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HBSA Christmas Wappenschaw Competition and Lunch - Sun 15 Dec 2019

posted by Tony Cattermole   [ updated ]

The closing date (10th December) for entry to our popular Christmas shoot and lunch is rapidly approaching.

See the HBSA website 'Competitions' section for full details - all entries are strictly online.

I hope to see you there.

Don't delay, enter today !

Mike Townsend

NRA update re ranges in Wales and West Midlands

posted 3 Dec 2019, 02:15 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 3 Dec 2019, 02:15 ]

Members can see the updated situation posted on the NRA website at the following link:-


HBSA Charity Rook & Reindeer Shoot 7th Dec 2019

posted 30 Nov 2019, 04:03 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 30 Nov 2019, 04:03 ]

Its only a week now until the annual HBSA Christmas Charity Rook & Reindeer Shoot, details here >>>

So this is just a reminder to come along have some fun and support a worthy cause.

I am informed that one of Santa’s Reindeer will be attending in the form of a steel plate, we hope to be able to run this at 100 yds for 22lr only, the exact course of fire has to be decided but please bring plenty of ammo and cash.

As usual the centre fire event will be for prizes so please bring a prize.
The small-bore event will be a cash prize.

Please remember the object of this event is to have FUN and make some money for McMillian Cancer Support.

If I don’t see next week have a very Merry Christmas.

All the best
Paul Smith

British Shooting Show is definitely happening at The NEC, Birmingham

posted 23 Nov 2019, 13:33 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 23 Nov 2019, 13:33 ]

Members may be aware of a current petition on Change.org seeking to ban the upcoming British Shooting Show at NEC Birmingham?

The show's organisers have responded robustly, confirming that the show will go ahead as planned.

British Shooting Show <newsletter@shootingshow.co.uk> 22 November 2019 at 15:52
Reply-To: British Shooting Show <newsletter@shootingshow.co.uk>
To: shooting@hbsa-uk.org

The British Shooting Show is Definitely Happening at The NEC, Birmingham!

We have received a number of calls asking us about a Change.org petition calling on the NEC to ban the British Shooting Show. The British Shooting Show and the NEC are aware of the petition and are working closely together to ensure we all enjoy another highly successful event. Exhibitor bookings and visitor ticket sales are already higher than this time last year!   

According to BASC figures there are over 1.6 million people a year participating in clay, target and game shooting and an estimated 4 million airgun owners in the UK. Add to this the size of our shooting industry, manufacturers, retailers, distributors and organisations, we are more than capable of making our presence felt if we stood together! Show your support by buying your tickets now.
Buy Tickets Now

The British Shooting Show is the ideal opportunity for us all to show support for our shooting industry and our way of life. What we do is legal, responsible, promotes conservation and is one of the most regulated activities in the world. Book your tickets now and join us at the NEC on the 14th-16th February 2020. Visit the British Shooting Show website.
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HBSA Christmas Rook & Reindeer Shoot in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

posted 10 Nov 2019, 05:05 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 10 Nov 2019, 05:05 ]

Please see the attached details relating to this year's Charity Rook & Reindeer Shoot on Saturday 7th December 2019

If you have attended in the past you will be well aware that its a good day out. A chance to gather before and celebrate Christmas, shoot your favourite Rook & Rabbit rifle and support a very worthy cause. As always all the money collected will be presented to Macmillan Cancer Support.

In addition to the usual array of obscure targets we hope to have a steel plate shoot for .22 rifles, as yet the course of fire is to be decided, details to follow provided we can obtain the plates.

So please come along and remember
  • Bring Cash, a suitable prize valued between £5 & £10 and plenty of ammo.
But most of all come and have some FUN a support a good cause.

Please pass this message onto to any one that you think would be interested in taking part.

Best regards
Paul Smith

November/December Shooting

posted 10 Nov 2019, 04:53 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 10 Nov 2019, 04:53 ]

Dear Members

We are coming to the end of our shooting year with just 2 events to go.
The midweek rifle practice is on 20 November 8.30 start. This will be shot at 300 yards on Century.

The Wappenshaw Competition is on Sunday 15th December 8.30 start. Short Siberia at 200 yards.
The competition will be the same as last year, a grouping competition. Please be ready with your rifles zeroed to 200 yds!!

Lunch will follow in the ATSC at 12.30 (ATSC bar opens at 12.00). The lunch is slightly early this year as Ian Patrick is giving a lecture at 2.00 pm.
  • 12.30 – 13.45 HBSA Christmas Lunch at ATSC (bar opens at 12.00)
    Our traditional 'Steak and Kidney Pie' Christmas lunch (book by 10th Dec)
  • 14.00 – 16.00 HBSA Christmas Lecture in Cheylesmore Range training room
    “The Webley .38" Enigma” by Ian Patrick (No booking required)
    Coffee and mince pies included


New Statutory Instruments

posted 9 Nov 2019, 07:47 by Tony Cattermole

Members may wish to note the Statutory Instruments issued on 31st October which relate to Deactivated Firearms (1420) and Security of firearms with young persons and marking (1419). Northern Ireland is also mentioned. See links below. 

For clarity we can comment that these are requirements of the EU Firearms Directive and apply to UK as they came into force whilst we are part of the EU (pre Brexit). The Home Office had to enact these to avoid a substantial infringement fine. The EU Directive regards a “deactivated firearm” as a Category C Firearm, so it is still a firearm although subject to notification rather than licensing. 

However careful reading of 1420 is necessary as to the provisions, dates etc. and we await more definition from Government should they provide this in due course. 

In 1419  in relation to marking and register keeping note the reference to historic arms in two places:-

5 (a) "in the case of firearms (other than air weapons) manufactured before 14th September 2018 and firearms of historical importance”

5 (aa) "in the case of firearms (other than air weapons and firearms of historical importance) manufactured in the United Kingdom or anywhere in the European Union or imported from outside the European Union on or after 14th September 2018" 

The SI's come into force on 12th December although 1420 should be read carefully in relation to provisions, dates, etc. The Government has not published the notification address - we will see if and when they do so. 

The Deactivated Weapons Association comment in the Registry : "It is very much lip service to the requirements of the EU Directive and how far the UK will take things in terms of a back-end system to 'manage' the notification data remains to be seen.” came after consultation with us and BSSC.

Derek Stimpson

DEAC law changes being enforced 12/12/19

posted 8 Nov 2019, 14:45 by Tony Cattermole

Video: The Legacy of John Browning

posted 7 Nov 2019, 13:17 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 7 Nov 2019, 13:18 ]

Fort Nelson Remembrance Sunday HBSA exhibit

posted 7 Nov 2019, 10:42 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 7 Nov 2019, 10:46 ]

We will have a WW1 arms exhibit at Fort Nelson on Sunday 10th.

Thank you to 'History in the making' for organising our exhibit with Fort Nelson and who will be there demonstrating the firing of a Vickers and supplying the re-enactors.

See below for more information.



Just found out the doors will open to the public at 08:30, entry is free.

Well worth a visit.
Hope to see you there.

Dave Frohnwieser

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