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Minni Mcqueen competition Sundat 9th October 2022

posted 25 September 2022, 7:34 pm

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 a 10 round magazine or fast single loader and a telescope of not less than x 4 power. The paddles are very small! Your rifle should preferably be already zeroed at 50 yds (zero at 20 yds is very close).Two “castles” are set up, so two shooters each detail, which takes approximately 15 minutes. Shooting starts at 09.00. More details and Booking online here >>>  Range Fee is £15 for a half day with 2 shoots. Don’t forget your FAC and SCC. Given that there will be limited places if everyone is to get a minimum of two goes please go on line and pay and book your place as soon as possible.This is great fun so do come along and have a go!  Regards Derek Stimpson  

Mid-Range Competition 2022 – Results

posted 19 September 2022, 10:15 pm

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 were meant to have 10 competitors, for various reasons three were unable to attend. 11 cards were shot. I had already reduced to 2 targets before the event, this still proved excessive. The problem being you don’t know that before the day.The Results may be viewed here >>>>I think all in all it was a pleasant days shooting. I have been using a new contact for markers. They were very good.RegardsDavid Carroll

Heritage Open Day at York Army Museum – Free

posted 06 September 2022, 8:56 pm

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 Days’, which will be taking place on Saturday 10 September between 10 am and 4 pm.HBSA members will be on hand to display and demonstrate to visitors, a range of WW1 era military rifles. So, if you’ve not visited this museum before and would like to visit FREE of charge, why not come along on Saturday and have a chat!York Army Museum is located at 3 Tower St, York YO1 9SB

2022 Open Long Range Championships results

posted 30 August 2022, 10:00 pm

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 the last three of which can be converted followed by 15 rounds to score. The results may be viewed here >>>>The weather for the weekend was sunny but not too hot, almost perfect for shooting. There was a moderate left to right crosswind on both days, slightly stronger on the Sunday.We had 7 competitors, unfortunately one had to withdraw with covid.We are using new supplier of markers, they seem to be good.The weekend incurred a significant financial loss.My thanks to Mike Townsend for running the Saturday practice shoot.Dave Carroll

Shooting programme September 2022

posted 29 August 2022, 3:22 pm

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 idea of numbers. If you are coming, please specify, morning, afternoon or both. Pay on the day £15 per session cash. Markers provided. Sunday 18th September Mid range competition enter online here: HBSA Open Mid-Range Championships 300 & 500yds >>>> If you are entering the competition, please do so sooner rather than later as I need to finalise target and marker numbers ASAP. Century 300 yds morning and 500 yds afternoon. Rules, classes of rifle all available on the HBSA website Wednesday 21st September midweek practice 200 yards Century.   Regards   Dave

Legislative Update for 2nd quarter 2022

posted 21 August 2022, 4:47 pm

Derek Stimpson's "Legislative Update" for the most recent quarter can be viewed here >>>>

Miniature Rifle Matches Results 14 August 2022

posted 16 August 2022, 7:34 pm

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 of obscure centrefire ammunition together with 612 of .22LR (which is so much easier to find) were fired over the day.A good time was had by all .Richard Oldfield

Midlands Rook & Rabbit matches 1st October 2022

posted 15 August 2022, 2:16 pm

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 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.

Lead and HSE consultation

posted 09 August 2022, 9:32 pm

The topic of lead was discussed at the last BSSC meeting and a working group was formed to assist with the BSSC response to the HSE consultation. The group has had one meeting and is working to put the case for retaining lead in ammunition where possible, and notably where there is no food or wider environment involved. This would of course cover use of historic breechloading arms and muzzle loading arms for target shooting in particular. The quarry shooting situation has already been addressed by the organisations involved.  See following text from the NRA who are part of the working group. " Proposals to Ban Lead in Ammunition We have carefully reviewed the questions posed in the HSE consultation in their recent report that proposed restrictions on the: 1.       use of lead bullets for outdoor target shooting, with a derogation for shooting at licensed ranges with appropriate environmental protection measures;2.       use of lead bullets for hunting; and 3.       sale and use of lead shot, with a derogation for authorised athletes on licensed ranges. Working with the major target and quarry shooting organisations, we have decided to survey regional range operators, clubs and members to improve the accuracy of our response to the consultation. The survey, to be published later this month,…

