News 5 May 2018 to 12 Jun 2018

Social Media workshop

posted 12 Jun 2018, 01:47 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 11 May 2020, 23:56 ]
Members will be interested to see the following condensed version of the presentation given by Prof A Luminati and organised through BSSC. David Penn, Tony Cattermole and myself attended. This was a six hour event and there are many slides. However it is worth dedicating time to go through it. Prof Luminati is very effective and the whole is compelling. The end result is whether the firearms community can fund a campaign to change public conception and whether this would be effective. We will keep you posted.
The full presentation is a 25MB download available here >>>>

Changes to applications for shooting club authorities

posted 10 Jun 2018, 21:10 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 10 Jun 2018, 21:10 ]
Members should read the following message from the Home Office and pass along to Club secretaries and officers. HBSA in co-ordination with BSSC is pursuing the issue of renewal or application “not on line” as well as renewal reminders . We will report when we have further news.
SHOOTING CLUB AUTHORITY ONLINE APPLICATIONS Following the successful pilot project for online shooting clubs, we are now only accepting applications made via the web portal, at the link below, from Monday 11 June. This applies to all clubs (new and existing customers) in England and Wales. Applications will only be accepted by the Home Office, and should no longer be sent to the police directly. Once your application has been submitted, we will review it to determine if it is valid and, if so, pass it to the relevant police force, who will then make necessary enquiries before sending the application to us for consideration. If you do not provide sufficient information and supporting evidence, your application is likely to be rejected as invalid and will need to be resubmitted. Before applying you must ensure that you fulfil the criteria as set out in the Home Office Clubs’ Criteria leaflet. Renewals presently cost £84 and are valid for 6 years. You should apply to renew your approval at least 3 months before it’s due to expire. You can apply here For information about the ways in which the Home Office may use your personal information, including the purposes for which we use it, the legal basis, and who we share your information with can be found at If you have any questions you can reach us at Firearms enquiries Email Or you can contact the Home Office by telephone on: 020 7035 4848

Lord Cottesloe – our Patron

posted 6 Jun 2018, 16:37 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 6 Jun 2018, 16:37 ]
It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of The Lord Cottesloe, our Patron since our founding in 1973. We have sent our condolences to his son.His obituary from the Daily Telegraph of 4th June and Times of 30th May can be seen here….. Derek Stimpson

Legislative Update for May 2018

posted 3 Jun 2018, 14:55 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 3 Jun 2018, 14:56 ]
Attached is David Penn’s update for May.

Sporting Rifle Day 9th June 2018

posted 23 May 2018, 10:42 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 23 May 2018, 10:43 ]
Our annual HBSA Sporting Rifle day will take place on Saturday the 9th June at the usual venue, BSRC ranges Bisley. 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. Larger calibres and Rook Rifles may be allowed at RCO’s discretion on static or moving target as Imperial Historics 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 targets that you may wish to use on the static frames. Normal HBSA range fees apply and payment is cash on the day. This year there is no barbecue as there is no joint heritage pistol shoot, so please bring sandwiches or make your own arrangements for lunch. Look forward to seeing you there for what is usually a jolly good HBSA day, with plenty of shooting. Derek Stimpson 07720 813989

June 2018 shooting schedule

posted 23 May 2018, 10:38 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 23 May 2018, 10:39 ]
Good Morning All.
The June shooting schedule is as follows:
  • Saturday June 9th Running boar, Running deer and Statics. More to Follow from Derek Stimpson
  • 13th June. Terry Hoskins has organised a 300 yard shoot which the HBSA members are welcome to attend
  • 20th June. This is the midweek rifle practice which I have booked at 900 yards. This apparently is not traditional!! As we have to hire markers for Stickledown it is going to cost £10.00. If I do not get at least 5 shooters I will cancel it. So WOULD YOU RSVP ( with both positive and negative responses. One of the ongoing problems of organising the shooting is not knowing in advance how many will attend. A response will help with this
  • 24th June “1910 competition”. The entries for this are too varied to use the normal online booking system. The entry form can be downloaded from the competition section of the website. Tony Cattermole has agreed to run the snaps and rapids, he would also like to shoot at some point during the day. I currently have nobody to help run this I would like 3 volunteers. This would give everybody a chance to shoot.
Best Dave

Fixed Bayonet / No Bayonet 2018 Match Report

posted 17 May 2018, 12:53 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 17 May 2018, 12:59 ]
I’ve just finished cleaning four rifles shot this morning in the HBSA annual Fixed Bayonet/No Bayonet shoot. Aside from the tremendous fun and exhilaration of it (two shot, standing followed by two shots kneeling followed by two shots prone all in 45 seconds for magazine rifles, 60 seconds for single shot rifles), the range of rifles used was staggering – Snider, sporting and military Martinis, Mauser (71, 96 and 98’s), Arisaka, Lebel, MAS36 as well as Enfields (long and short), Springfield and P14/17’s. The spread was better than many museums’ displays! It struck me that the effect of a bayonet fixed to the end of a rifle made a tremendous difference to the feel and balance of the rifle and to the placement of the shot. This is something I suspect very few of us have considered in shooting and demonstrates the need for HBSA Bayonet shoots to give us a chance to view our rifles in the context for which they were designed. For no good reason, I’ve not shot this event for a couple of years, but I’ll make sure that I do so next year. I’d encourage others to give it a try as well – it is so very different from the normal style of target shooting. A splendid morning well run by David Carroll and Bruce Ellis.

Mike Wells

posted 16 May 2018, 20:13 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 16 May 2018, 20:13 ]
For information of those members who knew Mike Wells and of his sad death.
Savvas Toufexis (“SAGBNI – Sportsmans Association”) has advised that Mike’s funeral will be held on Monday 4/06/18 at 13.15, at Chichester crematorium. It will be followed by a reception at his home and all are welcome. The address is Seldens, Bell Lane, Bell Lane, Birdham, PO20 7HY.
His wife’s name is Brigitte and his son is Alexander.

NABIS conference, 2nd May 2018 “Working in Partnership to tackle the Lawful to Unlawful Firearms Threat”

posted 14 May 2018, 22:15 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 14 May 2018, 22:17 ]
Members may be interested to see the Power Point presentation, the text that I gave together with the slides, and the BSSC summary of the meeting We are now looking forward to a meeting with NABIS to discuss the results. Derek Stimpson
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