News 8 May 2019 to 26 May 2019

June Shooting programme

posted 26 May 2019, 22:49 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 26 May 2019, 22:49 ]
Here are the details of the HBSA run shoots in June 2019.
8th June 8.30- 17.30 Annual Sporting Rifle: Running boar, running deer, static range practice.19th June 8.30am Wednesday rifle practice @ 200 yds 30th June  8.30- 17.30 HBSA 1910 Competition
We have six targets on Short Siberia for this popular competition, to be shot in the morning only. Rapids, snaps, and deliberate stages.
NOTE: As there are so many different categories in this shoot entry is by post/cheque only. Please download the entry form from the HBSA website, the address to send it to is printed on the form.Kind regards Dave Carroll

RFDs – medical information and servants

posted 22 May 2019, 16:28 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 22 May 2019, 16:29 ]
Members should note the following message just received from the Home Office Derek Stimpson
Many of you will already be aware that we are making some changes to the RFD application process. This e-mail is to let you know that Ministers have agreed to amend the Firearms Rules in respect of RFDs, further details are set out below which can be shared with your membership. The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2019 Arrangements have been made to amend the Firearms Rules 1998 to require RFD applicants to complete a medical declaration and to provide details of their ‘servants’ at each place of business so that relevant background checks can be completed by the police. Existing RFDs will also be required to provide details of their ‘servants’ when notifying the police of a new place of business. RFD applicants who have completed medical declarations as part of their personal firearm or shotgun certificate application will not be required to undergo medical checks a second time unless their medical circumstances have changed since the firearm or shotgun certificate was granted. In these circumstances, the applicant will only be required to provide details about the certificate. The changes to the Firearms Rules come into effect on 10 June. Police forces have been asked to update their websites with effect from the 10th so that the revised RFD application forms are available to applicants. The Statutory Instrument and the Home Office Circular will be circulated shortly.

HBSA publishes WW1 Commemorative film

posted 21 May 2019, 15:22 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 21 May 2019, 15:24 ]
Between 2014 and 2018 the HBSA set out to collect together and demonstration fire as many of the smallarms used in WW1 as we could arrange. These demonstrations were recorded, and have now been edited into our WW1 Commemorative film. This film can now be viewed on YouTube>>>>
To support this film, the HBSA has compiled on our website a comprehensive Index to the film, with identification and detailed data about each of the 70 individual smallarms demonstrated here >>>>
We are very grateful to the numerous members and supporters who loaned and shot their prized historic firearms, to Maurice Kanareck and his colleagues for filming and editing, to the numerous members who helped to compile the data in the Index, to the NRA for all of their help in facilitating these shoots, and to the Home Office and Surrey Police for guidance with legalities.

New publication – “American Rifle Sights” by Tom Rowe

posted 18 May 2019, 15:29 by Tony Cattermole
A new book from well known author/publisher Tom Rowe. A very specialist publication but an amazing book for the collector of American and target rifles. 370 pages of detail on a vast spread of sights manufactured from 1870s through 1930s plus other related items. Fully illustrated in colour (many larger than life size) with detailed text. Only $ 79 + P&P from Tom Rowe, POB 207, Sugar Grove, VA 24375. ISBN 978-1-61850-141-7 Tom is currently working on several other books – a three volume set on Stevens Pope, Whitworth (together with David Minshall), and two others in conjunction with Wal Winfer. Tel +1 276 7838037 email. Derek Stimpson

Offensive Weapons Act 2019

posted 18 May 2019, 13:17 by Tony Cattermole
The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 introduces new prohibitions under the Firearms Act 1968 on certain rapid-firing rifles and “bump stocks”, which increase the rate of fire of self-loading rifles. Later today you will be able to view the 2019 Act via the following link: The prohibitions come into force with effect from today, 16 May, to the extent that they prohibit the manufacture, sale, transfer or acquisition of such weapons. The prohibition on possession will come into force at a later date, following the completion of the surrender and compensation arrangements (see below). The 2019 Act adds two new subsections to section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968. For certain rapid-firing rifles there is a new subsection 5(1)(ag) which prohibits: any rifle with a chamber from which empty cartridge cases are extracted using— (i) energy from propellant gas, or (ii) energy imparted to a spring or other energy storage device by propellant gas, other than a rifle which is chambered for .22 rim-fire cartridges. For “bump stocks” there is a new subsection 5(1)(ba) which prohibits:
any device (commonly known as a bump stock) which is designed or adapted so that— (i) it is capable of forming part of or being added to a self-loading lethal barrelled weapon (as defined in section 57(1B) and (2A)), and (ii) if it forms part of or is added to such a weapon, it increases the rate of fire of the weapon by using the recoil from the weapon to generate repeated pressure on the trigger. Compensation and surrender arrangements Sections 56 to 59 of the 2019 Act set out the surrender and compensation arrangements which must be followed before the prohibition on the possession of the above weapons can come into force. The arrangements are subject to secondary legislation before they can come into force. Details on the arrangements for applying for compensation will be published in due course. These details will include who can apply for compensation, how they can apply, timescales for applications, what information owners need to supply to evidence ownership, and surrender arrangements.