HBSA Midland Longrange Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition

posted 31 July 2022, 3:10 pm

Stourport on Severn, Saturday 30TH July 2022Dear CompetitorsThank 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 was altered to include a 100yd stage, which could be shot from a supported position.This is an old Edwardian idea whereby the Non-Trigger Hand can be supported on any rigid structure.An additional 2 shots being included (best ten from 15 shots to count), to give competitors the chance to sight in at this extra range.We had 14 individual entrants shooting 32 matches.The consensus of opinion was that the event was most enjoyable.Changing to the larger target at 50m was an improvement, and the 100yd targets although difficult could be hit with all 15 shots being within the scoring rings and some excellent scores where achieved.With Jon Hay scoring a magnificent 207, only dropping 3 points of the maximum in the Parker Match with his Greener .22lr Martini. As always, I would very much like to thank the Committee and Members of Stourport on Severn Rifle club for allowing us…

Four Types competition 24th July 2022

posted 25 July 2022, 2:28 pm

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.Tony Cattermole went down to sort them out despite them having a sheet of instructions. To be fair last time we ran this in 2019 Mike Townsend supervised/timed the butts as it is quite difficult to manage the target and watch the clock. Tony suggested that next time we make a rota for the shooters to go down to the butts for a session to help with the timing.First shots fired by 9.10 am so slightly tardy start but all done by 11.10 including a few extra cardsWe could have handled 22 competitors, however, the targets do take a pasting in this competition!Well done to the competitors who scored a maximum of 50 and thanks as ever to Tony Cattermole for his help.

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

posted 18 July 2022, 10:53 pm

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)

posted 08 July 2022, 10:15 am

Dear AllThank 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 before illness took its toll. Unfortunately I went down with Covid a few days after Dad died and have only just got back into circulation. My Dad left very firm instructions that he wanted no funeral of any kind and I am respecting those wishes. He was not, however, averse to considering whether his death might be an opportunity to raise funds for good causes and so I have set up two Just Giving pages in his memory. One is for Dementia UK who provide invaluable support in the form of their Admiral Nurses who are available to give advice and wise counsel.   www.justgiving.com/Joanna-Wilkinson8   The other is Water Aid UK, which was a cause close to Dad’s heart and to whom he regularly used to ask me to give a donation on his behalf.   www.justgiving.com/Joanna-Wilkinson9   I would be entirely delighted if anyone does feel that they would like to give a donation…

Bisley fire – IHAM cancelled

posted 06 July 2022, 5:19 pm

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 of fire brigade staff. They are expected to remain on site until at least Sunday 10 July and need safe and speedy access to the ranges and danger area; this requires the suspension of shooting across all Bisley rifle ranges. It is with a heavy heart that we have therefore taken the difficult decision to cancel the following competitions:- ·         F Class (6 – 12 July)·         Match Rifle (8 – 13 July)·         ISCRM (8 – 10 July)·         IHAM (9 – 10 July) We will also delay the start to the Sporting Rifle and McQueen Imperial to Monday 11 July. We share the disappointment of competitors in these cancellations; the 2022 Imperial Meeting was set to be a double celebration of the Platinum Jubilee and freedom from Covid regulations. Entry fees and unused accommodation charges will be refunded in full; the competition and accommodation staff will contact you directly. Further updates will follow, no later than Friday…

