News 24 Feb 2020 to 26 Mar 2020

Coronavirus – Update

posted 26 Mar 2020, 10:34 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 26 Mar 2020, 10:34 ]
Many members will have seen the notice posted on the NRA website which you can find here :- Most forms of shooting are now suspended in the UK for the foreseeable future and members should follow the Government instructions which can be found here :- We continue in touch with the NRA, BSSC, Police and Government and will keep you appraised of any developments, so please keep an eye on our website. We are in communication with Police also regarding FAC/SGC renewals during this testing time. Any member with an issue should contact me :- Since our own indoor meetings are also suspended for the time being we looking at ways forward with web based and e-activity, communication with membership and regarding handling our daily business. Announcements will follow when we are in a position to report further. We wish all our members and their families safely through this difficult period. Derek Stimpson

Use of Steel Ammunition & Proof Mark Equivalency Table

posted 22 Mar 2020, 16:50 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 22 Mar 2020, 16:50 ]
We have received this information from the Birmingham Proof House. If you have any queries, please direct them to me and not to the Proof House.
Dear All,
Please see the attached paper relating to the use of steel ammunition and the relevant CIP/equivalent UK national proof mark table I have produced on behalf of the British Proof Authority.
There are currently a number of papers in circulation, most concentrating on the history leading up to the current position, or the political situation. This paper is intended to be as simple as possible, providing dealers and the general shooting public a guide to what options are currently available to them in a format they can understand. 
Please feel free to circulate, we will also be distributing through our customer and associates network.
Best regards,
Samuel S Perry
Deputy Proof Master
Birmingham Proof House
Banbury Street
B5 5RH
Derek Stimpson

Covid-19 virus and the HBSA

posted 17 Mar 2020, 20:13 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 17 Mar 2020, 20:14 ]
As members will know we cancelled the March meeting at the Museum of London. Given current Government advice it is likely that our meetings in London will be cancelled for the months of April and possibly May. Please keep an eye on the website for future changes in the situation. We will be looking at ways of providing web-based alternatives to members.
At the time of writing the ranges at Bisley remain open but please refer to the NRA website for full details. We have taken the decision to suspend HBSA shoots for two months and review the situation again then. Members are reminded to follow the current Government guidelines including social distancing, high risk individuals, non essential travel, etc.
We are liaising with police through BSSC regarding potential issues with renewal of Firearms or Shotgun Certificates during this period (in particular GPs workload) and if you have any issues relating to this please get in touch with me at
We wish you well in the crisis and for a speedy end to it.
Derek Stimpson”

Northern Shooting Show postponed

posted 17 Mar 2020, 18:36 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 17 Mar 2020, 18:36 ]
Following the government announcement that all ‘mass gatherings’ would not be supported by the emergency services, and that the general public should only make essential trips out, we have had no alternative than to postpone the date of the show in May.
The good news is we have secured the dates of 28/29 August 2020 and we will now have a full five months  to make the event even better. 


posted 16 Mar 2020, 23:00 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 16 Mar 2020, 23:01 ]
Due to the current situation re Coronavirus and following the government advice issued today we have decided to stop shooting activities for the time being. We regret doing this and consider shooting carries a low risk of infection, however, many of our members fall into a high risk category so we feel it would not be prudent to continue shooting activities. If any of you know of anyone who might be planning to attend on Wednesday or any people who may not check mail regularly please make sure they know of the cancellation. Regards David Carroll

Kempton Park Arms Fair this coming Sunday

posted 16 Mar 2020, 18:42 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 16 Mar 2020, 18:42 ]
Peter Binfield has advised that due to Government advice just published that he feels that there is no option but to cancel the Fair. Please advise others not to travel.

Meeting cancelled – Monday 16th March HBSA Monthly Meeting

posted 11 Mar 2020, 18:54 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 11 Mar 2020, 18:57 ]
In view of the developing scale of virus infection in London, the high visitor numbers to the Museum, and the risks associated with the age profile of our membership, we have with regret decided to cancel Monday’s Monthly Meeting and the preceding Council Meeting.
We very much hope that our speaker will be able to deliver the planned talk later in the year.
If you are in contact with any member who may not see this notice, please will you brief them  to avoid a wasted journey.

Visit to The Vickers Machine Gun Collection and Research Association – 28th March

posted 5 Mar 2020, 00:10 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 5 Mar 2020, 00:10 ]
Dear HBSA members,
I have arranged what I think is a trip to a fantastic collection; The Vickers Machine Gun Collection and Research Association.
I have 20 places available so please book your spot quickly to avoid disappointment. Book here >>>>
The visit is planned for 10:30am on Saturday the 28th of March.
I would suggest allowing 2 hours for the talk and tour. However if you have questions and a particular interest it is possible to stay on. It is open to all club members and interested guests. Please take a look at the website, it is a great source of information and pictures:
It is located near to Swindon, Junction 15 on the M4.
Detailed information will be available once your place is booked.
The cost is £10 per person. All the money for these visits is put back into the Vickers Museum association.
The fee includes the talk, and a blank fire demonstration of a Vickers, and tea and biscuits.
The chap who runs this collection is Richard Fisher. He is a mine of information on Vickers. I’m sure he can answer any questions you may have on anything relating to the Vickers.
The Vickers mg collection and research group is the best collection of Vickers-related and machine gun Corp information and literature in the world, and it is a first-class display of the legendary Vickers mg and related small arms.
I feel it’s important for shooters and collectors to support these groups and collections as once they are gone they never get replaced.
As the HBSA doesn’t have a central location, I don’t feel it is a viable option to arrange transport. However I’m happy to organise car shares and I can organise a staging post in Little Chalfont HP7 9NE to meet at 9am for a cuppa and car share if there is interest.
You can call or text me on 07906277569, or email me
Chris Cheese

Shooting programme – March 2020

posted 1 Mar 2020, 22:28 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 1 Mar 2020, 22:28 ]
Dear Members We have two shoots this March. The Long Range .22 rimfire and Historic Miniature Rifle Competition is on Sunday 22nd March. As usual this will be shot at 200 yards in the morning and 300 yards in the afternoon. The match organiser is Mike Townsend, booking is already open for this competition through the HBSA website here>>>. There seems little point asking in advance for volunteers to help as we normally don’t get any! If you are co-opted on the day to help please cooperate gracefully, this enables the match organisers to shoot and gives the people running it a break. To enable rifles to be perfectly zeroed for the Sunday, the midweek rifle practice on Wednesday 18th March will also be shot at 200 am and 300 pm. Terry Hoskins RO morning David Carroll RO in the afternoon. These shoots are self-marking, all shooters will be required to do a session in the butts. Fee £10.00 am and £10.00 pm.
Dave Carroll

HBSA Fixed/No Bayonet Competition 2020 – Match Report

posted 24 Feb 2020, 14:14 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 24 Feb 2020, 14:18 ]
The competition was shot on the morning of Sunday 23rd February. The weather forecast promised wind and rain. By and large the rain held off but there were periods of strong winds.
We had a good turnout with 22 booked shooters all of whom turned up.
Slightly surprisingly the NRA had put out the correct targets!! The private markers were prompt and efficient, working on their own throughout the day.
We got the first detail shot just after 9.00 am. After this it was fairly constant shooting until just after 12.00.
As ever the shooters provided entertainment and education with the quantity and variety of weapons used and I hope an enjoyable morning was had by all.
My thanks to Tony Cattermole for registering and scoring.  The Match Results can be viewed here >>>>
Regards to all. David Carroll
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