NRA Museum during Phoenix Meeting

posted 14 May 2019, 15:55 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 14 May 2019, 15:55 ]
On the Friday and Saturday of the Phoenix Meeting I am opening the NRA Museum from 1100 to 1430 for 2 reasons:- (1) So people are aware that it exists (!!!) (2) A specialist BOOK SALE to raise funds for the Museum — firearms books and related text such as books about wars… there are some good and hard to get tomes from several deceased estates and a few books which have been de-accessed from the Museum (duplicates and triplicates) Thanks Jim Hallam

Legislative Summary January to March 2019

posted 14 May 2019, 11:30 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 14 May 2019, 11:30 ]
David Penn’s latest summary may be viewed here >>>>

Firearms United now FUN

posted 13 May 2019, 23:29 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 14 May 2019, 12:19 ]
Members should note the following information about Firearms United.
This has followed pressure for them to incorporate and have a proper structure. They created a useful “ fighting fund” to assist with firearms issues such as the EU Directive. However members may recall the damage done by one of their members who misguidedly attacked Vicky Ford for not doing enough after she had done an enormous amount of work on our behalf.During the forthcoming FESAC meeting I will discuss what seems to be positive progress. Derek Stimpson
***ORGANISATIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT*** Dear followers, Many of you have been asking for international representation within the structures of Firearms United, which is a pan-European firearms rights organization. Over the past months we have been heavily engaged in the process of registering as an NGO with the objective of creating a legal structure of representation across Europe. In the light of the above, we are delighted to inform you that the first General Assembly of Firearms United Network was held on 6th May and concluded with the election of the following officials: President: Tomasz W. Stępień (KS Cover, Poland) Vice-President: Mikko Pesonen (FU Finland) Treasurer: Daniel Alvarez (ANARMA, Spain) Board members: Maximilian Heurteur (FU Austria) Filip Kwiatkowski (FU Global) Giulio Magnani (UNARMI, Italy) ANOther (FACTS, Malta) Jarosław Walczuk (Vis et Honor, Poland) FUN is now also open for registration for regular membership, which may only be granted to non-profit organisations. Should you be interested in joining FUN and working with us, kindly email us at: And remember, “Act Together, Feel Free and Make Changes!”

Sporting Rifle Day Saturday 8th June 2019

posted 13 May 2019, 14:38 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 13 May 2019, 19:07 ]
Our annual HBSA Sporting Rifle day will take place on Saturday the 8th June at the usual venue, BSRC, Bisley. Shooting starts at 9.00am Shooting is moving target, Running Deer at 100m (full bore 8mm limit), Running Boar at 50m (.22RF) and also static targets at 100 yds. Open sights or telescopes. The statics may be available at 50yds for a short time if required. Larger calibres and Rook Rifles may be allowed at RCO’s discretion on moving targets as Imperial Historics/Trafalgar practice. Bring plenty of ammunition as on moving target with electronic scoring we can get through a lot of shooting. Please also bring FAC and SCC, and in addition, any specific paper targets that you may wish to use on the static frames. Normal HBSA range fees apply and payment is cash on the day. A reminder that there is no barbecue, so please bring sandwiches or make your own arrangements for lunch – there are plenty of places on camp.
Members must bring their FAC and SCC. Anyone without an SCC will need to be supervised on a one to one basis.Look forward to seeing you there for what is usually a jolly good HBSA day, with plenty of shooting. Any questions please email me at
Derek Stimpson

Imperial Historic Arms Meeting (IHAM)

posted 8 May 2019, 20:29 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 8 May 2019, 20:30 ]
Dear Members To celebrate the 150th Imperial Match the HBSA would like to put on an event at the Imperial Historic Arms Meeting (IHAM) weekend at Bisley To this end we have booked 2 targets on Century Range at 300 yards on the morning of the 14th July. Needless to say other ranges are in use! The details are currently under discussion, but suggestions welcome? Also classes of rifle to be used could be devised e.g. a specific Martini class One suggestion could be to use the “Classic Musketry Competition” as a basis. I am away at this time so will need one, or preferably two match organisers to finalise details and run the shoot. Your HBSA needs you!! Regards David Carroll
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