News 25 Apr 2017 to 11 May 2017

Information for Registered Firearms Dealers and Clubs from NPCC

posted 11 May 2017, 22:36 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 11 May 2017, 22:52 ]
Herewith a note from Dave Orford, NPCC lead for Firearms Licensing. The message mentions firearms dealers but is also directed to clubs and the whole firearms community. The most recent issue of Rumayah discusses RFDs as a potential route for terrorists to acquire firearms, though it is nonspecific and is disseminated throughout the Western world. Whilst we are all aware of the need to be alert and vigilant, this need is increased, as is the need to be aware of limiting information, particularly on social media and the like.

Historic Small Arms – Curatorial vacancies in Oman

posted 8 May 2017, 11:16 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 8 May 2017, 11:17 ]
Please see the attached notice from Dr Roads regarding his need for curators in Oman. The contact details are included. If you are aware of anyone who may be interested please pass it on. Many thanks Derek Stimpson

McQueen 2017 Match Report

posted 3 May 2017, 18:43 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 4 May 2017, 08:49 ]
Many thanks to all who took part in the 2017 McQueen. I hope you all had a pleasant shoot and the “novice” management team did not spoil your fun. Results here >>>> We had good weather and low winds. Julian Mackie ran the shooting end, I was in the butts with the very young and inexperienced NRA markers. We had help from various members to aid smooth running. Julian managed to get through the schedule with the one proviso that his own shoot was cut short by the hooter. We had 10 shooters this year compared to 14 last year when Paul Smith managed to get through the lot in time. The markers worked hard and came up to speed as the shoot progressed. For the 2018 McQueen I would like to try a couple of changes; the first would be to have 2 RCO and 2 scorers. It is a long morning doing the same thing all the time, it would be good to split the shift and let the scorer and RCO shoot. The second (as suggested by Tony Cattermole) would be to remove the sighting shots from the squadding times. This would free up more time for the RCO to concentrate on the scoring shots and running the competition The sighting target was free a lot of the time and could have been more fully and flexibly utilised. It would fall to the competitors to make sure they were sighted ready to shoot at their allotted times. David Carroll

2017 Bisley lecture, Saturday 27 May 6pm at Elcho Lodge

posted 2 May 2017, 19:05 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 2 May 2017, 19:05 ]
As a follow-on from Christopher Road’s talk last year on Cambridge Match Rifle Shooting
Rosemary Meldrum will be speaking on the History of the Scottish Eight.
Elcho Lodge is not very large so numbers will be limited to 20 on a first come first served basis.  Please contact Richard Milner at to book a place.

Policing and Crime Act 2017

posted 2 May 2017, 18:57 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 2 May 2017, 18:58 ]
Members will wish to note the following: As expected, the Home Office has confirmed that Statutory Instrument – 2017 No. 399 (Commencement No.1) brings into force the measures in Sections 125, 127, 128, 129 and 130 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 as from today, 2nd May 2017.
Section 125 – Firearms Act 1968: meaning of “firearm” and “component parts” and an exception for airsoft guns; Section 127 – possession of articles for conversion of imitation firearms; Section 128 – controls on defectively deactivated weapons; Section 129 – controls on ammunition which expands on impact; Section 130 – authorised lending and possession of firearms for hunting etc.The full wording of all of the Sections of Part 6 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 has already been posted on this website some days ago. The Commencement of the other relevant measures (Section 126 Antiques, 131 Limited extension of FACs, 132 Fees, 133 Guidance to police officers in respect of firearms, 134 Possession of pyrotechnic articles at musical events) will be subject to decisions by Ministers after the General Election. We will keep you informed.

May’s Midweek shoot

posted 25 Apr 2017, 22:47 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 25 Apr 2017, 22:50 ]
NOTE: The Wednesday shoot for May is NOT on the third Wednesday of the month.
Due to NRA range maintenance the shoot will take place on Wednesday 24th May as shown on the HBSA calendar.
If you know of any attendees who do not have a computer or are not so hot on technology please telephone them. It would be a shame if wasted journeys were made.
David Carroll (

HBSA ‘1910’ Competition Sun 25 Jun 17 – urgent reminder

posted 25 Apr 2017, 11:58 by Tony Cattermole
A date for the diary – Sun 25 June 2017.
The 1910 Competition is back to its original distance of 200x on Short Siberia Range after the disruption caused to the 2016 competition by the enforced changes in range allocation and which resulted in a reduced turnout from members.
The prices have been reduced slightly and, hopefully, 2017 will see many old friends and competitors returning to enjoy this traditional day of shooting for classic and historic rifles. See the website for entry forms. The organisers would appreciate early submission of entries as this facilitates planning.
We posted the above notice in Jan and, to date, there has been but one expression of interest and no entries. We are beginning to get a bit concerned!
Steve Isherwood / Mike Townsend

RCO NEEDED for HBSA range practice on SAT 13TH MAY

posted 25 Apr 2017, 11:53 by Tony Cattermole
An RCO is needed to cover this practice as neither Mike Townsend or David Carroll are able to attend it.
Names please asap to: David Carroll (
Without an RCO, this shoot will be cancelled.
Mike Townsend

Legislative Update – April 2017

posted 25 Apr 2017, 11:47 by Tony Cattermole
Attached is David Penn’s report for April 2017

Policing & Crime Act

posted 25 Apr 2017, 11:45 by Tony Cattermole
We draw members attention to the following Home Office communication.
Please see attached link to Home Office Circular 006/2007 detailing the firearms provisions that are due to commence on 2 May 2017:
To note that the remaining provisions will be implemented later in the year and a further Circular will be issued in due course.
Derek Stimpson
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