Midlands Long Range Rook & Rabbit Championships


This Championship Meeting will be held at Stourport on Severn. The event is intended for traditional British single shot Rook & Rabbit sporting rifles (and their foreign equivalents) from the 1865-1914 period. Full-stocked military training rifles such as .310 Cadets and .22 WO Training rifles are welcome, and have their own categories.
Additionally early 0.22” R/F repeaters are also welcome within their own category.
Additional matches have once been included to allow the use of modern .22 Light Sport Rifles with open of optical sights.


Members of the Stourport RPC, the HBSA, and others dependent upon range space.


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Holland's Hammerless Rook Rifle


  • Each Rifle shall be a single-shot rifle weighing under 6¾ lbs, or a double rifle, and shall be chambered for a cartridge for which the Factory Loading Muzzle Energy is less than 450 ft.lbs.
  • Sights shall be contemporaneous to the class of Rifle and may be iron or telescopic
  • A hooked butt-plate, palm-rest or ring (aperture) foresight shall not be used
  • Fixed ammunition only shall be used and must be loaded singly. For Vintage Rifles, the propellant must be 100% blackpowder
  • Orthoptic accessories, slings and padded gloves are not permitted, but at 50 yards the firer may sit or kneel on a groundsheet, padded mat or a small stool (equivalent to a straw bale) may be used
  • All Rifles shall be in Proof and appropriately licensed
    • 25 yards (Standing)
    • 50 yards (Sitting, Kneeling or Standing)
    • 100 yards competitors may use the bench for support. ‘Supported’ ; The Supported part of this event revives an Edwardian tradition where competitors could rest the back of their non-trigger finger hand so as to steady their aim. The rifle itself should NOT contact the rest.
  • TARGETS: HBSA Historic 20yd Pistol at 25yd/m, Historic 25m Pistol at 50yd/m and 100yd/m; one Scoring Target at each Distance.


At each distance, competitors will have 10 minutes to shot 13 shots, with the best 10 to be counted.
Competitors will fire at 25yds standing first and then at 50yds. sitting, then 100yds “supported”

MATCH I: The “Parkerifle” for Historical Rimfire Rifles (pre-1946) with contemporary sights.
MATCH II: The “Hollands” for Vintage Breechloading Rifles (pre-1900, blackpowder only) contemporary sights.
MATCH III: The “Greener” for Centrefire Classic Rifles (pre-1919) with contemporary sights.
MATCH IV: The “War Office” for .22lr Military Training rifles like the 1906 WO Pattern.
MATCH V: The “Cadet” for Centrefire full-stocked Training rifles such as the .310 Cadet.
MATCH VIII: The “Stourport” Any Rimfire Rifles with open sights (generally LSR).
MATCH IX: The “Severn” Any Rimfire Rifles with optical sights (generally LSR).

PRIZES: Commemorative Certificates will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each Match
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GENERAL: Competitors should report at the firing point at 08:45, unless previously notified, for scrutineering and squadding.  Competition firing will commence at 09:00 and cease at 15:00 (16:00 if entry levels are high).

ENTRY FEES:   £5.00 per Match.  Multiple Match Entries are permitted, provided a different Rifle is used for each Entry. Competitors should limit themselves to three or four entries.

INFORMATION:  Match Organizer: Paul Smith, midlands@hbsa-uk.org