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Reloading powder information

posted 17 Oct 2017, 02:48 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 17 Oct 2017, 02:49 ]

Members may have heard of certain EU restrictions which will affect sale of powders in Europe from next June, which include certain substances in their manufacture process.

In short this will effectively prevent import of some Hogdon and IMR powders from USA to Europe and thence to UK.

It might be worthwhile to either stock up your needs now or switch powders and develop new loads.

The background is quite detailed and the following link gives information on this.  

http://www.model-engineer.co.uk/forums/postings.asp?th=130127

Derek Stimpson

Legislative update September to October 2017

posted 16 Oct 2017, 14:39 by Tony Cattermole

David Penn's latest update is attached.

Midland Rook & Reindeer Charity Christmas shoot Saturday 2nd December 2017

posted 14 Oct 2017, 13:46 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 15 Oct 2017, 10:28 ]

Stourport on Severn Pistol & Rifle Club
Minster Road Stourport on Severn Worcestershire (directions >>>)

Once again we will be pursuing the elusive Rook & Reindeer in aid of The Macmillan Charity.

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.


This is a prize shoot with all proceeds being donated to a worthwhile cause but the main objective is to have an enjoyable mornings shoot.

Please support this venture, bring a suitable prize, plenty of cash and ammo.

If you are able to attend please email me so that we know how many to cater for and pass this on to any one else you feel would like to attend.

Organiser: Paul Smith
midlands@hbsa-uk.org

Current issues October 2017

posted 11 Oct 2017, 12:36 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 11 Oct 2017, 12:36 ]

Members may be aware of the following which have recently appeared:

Be assured that we are looking at these issues in conjunction with BSSC and will inform you further as soon as we have something to report.

Derek Stimpson

HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Rifle Competition: Stourport on Severn, 7th October 2017

posted 9 Oct 2017, 18:00 by Tony Cattermole

Dear Competitors
Thank you for competing in this our 12th Annual Midland Rook and Rabbit competition.
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.
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.

We were once more fortunate with the weather, after a light drizzle whilst setting up the range it cleared to be a warm day with some light cloud at times.  
This year we attracted 18 entrants shooting 62 matches an increase from last year, unfortunately 2 entrants had to withdraw at the last minute due to circumstances beyond their control; additionally some 3 regulars could not attend due to ill health or holidays.  
So all in all the meeting continues to be is very well supported.

John Vining our regular RO was able to attend after last year’s illness and ran the range all day in a very smooth and professional manner.
Scoring was done carried out by Mike ably assisted by Linda with some very minor input from myself.
Tea Coffee and some excellent biscuits from Mrs Boulton went down a treat. 

Many thanks to all those who helped during the day.

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

 Stourport on Severn 6th October 2018


We plan to hold a Rook & Reindeer shoot on in December 2017 (probably 9th) with all proceeds going to the McMillan Fund.
Confirmed date to follow and details to follow but make a note in your diary.

Best Regards 
Paul Smith

Quarterly legislative report to BSSC

posted 4 Oct 2017, 07:48 by Tony Cattermole

Attached please find David Penn's July to September 2017 report to BSSC.

Presentation to David Penn

posted 24 Sep 2017, 03:08 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 24 Sep 2017, 03:09 ]

We are pleased to report on an event on the 15th September at the Wallace Collection.

The Arms & Armour Society, HBSA and MLAGB presented David Penn with a watercolour of the Imperial War Museum commissioned from well known artist Paul Cox. We are grateful to Chris Beetles for the introduction.

The dedication on the rear of the painting reads :-

Presented to David Penn by the A & A Society, HBSA, MLAGB and friends in the arms and collecting community
in token of all his work and contribution over many years


The event was a complete surprise to David who is seen here receiving the painting from Prof David J Williams and Derek Stimpson.

Presentation to David Penn

Birmingham man was ‘armourer’ for organised crime groups

posted 21 Sep 2017, 13:20 by Tony Cattermole

Members may be interested in the following information from the National Crime Agency:

http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/1191-birmingham-man-was-armourer-for-organised-crime-groupss#

There is recognition of purchases "from legitimate firearms dealers and auction houses across the country".


Derek Stimpson

The Olympia Antique Arms Fair, Saturday 30th Sept.

posted 20 Sep 2017, 13:53 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 20 Sep 2017, 13:53 ]

The Olympia Antique Arms Fair

Saturday 30th September, 9am - 3pm

The Pillar Hall, Olympia
Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
https://www.olympiaarmsfair.com

 This is a new event with a £10 entry ticket price. However, HBSA members will have a 50% reduction on presentation of HBSA membership card. This offer only applies to tickets bought at the door and not via Eventbrite ticketing agency who have an additional handling charge.

 If you have lost your card, please contact the Hon Sec as soon as possible.

 Chris Smith

HBSA Hon Sec.

HBSA OPEN MID RANGE CHAMPIONSHIPS – SAT 16th SEPT 2017

posted 20 Sep 2017, 13:40 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 20 Sep 2017, 13:42 ]

Entry numbers for this competition were lower than in previous years, but an enjoyable shoot in mostly dry conditions with light winds was enjoyed by 13 competitors.

 The start was slightly delayed  until 0915 hrs, as we had two radios which were unmatched and the markers  needed to search around the butts for the NRA/HBSA Historic Round Bull and Tin Hat targets.

 Our thanks are due to Steve Isherwood who steppped in as RCO, as I could not be at Bisley on the day. Congratulations to all the winners and  hopefully, we will have more entrants for this competition  in 2018. Where have all the Black Powder shooters gone ?

Championship results here>>>>

Mike Townsend

20 Sept 2017

 Note:  If you wish to claim a Prize Certificate, see the relevant page on the HBSA website.

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