HBSA Fixed Bayonet / No Bayonet match report & results 10th March 2024

“If wet, under gazebo. Oh, there isn’t one.” Even if the NRA had delivered the gazebo we asked for, it probably wouldn’t have made much difference. After the fool’s paradise first hour, when it didn’t rain and the optimists dared hope it never would, the heavens opened in the kind of ritual downpour for which …

HBSA Rook & Rabbit matches – Sunday 21st April 2024

These Championship Meetings are intended for traditional British single shot Rook & Rabbit sporting rifles (and their foreign equivalents) from the 1865-1914 period. They are held twice a year – spring in Bisley and autumn in Stourport. Full-stocked military training rifles such as .310 Cadets and .22 WO Training rifles are welcome, and have their …

Firearms licensing: sound moderators – GOV.UK

Dear Members I have reported in Legislative Updates about progress towards removing sound moderators from firearms licensing controls.This initiative of BSSC which we support is moving forwards. Members are encouraged to complete the short consultation to be found at this link prior to the closing date of 2nd April. Open the document (Accessible) and go …

Maurice Kanarek Memorial Shoot & Lunch 15th December 2023

The Wappenshaw shoot took place today, Saturday 16th December. It was shot in the memory of the departed Maurice Kanarek. The weather was overcast but just about managed to stay dry with very little wind. The format was a grouping competition allowing 2 sighters followed by 10 shots to count. The group size was measured …

Rook & Reindeer Christmas Charity Shoot – Report & Results

HBSA & Stourport on SevernRook & Reindeer Christmas Charity Shoot Stourport on Severn, Saturday 2nd December 2023 Dear Competitors A very big thank you for taking part in our 8th Christmas Rook and Reindeer shoot in aid of charity. We were once again privileged to be able to use the range at Stourport on Severn …

HBSA Shooting Programme November & December 2023

Dear Members We have the following dates this year: Wednesday 15th November: Midweek shoot at 300 yards on Century.Bench and marker have been requested. Saturday 16th December Maurice Kanarek Memorial Shoot (Wappenshaw)This will take place on Short Siberia 100 yard range and will be a grouping competition. The course of fire is 2 marked sighters …

Mid-Winter shoot (Wapenshaw) and lunch; in memory of Maurice – Sat 16 December 2023

Dear Members,You can now book your place at the Sat 16 Dec 2023 Midwinter shoot or Wapenshaw (8:30 – 12:30) and lunch (12:30 onwards) on the HBSA website (go to: what we do / HBSA competitions / HBSA wappenshaw)This link should take you straight there: https://hbsa-uk.org/hbsa-what-we-do/hbsa-competitions/hbsa-wappenshaw/ It’s £15 to shoot, £18 for lunch, or £30 to do …

HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle Comp 7th October 2023 – Report & Results

HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition Stourport on Severn, Saturday 7th October 2023 Dear Competitors Thank you all for competing in this our 18th Annual Midland Rook and Rabbit competition.  The Match Results can be viewed here >>>> We were once again privileged to be able to use the range at Stourport on Severn. …

Shooting Dates October to December 2023

Dear Members Here are the details of the remainder of the shooting year. Wednesday 18th October Midweek rifle practice at 200 yards on Century, bench and marker ordered. Wednesday 15th November Midweek rifle practice at 300 yards, again bench and marker will be provided. We seem to be alternating between 200 and 300 yards as …

HBSA Chairman’s Report 2022/2023

I am glad to say that HBSA celebrates 50 successful years in 2023. It has been another complex year in the firearms community, and such success as has been achieved, was not without a lot of work. Our mission remains clear – preservation of heritage for future generations and promoting research and study in our …

Midlands Regional Group – Meeting No.3 Report

The third meeting of the HBSA Midlands Regional Group took place on Thursday 7th September 2023. This meeting was once again able to take place due to the support of the Committee and members of The Stourport on Severn Pistol and Rifle Club too whom we are very grateful. A total of 10 invited guests …

HBSA News – 50th Anniversary Dinner & Trafalgar Pistol Exhibition

50th Anniversary Dinner We must soon confirm numbers for the Dinner to the caterers, but there is still time for a few last minute bookings. If you would like to join us for a splendid evening in excellent company, please book online here >>>>  Trafalgar Meeting HBSA Section 7 Pistol Exhibition The HBSA annual Section …

