News 8 Aug 2020 to 2 Oct 2020

HBSA Mini McQueen posted 2 Oct 2020, 12:46 by Tony Cattermole Members will be aware from the calendar that our fourth Mini McQueen shoot will take place on Saturday the 10th October 2020 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 telescope of not less than x 4 power and a 10 round magazine or fast single loader. The paddles are very small! Two “castles” are set up, so two shooters each detail, which takes approximately 15 minutes. Shooting starts at 09.00. 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 try it! There are two shooters on each detail and Covid 19 limitations will apply to numbers waiting on the range at any one time so please be patient and follow the RO’s directions. arrive in time for your morning or afternoon session as allocated – 09.00 or 13.30. Please also familiarise your self with current Covid 19 guidance. Please do monitor the website up to the day before in case of any change in regulations being forced upon us and being posted. Derek Stimpson (Edit post) Mid Range Competition 2020 posted 28 Sept 2020, 20:50 by Tony Cattermole [ updated 28 Sept 2020, 20:50 ] This took place on Sunday 27 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 weather was pleasant (16 degrees Celsius) moderate breeze in the morning stiffening somewhat in the afternoon. This was up-range toward the firers and little windage adjustment was needed. The wind, however, did have a marked chilling effect! The usual niggles with Bisley, morning wrong targets, afternoon no targets, were resolved taking about 35 minutes before the afternoon session was able to start. We had 11 competitors and one no show. 17 cards were shot. I think all in all it was a pleasant days shooting. View the results here >>>> Finance: the ranges cost £226 for the day, 2 markers £220 total £446.00 Takings were £420.00 so a small loss was made. Regards David Carroll (Edit post) Kempton Fair venue change notification posted 25 Sept 2020, 21:25 by Tony Cattermole [ updated 25 Sept 2020, 21:26 ] Just had an email from Peter Binfield about Kempton (see below), it has been moved to the below venue, admission is still £5 so are the opening times. Sunday 4th October, 2020 at SANDOWN PARK RACECOURSE, KT10 9AJ Dear Trader After a couple of sleepless nights, and worrying days, when we have been in constant contact with Kmpton Park regarding our 4th October Fair, they have moved us from Kempton to Sandown Park Big Hall. Their decision comes following the PM’s announcement a few days ago, as they had concerns that our Fair would jeopardize horseracing behind closed doors. Sandown, however, has no horseracing for over a month after our Fair and therefore considered safe. This will be held indoors in a Hall double the size of Kempton and therefore, all on ground level. We will be applying all Covid 19 rules regarding social distancing, face coverings and the NHS Track and Trace App will be displayed. Surrey Police have confirmed they will accept any valid ‘RFD Additional Place of Business’ that you hold, covering Kempton, Epsom or Bisley and you are free to trade. You will find Sandown Park Racecourse even easier than Kempton regarding loading and unloading. Your vehicles will remain close and secure inside the venue’s enclosure. The same opening and closing times apply and it is only a few miles from Kempton Park Racecourse. PLEASE BE AWARE OF A 20 MPH SPEED CAMERA BETWEEN KEMPTON PARK AND HAMPTON COURT. We will take for granted that you will be happy with these arrangements and nothing will be to your detriment – just better. To put things into perspective, the cost of this venue is treble the price of Kempton Park, although you will see no increase. All those who have booked outside pitches will be accommodated. We have fully complied with all current guidelines and as the local authorities allowed a car auction here recently, we can only assume that all is well. Please make others aware of this move through social media or any other means you have and we shall be contacting you all soon with entry procedure etc. We hope we have answered all questions, and in the meantime, stay safe and well and we shall see you at Sandown Park Racecourse. Best wishes. Liz and Peter … (Edit post) September 2020 Legislative Report posted 17 Sept 2020, 14:24 by Tony Cattermole [ updated 17 Sept 2020, 14:24 ] The latest Legislative Report may be read here >>>> (Edit post) Participation in sport (including shooting) after September 14th posted 11 Sept 2020, 12:51 by Tony Cattermole [ updated 11 Sept 2020, 12:51 ] Members should note the following notice from BSSC: The Government has issued guidance on participation in sport after September 14. This may be found at The relevant paragraph is 3.16: 3.16 Can I play sport outside? Does this now need to be limited to 6 people? You can play team sport in any number if this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation and sports-governing body guidance has been issued. You should only be playing team sports where the relevant governing body has published guidance on how to do so safely. For example, the English Cricket Board has published guidance here and the FA has published guidance here. If you are playing one of these sports informally, such as in the park or a private garden, there must be no more than 30 people involved (including participants, coaches, umpires, spectators). Team sports that do not have approved guidance should not be played if you cannot socially distance from people you do not live with. Instead, people should train together and take part in activities such as conditioning or fitness sessions in groups of no more than six people (outdoors). When playing sports informally with people you don’t live with, you must limit the size of your group to 6. It will be illegal to do so in a larger group from 14 September. At all times, you should comply with COVID-19 Secure measures and limit social interaction outside of the sporting activity. As you will see, any number of participants may take part in a sporting event after September 14 provided that the event is formally organised by a club or organisation (eg rifle club, shooting syndicate), and The relevant governing body has published guidelines on how to participate safely. Additionally Sport England has published the following advice: We have sought clarity on what this means for sport and physical activity, and while social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events such as parkrun, which is due to return next month. People can also continue to use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools – classes within these venues can continue as they are now. People should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six. That’s because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19, and because these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures they’ve introduced. Most Governing Bodies related to shooting, such as NRA and NSRA, have published guidance which is already being followed so we anticipate our target shooting activity will continue as at present. Derek Stimpson (Edit post) Important message from Met Police FLD posted 9 Sept 2020, 20:30 by Tony Cattermole Members should be aware of the following message that we received from Met Police FLD regarding a distressing case. Please keep their advice in mind and spread the word. Thank you Derek Stimpson On Saturday 5th September 2020 a licenced FAC holder advertised a gun for sale on Gun Star, one of the well-known sites for sales of lawfully owned guns. The advert was answered by two males and the holder arranged for a meeting at his home address. He cordially invited said males into the address where he showed the gun and his certificate. Sadly what happened next would have been a shock to any person. The males who purported to be lawful buyers were in fact criminals who proceeded to hold the certificate holder at knife point, tie him and his wife up and then instruct him to load the gun for them. They then left the household, leaving the holder bound. The reason we want to communicate this with you, is to ask you to remind your members that there are criminals who are also reviewing these sites. It is easy to assume all potential buyers have the same enthusiasm for the sport as they do. This is not always the case. Please can we ask you to be aware of the following advice. Try and ensure certificates are checked prior to any meeting. It may be a picture of their certificate can be sent electronically. This image of the holder can be cross referenced with any attendee, before any entry is allowed into the home. Try and complete a sale away from your home. At home, a criminal has access to the entire contents of your safe; a better location may be at your local shooting club as more people will be present, this may be the deterrent needed to prevent the criminal brazen behaviour. Advertise locally within your club environment rather than online. Ideally use an RFD as a conduit for sale – This is by far the safest option, whilst I appreciate this can cost, the risk to holder is entirely negated. This is purely advice and by no means definitive. Nevertheless this incident was very real for the holder and we would like your help to prevent any further, similar incidents occurring. If we work together, we can surely do this. (Edit post) Trafalgar Meeting 2020 posted 4 Sept 2020, 10:50 by Tony Cattermole [ updated 4 Sept 2020, 10:50 ] The NRA propose to go ahead with the Trafalgar on 17th and 18th October. Please check their website for details in view of the circumstances created by the pandemic. Regrettably these circumstances will preclude holding the usual arms fairs and exhibitions as the NRA wish to focus on the recovery of shooting as such and thus prefer to avoid large numbers of non shooting visitors, allowing for Government Covid 19 guidance. Should you wish to pre-order / pay and pick up supplies at Bisley you may find some dealers can accommodate such deliveries. Please do support the 2020 Trafalgar Historic arms meeting. (Edit post) Shooting events in September posted 23 Aug 2020, 20:57 by Tony Cattermole [ updated 24 Aug 2020, 09:58 ] Sorry!! Brainstorm. The correct dates for the Mid-Range are: Sunday 20th September; Practice Sunday 27th September; Competition Regards Dave Dear Members THE MIDWEEK SHOOT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY BISLEY. NO shoot 16 September 2020. We are still trying to run the Mid-Range practice and Competition. This is shot at 300 yards AM and 500 yards PM. The practice date is Sunday 20th September 2020. Cost: AM £15.00 All day £25.00 Please RSVP as due to the requirements of social distancing numbers may need to be limited. State whether morning afternoon or both. The competition is on Sunday 27th September 2020. Cost: One Match Entry £25.00 Two Match Entries £45.00 One match entry is 2 sighters and 10 to count at both ranges. Entries limited to 2 per person. ONLINE BOOKING ONLY. Booking is now open. HELP please: I currently RO most of the HBSA shoots. I would like some help with this. If you would RO for half a day please let me know. In the light of current uncertainty please check the website before travelling to Bisley. Regards Dave Carroll (Edit post) KEMPTON CLASSIC ARMS FAIR now at EPSOM DOWNS posted 14 Aug 2020, 17:45 by Tony Cattermole [ updated 15 Aug 2020, 12:34 ] The KEMPTON CLASSIC ARMS FAIR on Sunday 23rd August has been moved, and will now take place at EPSOM DOWNS RACECOURSE, Epsom Downs, Epsom KT18 5LQ This has been moved to Epsom Downs racecourse. It will be open air, on hard standing, opening hours 09.30 – 14.30, £5 entry. As with the Kempton Park arms fairs, one expects a mixture of classic and antique, firearms, swords & bayonets, as well as other accoutrements and militaria. A number of the dealers will have firearms and the venue is cleared with Surrey Police for licensable firearms as well as antiques. The racecourse is just a few minutes from Epsom Town Centre on the B290 Epsom Downs Road or alternatively just off junction 9 of the M25. During the racing season, AA signs will mark all major approach routes. If you are using satellite navigation, please key in the postcode: KT18 5LQ. Alternatively, you can use the AA Route Planner and select KT18 5LQ as the destination. Details here >>>> (Edit post) MIDLAND ROOK & RABBIT RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETING – Saturday 3rd October 2020 posted 8 Aug 2020, 22:01 by Tony Cattermole [ updated 8 Aug 2020, 22:02 ] Stourport on Severn Pistol & Rifle Club Minster Road Stourport on Severn Worcestershire 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 for modern .22 Light Sport Rifles have once again been included and will be run under the Stourport on Severn Rifle & Pistol Club Banner. As you will appreciate this year’s event will be different due to COVID-19 restrictions. Entries numbers will be restricted and must be pre-booked. All the current information is contained in the entry form here >>> Entry forms can be found on the HBSA Website or from Paul Smith E-Mail: Please refer to the HBSA website News for the most up to date information regarding range bookings etc. (Edit post) 71-80 of 709