July & August 2022 shooting programme

posted 01 July 2022, 7:09 pm

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 on Sunday 14th August. This is an all day event and takes place on Cheylesmore Range.Online application: match details and prices here >>>>The August Midweek Shoot will be on Wednesday 17th August. This has been moved due to range availability to Short Siberia at 100 yds. This will be self marking.The Long Range practice is on Stickledown, Saturday 27th August 900 yds morning and 1000 yds afternoon. Mike Townsend has kindly agreed to run this.Our Open Long Range Championship is on Sunday 28th August 900 yds morning and 1000 yds afternoon.Entry is online here >>>>RegardsDave

Vickers demonstration shoot

posted 29 June 2022, 7:04 pm

This year is the centenary of the disbandment of the Machine Gun Corps (MGC). To commemorate this important anniversary, the NRA will host a demonstration of Vickers MG on Sunday 3 July on Century Range, from 4pm. Members and guests are welcome to attend.The MGC played a pivotal role in the First World War, delivering battle winning innovation to the development and employment of automatic firepower and early efforts to mechanise the British Army. It also paid a very heavy price in terms of causalities, which earnt it the name the Suicide Club. For these reasons it is fitting to commemorate the MGC.The commemoration is being led by the Vickers Machinegun Collection and Research Association (VMGCRA). Gun crews will be wearing period uniform for each era, and there will be a commentary. It is planned that the live fire demonstration will include a Company’s worth of Vickers MGs – up to 16 MGs – firing at 200 yds on Century, allowing as many people as possible to view.This event is FREE to attend. Any visitors to Bisley are to follow signs to the Corral Car Park on the left hand side of Century range. We encourage all visitors to bring…

Fred Wilkinson

posted 21 June 2022, 7:50 pm

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing away one of our founders and Vice Presidents Emeritus, Frederick J Wilkinson.He died peacefully early today. His daughter Jo was with him. We have sent our sincere condolences.Fred, as he was known to many members, was an expert and an enormously active author of books on vintage and historic arms, seeking to make information accessible to all.We will communicate any future arrangements, although a private family funeral is expected. We will advise any charitable contributions to be made in his memory in due course.Derek Stimpson Arms and Armour Society Tribute to Fred Wilkinsonon the occasion of his 100th birthdayPublished here by kind permission of the Arms & Armour Society and Guy Wilson

Four Types competition open for booking, but 1910 cancelled

posted 17 June 2022, 11:26 am

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 ammunition or reloading supplies? Other?   Four Types Competition Moving forward we have 3 targets booked on the Sunday 24th July morning for the Four Types Competition. The online entry is now open here >>>> If you wish to attend, please book early as I may have to adjust markers, targets etc   Midweek shoot As announced before, due to range availability there is no July midweek shoot. Regards Dave

Legislative Update – 1st quarter 2022

posted 17 June 2022, 11:14 am

Our apologies for the late publication of our Legislative Update - there has been so much going on in this field! Read the Latest Update here >>>> Derek

McQueen post match report 2022

posted 15 May 2022, 7:21 pm

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 seemed to be very good.This is the first time I have run the McQueen without squadding either the zero target or the competition. We had the contestants waiting behind the firing point. This meant that within reason they could shoot when ready. Tony had the idea of not moving between the zero target and the castle essentially, I suppose, cross firing, this to make it more streamlined. I think these changes worked and were quite efficient.My thanks to Richard Oldfield who ran the firing point while I shot.Dave Carroll

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

posted 06 May 2022, 2:49 pm

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 and others to make a careful response in cooperation and co-ordination .The reference to shooting historical firearms on ranges follows the target shooting direction with similar risk management measures in place as we had anticipated.As members will be aware from my Legislative Updates this is not the only major issue that we have pending but dealing with it is certainly critical and a a priority.Further comment follows in due course.Best wishesDerek StimpsonHSE publishes restriction dossiers and opens public consultations on lead in ammunition and substances in tattoo inks and permanent make-up (PMU)HSE has proposed a restriction on lead in ammunition as we have identified there is an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment that is not adequately controlled by current measures.HSE has proposed a restriction on hazardous substances present in tattoo inks and PMU as a precautionary measure to address potential risks to human…

