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Midlands Rook & Rabbit Championships


Please note that in April 2021 there will be some changes in the procedures and course of fire as a consequence of Covid-19

Holland's Hammerless Rook Rifle
This Championship Meeting will be held at Stourport on Severn. The event is intended for traditional British single shot Rook & Rabbit sporting rifles (and their foreign equivalents) from the 1865-1914 period. Full-stocked military training rifles such as .310 Cadets and .22 WO Training rifles are welcome, and have their own categories. 
Additionally early 0.22” R/F repeaters are also welcome within their own category.
Additional matches have once been included to allow the use of modern .22 Light Sport Rifles with open of optical sights.


Members of the Stourport RPC, the HBSA, and others dependent upon range space.


  • Each Rifle shall be a single-shot rifle weighing under 6¾ lbs, or a double rifle, and shall be chambered for a cartridge for which the Factory Loading Muzzle Energy is less than 450 ft.lbs. 
  • Sights shall be contemporaneous to the class of Rifle and may be iron or telescopic
  • A hooked butt-plate, palm-rest or ring (aperture) foresight shall not be used
  • Fixed ammunition only shall be used and must be loaded singly. For Vintage Rifles, the propellant must be 100% blackpowder
  • Orthoptic accessories, slings and padded gloves are not permitted, but at 50 yards the firer may sit or kneel on a groundsheet, padded mat or a small stool (equivalent to a straw bale) may be used
  • All Rifles shall be in Proof and appropriately licensed.
  • DISTANCES: 50 yards (Sitting, Kneeling or Standing) and 25 yards (Standing)Participants at an HBSA Rook & Rabbit Competition
  • TARGETS: HBSA 20yd Pistol, one Sighting Target and one Scoring Target at each distance


At each Distance, a five-minute Sighting Period, then ten rounds to count in seven minutes. Competitors will fire at 50 yards first, then at 25 yards

MATCH I:       The "Parkerifle" for Historical Rimfire Rifles (pre-1946) with contemporary sights.
MATCH II:      The "Hollands" for Vintage Breechloading Rifles (pre-1900, blackpowder only) contemporary sights.
MATCH III:     The "Greener" for Centrefire Classic Rifles (pre-1919) with contemporary sights.
MATCH IV:     The "War Office" for .22lr Military Training rifles like the 1906 WO Pattern.
MATCH V:      The "Cadet" for Centrefire full-stocked Training rifles such as the .310 Cadet.
MATCH VI:     The "BSA" for Historic .22LR Repeating Rifles, designed before 1960.
MATCH VII:    The "Manton" for Vintage Muzzleloading Rifles (pre-1900, blackpowder only) contemporary sights. 
MATCH VIII:  The "Stourport" Any Rimfire Rifles with open sights (generally LSR).
MATCH IX:     The "Severn" Any Rimfire Rifles with optical sights (generally LSR). 
MATCH X:       The "Fearn" for Historic breechloading double-barrelled Rook rifles only, using both barrels alternately.

PRIZES: Commemorative Certificates will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each Match
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Tony Cattermole,
26 Feb 2021, 14:33