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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,…

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

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