Shooting programme May/June 2022

posted 01 May 2022, 4:10 pm

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 May, Midweek shoot. This will be self marking and is at 100yards on Short Siberia.Saturday 4th June HBSA Annual Sporting Rifle: Running Boar 50m, Running Deer 100m, and Statics 100m. BSRC Range Bisley.   Online booking here >>>>RegardsDave

HBSA Bisley Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition April22 – match report

posted 29 April 2022, 7:15 pm

HBSA Bisley Rook & Rabbit Rifle CompetitionBisley, Sunday 25 April 2022Thank 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 ran very smoothly, we started at 08:45 (not 09:15) as everyone had arrived, 13 shot (10 to score) details at 50 and then 25yds were scheduled for 10 but typically took < 8 minutes leaving plenty of time to deal with mishaps.We could have accommodated more shooters as most details had spare places and we could have had 2 more details at the end.Two improvement opportunities were identified:-As there was no organised lunch (Covid considerations) the period allocated was rather long, this needs to be reconsidered for 2023Several shooters commented that the HBSA 20 yd pistol target aiming mark has become rather small at 50 yards given historic sights and eyes, a larger version may be better.My thanks to everyone who attended, I hope to see you all again next year.Best RegardsRichard Oldfield

Legislative News April 2022

posted 13 April 2022, 9:25 pm

There will be a further full Legislative Update in the next issue of Report. The meetings and processes already reported on in the previous issue continue to move forward but at the time of going to print there is no additional breaking news on these topics. Responses are awaited from Government on the main issues. For those with any difficulties with obtaining GPs responses or medical issues in relation to their FAC or SGC, Medcert are providing excellent service and support for firearms collectors and shooters. Don’t forget that HBSA members receive a discount from them. They can be reached at: info@medcert.co.uk and ‭+44 20 8063 4503‬ We are successfully providing support for HBSA members where needed when questions arise with their Firearms Licensing Depts. Derek Stimpson

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

posted 03 April 2022, 8:14 pm

HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle CompetitionStourport 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 it looks like it will become a regular feature. As always, I would very much like to thank the Committee and Members of Stourport on Severn Rifle club for allowing us the use of their range. The Spring weather started with a heavy frost but the sun came out and we had a glorious all day. long. We attracted 14 entrants, who shot a total of 54 matches. Cakes made a much appreciated return thanks to Chris Gray and biscuits from Mrs Boulton. I must congratulate and commend all those who attended, everything ran extremely smoothly. As initiated due to the Covid restrictions each detail consisted of 13 shots at both 25m & 50m with the best 10 shots being counted at each distance.This has proved to be a much better method and will continue to be used, Many thanks to all those who attended, especially the individuals who found themselves volunteered to act as RO.  No complaints just happy…

HBSA Shooting programme April & May 2022

posted 31 March 2022, 10:52 pm

Dear MembersApril 2022The Midweek Practice this will be Wednesday 20th April. 200 yards on CenturyHBSA Rook & Rabbit matches @ 25&50ydsSun, 24 April, 08:30 – 17:00BSRC Time Limit range, Bisley CampOnline booking here >>>>May 2022The Midweek shoot is on Wednesday 18th May 100 yards short SiberiaThe annual McQueen competition is on Sunday 15th May, short Siberia 200 yards: Online booking here >>>>Whilst I am grateful to those who help on the day at the various shoots my campaign to get people to adopt and front a shoot next year is not going well, currently 0 volunteers.Think as you take part, can you adopt this shoot for 2023?RegardsDave

