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September 2020 Legislative Report

posted 17 Sep 2020, 06:24 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 17 Sep 2020, 06:24 ]

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Participation in sport (including shooting) after September 14th

posted 11 Sep 2020, 04:51 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 11 Sep 2020, 04:51 ]

Members should note the following notice from BSSC:

The Government has issued guidance on participation in sport after September 14. This may be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

The relevant paragraph is 3.16:

3.16 Can I play sport outside? Does this now need to be limited to 6 people?

You can play team sport in any number if this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation and sports-governing body guidance has been issued. You should only be playing team sports where the relevant governing body has published guidance on how to do so safely. For example, the English Cricket Board has published guidance here and the FA has published guidance here. If you are playing one of these sports informally, such as in the park or a private garden, there must be no more than 30 people involved (including participants, coaches, umpires, spectators).

Team sports that do not have approved guidance should not be played if you cannot socially distance from people you do not live with. Instead, people should train together and take part in activities such as conditioning or fitness sessions in groups of no more than six people (outdoors).

When playing sports informally with people you don’t live with, you must limit the size of your group to 6. It will be illegal to do so in a larger group from 14 September.

At all times, you should comply with COVID-19 Secure measures and limit social interaction outside of the sporting activity.

As you will see, any number of participants may take part in a sporting event after September 14 provided that the event is formally organised by a club or organisation (eg rifle club, shooting syndicate), and
The relevant governing body has published guidelines on how to participate safely.

Additionally Sport England has published the following advice:

We have sought clarity on what this means for sport and physical activity, and while social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events such as parkrun, which is due to return next month.

People can also continue to use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools - classes within these venues can continue as they are now. People should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six.

That's because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19, and because these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures they’ve introduced.

Most Governing Bodies related to shooting, such as NRA and NSRA, have published guidance which is already being followed so we anticipate our target shooting activity will continue as at present.

Derek Stimpson

Important message from Met Police FLD

posted 9 Sep 2020, 12:30 by Tony Cattermole

Members should be aware of the following message that we received from Met Police FLD regarding a distressing case. Please keep their advice in mind and spread the word.

Thank you

Derek Stimpson

On Saturday 5th September 2020 a licenced FAC holder advertised a gun for sale on Gun Star, one of the well-known sites for sales of lawfully owned guns. The advert was answered by two males and the holder arranged for a meeting at his home address. He cordially invited said males into the address where he showed the gun and his certificate. Sadly what happened next would have been a shock to any person. The males who purported to be lawful buyers were in fact criminals who proceeded to hold the certificate holder at knife point, tie him and his wife up and then instruct him to load the gun for them. They then left the household, leaving the holder bound.

The reason we want to communicate this with you, is to ask you to remind your members that there are criminals who are also reviewing these sites. It is easy to assume all potential buyers have the same enthusiasm for the sport as they do. This is not always the case.

Please can we ask you to be aware of the following advice.

  • Try and ensure certificates are checked prior to any meeting. It may be a picture of their certificate can be sent electronically. This image of the holder can be cross referenced with any attendee, before any entry is allowed into the home.
  • Try and complete a sale away from your home. At home, a criminal has access to the entire contents of your safe; a better location may be at your local shooting club as more people will be present, this may be the deterrent needed to prevent the criminal brazen behaviour.
  • Advertise locally within your club environment rather than online.
  • Ideally use an RFD as a conduit for sale - This is by far the safest option, whilst I appreciate this can cost, the risk to holder is entirely negated.
This is purely advice and by no means definitive. Nevertheless this incident was very real for the holder and we would like your help to prevent any further, similar incidents occurring. If we work together, we can surely do this.

Trafalgar Meeting 2020

posted 4 Sep 2020, 02:50 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 4 Sep 2020, 02:50 ]

The NRA propose to go ahead with the Trafalgar on 17th and 18th October. Please check their website for details in view of the circumstances created by the pandemic.

Regrettably these circumstances will preclude holding the usual arms fairs and exhibitions as the NRA wish to focus on the recovery of shooting as such and thus prefer to avoid large numbers of non shooting visitors, allowing for Government Covid 19 guidance.

Should you wish to pre-order / pay and pick up supplies at Bisley you may find some dealers can accommodate such deliveries.

Please do support the 2020 Trafalgar Historic arms meeting.

Shooting events in September

posted 23 Aug 2020, 12:57 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 24 Aug 2020, 01:58 ]


The correct dates for the Mid-Range are:
Sunday 20th September; Practice
Sunday 27th September; Competition

Dear Members
NO shoot 16 September 2020.

We are still trying to run the Mid-Range practice and Competition.
This is shot at 300 yards AM and 500 yards PM.

The practice date is Sunday 20th September 2020.
Cost: AM £15.00 All day £25.00
Please RSVP as due to the requirements of social distancing numbers may need to be limited.
State whether morning afternoon or both.

The competition is on Sunday 27th September 2020.
Cost: One Match Entry £25.00 Two Match Entries £45.00
One match entry is 2 sighters and 10 to count at both ranges.
Entries limited to 2 per person.
ONLINE BOOKING ONLY. Booking is now open.

HELP please:
I currently RO most of the HBSA shoots. I would like some help with this.
If you would RO for half a day please let me know.

In the light of current uncertainty please check the website before travelling to Bisley.


