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Stourport On Severn Pistol & Rifle Club Newsletter 

April 2019 Newsletter

Please remember ID Cards and Lanyards MUST be worn and visible at all times when at the Range. 

Members

April is with us - and - surprise surprise Brexit is stil a major talking point!

The clocks have gone forwards, the Boat Race and Grand National are just around the corner, and the better (shooting) weather is ever closer.

On Saturday 20th April we are hosting the Eley Speed Steels competition.  We have 64 Shooters - 8 Squads of 8 - registered, and we have been preparing and practising to make sure the day goes well.

On Sunday 28th April we will be running Round 1 of the UKPSA LBF Postal - .22lr Rifles, LBR, LBP.  If you want to shoot this competition you need to email sprcpractical@gmail.com to register or for more details.

Smith & Wesson 15-22 Issue

Due to the recent reported issues with the Smith & Wesson 15-22 rifles, anyone who wished to shoot one at the range must complete a safety waiver form. Please see Chris or Rob Forbes for details - or email sprcpractical@gmail.com

RANGE MAINTENANCE

PLEASE NOTE:

Our volunteer consortium may be resurfacing the Car Parks at any time over the next few weeks.  Please keep out of their way.

100 yards .22 Bench Rest Challenge Trophy

All your comp cards will be available from Clive on Wednesday 3rd April, and until the end of April, then entries will be closed. We have had a great response to the competition, but it’s not too late for entries. Your first card must be handed in to Clive before the end of April. Good luck to all competitors, and good shooting, and thanks again for your support

Regards Jim.

ATSC Open Meeting  April 13/14

As you know, the MLAGB Surrey Branch have been promoting a much wider range of Matches for “Repeating Pistols”, encompassing

Slow- / Timed- & Rapidfire,

“Bobber” (Turning Target) and “Surrenden “(against the clock);

Two handed shooting as well as the traditional Offhand;

Allowing Black Powder substitutes and

A tiered system for firearms --  Standard / Target and Free Revolver and also “Modern M-Ls”.

I have now transferred the running of these meetings to Rob Brassington but currently he is on a long holiday in NZ, so I have been asked to do one last mailing.  We would be grateful if you would publicise this Meeting to your shooting friends and Clubs – thank you.

The ATSC Open Meeting, which also features Gallery Rifle, Air Pistol, Repeating Pistol (Sat 13 am & pm and Sun 14 am only) and other M-L matches including the “traditional” MLAGB Precision on the Sunday afternoon only.

The Entry Form is also available on www.surrey-mlagb.org.uk – click Downloads and then Competitions.

The OFFICIAL closing date for entries is 31st March BUT if you are going to shoot “RP” as well as other types (?Gallery Rifle?) then we have an extension for 1 week --  i.e., to 7th April, and after that if you are ONLY shooting “RP” you may be able to enter on the day (subject to range availability).

Send your entries to - entries_atsc@hotmail.com

(note the underscore between “entries” and “atsc”)

See you on the point?  (Where else can you guarantee at least 5 matches for £25 at a Bisley Open Meeting?)

Rob will be updating the Contacts List after the Meeting, so if you want your name removed please let me know at < surreybranch@jimhallam.eu > and I will pass on your message,

Best regards

Jim Hallam

(Don’t forget to put in your diary the next two “RP Meetings” at Bisley --- July 20/21   and September 14/15)

April 2019 Events

Tuesday 2nd

RANGE CLOSED 11.00 A.M. TO 1.00 P.M.

Repositioning and testing steel plates

Sunday 7th

Guest Day

Thursday 18th

“A” Range CLOSED From  3 pm

Testing car parking arrangements 

Friday 19th 

Range CLOSED all day

Eley Steels setting up steel plates and tents etc.

Saturday 20th

Range CLOSED to normal shooting all day.

Eley Sponsored National Speed Steels Event

Sunday 21st

Turning Targets - B Range

A Range open as normal

Sunday 28th

UKPSA LBF Postal Round 1
(Pre Entry Required - email sprcpractical@gmail.com)

A Range open as normal

Tuesday 30th

Last day for submitting your April Benchrest Target


NEW: Starting in April 2019 we have the opportunity to enter the UKPSA LBF Postal Event, which includes .22 Rifle, LBR & LBP. In previous years Stourport has been well represented in this competition and we have taken a number of medals. You do not need to be a member of the UKPSA to compete in this event as Stourport are an affiliated club.