September 2023 Shooting and Events

Dear Members Here are the details of this month’s shooting: Saturday 9th September AFTERNOON ONLY Rob Davidson still has a couple of places left on his Boer War shoot. If you wish to attend the cost is £9.00 by PayPal in advance or £12.00 if you turn up on the day. Benches will be available …

Firearms licensing APP publication

Dear members Firearms licensing APP publication You will have seen from the 1st Q Legislative Update posted in May that we reported on the APP review process. HBSA, along with BSSC and other associations gave substantial input to NPCC and the College of Policing. We are currently reviewing the now published document which is at the link:   Firearms licensing …

HBSA Miniature Rifle Matches 12th August 2023 – Results and Report

Our Miniature Rifle Matches event is now in its ninth year, and goes from strength to strength. This year 21 competitors shot nearly 200 cards, in a day blessed with warm sunny weather for all but a single 15 minutes of torrential rain. This popular event offers members the opportunity to bring out some of …

50th Anniversary Celebrations updates

Further to the published article in Report about our 50th Anniversary celebrations at Bisley on Saturday the 23rd of September, please note the following details and instructions. Lectures: We will hold two lectures on the day at the Commonwealth Club. The first will be titled “Not run of the mill Martinis” and will be delivered …

Home Office Consultation answers

Dear Members The following link will take you to the recently launched Home Office consultation. https://www.homeofficesurveys.homeoffice.gov.uk/s/firearms-licensing/ We will be responding officially as HBSA.  Members should also respond as private individuals. At a recent British Shooting Sports Council Meeting (BSSC) we reviewed the questions with other member associations. Subsequent discussions also took place. A general broad …

August & September Shooting 2023

Dear Members There is no Midweek shoot booked for August. Saturday 12th August All Day – Miniature Rifle Matches We have booked the whole of Cheylesmore Bay B morning and afternoon for the miniature rifle shoot. The shoot is pre-booked online, so that we can balance resources. Competitors book for a firing point either all …

Maurice Kanareck funeral

It is with great sadness that we have learnt that Maurice Kanareck passed away yesterday. Maurice’s involvement and support of our association has been long and distinguished, and there may well be members who would like to pay their last respects to our friend. Maurice’s family will welcome any of his shooting colleagues who can …

Written statements – Written questions, answers and statements – UK Parliament

Members may read the Minister’s statement to the House yesterday at the following link. https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-statements/detail/2023-06-29/hcws895 Much input was given to the Minister and Home Office by the shooting organisations including ourselves and BSSC, and we continue doing so. As you can see a consultation has been launched to which we will be responding and will …

HBSA Long Range Rimfire Match 25June2023 – Match Results

Dear Members The HBSA .22 rimfire smallbore and historic miniature rifle competition took place today Sunday 25th June. The weather was very sunny with light winds in the morning. The afternoon was more challenging with temperatures around 28 Celsius and a fairly strong left to right cross wind. All competitors managed to get on target …

HBSA Long Range Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition Stourport on Severn, Saturday 24th June 2023

Dear Competitors Thank you all for competing in this Long Range Rook and Rabbit competition. This year it was decided to add two more categories to allow the use of Schutzen rifles and also Park type rifles (medium bore Central Fire).Therefore, the Schutzen and Sherwood classes have been added. The Schutzen created a lot of …

HBSA Shooting programme June 2023

Dear Members Here are the details for June shooting: Saturday 3rd June HBSA Annual Sporting Rifle: Running Boar Running Deer Statics Range Practice Enter here: >>>> Wednesday 21st June Midweek rifle practice 300 yds Century with marker Please note that due to rising range costs and a recent increase to £65.00 per marker (required by …

HBSA Shooting programme May & June 2023

Dear Members Here are the details for May/June shooting: Wednesday 17th May Midweek practice 100 yds Short Siberia (self marked) Saturday 3rd June HBSA Annual Sporting Rifle: Running Boar Running Deer Statics Range Practice Enter here: >>>> Wednesday 21st June Midweek rifle practice 300 yds Century with marker Please note that due to rising range …