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

posted 29 March 2022, 1:19 pm

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 the 10 competitions, described below, all include targets at both 25 and 50 yards.The entry form and Match Conditions can be found on the HBSA website here>>>>Feel free to email if you have any special requirements – travel, time constraints etc.Best RegardsRichard Oldfieldrook&rabbit@hbsa-uk.orgMATCH I:   The “Parkerifle” for Historical Rimfire Rifles (pre-1946) with contemporary sightsMATCH II:  The “Hollands” for Vintage Breechloading Rifles (pre-1900, blackpowder only) contemporary sightsMATCH III:  The “Greener” for Centrefire Classic Rifles (pre-1919) with contemporary sightsMATCH IV:  The “War Office” for .22lr Military Training rifles like the 1906 WO PatternMATCH V:  The “Cadet” for Centrefire full-stocked Training rifles such as the .310 CadetMATCH VI:  The “BSA” for Historic .22LR Repeating Rifles, designed before 1960MATCH VII:  The “Manton” for Vintage Muzzleloading Rifles (pre-1900, blackpowder only) contemporary sightsMATCH X:  The “Fearn” for Historic breechloading double-barrelled Rook rifles only, using both barrels alternately.

Long Range .22 Rimfire and Historic Miniature Rifle Competition 2022

posted 21 March 2022, 3:43 pm

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 time we were able to run this shoot).  Unfortunately, two had to withdraw at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances.Many thanks to all who participated, some travelling some distance to compete.RegardsDavid Carroll

Phoenix Meeting Trade Fair: Friday 27th – Sunday 29th May

posted 17 March 2022, 9:26 pm

The Phoenix Trade Fair will return for the first time since 2019 on Sit Pet Lawn, featuring a range of different suppliers for all to enjoy. Doors will open on Friday 27th – Sunday 29th May from 8am – 6pm daily. Entry is free so come along and support the suppliers!  

Repeating Pistol Meeting 23/24 April 2022

posted 13 March 2022, 5:04 pm

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 and this covers the whole of the Open Meeting, which includes Gallery Rifle courses of fire too (on Melville). Don't forget that our own Pistol Practice is this coming weekend but on the SATURDAY afternoon on Cheylesmore-B. The entry form is also downloadable from the Downloads Page (Competitions) on our Branch Website. Regards, George Tondryk

HBSA Long Range .22 Rimfire and Historic Miniature Rifle Competition

posted 13 March 2022, 10:47 am

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 Rifles with IRON contemporaneous sights (no wrist rest permitted) MRSB: Any 22RF rifle, any sights TRSB: Any 22RF rifle, iron sights only (no wrist rest permitted) SRSB: Classic & Veteran Miniature Bore Training & Converted Service Rifles (0.22”rf, .297”/.230”, .310” Cadet &c, service pattern sights only, no wrist rest permitted ) Online booking will remain open for another couple of days here >>>>

President’s Cup presentation 2022

posted 09 March 2022, 8:06 pm

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 of HBSA.

Shooting March 2022

posted 04 March 2022, 10:47 am

Dear MembersThis month we have the following dates:Wednesday 16th March Midweek shoot AM century 200 yds PM Century 300ydsThis is to allow zeroing of smallbore rifles for Sundays competition, however, it is not limited to smallbore. As ever limited capacity so please let me know if you intend to shoot.Sunday 20th March   HBSA Long Range .22 Rimfire and Historic Miniature Rifle Competition   Enter here >>>>AM Short Siberia 200yds PM Century 300ydsSaturday 2nd April  HBSA "Midlands Rook & Rabbit Rifle Matches" 50/25yds  Stourport on Severn Range  Enter here >>>>RegardsDaverifle.practice@hbsa-uk.org

