News 6 Jul 2017 to 28 Aug 2017

Historic Miniature Methuen match – Saturday 28th October 2017

posted 28 Aug 2017, 15:04 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 28 Aug 2017, 15:05 ]
This year’s Miniature Methuen Match, run by Herts & Essex Shooting Association in association with HBSA & LERA, will be held on Saturday 28th October 2017 on the HESA Range, Seabrooks Farm, Church Lane, Little Leighs, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 1PG. This match provides a loose representation of the Field Firing Training using targetry variously in use between the 1920’s and post Second World War. Rifles must use ∙22RF or other miniature rifle cartridge as approved by the HESA or HBSA (e.g. ∙297/∙230 Morris Tube, ∙310 Cadet or Air Rifle Pellet). Match details and entry form >>>> As this is a one day event, would you please return your entry form completed with the rifle details and a cheque for the correct amount as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment, applications will be dealt with on a first come, first serve basis.

HBSA Open Long Range Championships – Match Report

posted 25 Aug 2017, 09:15 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 25 Aug 2017, 09:16 ]
A disappointingly small number of only 11 competitors shot this competition at 900 and 1000 yards on Stickledown range in sunny weather with moderate winds. The wind on the practice day on Saturday 19th was much stronger, with gusts which made shooting very tricky especially later in the afternoon. The downward trend in the number of Black Powder rifles appearing continues, with only 2 competitors entering this class which used to be so popular. Congratulations to all our winners. Those who are eligible for HBSA 1st place Prize Certificates may claim one through the HBSA website. (Note: Due to the low number of entries, a second place certificate will only be awarded in Match VIII ‘ The McBride’ ). RCOs were Mike Townsend and George Tondryk, assisted by Maurice Kanareck at the practice day, with Jim Stevens providing the hard working markers.
Results >>>>

HBSA Legislative Update – July 2017

posted 4 Aug 2017, 07:50 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 4 Aug 2017, 07:51 ]
David Penn’s update for July 2017 is attached.


posted 2 Aug 2017, 19:54 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 15 Aug 2017, 18:56 ]
Online entry to this popular 300 and 500 yard competition is now open, so put the date in your diaries. The closing date for all entries will be Fri 08 Sept.
Mid-Range booking >>>>
A wide variety of Classic, Vintage, Veteran and early TR rifles are eligible with the same course of fire (two sighters and ten shots to count) for all Classes.A practice day with markers at 300 (am) and 500 (pm) will be held on Sunday 3rd September.Don’t delay – enter this competition today ! Mike Townsend RCO


posted 2 Aug 2017, 10:31 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 2 Aug 2017, 10:32 ]
Please note that the closing date for entries to this competition is now Sunday 13 August , not 22 July as previously advertised. So, if you want to enter this challenging shoot at 900 and 1000 yards, go to the HBSA website as soon as possible and enter under ‘Competitions’ – ‘Open Long Range Championships’ here >>>> There will be a practice day on Sat 19 August at the same distances. Mike Townsend RCO

HBSA “Four Types” match report

posted 1 Aug 2017, 11:30 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 1 Aug 2017, 23:33 ]
This ‘Snaps’ and ‘Rapids’ competition at 100 yards using a modified version of our popular turning Fig 11/NRA DP1 targets, attracted a good field of 20 entrants. The Match results >>>> The weather was breezy and rather overcast with sunny periods, the rain holding off until the end of the last detail at 1220 hours ! The markers supplied by Jim Stevens did a great job as the action was fast and furious. Our thanks go to Neil MacFarlane who ran the firing point, ably assisted by George Tondryk and David Carroll. Unofficial ‘Firing Point Style’ awards:
  • Milo Thurston for shooting his Lebel with the appropriate tin hat (potential additional award available for the appropriate moustache too next year?)
  • Kieran Whelan who did so well to win the Siege Of Ladysmith with 10 ex 10 shots on the target (6 bulls and 4 hits) with a BP Martini Henry 577/450
  • The stunning 50 ex 50 with a standard iron sighted Mauser G98K of Peter Fearon to win the Two Types is also worthy of special mention

Change of speaker – 21st August meeting

posted 26 Jul 2017, 20:15 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 26 Jul 2017, 20:15 ]
Simon Pemberton will now be our speaker at the Museum of London on Monday 21st August. He will be talking about:Overview of the AustralianMartini Cadet Rifles The 2nd part, time permitting, is: BSA Small Frame Martini Action Rifles

HBSA Historic Miniature Rifle competition, Winans Range 12&13 August

posted 17 Jul 2017, 09:30 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 17 Jul 2017, 09:30 ]
For the fourth year in succession HBSA will be hosting an Open event for allcomers to compete at 25 metres using Historic Miniature rifles. This includes several types of centrefire Rook and gallery rifles as well as older Rimfire sporting and target rifles. Entry is very simple – just turn up on either day with your rifle and some ammunition plus your Shooters’ Safety Card. Fill in your name and address, collect a target and find a space in one of the ten bays of the ‘new’ Winans Range, near the Clay Pigeon shooting area. The entry fee is £5.00 per competition, with 24 rounds per event needed. Prizes will be HBSA Certificates. Allan Kirk Match Director

HBSA Open Long Range Rifle Championships 2017

posted 12 Jul 2017, 21:02 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 12 Jul 2017, 21:02 ]
The Long-Range Championship Meeting will be held at Bisley on Stickledown range at 900 and 1000 yards on Sunday 20th August, with a practice day on Saturday 19th . We have booked the services of our usual experienced marker team and Mike Townsend is the match organizer, point of contact and RCO for both match and practice days. This event is intended to encourage the use of Vintage, Classic, Veteran and Post Veteran first generation 7.62mm Service and Target rifles under competitive conditions, but mainly to have an enjoyable day shooting alongside other like minded individuals. If you have not previously attended this meeting come and have a go, we are always ready to assist and encourage new comers. Entry to the Competition is strictly ‘Online’ and details can be found on the HBSA website under ‘Competitions – Open Long Range Championship’. Don’t delay as places are limited ! When booking, I do not need the name of the Match(es) you are entering, just RH or LH shooter ? and BP or Nitro ? Booking for the Saturday practice day is not necessary, but informing the RCO by email or phone of your intention to attend would be helpful. (See below). Any one who is prepared to offer their services and assist in running the practice day and competition should contact Mike Townsend. E-Mail:

3rd Wednesday Midweek practice in July

posted 6 Jul 2017, 10:26 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 6 Jul 2017, 10:26 ]
Please note that there is NO midweek rifle practice on the 3rd Wednesday this month (19th June). It was moved due to range maintenance and has already been shot. If you know of anyone who does not have a computer or who does not use the HBSA website please tell them. Regards David Carroll
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