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"1910" Match Results

posted 27 Jun 2017, 04:20 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated ]

Please see attached for the results from Sunday. Congratulations to Peter Bysshe who again this year swept the board with the major trophies. (David Carroll has the trophies, please contact him re retrieving them.)

Special mention for Gary Shenton and his excellent score in the ‘No 32’; highest of the day by far and made even more so when considering he had a “bit of a fumble” in the double snaps and only managed to get seven shots off.

Tony Cattermole has the HBSA Certificates and the means for printing them off, so if you are entitled to one and wish to have it, please contact him.

Steve Isherwood has done a sterling job of producing the results so quickly - see them here >>>>

Theft of Historic Ancilliaries at Bisley

posted 23 Jun 2017, 14:30 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 23 Jun 2017, 14:33 ]

Members please note the following message from the Rick Wells, Head of Range services at NRA.

Many thanks
Derek Stimpson

NRA have recently had a theft reported by a member, I have pasted below an extract from the member's Incident Report. This occurred on Friday 5th May:

I arrived early at the Zero Range to sight in my Lee Enfield .303 No 4 T sniper rifle. I am lucky to have the complete matching ‘kit’ bought some 20 years ago but only brought this morning the rifle, and telescopic sight in its tin case. I tend to visit this range early when it is quiet but on this morning there were already 2 others there setting up. I unpacked my gear on the shelf behind the 3rd firing point from the entrance and mounted the sight on the rifle. The range then quite quickly became very busy with people arriving, lining up and waiting to shoot. I asked one person if there was a competition on and he said “yes”. They all seemed to be firing three ‘qualifying’ shots and then finishing. I put the rifle on the mat and walked forward, mounted my target and returned. I then fired 5 shots and when agreed with other shooters walked forward to check my target. Being busy I then let another shooter take my place on the firing point before I resumed and then finished. When I started to pack up I could not find the sights lens cover (brown leather, marked BHG 1944 on the connecting strap) and they were not in the sight case I had left open.

The member is sure that the lens cover must have been taken, we hoped, initially, by accident but it seems not.

I am writing to you requesting that you warn your members to be careful with valuable historic equipment and make sure that it is secure and secondly if you should hear of a set of lens covers for sale I ask that you inform me.

Legislative Update - June 2017

posted 19 Jun 2017, 15:56 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 19 Jun 2017, 15:57 ]

David Penn's legislative update for June 2017 is attached.

HBSA '4 Types' Competition – Sunday 30 July 2017

posted 13 Jun 2017, 15:59 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 13 Jun 2017, 15:59 ]

Short Siberia Range Bisley (am and pm) starting at 0830 hrs

Once again, this years '4 Types' event will be held at 100 yards to simulate battle shooting with a wide variety of Historic Service rifles.

There will be classes for Boer War, WW1 and WW2 rifles and also for those fitted with target sights. (Centrefire only).

A single course of fire (no sighters, so please bring zeroed rifles) of 5 rounds single snaps, shortly followed by 5 rounds rapid for all classes using the HBSA Fig 11 turning targets. The £15 entry fee gives you three shoots.

For full details and the online entry form see the HBSA Competitions website at '4 Types'.

The closing date for online entries will be Monday 24th July.

Mike Townsend

FESAC Annual Conference & AGM - Bilbao 2017

posted 6 Jun 2017, 15:23 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 6 Jun 2017, 15:24 ]

As members will know I just attended the 2017 FESAC AGM in Bilbao.

My report to the meeting is attached. The other country reports should be posted on the FESAC website in due course. There is no really dramatic news (unlike last year due to the EU Directive) and I will post the meeting minutes in due course. However the EU Directive certainly highlighted differences in firearms law in each country and the standards of deactivation continue to be debated, also magazine restrictions, with care needing to be taken that changes in one country’s law does not create issues elsewhere. For example, the heavy laws relating to certain ex military firearms in our host country Spain, were made evident in that deactivation is compulsory if they go into private hands.

The relationship with Firearms United was discussed, since they are such a different organisation to our associations, and we await further news on that.

Next year’s AGM will be in Jersey.

Derek Stimpson

EU Firearms Directive

posted 24 May 2017, 14:28 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 24 May 2017, 14:28 ]

Members will wish to note that today EU directive 2017/853 was published in the EU journal. It comes into effect on June 13th. The process of implementation should be completed on September 13th, 2018.


Several EC regulations are still to be written, like the marking requirements, the rules for alarmguns and the new version of the deactivation regulation.

The coming 15 months will therefore be critical. Further relevant information will be posted as appropriate.

Meanwhile members will note that collectors and antiques are dealt with in paragraphs 17 and 27 of the preamble. There is much mention of member states laws and in part III of Annex I antiques are declared exempt from the definition of "firearm"

Derek Stimpson

Legislative Update - May 2017

posted 22 May 2017, 15:45 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 22 May 2017, 15:47 ]

David Penn's Legislative Update is attached

Sporting Rifle Day 10th June 2017

posted 11 May 2017, 14:46 by Tony Cattermole

Our annual HBSA Sporting Rifle day will take place on Saturday the 10th June at the usual venue, BSRC, Bisley.

Shooting is moving target, Running Deer at 100m (full bore 8mm limit), Running Boar at 50m (.22RF) and also static targets at 100 yds.

Larger calibres and Rook Rifles may be allowed at RCO's discretion on static or moving target as Imperial Historics practice.

Bring plenty of ammunition as on moving target we can get through a lot of shooting. Please also bring FAC and SCC, and in addition, any specific targets that you may wish to use on the static frames. Normal HBSA range fees apply.

This meeting also coincides with a Heritage Pistol meeting on Cheylesmore, and with Tony Cattermole's now celebrated barbecue lunch for both rifle and pistol shooters, plus any guests. £6 gets you a wide selection of BBQ goodies plus desserts and soft drinks. This will be held adjacent to the new Cheylesmore Range.

Rifle shooters, please confirm to me if you will be coming to the BBQ as Tony needs accurate numbers for catering. Pistol shooters, please confirm BBQ attendance to Molly Milner, no need to also confirm to me unless you want two lunches.

Look forward to seeing you there for what is usually a jolly good HBSA day, with plenty of shooting.

Derek Stimpson


07720 813989

Information for Registered Firearms Dealers and Clubs from NPCC

posted 11 May 2017, 14:36 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 11 May 2017, 14:52 ]

Herewith a note from Dave Orford, NPCC lead for Firearms Licensing. The message mentions firearms dealers but is also directed to clubs and the whole firearms community.

The most recent issue of Rumayah discusses RFDs as a potential route for terrorists to acquire firearms, though it is nonspecific and is disseminated throughout the Western world.

Whilst we are all aware of the need to be alert and vigilant, this need is increased, as is the need to be aware of limiting information, particularly on social media and the like.

Historic Small Arms - Curatorial vacancies in Oman

posted 8 May 2017, 03:16 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 8 May 2017, 03:17 ]

Please see the attached notice from Dr Roads regarding his need for curators in Oman.

The contact details are included. If you are aware of anyone who may be interested please pass it on.

Many thanks
Derek Stimpson

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