Implementing the Ivory Act – opening of the ivory service

posted 01 March 2022, 4:45 pm

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 StimpsonSubject: Implementing the Ivory Act - opening of the ivory service  IvoryConsultation@defra.gov.uk On 24th February 2022 the digital ivory service has launched. This service enables people to register and certify exempted ivory items ahead of dealing in them. You can access the service here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/declare-ivory-you-intend-to-sell-or-hire-out We encourage dealers of ivory items to begin registering or certifying their exempted items as soon as possible so that they can become familiar with the process and register or acquire an exemption certificate for their items before the ban comes into force. Ivory Ban Exemptions Anyone who wants to deal in ivory (under one of the 5 exemptions of the Act) must use this service to register their item or apply for an exemption certificate.  There are 4 standard exemptions: Pre-1947 items containing less than 10% ivory by volumePre-1975 musical instruments containing less than 20% ivory by volumePre-1918 portrait miniatures with a surface area of no more than 320 square centimetresSales to, and hire agreements…

Fixed Bayonet / No Bayonet matches 2022

posted 27 February 2022, 8:55 pm

Dear MembersWe 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 on display and the enthusiasm of the members.Results, these may be somewhat random as the one thing I forgot today was to insist that the class being shot was recorded as a number rather than a description. This leaves me guessing somewhat as to which category the weapon falls into. The Results charts can be downloaded here >>>>Apologies to those who have been wrongly categorised.Many thanks to Tony Cattermole for his work both on the day and behind the scenes setting up the online entry system. Able assistance also much appreciated from Jess McAree and Chris Reid.RegardsDavid Carroll

No HBSA stand at BSS this year

posted 19 February 2022, 12:41 pm

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 queuing to get in were also affected.We are in touch with the organisers who appear to have been affected by the company doing the planning and security arrangements.We will await reports on the general success of the show.

BSRC Open Historics Match Sun 6th March

posted 16 February 2022, 8:43 pm

The British Sporting Rifle Club are running their annual Open Historics Matches on Sunday 6th March on their Sporting Rifle ranges at Bisley. There will be matches on both static and moving targets for all ages of historic rifles.Their Calling Notice with Match details and Rifle classes may be downloaded here >>>>

HBSA Spring 2022 Midlands Rook & Rabbit Championship Meeting

posted 10 February 2022, 1:46 pm

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 know of any one else who would be interested to take part please pass on this information.Best RegardsPaul Smithmidlands@hbsa-uk.org  

Legislative Update 4th Quarter 2021

posted 01 February 2022, 10:10 pm

Please see the latest Legislative Update covering Ministerial comment, Statutory and Non Statutory Guidance, Police, Lead and other news.RegardsDerek 

Shooting Programme for February 2022

posted 01 February 2022, 9:24 pm

Dear MembersThe 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 >>>>The midweek practice for March is on Wednesday 16th this will be at 200 yards in the morning and at 300 yards in the afternoon this is to provide a zeroing day for the long range smallbore competition. The practice session is not limited to smallbore, as usual all rifles are welcome. Please advise me if you are coming and whether you are coming morning, afternoon or both.The Long Range .22 Rimfire and Historic Miniature Rifle competition is on Sunday March 20th the usual format of morning 200 yards and afternoon 300 yards. Online entry is open here >>>>I don’t want to run so many competitions next year. Think as you take part in these events which ones you might be willing to run please.Regards  Daverifle.practice@hbsa-uk.org

Amendments to the Antique Firearms Regulations 2021

posted 13 January 2022, 3:58 pm

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 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 changes come into effect on 28 December 2021.

Jan Feb 2022 Shooting

posted 03 January 2022, 1:35 pm

Dear MembersHappy new year to all.January midweek shoot is on Wednesday 19th. This will be on Century at 300 yards. Please let me know if you are coming.We have a confirmed booking for the Fixed/No bayonet competition on 27th February, 100 yds Short Siberia. The entry is now available online >>>Hopefully this competition can go ahead this year, last year we had to cancel due to covid.The February midweek practice has been rejected, I have reapplied for a different day but this is not yet confirmed.RegardsDaverifle.practice@hbsa-uk.org

FESAC Finland

posted 28 December 2021, 6:18 pm

For those members who might have known him, I have received the sad news of Heikki Pohjolainen's passing away.Heikki was a remarkable collector and FESAC representative for many years. I have sent condolences to his family and colleagues on behalf of FESAC UK.Derek Stimpson