HBSA Historical McQueen 7th May 2023 Results

The morning after The Coronation was perhaps not the best time for a shoot but the five who came on Sunday used plenty of ammunition. Though visibility gradually improved, it was initially so poor that without optics the Huns Head targets were almost impossible to see, they merged into the sand, “Is the target up …

Bisley Rook & Rabbit comp 23rd April 2023 – Report & Results

HBSA Rook & Rabbit Competitions Bisley 23rd April 2023 On April 23rd 9 HBSA members aired their Rook, Rabbit and similar rifles on the Time Limit Range at Bisley. Shooting was at 25 and 50 yards and despite most rifles being older than their owners {some approaching 140 years} they and their owners shot well. …

HBSA Midlands Group – Inaugural Meeting Report

MIDLAND REGION GROUP Inaugural Meeting Report The inaugural meeting of the newly formed HBSA Midland Regional Group took place on Thursday 27th April 2023. This initial meeting was able to take place due to the support of the Committee and members of The Stourport on Severn Pistol and Rifle Club too whom we are very grateful. …

HBSA Midlands Spring Rook & Rabbit Results 2023

HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition Stourport on Severn, Saturday 1st April 2023 Dear Competitors Thank you all for competing in this our 3rd Spring Midland Rook and Rabbit competition. Again proving to be a very popular meeting, with 17 individual participants and most gratifying we had 3 new entrants.The Results may be viewed …

April/May 2023 shooting programme

Dear Members Here are the details for April/May shooting: Wednesday 19th April Midweek practice 200 yards century with marker Sunday 23rd April, 08:30 – 17:00 HBSA Rook and Rabbit matches at 25 and 50 yds online booking here >>>  Where: BSRC Time Limit range, Bisley Camp. Match organiser Richard Oldfield Sunday 7 May, HBSA Historical …

Legislative Update, 4th Quarter September – December 2022

Legislative Update, 4th Quarter September – December 2022  Legislative and Home Office New Ministerial appointment: As part of a Government reshuffle, Chris Philp MP was appointed as Minister for Policing, with responsibility for firearms licensing matters. Among his first actions was to give evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee on firearms licensing. Firearms Safety: Following …

HBSA Fixed bayonet, no bayonet competition, 26th February 2023

The competition was shot on the morning of Sunday 26th February. We were treated to a largely beautiful and windless morning, though the cloud had thickened up a bit by lunchtime. Some 20 shooters turned up to enjoy what proved to be the usual mix of triumph and disaster on the scoreboard. The markers were …

Minister’s statement in Parliament and IOPC document 21February23

Please see below a link to the Minister’s statement in the House on Tuesday regarding the Plymouth shootings https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2023-02-21/debates/1CD386F0-B1D6-424E-9C85-E4F2C6D7B6CD/PlymouthShootings Please also see the IPOC report into the Plymouth shootings at the following link. Note the General Organisational Learning recommendations on pages 36 and 37 https://www.policeconduct.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Op%20Begna%20executive%20summary.pdf We are working with BSSC and the other member associations to secure the best outcome …

Statutory Guidance on firearms licensing for Chief Officers of Police – update February 2023

Members will be interested to see the newly revised Statutory Guidance on firearms licensing  for Chief Officers of Police which can be found at the following link. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1135052/Revised_Firearms_Licensing_Statutory_Guidance_Feb_2023.pdf Work on Statutory Guidance will continue with further updates expected, particularly resulting from the Plymouth Inquest.Derek Stimpson

February 2023 Shooting Programme

Dear Members Shooting dates for February are: Wednesday 15th Midweek practice. This is at 200 yards on Century Electronic targets. The usual cautions with the electronic targets are, rifles must be zeroed beforehand as the sensors at each corner cost £55.00 plus fitting. No small bore and no black powder. Some of you are already …

The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2023 No. 77

Members may wish to note the following new legislation re security, as expected, and applicable to rifles with kinetic energy of more than 13,600 joules at the muzzle. The Home Office have confirmed that The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2023 No. 77  was laid before Parliament on 27th January 2023 and will come into force on 27 July. A …

