About SFB Firearms

Rather than scrapping your treasured shotgun or prized rifle, why not have it deactivated?

Deactivated firearms are weapons that are no longer capable of discharging a live round. They can be possessed without a firearms certificate. There are a number of legitimate uses for deactivated weapons (Firearms Consultative Committee 2002), for example:

  • historical re-enactment
  • collectors’/museum pieces
  • use in theatre or film
  • interior decoration (eg: vintage guns on walls of public houses)

In addition family members who have inherited a firearm which they wish to keep for sentimental reasons, can be retained without a firearms licence if it is deactivated and certified as so.

Deactivated firearms may be largely indistinguishable from unmodified firearms that are capable of firing. The deactivation process has been designed to largely preserve the outward appearance of such items. In most cases they will carry a mark from a proof house. Deactivated firearms should therefore be treated with the same caution as a live firearm.

We can carry out authorised ‘Deactivation’, and then it is certified by the proof house as a deactivated gun. Once certified it is then fit to be owned by almost anyone (unless prohibited), They can be used as a decoration, a talking point or a special souvenir.

The deactivation process involves the removal of the firearm from the ledger of certificated guns. This means the gun is no longer registered as a firearm.

Deactivation can only be done legally (by virtue of our experience and compliance with proof house and our RFD certification) carried out by gunsmiths such as SFB Firearms.

Any firearm deactivated before the new specifications implemented in the UK in June 2018 will be classed as a ‘defectively deactivated’ firearm and cannot be sold, purchased or gifted.

Firearms that do meet the 2018 specification and offered for sale must be accompanied by a deactivation certificate.

Previously issued UK certificates are no longer sufficient.