After many (many) months of hesitation I have bitten the bullet, so to speak, and have ordered myself a Tikka T3 .223 rifle (synthetic stock, stainless barrel).
Shooting Buddy is getting the same rifle (wood stock, blued barrel) in .308. His rifle is in the shop and I'm hoping mine will be there in a week or two.
I spoke to Firearms Branch on Friday to see what was required so that we could co-licence the guns (otherwise storage and transportation could be an issue). The guy at Firearms Branch was very helpful and, after putting me on hold to double check his information, said the best way to proceed was the following:
1. Put both applications in for firearm additions at the same time. (It's called a firearm's addition as we both currently hold firearms licences).
2. Put both firearms on each application.
- on mine put the .223 down as 'owner'
- and put the .308 down as 'co-licensed' (apparently there's a drop down on the online form for this option).
(reverse this on Shooting Buddy's)
3. Along with each application the following would be needed:
- property letter (with both calibres listed)
- co-users permission form (this is a new one on me - but apparently needs to be submitted now if the guns are to be co-licenced). I will need to have one from Shooting Buddy and he needs one from me
- the serviceability certificate for the gun we're 'owning'
- a copy of the serviceability certificate for the gun we're 'co-licensing'
So once I have the serial number of my firearm we will be able to proceed with this process. He did say it might take a bit longer than usual for the applications to be processed but it shouldn't be too much of an issue. So here's hoping!
I will let you know how I go.