Lead in ammunition consultation

HSE extends lead in ammunition restriction process by six months | HSE Media Centre This will update members regarding the extension which has been granted to HSE for evaluation of the additional information submitted in the public consultation regarding lead in ammunition. This is due to the substantial response received. More details are in the link. I …

Shooting dates for 2023

Wednesday January 18th Midweek practice @ 300 yds Wednesday 15th February Midweek Practice @ 200 yds Sunday 26th February Fixed Bayonet no Bayonet competition. 100 yds Short Siberia. Wednesday 15th March Midweek practice @ 200 yds Note:The Wednesday shoots are supposed to be self-financing. As we have started using the private markers for these there …

HBSA Rook & Reindeer charity shoot Dec 2022

HBSA & Stourport on SevernRook & Reindeer Christmas Charity Shoot Stourport on Severn, Saturday 3rd December 2022 Dear Competitors A very big thank you for taking part in our 6th Christmas Rook and Reindeer shoot in aid of charity. We were once again privileged to be able to use the range at Stourport on Severn …

Update to the Non-Statutory Firearms Guidance Nov22

For members information. The Home Office has advised that an updated version of the non-statutory firearms guidance has been published on gov.uk: Guide on Firearms Licensing Law. Updated guidance appears at:  paragraphs 6.37 and 12.67 – guidance on UK Athletics licenced race starters; paragraph 7.10 – re-inserted guidance on the exemption under section 11(6) relating to organised clay pigeon …

HBSA Northern Group meetings 2022-3

HBSA Northern Group are delighted to advise that they are now able to return to meeting at the Royal Armouries Leeds. Forthcoming dates are 19 October, 23 November, 21 December, 18 January, 22 February and 29 March. These are all third Wednesday evening of the month, from 7pm to 9pm in the Library at RAL …

HBSA Midlands Rook & Reindeer Charity Christmas Shoot – Saturday 3rd December 2022

Stourport on Severn Pistol & Rifle Club Minster Road Stourport on Severn Worcestershire This Charity Shoot is in aid of the MacMillan fund and will be held at Stourport on Severn <directions>. The event is generally intended for traditional British single shot Rook & Rabbit sporting rifles (and their foreign equivalents) from the 1865-1914 period. …

Minni Mcqueen competition Sundat 9th October 2022

Members will be aware from the calendar that our next Mini McQueen shoot will take place on Sunday the 9th October 2022 on Time Limit range at Bisley. This is a .22RF practice at 50 yds being a miniature version of the normal McQueen. 2 sighters and 10 to count. You will need a rifle with …

Mid-Range Competition 2022 – Results

This took place on Sunday 18th September at Bisley. The course of fire was 2 convertible sighters and 10 to score. The morning session was at 300 yards, the afternoon at 500 yards. The morning was overcast with a cold, slightly gusty wind. The afternoon was pleasantly sunny with a moderate, but variable wind. We …

Heritage Open Day at York Army Museum – Free

UPDATE: The proposed open day at the York Army Museum intended for Saturday, was postponed by the regiment due to the period of mourning and as a mark of respect. Saturday 10 September – FREE entry! HBSA Northern Group are working with the York Army Museum to facilitate one of the increasingly popular ‘Heritage Open …

2022 Open Long Range Championships results

HBSA Long Range Championships 2022Bisley camp, Stickledown range. We have just had the HBSA long range weekend. Saturday one target in the morning at 900 yards and one in the afternoon at 1000 yards.Sunday, we had two targets morning and afternoon at the same distances. The course of fire for the competition was 5 sighters …

Shooting programme September 2022

We now have for your delectation the mid range weekend shoots Sunday 11th September, Century 300 yds morning and 500 yds afternoon. Practice day intended for zeroing rifles prior to the competition the following weekend, however, this shoot is open to all. PLEASE let me know if you are coming so I can keep some …

Miniature Rifle Matches Results 14 August 2022

On Sunday August 14th the HBSA Miniature Rifle competition took place on Bisley’s 25 yard Cheylesmore Range in temperatures that exceeded 30C.  An audience of two watched 18 stalwart shooters brave the heat to shoot a total of 73 entries in 11 Matches with some excellent scores. The Results can be viewed here >>>> 264 rounds …

