Adaptation of Shotgun Magazines

Section 1 (3) of the Firearms Act 1968, as amended by Section 2 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988, defines the types of smooth bore guns which may be held on a shotgun certificate. It includes a smooth bore gun which has been adapted to have a non detachable magazine, incapable of holding more than two cartridges. In such a case the magazine must bear a mark approved by the Secretary of State, and the adaptation must be certified in writing, by the London or Birmingham Proof House, as having been carried out in a manner approved by him.

This adaptation is carried out on pump-action and semi-automatic, large magazine shotguns which, prior to the above Act, could have been legally held on a shotgun certificate. Unless the required adaptation is carried out, these weapons can now only be held on a firearms certificate.

See also "What is a restricted shotgun?" in our Frequently Asked Questions section.