News 4 Jan 2018 to 13 Feb 2018

Petition against airgun licensing

posted 13 Feb 2018, 22:13 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 13 Feb 2018, 22:13 ]
Our attention has been drawn to the following petition:
which, although not well worded, we suggest members may wish to sign.
We have already responded to the Home Office review on the topic (which was not a general public consultation).
We feel, as do most, that the existing regulations are sufficient.
Thank you
Derek Stimpson

Reflections of a Regiment: the Honourable Artillery Company and the Great War in Pictures

posted 6 Feb 2018, 21:42 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 6 Feb 2018, 21:43 ]
Members may be interested in the following remarkable and striking photographic history of the HAC in WW1.
The Honourable Artillery Company has recently published this handsome photographic book commemorating the service of HAC units in the First World War: Reflections of a Regiment: the Honourable Artillery Company and the Great War in Pictures. Price £35 plus p&p. You can order direct from the HAC via Cristina Kennedy on 020 7382 1537, emailing her , or order online here >>>.  (The book is also available via Amazon).
Derek Stimpson

HBSA Inaugural Junior Shoot

posted 3 Feb 2018, 20:42 by Tony Cattermole
I have a confirmed booking for the inaugural shoot of the HBSA junior members.
It is to be held on Cheylesmore range Bay C on Saturday 17th February starting at 09:00 finishing at Lunch time.
We will then have lunch followed by a tour of Bisley ranges and a visit to Fultons conducted by Maurice Kanareck
I shall be acting as Shooting Coordinator & Range Officer for the morning:
If any juniors wish to attend the shoot please contact me:
Best as ever dfj

Rook & Rabbit Championships 8th April

posted 30 Jan 2018, 18:09 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 30 Jan 2018, 18:09 ]
I am attaching some information about our regular Rook & Rabbit rifle competition, now in its nineteenth year. It is broadly much the same as before, BUT with a lot of assistance from the HBSA Treasurer Tony Cattermole we are moving across to an electronic entry and payment system. This has been in use with HBSA for some years now, and you should find it straightforward to use.
May I encourage you all to enter promptly so that we can check the new system, and also alert the new chef at the Army Target Rifle Club to the correct number of diners.
I look forward to seeing all of you again in April!
Allan Kirk

Petition to support shooting in the Commonwealth Games

posted 20 Jan 2018, 12:26 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 20 Jan 2018, 12:26 ]
Please see urgent support needed for the above petition. Link below. We suggest members sign this and pass on to others and their local clubs. There is a petition to support shooting in the Commonwealth Games on: Thank you Derek Stimpson

2018 Shooting programme

posted 12 Jan 2018, 19:47 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 12 Jan 2018, 19:47 ]
Ladies and Gentlemen of the HBSA.
A happy new year to you all.
The new shooting season starts on January 17th at 8.30am with the Wednesday rifle practice.
We will be shooting manual targets at 300 yds on Century. We have one lane booked with an option on a second if needed
The next will be on January 28th at 8.30  200yds on Short Siberia. One lane booked. Self marked.
At the weekend it may not be possible to get an additional lane.  Please be early otherwise it may not be possible to accommodate you.
Regards Dave Carroll (

Urgent petition

posted 10 Jan 2018, 00:31 by Tony Cattermole
Members should support the following petition regarding saving the Brussels Army Museum display and technical departments. Here is a link, and following that, details from FESAC’s email about the event at the Museum on the 19th January at which we expect to be represented. Please contact me if you have any questions. Derek Stimpson Message from FESAC Chairman, Stephen Petroni:- I have just received some disturbing news from our friend Paul Dubrunfaut, who has been curating the arms at the Brussels Military museum for several years. Paul gave us his full support when we were under attack by the EU Commission, having agreed to my proposal to host a number of IMCO MEPs to the museum and visit the reserve collection to make the understand the importance of conserving firearms in their original working condition. It is Paul who now needs our support. Let me quote what he has told me after I responded to his first email.
“Since the 1st of May 2017 the Belgian Government has decided to create a new parastatal organisation called the “War Heritage Institute” to absorb our Royal Military Museum and other federal institutions as the Fort of Breendonck (a WW II Memorial), The Institution for War Invalids etc. This to limit the cost to only one organisation and at the same time to diminish the importance of the scientific job done by the curators of the former Military Museum (they want to control everything we’ll do in the future i.e. research, publications, acquisitions, conservation etc.).
I have started an action towards the Constitutional Court of Belgium to contest the law creating this new WHI. My solicitor is Marc Verdussen, a very well-known teacher at the Louvain-la-Neuve University and we have good reasons to believe in a positive result but it will take time!
Actually the most important thing to do is to preserve the two oldest galleries in our Museum. Therefore we need international support. We hope that the more signatures we have for our petition the more the politicians will understand that we are ready to fight until the end! We keep in touch and I will inform the organisers of the conference that we can count on your support.”
I am forwarding Paul’s invitation to us and the link to sign the international petition to save the historical and technical galleries of the Royal Military Museum in Brussels: Paul’s concern is that he will retire in four years’ time and this fight could be his last to save his beloved Museum. He firmly believes in his mission to preserve examples of 19th and early 20th century military artefacts and he is counting on our support as people who truly appreciate such efforts.

Free downloadable magazine from Research Press

posted 8 Jan 2018, 13:15 by Tony Cattermole
Some members may be familiar with David Minshall’s excellent Research Press website. He is now launching a free downloadable pdf “magazine” on his website. It may be downloaded via the ‘Publishing’ section.
The details and article titles of the first issue are:
Research Press Journal – Issue 1, Winter 2018 New free download pdf magazine (32 pages)
  • The Enfield Rifle
  • Long Range Shooting with the Military Muzzle Loading Rifle
  • The Whitworth Rifle: A Brief Introduction
  • Hints for Long Range Riflemen
  • First Hints on Rifle Shooting: Wind
  • Private McVittie
  • Breech-Loading Small Arms
  • Thomas Wilson: his Patents, Arms and Ammunition
  • Frederick Prince’s Breech-Loading Rifle
The link to the magazine is:-
or more directly:
and the website link is:-

David Lloyd

posted 4 Jan 2018, 18:47 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 4 Jan 2018, 18:47 ]
Members who knew David Lloyd, Vintage Arms Association Chairman, will be sad to learn that he passed away on Sunday 10th December after a long illness.
There will be a service for David at St Matthew’s Church, St. Petersburgh Place, at 15:00 on the 8th January. This will be followed by a prayer at Golders Green Crematorium, at 16:30. After that, from 17.30 to 19.30, there will be refreshments and reflections in a private room at the Prince Edward Pub, 73 Princes Square, W2 4NY
Charitable contributions c/o the funeral director :-
John H Kenyon Funeral Directors, 83 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, W2 4UL 0207229 3810
for David’s chosen charities: Duke of Edinburgh Award or Save the Elephants.

Colin Greenwood 1931 – 2017

posted 4 Jan 2018, 16:27 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 4 Jan 2018, 16:28 ]
Members may be aware of the sad death of Colin Greenwood.
Edward King’s obituary details his lifelong dedication to the shooting community – see attached.
Derek Stimpson
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