SARTS up and running at Warcop
As of March 2017 we have use of the SARTS targetry at Warcop (reactive targets), on both C-10 and H12 ranges, excellent fun for your smaller calibres from 100 - 300M, plus hard targets for the big guns from 1000M onwards. SARTS has transformed this range, and in time I can see it being as popular as Sennybridge. See pictures below from H-12, you can just make out the circle of hard targets in the far distance.
March 2017 - CHANGE OF CLUB SECRETARY
We welcome Darren Bean as the new FCSA UK club secretary, Darren can be contacted via the 'Contacts' menu item above. For those that do not know Darren, he has been our Warcop lead RCO for several years now, he knows his stuff and is in regular contact with the MOD and Landmarc, so knows how they operate, and understands what they want from us. Many thanks to Darren for taking on this challenging role and best of luck!
As of the 15th October 2016, all FCSA bookings will cost £15 per member per day, visitors £30 per day. 'Trusted clubs'* £20 per member per day.
* Trusted clubs are currently: Warwickshire Armourers Rifle and Pistol Club and the Red Rose Rifle club.
16th December 2015- Law Commission - Firearms Law recommendations
The report has been published, thankfully it appears as through we are 'out of the firing line'.
6th December 2015 - SALISBURY PLAIN ANTI-TANK RANGE (Area 16)
29th November 2015 - SALISBURY PLAIN ANTI-TANK RANGE (Area 16)
The exact RV time and location will be announced on, or before, Thursday 3rd Dec, I’d anticipate that this would be around 08:15 but will confirm as soon as a route into the range has been verified as passable by a regular car - tracks are crushed stone, slightly rutted in places, but nothing too severe. Late arrivals will not be permitted as we have no way of escorting you at the moment, as and when we get more members authorised as ‘red card’ holders then we could in theory send out a vehicle to mop up late comers, however this is not an option right now. The club will bring a small number of targets to add to the hard targets that are already on this range.
European Commission attempt to strengthen control of LEGAL firearms across the EU
Several members have picked up on the news that the EU are discussing plans to further restrict certain types of firearms within the EU member states. For us UK citizens this could impact on those of us that use a rifle that looks like a military full auto rifle – so that includes your straight pull AR, AK, SLR etc. It also would include your semi-auto .22 SIG, AR15 clone and the dozens of other .22 semi-auto training rifles out there. It would even include that old de-act MG hanging on your wall....
The Eurocrats have hijacked the recent atrocities in Paris in an attempt to steamroller through these draconian proposals, not everything has been decided on or agreed yet, however it would seem that the following points were agreed on the 20th Nov: implementing a common standard for deactivated weapons, retaining all passenger details for EU flights for 12 months and locking down of the external boarders.
Their response to the immediate reclassification of semi-auto rifles to category A (prohibited – same as our Section 5) was more vague, I quote: 3. The Council: b) welcomes the presentation by the Commission on 18 November 2015 of a proposal to revise the current Directive on Firearms, on which work will start without delay.
Various shooting groups across the EU are already gearing up to oppose this, I’ve also been advised that certain EU member states such as Finland and Poland are totally against these proposals – anyone that boarders Russia would no doubt sympathise!
At least two opposition petitions have already been setup, see below. I’ve attached the various documents that are in circulation, along with a statement from the Belgian equivalent of the NRA. I urge you to oppose these proposals for stricter control of licensed firearms. Start with the online petitions, then we’ll assist members in drafting any personal objection letters. The club will also write to formally oppose any proposals that restrict the legitimate and licensed target shooter or hunter.
We’ll keep an eye on this and try to update you as and when something changes. Many thanks to Jan for trawling through this lot, providing the attached documents and making sense of it all.
Law Commission - Firearms Law review - September 2015
Click here to read our 19th September 2015 submission, we also sent a separate submission on the 21st September, which contained our recommendations on the licensing process. To ensure clarity we produced these 2 very different, and separate, responses. On the one hand we need to 'educate' the lawmakers as to who we are, and what we do (hence the 1st submission) - and on the other hand we do not want to miss out on the opportunity to simplify the current firearms laws.
Click here to read the NRA submission, sadly it DOESN'T help us at all, details as to why this is the case will be provided by email to all members.