Midlands Rook & Rabbit matches 1st October 2022

The HBSA will once again be holding the Annual Midland Rook & Rabbit Championship Meeting at Stourport On Severn. Saturday 1st October 2022. Please see the attached entry form here >>>> Regards Paul Smith This Championship Meeting will be held at Stourport on Severn. The event is intended for traditional British single shot Rook & Rabbit …

HBSA Midland Longrange Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition

Stourport on Severn, Saturday 30TH July 2022 Dear Competitors Thank you all for competing in this our 1st Long Rang Midland Rook and Rabbit competition.  Results >>>> This year it was decided to run a Long-Range meeting to see how these old Rook & Rabbit Rifles would perform at 100yds. The standard course of fire …

Four Types competition 24th July 2022

This was shot on Sunday 24th July. We had 15 competitors and 3 targets with private markers The results can be viewed here >>>> The weather was very nice, sunny with occasional gusts of wind. The markers were a bit ragged to start with, tending to rush things and not give correct number of exposures. …

Firearms safety – government response (accessible version) – GOV.UK

Members will find the Government response to this consultation at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/firearms-safety/outcome/firearms-safety-government-response-accessible-version There are no surprises here and the results are as expected. Certain elements remain under review, again as expected. Please direct any questions to me at  chairman@hbsa-uk.org Regards Derek Stimpson    

Fred Wilkinson (16.01.1922 – 21.06.2022)

Dear All Thank you to the many people who have got in touch with me with lovely messages and memories of my Dad. They have been enormously comforting. I am going to miss him very much and it has been very helpful to me to try and start remembering him as the man he was …

Bisley fire – IHAM cancelled

We have recently received this message from Andrew Mercer, NRA Secretary General & NSC Chief Executive:- Cancellations – F Class, Match Rifle, ISCRM and IHAM Competitions – 2022 Imperial Meeting The large fire in the range danger area that started on Monday 4 July remains a major threat despite the valiant efforts of a large team …

July & August 2022 shooting programme

July/August shooting is as follows: There is no midweek shoot this July. The Four Types will go ahead on Sunday 24th July. We currently have 6 entrants. If you are planning to shoot in this please apply soon as I may have to adjust target and marker numbers. The Historic Miniature Rifle meeting will be …

Four Types competition open for booking, but 1910 cancelled

1910 cancelled As we have had only one applicant for the “1910” competition, I have decided we need to cancel it. I don’t know why the response was so low this year. If this was a competition you have shot in the past, is there a reason why not this year? Fuel cost? Lack of …

McQueen post match report 2022

We shot the McQueen competition this morning (Sunday 15th). View the results here >>>> This was the first McQueen competition since 2019. The weather was overcast with light occasional rain until the end of the morning when it poured. Luckily we had pretty much finished by then. I have been trying some new markers recently, they …

HSE publishes restriction dossiers and opens public consultations on lead in ammunition and substances in tattoo inks and permanent make-up (PMU)

For members information we received the following today, as expected. We are studying it together with BSSC and other relevant associations. This is a 213 page document with 13 pages of references so the process will not be quick. The consultation opened today closes on the 6th November 2022 so there is time for HBSA, BSSC …

Shooting programme May/June 2022

Dear MembersWe have 2 shooting events this month: Sunday 15th May, McQueen Competition. There are still places left on this popular competition. Sights: Any, including magnifying or telescopic in the spirit of the original. Modern optics for honours only. Iron sighted rifles the target appears above the castle only. Online booking here >>>> Wednesday 18th …

HBSA Bisley Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition April22 – match report

HBSA Bisley Rook & Rabbit Rifle CompetitionBisley, Sunday 25 April 2022 Thank you to the 15 brave competitors who endured some of the sunniest weather so far this year to shoot their historic little rifles in our competition on the BSRC’s Time Limit Range. The 44 match card results are here >>>> Overall the event …

HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition April 2022 – Match Report

HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition Stourport on Severn, Saturday 2nd April 2022   Dear Competitors   Thank you all for competing in this our 2nd Spring Midland Rook and Rabbit competition. THE Match Results can be viewed here >>>> Originally set up following the Covid restrictions, it has proven to be popular and …

