News 9 Oct 2018 to 10 Nov 2018

An eye-witness account of signing the Armistice in 1918 | Christie’s

posted 10 Nov 2018, 21:23 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 10 Nov 2018, 21:24 ]
Members will be interested to see items coming up at Christies in the link below.
They relate to the signing of the Armistice and come from Captain Marriott who was present at signing.

Armistice Match at Bisley 10th November 2018

posted 10 Nov 2018, 21:09 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 12 Nov 2018, 10:38 ]
On Saturday 10th November the NRA organised the “Armistice Centenary Commemoration Match” supported by LERA and open to all comers.
There were various competitions and a number of HBSA members took part. The rifles used were mainly SMLEs although one or two other WW1 rifles such as P14s were evident. The finale after the five matches was a “mad minute” shot with SMLEs alongside a Vickers belt fed, water cooled, MG kindly provided by Fultons.
We congratulate the two HBSA medal winners:-
Bill Ellis                   Match 1 Fixed Bayonet     Bronze
Tony Cattermole     Match 5 Kneeling Snaps   Bronze
See video link for the MG footage which will also be on the NRA website.
Vickers machinegun and SMLEs in Mad Minute at Bisley Armistice Match 10th November 2018

Offensive Weapons Bill – 50cal

posted 22 Oct 2018, 14:07 by Tony Cattermole
Members will be interested to read this correspondence
Derek Stimpson

Offensive Weapons Bill – 19 October update

posted 19 Oct 2018, 11:37 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 19 Oct 2018, 11:37 ]
Members should note that the postponed OWB debate will now take place on Monday 22nd October starting 3.30pm. HBSA together with BSSC and other BSSC members have given very strong input to ministers and MPs. Derek Stimpson

HBSA Annual Legislative Report for the 2018 AGM

posted 18 Oct 2018, 00:30 by Tony Cattermole
David Penn’s legislative summary to the 2018 AGM

Offensive Weapons Bill – 16 October update

posted 16 Oct 2018, 23:30 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 16 Oct 2018, 23:30 ]
As members may have read the Report stage of the Bill and debate has been delayed, due to lack of time yesterday, possibly until next week. There are a number of MPs in support of the move to delete the high energy rifle ban and allow increased security instead. However this is only one element of the Bill and we are fighting various other amendments which if allowed will restrict shooting and collecting severely. Canada Prime Minister Trudeau has asked the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, to lead an examination of a ban on handguns and “assault weapons” in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians. Consultations have begun and will close on 10th November. We shall keep members informed as best as possible.
Derek Stimpson


posted 15 Oct 2018, 20:28 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 15 Oct 2018, 20:28 ]
Our annual Wappenschaw will be held at 200 yards on Sun 9th December on Short Siberia range Bisley from 0830 to 1230 hrs and will be followed by the Christmas Lunch. This year, the shoot will be a ‘smallest group’ competition, with a single course of fire for all classes of rifle – no sighters, followed by 10 shots prone deliberate on a 200 yard NRA Round Bull target. Groups will be measured with a centimetric gauge and the dimensions radioed to the Firing Point. Please ensure that your rifles are zeroed to 200 yards with wind ‘central’. As we are a Historic Association, competitors may only enter in the following classes :- 1. Military iron sighted rifles (as issued) 2. Military and Transitional TR rifles with ‘Target sights’ (Not telescopic) 3. Large bore rifles (incl. Black Powder) 4. Any ‘Historical’ rifle with contemporary optical sights – (no HMEs, .22rf or modern HV ‘black plastic’ rifles may be entered). Slings, rests or sandbags may be used in all rifle classes and disabled competitors may shoot seated from a bench. Members may invite guests to both the shoot and lunch, but those wishing to shoot MUST be in possession of a valid FAC and Certificate of Competency for the rifle class entered. Lunch will be in the Members dining room at the London Middlesex Rifle Association, with the bar opening at 1200 hrs beforehand. All entries are strictly ‘online‘, so please visit the HBSA website – Competitions – Wappenschaw 2018 and round off the shooting year with something different and lunch with like- minded company. Mike Townsend Wappenschaw 2018 Organiser


posted 11 Oct 2018, 22:38 by Tony Cattermole
Stourport on Severn Pistol & Rifle Club Minster Road Stourport on Severn WorcestershireThis 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 >>>>
or from Paul Smith E-Mail:

HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition – Match Report

posted 10 Oct 2018, 01:06 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 10 Oct 2018, 01:07 ]
Stourport on Severn, Saturday 6th October 2018 Dear Competitors Thank you for competing in this our 13th Annual Midland Rook and Rabbit competition.
See full Results here >>>>
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 with a separate range for the muzzle loading match and is now fully equipped with 21st Century toilets.
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 for their continued support.Unfortunately this year it rained all morning, but not only was it wet but it was cold and very dark. We only got wet whilst changing the targets but the cold seeped into everyone’s bones by the end of the day (the joys of the Great British Weather).
This year we attracted 19 entrants shooting 52 matches, unfortunately 2 entrants had to withdraw at the last minute.  All in all the meeting continues to be is very well supported.Two members of The Stourport On Severn club volunteered to act RO and everything ran very smoothly. In the absence of Mike and Linda the scoring was done by Phil Carter, Chris Gray and myself. Tea Coffee and some excellent Cakes & biscuits from Mrs Boulton & Gray went down a treat. Many thanks to all those who attended and helped out during the day. I hope everyone had a good day and that we see you all next year Stourport on Severn 5th October 2018 We plan to hold a Rook & Reindeer shoot in December 2018 (probably 15th) with all proceeds going to the McMillan Fund. Confirmed date and details to follow but make a note in your diary. Best Regards Paul Smith

Offensive Weapons Bill amendment – urgent

posted 9 Oct 2018, 23:14 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 9 Oct 2018, 23:14 ]
Urgent notice to members
The following message is the suggested text that you email to your MP in the next two days. The Bill will be at Report stage on Monday the 15th October and we need to have as much support for this amendment as possible from MPs.
Do not forget to sign off with your full name and postal address to validate the communication.
Thank you
Derek Stimpson
Offensive Weapons Bill amendment – Urgent
Despite previous assurances the Government has now changed their mind and are proposing to proceed with a ban on rifles with a muzzle energy of more than 10,000 ft lbs (13,600J).  This will effectively ban .50 calibre target rifles.
The shooting organisations have suggested that more stringent storage requirements for these rifles would be a better option than banning them.  This is especially true given that no legally held .50 calibre rifle has ever been used in crime in the UK.  In addition we are unaware of anyone being charged with illegally importing such rifles into the UK.  Because of their size and weight .50 calibre rifles are entirely not suited for criminal use.
The Home Office have not been able to produce any real evidence to support a ban.
I am writing to ask you to support this amendment, text attached. The Bill as it stands is a wholly unreasonable and unfounded attack on target shooting.
If your MP is conservative you might add:-
I may add that this proposed ban is causing immense upset in the shooting constituency which is overwhelmingly supportive of the Conservative Party and will do great damage.
yours sincerely
Name and address
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