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HBSA Midland Rook & Rabbit Championship Meeting - Saturday 2nd October

posted by Tony Cattermole   [ updated ]

Dear All,

Please see the  entry form for this years HBSA Midlands Rook & Rabbit Championship Meeting.

As usual the event takes place on the 1st Saturday in October.

Please don’t leave your entry until the last minute book in early it makes it easier for me.

Best regards

Paul Smith


August 2021 Shooting programme

posted 1 Aug 2021, 09:24 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 1 Aug 2021, 09:24 ]

Dear Members
August shooting is as follows:

15th August Miniature Rifle Meeting on Cheylesmore Range

NOTE: Due to safety issues following weather damage to Winans we have had to move this to Cheylesmore Range. Due to range availability the competition has been reduced to one day, both of which mean we cannot offer the prone option.

Online booking only - enter Smallbore Comp here >>>

18th August Midweek Rifle Practice
This will be shot at 300 yards on Century.  Please advise me if you wish to shoot as these are number limited.

David Carroll

Legislative update 2nd Quarter 2021

posted 25 Jul 2021, 14:23 by Tony Cattermole

The latest Legislative Update can be downloaded here >>>>

Offensive Weapons Act prohibition of Lever and Trigger release rifles

posted 12 Jul 2021, 13:30 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 12 Jul 2021, 13:33 ]

We have today received the following communication from the Home Office.

"The Minister has now signed the relevant Statutory Instrument to bring in the Offensive Weapons Act prohibitions. A copy of the Instrument is available on the legislation website – here is the link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/id/uksi/2021/819

As you will see, the prohibitions come in to effect on Wednesday 14 July. "

Please note that possession of these items will become prohibited from next Wednesday. In the unlikely event that you still have one, arrangements should be made with police to surrender it, or get it to an RFD with the appropriate permit (NRA is one such), or indeed if you know anyone who has one, please advise them.

BSSC has written to the Home Office regarding a number of people who may potentially be unaware of the prohibition or the expired compensation scheme.

Derek Stimpson

July Shooting and Calendar Dates

posted 11 Jul 2021, 14:52 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 11 Jul 2021, 14:52 ]

Wednesday July 21st Midweek shoot. Morning only Short Siberia 100 yds self marking.

Sunday August 15th  HBSA Smallbore Meeting Winans Bays A and B. Whilst this normally runs as a two day event we were unable to get a whole weekend due to range availability, this year Sunday only, 8.30 to 17.30. Booking will be online only – watch our website for booking arrangements.

Please support this shoot as it is quite expensive to hire Winans Range both bays for the day.

Wednesday August 18th Midweek shoot. Century 300 yds, we will employ a marker for this (assuming I can get one).

Please let me know if you are coming to either of the Wednesday Shoots.


NRA Safety Notice

posted 8 Jul 2021, 13:48 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 8 Jul 2021, 13:48 ]

Members should take note of the following NRA notice: 

Dear NRA Member

Incidents involving hand loaded ammunition

The NRA recognises that hand loaded ammunition may perform more consistently than factory rounds and is widely used by members striving to improve marksmanship; also it may be the only source of ammunition for historic or uncommon calibres. A large number of hand loaded rounds are fired every year without incident throughout the UK.

Unfortunately ammunition incidents do occur and in recent weeks two members have sustained significant injuries as a result of breech explosions.  Technical investigations are ongoing; the initial evidence suggests the underlying cause in both incidents was a failure of hand loaded ammunition. In one incident it appears that an under charged case caused a gross pressure spike. The likely cause was inadequate control and assurance process in the assembly of the ammunition. 

The NRA advises that hand loaded ammunition should only be produced in accordance with up to date load data published by a reputable source. Equipment including presses, measuring tools etc. should only be used in accordance with the manufacturers operating instructions.  Training is important; the NRA provides a hand loading course with an emphasis on safety.   

Members are reminded that a key element of the NRA Safe Shooting System is Safe Equipment; the individual is responsible for ensuring that his/her firearm is serviceable and the combination of firearm and ammunition is safe.  The NRA Rules Appendix VI detail the responsibilities of individual shooters using hand loaded ammunition. 