HBSA Shooting programme April & May 2022

Dear Members April 2022 The Midweek Practice this will be Wednesday 20th April. 200 yards on Century HBSA Rook & Rabbit matches @ 25&50ydsSun, 24 April, 08:30 – 17:00BSRC Time Limit range, Bisley CampOnline booking here >>>> May 2022 The Midweek shoot is on Wednesday 18th May 100 yards short Siberia The annual McQueen competition …

HBSA Rook & Rabbit Rifle Shoot – BSRC Time Limit Range, Bisley – 24 April 2022

The annual Bisley Rook and Rabbit Rifle shoot is back! Though impacted by Covid in 2020 and 2021 the Bisley Rook and Rabbit Rifle shoot will take place this year on April 24th.  Please dust off those wonderful little Rook rifles, dig out some ammunition and join us to shoot in up to 5 of …

Long Range .22 Rimfire and Historic Miniature Rifle Competition 2022

The HBSA .22 rimfire smallbore and historic miniature rifle competition took place yesterday Sunday 20th March. The match results can be seen here >>>> The weather could not have been better, sunny with light fishtailing winds. We had 12 shooters with 17 match cards booked, compared to 14 competitors last time (2019 was the last …

Repeating Pistol Meeting 23/24 April 2022

Colleagues, Surrey Branch will be holding a Repeating Pistol Meeting (RPM) during the Army Target Shooting Club (ATSC) Open Meeting and Club Comps weekend. This event is scheduled for April 22nd through to April 24th . The RPM will be on Saturday 23rd (am and pm sessions) and Sunday 24th (am only) on Winans-A. The ATSC entry form is attached …

HBSA Long Range .22 Rimfire and Historic Miniature Rifle Competition

Next Sunday 20th March we are holding our open Long Range Rimfire competitions on Century Range at Bisley. Shot at 200yards in the morning and 300 after lunch, we have a wide range of classes: CLASSES HISTORIC MRSB: Classic & Veteran Miniature Rimfire Rifles with ANY contemporaneous sights HISTORIC TRSB: Classic & Veteran Miniature Rimfire …

President’s Cup presentation 2022

Due to covid and resulting restrictions, the President’s Cup could not be presented to the current winner – Jonathan Ferguson – at the AGM or a meeting. We were able to send the cup north care of the Royal Armouries, and Andrew Claxton of the HBSA Northern Group is shown here presenting it on behalf …

Implementing the Ivory Act – opening of the ivory service

For members’ information, the following email is from the Defra Ivory Policy Team and addressed to the British Antique Dealers Association, with whom we are in touch and who have kindly kept us informed.  Any questions should be covered in the websites mentioned below or if not may be directed to me. Derek Stimpson Subject: Implementing the Ivory …

Fixed Bayonet / No Bayonet matches 2022

Dear Members We have today shot the Fixed/No Bayonet competition.The weather could not have been better, sunny with only very light winds. We had a full turnout of 24 competitors shooting some 96 cards. Congratulations to those who scored a max of 30 points. As ever it is good to see the variety of kit …

No HBSA stand at BSS this year

We regret that our usual display and HBSA team at BSS this weekend will not be there. After the usual careful planning and BSS invitation, our show team, having arrived in good time, could not access the hall and our stand due to a mixture of lack of clear directions, bureaucracy, and overbearing security. Others …

HBSA Spring 2022 Midlands Rook & Rabbit Championship Meeting

The entry form for this year’s Midlands Spring Rook & Rabbit Meeting and match details can be viewed here >>>> To be held at Stourport on Severn on Saturday 2nd April. Please enter As Soon As Possible as it makes life easier for me. If you cannot attend please drop me an email. If you …

Shooting Programme for February 2022

Dear Members The February midweek shoot will be on FRIDAY 18 th at 100 yards on Short Siberia. As usual please email me if you wish to shoot, these are number limited. The Fixed/No bayonet competition is on Sunday 27th February, 100 yds Short Siberia. The entry is already open through the new website >>>> …

