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Offensive Weapons Bill - 16 October update

posted by Tony Cattermole   [ updated ]

As members may have read the Report stage of the Bill and debate has been delayed, due to lack of time yesterday, possibly until next week. There are a number of MPs in support of the move to delete the high energy rifle ban and allow increased security instead. However this is only one element of the Bill and we are fighting various other amendments which if allowed will restrict shooting and collecting severely.


Prime Minister Trudeau has asked the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, to lead an examination of a ban on handguns and "assault weapons" in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians.

Consultations have begun and will close on 10th November.

We shall keep members informed as best as possible.

Derek Stimpson


posted 15 Oct 2018, 12:28 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 15 Oct 2018, 12:28 ]

Our annual Wappenschaw will be held at 200 yards on Sun 9th December on Short Siberia range Bisley from 0830 to 1230 hrs and will be followed by the Christmas Lunch.

This year, the shoot will be a 'smallest group' competition, with a single course of fire for all classes of rifle – no sighters, followed by 10 shots prone deliberate on a 200 yard NRA Round Bull target. Groups will be measured with a centimetric gauge and the dimensions radioed to the Firing Point. Please ensure that your rifles are zeroed to 200 yards with wind 'central'.

As we are a Historic Association, competitors may only enter in the following classes :-

1. Military iron sighted rifles (as issued)
2. Military and Transitional TR rifles with 'Target sights' (Not telescopic)
3. Large bore rifles (incl. Black Powder)
4. Any 'Historical' rifle with contemporary optical sights - (no HMEs, .22rf or modern HV 'black plastic' rifles may be entered).

Slings, rests or sandbags may be used in all rifle classes and disabled competitors may shoot seated from a bench.

Members may invite guests to both the shoot and lunch, but those wishing to shoot MUST be in possession of a valid FAC and Certificate of Competency for the rifle class entered.

Lunch will be in the Members dining room at the London Middlesex Rifle Association, with the bar opening at 1200 hrs beforehand.

All entries are strictly 'online', so please visit the HBSA website – Competitions – Wappenschaw 2018 and round off the shooting year with something different and lunch with like- minded company.

Mike Townsend
Wappenschaw 2018 Organiser


posted 11 Oct 2018, 14:38 by Tony Cattermole

Stourport on Severn Pistol & Rifle Club
Minster Road Stourport on Severn Worcestershire

This Charity Shoot in aid of the MacMillan fund will be held at Stourport on Severn. The event is generally 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. 

Additionally for this event the end date has been extended to 1960, therefore later Central Fire and Rim Rifles are also welcome.

Entry forms can be found on the HBSA Website here >>>>
or from Paul Smith
E-Mail: midlands@hbsa-uk.org

HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition - Match Report

posted 9 Oct 2018, 17:06 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 9 Oct 2018, 17:07 ]

Stourport on Severn, Saturday 6th October 2018

Dear Competitors

Thank you for competing in this our 13th Annual Midland Rook and Rabbit competition. 
See full Results here >>>>

We were once again privileged to be able to use the range at Stourport on Severn which is an excellent venue; it provides a covered firing point with plenty of room with a separate range for the muzzle loading match and is now fully equipped with 21st Century toilets.

I would very much like to thank the Committee and Members of Stourport on Severn Rifle club for allowing us the use of their range, and all those who attended for their continued support.

Unfortunately this year it rained all morning, but not only was it wet but it was cold and very dark. We only got wet whilst changing the targets but the cold seeped into everyone’s bones by the end of the day (the joys of the Great British Weather).

This year we attracted 19 entrants shooting 52 matches, unfortunately 2 entrants had to withdraw at the last minute.  All in all the meeting continues to be is very well supported.

Two members of The Stourport On Severn club volunteered to act RO and everything ran very smoothly.
In the absence of Mike and Linda the scoring was done by Phil Carter, Chris Gray and myself.

Tea Coffee and some excellent Cakes & biscuits from Mrs Boulton & Gray went down a treat.

Many thanks to all those who attended and helped out during the day.

I hope everyone had a good day and that we see you all next year

Stourport on Severn 5th October 2018

We plan to hold a Rook & Reindeer shoot in December 2018 (probably 15th) with all proceeds going to the McMillan Fund. Confirmed date and details to follow but make a note in your diary.

Best Regards
Paul Smith

Offensive Weapons Bill amendment - urgent

posted 9 Oct 2018, 15:14 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 9 Oct 2018, 15:14 ]

Urgent notice to members

The following message is the suggested text that you email to your MP in the next two days. The Bill will be at Report stage on Monday the 15th October and we need to have as much support for this amendment as possible from MPs.

Do not forget to sign off with your full name and postal address to validate the communication.

