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Open meetings for “REPEATING PISTOL” at Bisley 2019

posted 10 Feb 2019, 04:37 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 10 Feb 2019, 04:37 ]

Based on “Classic” NRA courses of fire, tiered system of percussion revolvers -- “STANDARD PERCUSSION” / “TARGET” and “FREE” and matches for “MODERN MUZZLE-LOADERS”… all that is left for us for Pistol Competitions since the Firearms (Amendments) Act 1987.

TWO-handed shooting as well as “Offhand”, and allowing Black Powder substitutes (such as Triple 7… ).
Entry Fees WELL below those for the Phoenix, IHAM and TM. Illuminated Prize Certificates and “Skilled Shot” awards.

There are three Open Meetings already confirmed.

APRIL 13-14 Army Target Shooting Club
A full programme of Gallery Rifle, Air Pistol, Long Barrel P &R and M-L.
The “R.P” Matches are on the Saturday AM & PM and Sunday AM, with MLAIC Precision and (NRA) T&P1 and “Multi-Target” on the Sunday p.m.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the Surrey Branch MLAGB website  http://www.mlagb-surrey.org.uk and returned to  entries_atsc@hotmail.com 

JULY 20-21 Surrey Branch MLAGB “RP OPEN”
As part of the NRA “Imperial Meeting.
This also includes the two “South London RC Pistol Pairs” team events, and separate Branches of the MLAGB count as “Separate Clubs”.

SEPTEMBER 14-15 Surrey Branch MLAGB “RP OPEN”
Details available from the Surrey Branch MLAGB Website (under Downloads/Competitions) and also from surreybranch.rpm@gmail.com 

Jim Hallam

Legislative Update for November 2018 & January 2019

posted 24 Jan 2019, 15:41 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 24 Jan 2019, 15:42 ]

Attached is David Penn's legislative update.

Unveiling of a WW1 Commemorative Plaque at the Royal SmallArms Island Centre

posted 19 Jan 2019, 05:10 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 19 Jan 2019, 05:11 ]

On 16th January I attended the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the contribution by Royal Small Arms Factory Enfield (RSAF) workers to WW1 efforts.

See following comments.

Derek Stimpson

Patrick Gray the Heritage Manager of RSA Trust wrote:-

Thank you for coming to the RSA Island Centre and taking part in the unveiling of our plaque to commemorate the efforts of the workers of the Royal Small Arms Factory during the Great War. It was lovely seeing you attend and I hope that you enjoyed yourselves meeting new people and catching up with friends and acquaintances.

I would like to thank Gary Walker, Martin Jewell and the other Trustees of the RSA Trust for hosting this event and being on hand to welcome you to the Centre. I’m incredibly grateful to Philip Abbott and the Royal Armouries team who set up the Roll of Honour project and have made this memorial plaque possible. The work of John, Jan and Stacey from Enfield Museum & Local Studies has also driven this project forward and I’m grateful for their support on the day as well. Ray Tuthill and the RSAF Apprentices Association have been instrumental in not only sourcing objects and helping the Trustees of the RSA Trust set up the RSA Interpretation Centre, but have also aided the research for this project.

Finally I’d like to thank Jim Lewis for his pulling the rope to unveil the plaque to the world. His passion for the Lea Valley and knowledge of the history of the Royal Small Arms Factory are second to none.

The Roll of Honour project will continue, with new stories about the workers and operations of the Factory coming to light throughout the project. There will be further exhibitions, family events and a plaque to the Second World War coming later this year!

Patrick Gray
Heritage Manager
RSA Trust

Tel: 020 8482 2281
Mob: 07905 809 191

Offensive Weapons Bill - January 2019 Update

posted 9 Jan 2019, 10:51 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 9 Jan 2019, 10:51 ]

As members may be aware the OWB was given its second reading in the House of Lords last Monday.

Our input went into the briefing note provided to Peers by BSSC, which is an excellent and very complete document.

As far as firearms are concerned there were few surprises. The Lords Shrewsbury and Bilimoria in particular gave detailed positive addresses, as indeed did others. The issues of violence in society and lack of police resources were raised.

The Government seems committed to hold the enquiry into “.50 rifles” after the Bill. The position on rapid firing rifles replicated what came out of the Commons so we will see what the effect of support for them has is in due course.

Section 11(4), an important issue for the shooting community, was not mentioned, but we know that it will be looked at as part of the enquiry after the Bill.

Medical reporting was mentioned by the Minister as an important issue so hopefully we will see progress. We have written to him under the BSSC banner in relation to the unsatisfactory situation that prevails at present.

I will keep members posted as circumstances permit.

Derek Stimpson

HBSA Long Range .22 Rimfire and Historic Miniature Rifle competition - Sunday 24TH March 2019Untitled Post

posted 5 Jan 2019, 12:39 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 5 Jan 2019, 13:54 ]

Our annual Long Range .22RF Competition will be held on Short Siberia (200 yards am) and Century ranges (300 yards pm) at Bisley, on Sunday 24th March 2019.

The Competition is open to modern and historic .22RF rifles with classes for both telescopic and iron sighted rifles.

This year we are also including a Service Rifle class for Classic and Veteran miniature bore training and converted service rifles (rimfire and centre fire).

Full details and entry forms can be found on the HBSA website here >>>

Entry is strictly 'online only' and will close on Wed 20 March – so don't delay, enter today.

