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HBSA "Old Bill" competition


Old Bill
Open to HBSA members and guests with FACs / SSCCs. The aim is to evoke Great War battle shooting, so the rifle must be a service rifle of a type that was actually in service during the time of that war. The date of manufacture can be later than 1918, provided it is of a pre-1919 pattern (HBSA Classic Rifle). Sights must be “as issued” iron sights - target sights or optical sights are not permitted. 

There are four Classes:
  1. Short Magazine Lee Enfield
  2. Any other Allied Service Rifle (e.g.Ross M1910, P’14, US M1903, Russian M1891, Mle'86 Lebel, &c)
  3. Any Enemy Service Rifle (for example, Gew 98, Kar98AZ, Austrian M95, Turkish M1903, etc)
  4. Any Neutral Power’s Service Rifle (e.g. Schmidt Rubin, Swedish Mauser)


If time permits, there will be a practice period. If the event is heavily subscribed, the time for practice may need to be curtailed. The Practice period will start as soon as the range has been rigged and will last for approximately one hour: firers who arrive in time at the range will be given a period to practice, up to fifteen minutes, squadded two to a target, to fire up to ten practice shots within that period, more than one rifle may be used.


  • Ten rounds (five rounds snap-shooting, five rounds rapid)
  • Fired from the prone position, a hand rest or filled sandbag may be used for support. Those unable to shoot prone may, with the RCO’s permission, shoot from the kneeling, or sitting position (including from a chair)
  • Target will be NRA DP1c or ARA Fig12 (head & shoulders)
  • Hits within the 300mm circle will score 5 and on the remainder of the figure 2
  • Squadding will be by queuing on seats behind the firing point


1.   Snapshooting: the Range Conducting Officer will order the shooter “With a magazine of five rounds, Load. Reload with a further five rounds at will”. Shortly after the order “Watch and shoot, watch and shoot”, the target will be shown for 5 exposures of approx 3 seconds each, one shot to be fired at each exposure. The target will disappear for between five and ten seconds between exposures.

2.   Rapid Firing: After a break of approx 30 seconds (during which time the firer will reload a further 5 rounds) the target will appear for one exposure of 30 seconds to fire five rounds.

The target will then be marked. The position of hits will be shown by spotting discs and the scores passed to the firing point by radio or written on the scoreboards attached to the target frame.

Entry to be made on the day. Multiple entries are encouraged, with the same or different firearm. The fee is £15 for practice and the first three entry cards, and 3 further entries are £5, but subject to range space and time.  An entry card does not necessarily guarantee a place if time runs out - priority will be given to those who have not yet shot, and to those who arrive early. 
The best score of a particular firearm / shooter counts for the competition. Shooters can participate informally without having their scores entered into the competition.