FAC/SGC issue during next January

posted 21 December 2021, 10:07 pm

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 police FLDs and that the automatic eight week extension is not affected. The issue of Sect 7 Permits will assist in those cases where renewal is about to over-run, but as they do not cover purchase of ammunition, issue of the certificate itself is preferable.In these difficult circumstances we suggest that any renewal applications should be made at least four months in advance and your FLD kept fully advised of your medical proforma progress.Grants may be suspended by some FLDs unless required professionally or in specific individual circumstances.I also received the following from Medcert: “We are aware of the situation and have been liaising with the FLDs. As you can imagine this on the back of the November 1 legislation, which is not being adopted across all forces, is leading to some interesting times. We are totally scalable so the increased numbers are not a…

DIT letter re End User Certificates

posted 21 December 2021, 12:16 pm

Members who import firearms may find the attached letter of interest. It is from DIT, via BSSC. They have asked that it be circulated.Taking the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.Derek Stimpson

Home Office circular 008/2021 correcting an omission

posted 14 December 2021, 11:31 pm

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 changes come into effect on 28 December 2021. Best wishes Derek Stimpson

Non-statutory firearms guidance

posted 13 December 2021, 5:02 pm

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.orgBest wishesDerek StimpsonThis e-mail is to advise you that we have today issued a fully revised version of the non-statutory firearms guidance Firearms licensing law - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) to include all of the legislative changes that have been made since April 2016.This guidance should be read alongside the Statutory guidance for police on firearms licensing - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk), which was published on 20 October and came into effect on 1 November.

Heritage Pistol Christmas Lecture cancelled

posted 06 December 2021, 11:44 am

We regret to advise you that the NSC have decided that the lecture room on Cheylesmore is too confined a space for the current Covid-19 risk.Regrettably, that means that the planned Christmas Lecture with light refreshments must be cancelled for this year.The morning Heritage Pistol shoot will continue as planned.

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

posted 05 December 2021, 6:50 pm

Stourport on Severn,  Saturday 4th December 2021A 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 point with plenty of room for all.I would very much like to thank the Committee and Members of Stourport on Severn Rifle club for allowing us the use of their range, and all those who attended and supported a very worthy cause.The weather was a little chilly but with a glorious blue sunny sky and almost no wind. A really nice Winter’s day.This year we attracted 10 entrants shooting in 3 categories, Historic Rim Rife, Historic Central Fire and an Any Rifle class.The same targets where used for all 3 matches, a rather splendid Rook complete with Top Hat was the 50m target and a Reindeer was used at 25m. Both targets are a difficult with open sights but everyone stepped up to the challenge and had a most enjoyable morning.Match 1 Historic Rim Fire was won by Jon Hay achieving a score of 90.2nd Place John…

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

posted 05 December 2021, 1:16 pm

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 with plenty of room for all. I would very much like to thank the Committee and Members of Stourport on Severn Rifle club for allowing us the use of their range, and all those who attended and supported a very worthy cause. The weather was a little chilly but with a glorious blue sunny sky and almost no wind. A really nice Winter’s day. This year we attracted 10 entrants shooting in 3 categories, Historic Rim Rife, Historic Central Fire and an Any Rifle class. The same targets where used for all 3 matches, a rather splendid Rook complete with Top Hat was the 50m target and a Reindeer was used at 25m. Both targets are a difficult with open sights but everyone stepped up to the challenge and had a most enjoyable morning. Match 1 Historic Rim Fire was won by Jon Hay achieving…

HBSA Legislative Update July-October 2021

posted 11 November 2021, 3:52 pm

Derek's Legislative Update for HBSA members, covering the third quarter of 2021, may be read and downloaded here >>>>