The 2021 NRA Handbook is available to download here https://nra.org.uk/all-downloads/nra-handbooks/

BSSC Annual Report 2020

posted 8 Jul 2021, 13:08 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 8 Jul 2021, 13:08 ]

The 2020 Annual Report of the British Shooting Sports Council (BSSC) may be read here >>>>

Save Tunbridge Wells Target Shooting Club, under threat from Developers

posted 3 Jul 2021, 16:12 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 4 Jul 2021, 05:33 ]

Members may wish to respond as individuals to this appeal and support a shooting club under threat:

Members should avoid diatribe, and offer measured and reasoned support for the club's right to be offered an acceptable alternative location  at which to continue their valuable service to their community.

Antique Firearms Regulations 2021 - update 25June21

posted 25 Jun 2021, 10:50 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 25 Jun 2021, 10:50 ]

We have been in touch with the Home Office following the Statutory Instrument coming into force and brought to their attention that a category of cartridges for vintage shotguns, punt guns and rifles mentioned in the “Guide” itself, was inadvertently omitted from the Regulations. 

The following is their response regarding amending the omission. They also make reference to updating the non statutory guidance (long overdue). We expect to see some helpful information added, including reference to alternative descriptions for certain cartridges.

As mentioned, please remember that the transition period ends on 21st September.

As a matter of interest, we also note that benefit is being taken by collectors from the 23 cartridges added to the obsolete list. 

Best wishes

Derek Stimpson

Antique Firearms Regulations 2021

Although the Schedule to the Regulations correctly includes specific standard cartridges for these firearms (as set out in para 8.9(e) of the Home Office guidance), it does not include the phrase “with bores greater than 10”, which would catch any non-standard or customised cartridges.
There were no issues identified with these types of cartridge and their associated firearms during the 2017 public consultation and it was always intended to include them in the Regulations as qualifying for the exemption from licensing as antique firearms. 
We shall therefore be amending the Regulations to correct this omission, so that owners of the firearms affected will not have to license them before the end of the current transition period on 22 September 2021.  Unfortunately, it won’t be possible to do so before the Autumn, and that will mean there will be a short gap of a couple of months between the end of the transition period on 22 September and the amendment coming into force.  We are looking to bridge this gap by extending the transition period in respect of the affected firearms (ie, vintage rifles, punt guns and shotguns with bores greater than 10) which should avoid the need for unnecessary applications for certificates.  
We are in touch with ACC Dave Orford about this issue and have asked him to bring it to the attention of police forces.  We have suggested that should any police force receive an application in respect of the affected firearms, they just hold onto it until the amendment has come into force, at which point it can be cancelled and the applicant informed.  This should avoid unnecessary work and expense.  
While we are having to amend the Regulations we will also take the opportunity to make some minor, typographical corrections to some of the cartridge descriptions in the Schedule. 
We hope the above is useful and will help you field any queries from your members.  Please feel free to share with other organisations that you think should be made aware.   
We are presently updating the non-statutory Home Office guidance, which will set out the new legislation on antique firearms and we will also look to include some additional helpful information in respect of the 2021 Regulations.
We shall be in touch in the next few weeks about doing some further comms work aimed at owners of firearms that ceased to be antique following the 2021 Regulations.  We think it would be helpful to put out a reminder that they have only until 21 September in which to licence or otherwise dispose of such firearms.  We shall put something to this effect on gov.uk and it would be helpful if the various shooting/collecting/museum organisations could do something similar on their websites, newsletters etc (as they kindly did at the beginning of the transition period in March) to spread the word as widely as possible. "

Media article on ECHA’s lead restriction report

posted 23 Jun 2021, 09:43 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 23 Jun 2021, 09:43 ]

Whilst we are now working with the UK Government, post Brexit, on the issue of Lead, members may wish to see the following  from FACE Brussels and what EU will have to deal with.


Derek Stimpson
Media article on ECHA’s restriction report:
Please see an article promoted by the European Shooting Sports Forum (ESSF) publish in Brussels media about the lead ban:
It highlights some of the main issues with the lead ban proposals by ECHA and can be shared by FACE Members at national level.

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