Mike Townsend

RSAF Plaque unveiling - Enfield

posted 5 Jan 2019, 05:42 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 5 Jan 2019, 05:43 ]

The unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the work of the RSAF during the First World War will take place at 12:30 on 16 January 2019, at the site of the factory (this coincides with the date of the panoramic photographs). The unveiling will be carried out by Jim Lewis, who did his PhD on Enfield, and has a new book coming out. There will be a small reception afterwards in the Community Centre.

Ian Patrick and myself were invited. I will attend on behalf of HBSA.

Philip Abbot, Archives and Records Manager of Royal Armouries has kindly asked us to circulate the details to HBSA members, and ask anyone who would like to attend to contact him on his email address, Philip.Abbott@armouries.org.uk. He will add them to the guest list (although please note space is limited to 100 people so if you wish to attend please advise quickly). 

Location :- RSA Island Centre, 12 Island Centre Way, Enfield EN3 6GS

Derek Stimpson

HBSA President's Cup 2018 presentation

posted 19 Dec 2018, 17:14 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 22 Dec 2018, 06:28 ]

Here is author Donald Dallas receiving the HBSA President’s Cup from Derek Stimpson HBSA Chairman. The presentation took place at Holt’s recent auction view on 11th December. Donald is also seen holding the cup with his gold medal which is retained by cup winners when the cup passes to the next winner.

The cup is presented for an outstanding contribution to firearms knowledge and research, especially breech loading arms.

Donald received it for his recent book on Alexander Henry Rifle Maker, filling a considerable gap in the literature on that maker. He is well known for many other books on firearms and the major gun making firms.

Donald will be happy to receive details of Alex Henry rifles, for his data base, from members who own them. Contact through www.donalddallas.com

Derek Stimpson

HBSA & Stourport on Severn Rook & Reindeer Christmas Charity Shoot

posted 15 Dec 2018, 13:41 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 18 Dec 2018, 14:57 ]

Stourport on Severn, Saturday 3rd December 2018

Dear Competitors

A very big thank you for taking part in our 3rd Christmas Rook and Reindeer shoot in aid of charity.
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 for all.
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 and supported a very worthy cause.

This year we attracted 12 entrants shooting in two categories, one for early Rim Rife rifles and the other for Central Fire (Rook) rifle. See the results here >>>

The same targets where used for both matches, a rather splendid Rook complete with Top Hat was the 25m target and a Reindeer was used at 50m
Both targets are a challenge with open sights and reduced Winter light but evert one stepped up to task in hand.

Match 1 was won by Phil Carter with a splendid score of 62, the prize for which was £20, Phil once more very generously donated his winnings back to the charity fund.

Match 2 was a bring a prize shoot, all entrants had a prize of their choice from the selection available with the top score having first choice, with all competitors going home with a prize. Prizes included a Gun slip, Christmas, Biscuits and various bottles.

During the morning Tea Coffee and some excellent biscuits were provided my some of the Stourport members.
Special thanks to Mrs Boulton who made the biscuits.

As a result of the entrance fees, donated prize money etc.

A grand total of £162 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A would like to wish all those who took part

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

And thank you all for your continued support.

I hope everyone had a good day and that we see you all next year for the annual Rook & Rabbit Shoot.

Stourport on Severn 5th October 2019

Best Regards
Paul Smith

Update to our charity collection.

Due to a generous contribution from Linda & Mike Welsh who were unable to make it on Saturday, our total collection totalled £192 which has been paid to McMillian in support of the very valuable work they do.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year


HBSA Christmas Wappenschaw and Lunch – SUN 09 DEC 2018

posted 11 Dec 2018, 15:46 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 11 Dec 2018, 15:47 ]

A field of 19 competitors assembled at 200 yards on a blustery and rather grey, drizzly day for the traditional Christmas 'fun' shoot and lunch.

The competition was a grouping exercise, with ten shots prone (rests and slings allowed in all classes) using standard NRA 200 yard round bull faces.  The results may be viewed here >>>>

Post shoot feed back indicated that a separate class for non - military iron sighted rifles would be popular. Also, as the marking for this style of competition is much less onerous than a normal '2ss and 10 to count' shoot, in future, .22 rimfire rifles could be included as well. To my amazement, several competitors asked for targets with smaller black aiming marks – so next year's Wappenschaw competition will be on Standard NRA RB or NRA /HBSA Historic faces with Tin Hats too - shooter's choice !

Our usual 'Steak and Kidney Pie' lunch was held in the pleasant surroundings of the LMRA members' dining room as the ATSC was unavailable.

My thanks go to David Carroll who RCO'd the competition and to all those who assisted on the firing point and also to those who helped me in the butts.

Particular mention must be made of Tony Cattermole, who ran the stats and had made up an excellent score board . He gave us a most interesting short talk after lunch on the process of cordite manufacture at the Kynoch works using sheep's wool and how soap became one of the by-products. He also explained the mystery of how and why cordite strands were loaded into bottle shaped cartridge cases before they were necked.

Mike Townsend

Offensive Weapons Bill - December update

posted 10 Dec 2018, 11:27 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 10 Dec 2018, 11:27 ]

As members may be aware this is now in the Lords. The high power rifle ban has been withdrawn but it remains to be seen what comes from the Peers before it goes back to the Commons, especially in relation to Miniature Rifle Clubs (Sect 11(4).

Needless to say we are tracking this and with input/briefing as required, in close co-operation with BSSC. We will keep you informed as far as we are able.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy and Happy New Year

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