Thank you

Derek Stimpson


Offensive Weapons Bill amendment - Urgent

Despite previous assurances the Government has now changed their mind and are proposing to proceed with a ban on rifles with a muzzle energy of more than 10,000 ft lbs (13,600J).  This will effectively ban .50 calibre target rifles.
The shooting organisations have suggested that more stringent storage requirements for these rifles would be a better option than banning them.  This is especially true given that no legally held .50 calibre rifle has ever been used in crime in the UK.  In addition we are unaware of anyone being charged with illegally importing such rifles into the UK.  Because of their size and weight .50 calibre rifles are entirely not suited for criminal use.
The Home Office have not been able to produce any real evidence to support a ban.

I am writing to ask you to support this amendment, text attached. The Bill as it stands is a wholly unreasonable and unfounded attack on target shooting.

If your MP is conservative you might add:-
I may add that this proposed ban is causing immense upset in the shooting constituency which is overwhelmingly supportive of the Conservative Party and will do great damage. 

yours sincerely 

Name and address

Historic Miniature Methuen competition - Saturday 3rd November 2018

posted 4 Oct 2018, 10:57 by Tony Cattermole

Herts & Essex Shooting Association are inviting entries to take part in their eleventh “Mini-Methuen” competition on Saturday 3rd November 2018

As this is a one day event, would you please return your entry form completed with the rifle details and a
cheque for the correct amount as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment, applications will be dealt
with on a first come, first serve basis.

October Shooting

posted 3 Oct 2018, 12:43 by Tony Cattermole

We have two practice shoots this month.

This Sunday 7th October. Morning only, this will be on century at 600 yards. I will be RO

The Wednesday shoot this month is on the 17th at 300 yards, again morning only. Terry Hoskins as RO.

Kind regards

David Carroll

Legislative Update for September 2018

posted 24 Sep 2018, 14:32 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 24 Sep 2018, 14:32 ]

David Penn's update is attached.

Amendment to the Firearms Rules 1998

posted 20 Sep 2018, 14:52 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 14:52 ]

Members should note the following communication from the Home Office. 

Derek Stimpson

Re: Amendment to the Firearms Rules 1998

This is to inform you about the following amendment to the Firearms Rules 1998 in relation to lost and stolen firearms.

From the 16 October 2018, the firearm and shotgun certificate conditions will change. The current wording of the firearm condition is as follows:

The holder of this certificate must inform the Chief Officer of Police by whom the certificate was granted within 7 days of the theft, loss or destruction in Great Britain of the certificate and/or the theft, loss, deactivation or destruction of any firearms and/or the theft or loss of ammunition to which this certificate relates.

The new wording will be:

The holder of this certificate must inform the Chief Officer of Police by whom the certificate was granted as soon as reasonably practicable, but within 7 days of the theft, loss or destruction in Great Britain of the certificate and/or the theft, loss, deactivation or destruction of any firearms and/or the theft or loss of ammunition to which this certificate relates.

The same addition of the words as soon as reasonably practicable’ will apply to the shotgun certificate from 16 October.

This new wording is being introduced to ensure that lost or stolen firearms or ammunition are reported as swiftly as possible to the police. The amendment is being brought into effect through a change to the statutory conditions contained in every firearm or shotgun certificate, and will apply in England, Wales and Scotland.

HBSA Mid Range Competition 2018

posted 16 Sep 2018, 09:37 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 16 Sep 2018, 09:38 ]

Shot On Stickledown Bisley, Saturday 15th September 2018

Dear Competitors

Thank you for competing in this year’s Mid Range Championship Meeting for Vintage, Classic, Veteran and First Generation Rifles. As I have said in previous years without your support these events would not take place.

The weather turned into one of those glorious autumn days warm and sunny, the wind was a little on
the strong side during the afternoon but did not create and big problems.

Unfortunately due to range space we had to shoot at 500 in the morning and 300 during the afternoon, not what we would have liked but it did not appear to cause anyone any real problem.

Entries this year were an improvement over previous years with 22 individual entrants, competing in 36 match entries. Unfortunately 4 people had to drop out at the last minute due to health and personal issues.

The recently introduced NRA/HBSA Historic targets are now being used. This appears to have reduced the overall scores. However they are the same for all who compete and are used at all the major historic events.
These targets provide a common platform for all and although being more of a challenge seem to have been widely accepted by all the competitors.

Once more we had our usual band of travelling Riflemen from far flung parts of the world, Isle Of Wight, Belgium, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Wiltshire and even Surrey.

HBSA prize certificates will be prepared and sent out ASAP.

I would very much like to thank all those who attended for their support and in particular Steve Isherwood acting Range Conducting Officer with the assistance of myself and David Carroll who booked the targets and markers.

I hope everyone had a good day and that we see you all next year.

Best Regards
Paul Smith

Please always check the HBSA website for all the latest news and gossip.

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