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  1. I am not in generally a fan of the government restricting anything, but there does need to be an element of common sense. As we have seen, the tighter controls don't stop violence or gun crime, but nor do I want to see shotguns for sale in our local Sports Direct next to the cheap golf clubs. The restrictions on firearms here were once sensible; you could buy most guns as long as you had a valid reason for owning them, and sufficient ammunition. I don't think that there is a real need for recreational shooters to own multiple assault weapons, HMGs, or massive stockpiles of ammunition etc. I do believe it's perfectly reasonable that the local police should check a potential owner's suitability and ability to store the guns safely before they can purchase a weapon. But more recently its become far too draconian with the removal of most handguns (pistol shooting being much more taxing, and thus rewarding than rifle shooting, imo) repeating rifles, and even TAC airguns for law-abiding citizens. I hear local forces are making it harder to get a firearms certificate and thanks to constant restrictions, local gun shops and clubs have closed, making it ever harder to get a gun and have somewhere to shoot. I dislike it, but the majority here let it happen... Something a little less extreme would probably be fine.
  2. The lack of availability correlates neatly with lack of education about guns. People need to understand responsible gun use and handling. I find shooting to be immensely satisfying and guns themselves to be fascinating pieces of technology. Most people enjoy shooting once they give it a try, however there are just too many downright idiotic and/or nasty people in the world for mass ownership to be sensible. I hope we never have such lax gun control as in the US, there is very little reason for certain weapons to be available to anyone outside of the military/law enforcement.
  3. I think I would want to work out the cost of my stack, adjust for inflation, and then see a decent profit before selling, however I would not necessarily sell at my desired price point if I have nothing to do with the cash afterwards. So, if silver did hit £30/oz that would be an excellent "consider it" point, but I'd only pull the trigger if something else is there to move the cash into or I desperately need/want money.
  4. Yup, regardless of what the polls say, I don't think we are going anywhere.
  5. Weather miserable here today, but I will be voting LEAVE later. I am under no illusions; people are fearful and stupid, and will do what they are told. Remain will ertainly come out on top which is a sad reflection of the people in this country, but it's understandable when generations are being brought up to know nothing but to feed from the teat of the nanny state.
  6. The whole "semi-numismatic" thing seems like a con to me: effectively saying that here's something only half-collectible, or to put it another way, it's collectible and worth more "because we (the seller) say so", rather than being of any particular historical or societal significance. It hasnt earned its value like an old coin, it's been designed to have one. "Collect these - it's painting-by-numbers for coin buffs". Things made to be collected. Good income stream for producers and whilst enough people buy into it, premiums are maintained so makes sense to buy some in the assumption one can sell them on to anyone else who still believes the coin to be more than a generic bullion round with a picture and a date on it. Wouldn't want to count on those premiums forever though.
  7. Atlas Shrugged is possibly the best book I've ever read, and perhaps that is because I can so readily identify with the protagonists, and see the whole cartoon socialism-to-its-extreme political situation to be perilously close to our own times despite the book very much dating itself to well before the current era. There are parts of the book which are overly long and in one case preachy, but that still leaves a very large proportion of very well-written prose and a compelling story, even if there are some slightly fantastical ideas dotted throughout. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who ended up on this forum because of an interest in precious metal investment and wealth preservation, and just as a very good book to everyone else. I tend to find that people who strongly disagree with Ayn Rand's philosophy as presented in her novels either haven't understood it, or recognize in themselves the sort of parasitic persons she reviles.
  8. Looking decidedly more expensive than a few months ago, but I suppose still quite cheap in the grand scheme of things.
  9. Sucks. Anything that reduces consumer choice is a bad thing.
  10. Undecided on these at present. I like the design, and I suppose £50 isn't that much to pay in the grand scheme of things, but it's not "throwaway" money either like the £20-for-£20 ones where it's easy to pick up one for the album plus a few to flip. I expect I'll end up getting one - HH's video does a great job showing how good it looks - not sure if I want much more than that.
  11. I bet Pete will read the title of this thread and be weeping even before the page has loaded
  12. Anything smaller than a 10g "bar" looks pathetic in my opinion. Buying from a dealer, the 10g bars are affordable and there is a fair amount of variety if all you want is sheer weight of gold. 20g or 1oz bars are far more satisfying but you'd start to notice the hole in the pocket as you buy the larger weights. If there was a variety of 1/4oz bars, I'd happily buy some if they are cheaper than the same weight in coins. I find a sovereign fits nicely into the gap between a 5g and 10g bar, and will cost no more than going out for a (very) nice meal, so I'm happy to pick one up now and then. I have no interest in collecting gold coins so I'm happy to buy cheap whatever shape it comes in.
  13. Not a fan. I like my coins pristine and shiny. Not really sensible considering that natural toning is just "what happens" over time, but if it can be avoided, I'd rather it was.
  14. Honestly, what can you do? Nobody who should be interested (Mints, HMRC, eBay, police) seem to want to do anything.
  15. If you are holding it only for metal value, then the milk spots only go toward showing it's a genuine silver coin. For those hoping to flip their "semi-numismatic" pretties however, yes, this is a good reason to think twice.