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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a licence for an air rifle?

An air rifle needs to be licensed, like any other firearm. It is a common misconception that it doesn't, as one is not needed to the UK. But an air rifle is treated like any other firearm in Ireland, as regards licencing. The licence costs the same as any other licence, i.e. 80 for three years.

Should I buy an air rifle or a rifle?

An air rifle is ideal for beginners or people who are not fully comfortable with using a .22 or .17HMR rifle. Our air rifle customers range from the target shooting enthusiasts to people who have vermin problems inside sheds, e.g. pigeons and rats. The air rifle is ideal for this type of shooting as a normal rifles bullet will penetrate galvanised sheeting. The air rifle is a much safer option for this.

An air rifle can be bought spring loaded or gas powered. Generally the more powerful air rifles are the gas powered rifles. The air rifle market is growing in popularity with Gamo, Daystate, BSA and Weihrauch being the more popular brands.

How long does it take to get a firearms licence?

There is no definitive answer to this question. If it is your first licence then it will take longer as background checks and other clearances need to be done. You can read about applying for a firearms license in our step-by-step guide.

Generally a first licence should be back to the applicant within a month. It they are fast it will be two to three weeks, with the maximum time being around two months.