This is a 4 round competition and all 4 rounds need to be completed.  Each round is usually 4 stages, requiring approximately 50 to 60 rounds.The shoots will start at 0930, and the dates planned for each round is as follows:

(Note – this is dependent on receiving the course of fire for each round)

Sunday 28th April

Sunday 23rd June

Sunday 25th August

Sunday 29th September

If you are interesting in shooting this competition and can commit to the 4 rounds, please email sprcpractical@gmail.com with your full name, age, UKPSA Membership number if you are a member,  and which part of the competition you wish to enter - .22 Rifle, LBR or LBP.

If you need any more details you can also use the same email.

SHOOTING & TRAINING

Click on the More info link below to find out the latest news from Shooting & Training Division.

To get in touch, please call 01483 797 777 x 160,139,146,149 or email: shooting@nra.org.uk

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RANGE SERVICES

Click on the More info link below to find out the latest news from the Range Office.

To get in touch with Rick Wells, please call 01483 797 777 x 182 or email: richard.wells@nra.org.uk

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MEMBERSHIP

Click on the More info link below to find out the latest news from Membership.

To get in touch with the Membership Team, please call 01483 797 777 x 122, 138, 142, 162 or email: membership@nra.org.uk

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NRA DISCIPLINES

Click on the link below to find out the latest news from the NRA Discipline Reps.

To find out more about any NRA discipline, please email: disciplines@nra.org.uk

The Offensive Weapons Bill (OWB) returns to Parliament on 7th January. Some think there has been a great victory in the removal of the proposed ban on HME firearms. It is far too early for us to be celebrating or thinking that our work is done.
The Bill still contains a proposal to ban lever release and MARS rifles, a ban that will affect almost twenty times as many rifles as the HME ban would. If this ban goes through without the most vigorous opposition possible from shooters then we will have conceded the principle of firearms being banned when there is no evidence of misuse. This will then come back and be used against us in future.
The ban on HME rifles has not been dropped; it has been postponed pending a public consultation. We already had a public consultation on the OWB and the Government completely ignored the overwhelming opposition to the ban. There is no reason to believe they will respond any differently to the next consultation.
When the ban comes back there will be no pending BREXIT to give Conservative MPs a reason to oppose any ban as a way to show their strength. There is also every possibility that there will have been a change in Government and it will be Labour proposing the next ban.
The comments from Labour during the Committee phase of the OWB are there to be read by all. They absolutely want HMEs banned along with the self-ejecting rifles and were disappointed that .22 semi automatic rifles were also not to be banned. The Conservative Home Office Minister said that even if lever release rifles were no faster to fire than lever action rifles they can be reloaded more quickly from detachable magazines, which makes them more dangerous. What else could this apply to? Semi automatic and pump action shotguns? Semi automatic .22 rifles? Straight pull rifles? Any firearms with detachable magazines? Magazines above an arbitrarily decided capacity? Long barrel revolvers and pistols?
We have seen which firearms will be the next targets of the Police from their submission to the Law Commission. They will be back for the HMEs, long barrel revolvers, semi auto shotguns and .22s once they have taken the self-ejecting rifles. They have been pushing for a ban on HME rifles since 2000 and will not stop now due to one temporary setback.
As shooters we rely on our associations to fight for us. You have the organisation and ability to reach more members than we do. It is vital that shooters, through you, oppose the ban that is still present in the OWB. Please make sure you lobby the House of Lords as much as possible. So far effort only seems to have been made for HME rifles and none for self-ejecting rifles; despite them vastly outnumbering HMEs. Yet all the reasons to oppose the HME ban apply to this ban just as well.
If all lobbying efforts fail and the Bill is passed with the ban still included then we must use the only other option available to us.
When pistols and semi automatic rifles were banned we did not have the protection of the Human Rights Act incorporating the rights from the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law.
Article 1 of the Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms states, 
"Protection of property
every natural or legal person is entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions. No one shall be deprived of his possessions except in the public interest and subject to the conditions provided for by law and by the general principles of international law."
The Government has quite clearly failed to show how it is in the public interest to override our property rights. They have provided no evidence of risk from continued legal ownership of lever release and MARS rifles.
We must take legal action to stop this ban. The Government must be made to produce their evidence in support of it. This is where we need all our associations to work together to obtain legal advice, call for donations or crowd funding from members. Don't wait for the Bill to pass and then be on the back foot, take pro-active action to be ready before the Bill passes so that the Government knows they will have to justify their actions if they maintain this course.
If the Government should fall before this happens and we go into a general election be ready for an even worse Bill to surface afterwards.
If we don't fight for self ejecting rifles then we can expect the same treatment for other types of firearm in future whether that be .22 autos, Lee Enfields with their detachable magazines or even 3 shot semi automatic shotguns. This current ban may not affect a discipline you represent but the next one might and if this one isn't stopped there will be many more bans.
Please don't let us down. Fight with everything you have.