Dave Carroll


posted 14 Aug 2020, 09:45 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 15 Aug 2020, 04:34 ]

The KEMPTON CLASSIC ARMS FAIR on Sunday 23rd August has been moved, and will now take place at EPSOM DOWNS RACECOURSE, Epsom Downs, Epsom KT18 5LQ

This has been moved to Epsom Downs racecourse. It will be open air, on hard standing, opening hours 09.30 – 14.30, £5 entry.
As with the Kempton Park arms fairs, one expects a mixture of classic and antique, firearms, swords & bayonets, as well as other accoutrements and militaria. A number of the dealers will have firearms and the venue is cleared with Surrey Police for licensable firearms as well as antiques.

The racecourse is just a few minutes from Epsom Town Centre on the B290 Epsom Downs Road or alternatively just off junction 9 of the M25. During the racing season, AA signs will mark all major approach routes. If you are using satellite navigation, please key in the postcode: KT18 5LQ. Alternatively, you can use the AA Route Planner and select KT18 5LQ as the destination.


posted 8 Aug 2020, 14:01 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 8 Aug 2020, 14:02 ]

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

This Championship Meeting will be held at Stourport on Severn. The event is 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, and have their own categories.
Additionally early 0.22” R/F repeaters are also welcome within their own category.

Additional matches for modern .22 Light Sport Rifles have once again been included and will be run under the Stourport on Severn Rifle & Pistol Club Banner.

As you will appreciate this year’s event will be different due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Entries numbers will be restricted and must be pre-booked.
All the current information is contained in the entry form here >>>

Entry forms can be found on the HBSA Website or from Paul Smith

Please refer to the HBSA website News for the most up to date information regarding range bookings etc.

August Shooting

posted 31 Jul 2020, 06:05 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 31 Jul 2020, 06:06 ]

Dear Members

With the relaxing of restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic we are able to offer two shoots this August.
We will be adhering to the protocols set by the NRA for the use of the ranges at Bisley.
For this reason, we may need to limit numbers to allow correct social distancing. To help with this and planning please do not just turn up.

If you wish to shoot you must let me know. Either reply to this email or use: rifle.practice@hbsa-uk.org

Wednesday 19th Morning
Midweek rifle practice: Century 300 yards.
I have got a private marker for this so members will not need to go to the butts, this will aid social distancing.
The long range competition has been cancelled, partly due to Bisley cancelling the morning ranges.

Saturday 22nd August
The practice day will go ahead. This will be shot at 900 yards in the morning and 1000 yards in the afternoon. I currently have 2 targets and markers booked. This is an expensive shoot to put on, please RSVP as we may need to reduce to one target.

The current situation will have to be flexible, if there are changes to government advice these shoots may have to be changed. If this is the case I will email, however, I would recommend checking the news section of the HBSA website before travelling to Bisley.

Dave Carroll

Annual General Meeting rescheduled to 31st October

posted 27 Jul 2020, 11:23 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 27 Jul 2020, 11:25 ]

Our 2020 AGM is booked to be held at the home of the iconic Mosquito WW2 fighter-bomber - the De Havilland museum near Hatfield. Post lockdown, the museum is re-opening in September for events but limited to 30 people.  That isn't sufficient for the anticipated attendance at our AGM, so we must reschedule to later in the year when larger events are likely to be allowed. 

We therefore took the decision to move to October when more members will (hopefully) be able to attend. Due to other events, the only Saturday available is 31st October when the museum will be happy to receive us.

Clearly on Saturday 31st October there will be special arrangements to ensure that we comply with the then current legislation and social distancing guidance, the details to be determined closer to the event.

We hope that you will be able to attend what should be a very interesting day.

Open meeting for muzzle-loading Repeating Pistols 26-27 September 2020

posted 24 Jul 2020, 06:42 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 24 Jul 2020, 06:46 ]

I am pleased to be able to give you advance notice that the SURREY BRANCH of the MLAGB will be running their “Repeating pistol Meeting” at Bisley on September 26th & 27th. That means that your Members can get back into the swing of things, so please do advise them of the news.

This well-established Open Meeting is for all types of M-L “repeating pistols” --- 19th Century designs, 20th Century Repros and “enhanced versions” and the 21st Century “Modern Muzzle-loaders” (using smokeless powder).

Each Course of fire allows sighters and then 3 series of 5 shots to score --- SLOWFIRE (3 mins per series), TIMEDFIRE (1 minute per series) and RAPIDFIRE (30 seconds per series), plus “BOBBER” on turning targets (5 secs faced / 10 seconds edged) and “SURRENDEN” – shooting against the clock.

We allow OFFHAND (one hand only) and SUPPORTED (2 hands may be used) and the AWARDS are scaled according to the number of entries, with “Illuminated Place Certificates” and traditional “Skilled Shot Certificates” – in the past people who consider themselves “only Club Shooters” have been pleased to receive recognition.

We have all been hit badly by the lockdown and many Club activities have been cancelled, so you might even consider designating some concurrent courses of the “Surrey Branch RPM” as your 2020 Revolver Championships.

Information about the RPM is available from our Match Director (Rob Brassington) on < surreybranch.rpm @ gmail.com > (remove the spaces) As it is likely that we will not be able to use all of the 20 targets on “Cheylesmore B” we will give preference to shooters who book ½-day sessions (at the reduced rate).

Good shooting

Jim Hallam

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