FAC “Collecting Condition”

posted 06 November 2021, 1:27 pm

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 reason”. HBSA is listed in the Guide as a reference organisation and our explanations usually clarify any issues raised by FLDs.Members are reminded that if they have a collection of Section 1 firearms (or seek to establish one) then these may be identified on their FAC. You will need to explain your theme or proposed theme to the police.A typical collecting condition (where collecting is the "good reason") might read:- “The firearms which are identified by an asterisk (*) on this certificate must be possessed, purchased or acquired by the holder of the certificate only for the purpose of its being kept or exhibited as part of a collection and may be fired occasionally (or it may say “not to be fired" if that is your wish)”. Section 7 firearms are automatically treated as a collection and marked on the FAC by an asterisk or hatch…

Home Office Statutory and Non Statutory Guidance

posted 02 November 2021, 10:57 pm

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 revised version is released, hopefully by year end. The revisions which have occurred since 2016 and will be incorporated in the final version, can also be found listed at the second link in the Home Office email.  Derek Stimpson   Home Office Notice 1st November 2021 "The Statutory Guidance was published on 20 October and comes into effect today (1 November).   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 This e-mail is to advise you that we have today issued a revised version of the non-statutory firearms guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/firearms-law-guidance-to-the-police-2012 which omits the content that now forms part of the new statutory guidance. This version of the non-statutory guidance is only an interim measure pending completion of the full revision we are currently undertaking, which will include all the legislative and policy changes that have been made since 2016.  We expect this full revision to be published before the end of the year, and a link will…

Statutory Guidance for police on firearms licensing

posted 22 October 2021, 7:51 pm

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 verification can be carried out by a registered medical practitioner using a patient’s individual notes. This is an important concession for members faced with GPs opposed to shooting or who charge exorbitant fees.  This is also why Medcert and the BASC medical panel were formed.  You will note that the statutory application of the "permanent marker” relating to FAC holders on GPs records is not required. This omission may mean that there is potentially no medical monitoring during the life of the certificate. In line with the previous discussions and consultations Government are being asked to reconsider this aspect, which would enhance public confidence in the licensing system, and should result in a 10 year period for FACs. This statutory guidance is a welcome step towards a more consistent approach to firearms licensing across all the police forces. We will continue working with BSSC and the other organisations,…


posted 20 October 2021, 11:36 pm

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 rifles such as .310 Cadets and .22 WO Training rifles are welcome. Additionally for this event the end date has been extended to 1960, therefore later Central Fire and Rim Rifles are also welcome. Entry forms can be found on the HBSA Website here >>>> https://hbsa-uk.org/hbsa-what-we-do/hbsa-competitions/midlands-christmas-charity-rook-reindeer/ or from Paul Smith E-Mail: midlands@hbsa-uk.org

HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition

posted 12 October 2021, 6:39 pm

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 Results may be viewed here >>>> Unfortunately, 3 individuals had to cancel at the last moment due to Covid lockdown and other issues. As always, I would very much like to thank the Committee and Members of Stourport on Severn Rifle club for allowing us the use of their range. This was the 13th match to take place at Stourport On Severn (not including the American and Christmas shoots), I still do not know where the years have gone. Unfortunately, the rain was persistent pretty much all day long, but overall we remained dry, although we did have to hang the targets up to dry off. This year we originally attracted 19 (17 in 2020) entrants who would have shot 68 (57 in 2020) matches. Which means this year was a again an improvement over 2020 Fortunately, the usual supply of superb biscuits and tea…

Mid-Range Championships Match Report

posted 12 October 2021, 6:21 pm

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 only a slight haze left. The afternoon was pleasantly sunny with a moderate crosswind from left to right.We had 20 competitors and two unable to attend (one due to illness and one due to the petrol shortage). 30 cards were shot. I think all in all it was a pleasant days shooting. Rafts of complaints about the quality of the markers.Finance: the ranges cost £345 for the day, 3 markers £330 total £645.00With 20 shooters a small profit was made (this will just cover the loss made by the practice day).RegardsDavid Carroll