Amendments to the Antique Firearms Regulations 2021

Members may wish to note the following message from the Home Office confirming that the expected amendments have entered into law. This is correction of an omission which we had raised with them, plus other small corrections.   Best wishes Derek Stimpson Please see the attached link to Home Office Circular 008/2021 on antique firearms:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/circular-0082021-antique-firearms The Circular sets out amendments …

FAC/SGC issue during next January

Members should be aware that government have asked GPs to prioritise covid/booster vaccinations during January following the surge in the Omicron variant cases. This means that completion of medical proformas for FAC/SGC renewals may be delayed. We have written to FELWG asking them to ensure that no certificate holder is left in unlawful possession by …

Home Office circular 008/2021 correcting an omission

Please see the attached link to Home Office Circular 008/2021 on antique firearms:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/circular-0082021-antique-firearms The Circular sets out amendments to the Antique Firearms Regulations 2021 to correct an omission from the 2021 Regulations by adding to paragraph 5 of the Schedule (cartridges for vintage rifles, punt guns and shot guns) “cartridges with bores greater than 10”.  The …

Non-statutory firearms guidance

Please note the following news that we received today from the Home Office. I have not been through this yet and if members have comments or questions please email them to me at chairman@hbsa-uk.org Best wishes Derek Stimpson This e-mail is to advise you that we have today issued a fully revised version of the …

HBSA & Stourport on Severn : Rook & Reindeer Christmas Charity Shoot

Stourport on Severn,  Saturday 4th December 2021 A very big thank you for all for taking part in our 5th Christmas Rook and Reindeer shoot in aid of charity. We were once again privileged to be able to use the range at Stourport on Severn which is an excellent venue; it provides a covered firing …

HBSA & Stourport on Severn: Rook & Reindeer Christmas Charity Shoot

Stourport on Severn, Saturday 4th December 2021 A very big thank you for all taking part in our 5th Christmas Rook and Reindeer shoot in aid of charity. We were once again privileged to be able to use the range at Stourport on Severn which is an excellent venue; it provides a covered firing point …

FAC “Collecting Condition”

Following forum posts and a member’s request I am re-posting and amplifying the following post placed on the website and forum some time ago. The Non Statutory Guide on Firearms Licensing Law now covers all the necessary points. Collecting is well recognised by most Chief Police Officers and FLDs and is indeed an accepted “good …

Home Office Statutory and Non Statutory Guidance

Dear members, We received the following notice from the Home Office yesterday. The first part, the Statutory Guidance, was advised in my post of 22nd October  (shown at the foot for easy reference). The second part relating to the Non Statutory Guidance, is, as explained by the Home Office, only an interim measure until the fully …

Statutory Guidance for police on firearms licensing

As members may be aware this was published on 20th October and takes effect from 1st November 2021. This follows a two year consultation process in which HBSA along with BSSC and other organisations were involved. We were successful in obtaining appropriate changes where required.     Read at this link:- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statutory-guidance-for-police-on-firearms-licensing/statutory-guidance-for-chief-officers-of-police-on-firearms-licensing-accessible-version-from-1-november-2021#fn:2 You will note that the medical …

H.B.S.A. CHRISTMAS ROOK & REINDEER CHARITY SHOOT SATURDAY 4th DECEMBER 2021

Stourport on Severn Pistol & Rifle Club Minster Road Stourport on Severn Worcestershire This Charity Shoot in aid of the MacMillan fund will be held at Stourport on Severn. The event is generally intended for traditional British single shot Rook & Rabbit sporting rifles (and their foreign equivalents) from the 1865-1914 period. Full-stocked military training …

HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition

Stourport on Severn, Saturday 2nd October 2021 Dear Competitors Thank you all for competing in this our 16th Annual Midland Rook and Rabbit competition. We were once again privileged to be able to use the range at Stourport on Severn. This year we had 19 individual entrants entered inti 68 matches, 136 match cards. The …

Mid-Range Championships Match Report

This took place on Sunday 26th September at Bisley. The Results may be viewed here >>>> The course of fire was 2 convertible sighters and 10 to score. The morning session was at 300 yards, the afternoon at 500 yards. The morning started with fairly dense mist, however, by the time shooting started there was …