Blank Firing / Starter Pistols
OLYMPIC .380 BBM
The Olympic .38 BBM revolver is commonly known as a “blank firer”. It has been identified as being readily convertible, which means it can be converted to be a lethally barrelled weapon.
It has been the common blank firing revolver used for dog training and other social and leisure events, schools etc.
It could be purchased through retail outlets and required no licence.
Following independent tests carried out by the Forensic Science Service in 2010 this revolver has now been classified under the provisions of the Firearms Act 1982 which now makes it illegal to possess, supply or transfer within the UK.
The Olympic .380 BBM can also be known by the following names:
Bruni Olympic Revolver – Blank Firer
The restriction does not apply to the Olympic .22 (6mm) blank firing starting pistol.
Official issue blank firing revolvers issued within the police and prison service, will have exemption under Section 54 of the Firearms Act 1968 but if there are private holders out there who may use these for dog training etc they should contact their local Firearms Licensing Authority within their local Police Area as possession can result in prosecution for which there is a five year mandatory prison sentence.
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