Original announcement on the Law Commission consultation to all members - August 2015
You may have recently read various articles regarding a new consultation announced by the ‘Law Commission’ in relation to UK Firearms law, this consultation closes on the 21 September.
Never heard of the Law Commission? One of the primary purposes of the law commission is to examine archaic laws and simplify them in the UK. As we know, firearms law is ridiculously complicated, and the admin required by the Police to work within the framework is both confusing and time consuming, and therefore expensive (as seen in the recent price hikes for renewals etc), its also open to wide interpretation between police forces, occasionally to our detriment.
The Law Commission is a statutory independent body, and according to their website, before deciding which projects to take forward, the Law Commission takes views from judges, lawyers, Government Departments, the voluntary and business sectors, and the general public – so that means us.
At the end of a project they will submit a report to the Lord Chancellor and relevant Secretary of State, giving their final recommendations and the reasons for making them. Where necessary, they will include a draft Bill that would give effect to their recommendations. It has been claimed that approximately 67% of the Law Commission's law reform recommendations have been enacted.
However I was dismayed to discover that one of our members has been contacted by his licensing department, advising him that the firearms licensing department manager will be using this ‘opportunity’, to prohibit private ownership large calibre rifles for sporting purposes – stated as 338, .50, 20mm etc, (and also high capacity .22RF magazines) and is prepared to “actively petition parliament”.
This is a blatant attempt to hijack what should be a unique opportunity to improve procedures. It is of grave concern, and has forced us to submit a pre-emptive response – which I am in the process of drafting.
What can I do?
If you have been contacted by your licensing department, regarding this consultation, please let me know urgently. We will NOT contact the licensing department, and will not name them in any correspondence with other club members, or our actual consultation response – unless you request otherwise. If it appears that licensing departments are acting unlawfully then we may advise the NRA accordingly.
Responses needed by the 30th August 2015 please.
See below for more details:
Raton 2015 - 50cal world championships!
Preparations for Raton 2015 - at Sennybridge!
On Saturday 27th June two member of the British team made a last minute visit to Sennybridge F range to check their rifle setup and zero at extended ranges, sporting new prototype rear mono-pods for the Fortmeier rifles, and a fancy paint job for Mike's rifle (see below!). The following day the flight departed Manchester airport on the 11 hour flight without incident, rifles safely stowed in the hold along with hundreds of new shiny empty cases. This year the competitors will be assembling ammunition on site at the range complex in Raton using components very generously supplied by Bernie at EP Ammunition, and Edgar Brothers. More to follow as the match commences....
18th December 2014 - CHANGE OF CLUB SECRETARY
Dear FCSA members,
I am writing to you all to inform you of some significant changes to the clubs management structure.
I formed the FCSA UK with John just over 10 years ago, with the aim of it being a relatively small club with the sole intention of fighting the Home Office on its 2004 attempt at further curtailing the sporting use of very large calibre firearms. Initial estimates were that we’d achieve a membership of around 40 or 50 members. Since then, the club has grown exponentially, with a current active membership of around 350 people, and rather than being a small pressure group, we shoot every month, compete on the international stage and are highly regarded by similar shooting organisations around the world.
Having 350+ members, plus the several dozen new applications received per week (many are not accepted), obviously creates a huge workload for John, as he also manages the Offas Dyke membership, which is of a similar number.
The impact on John is tremendous, and considerably more than anyone should have to deal with. A typical visit to the range for John consists of dealing with numerous membership & renewal enquiries, before finally getting down to shoot for an hour before the range closes, if he’s lucky. The ‘behind the scenes’ task of dealing with the MOD, Landmarc, and the Police is nothing short of a full-time job. It is in this environment that we have discussed the prospect of reducing John's burden in a staged manner, with the aim of giving him some quality of life back, whilst ensuring that the club remains in safe hands.
With this daunting prospect in mind, it was good fortune when one of our more active members stepped forward to offer his assistance. I met with John to discuss this offer on several occasions, and after lengthy discussions it was agreed by both John and myself that succession planning would be instigated without further delay.
This individual is Mike Roberts, you may well know his name as he was one of the group that attended the 50cal world championships in Raton this year. Mike is more than just a keen shooter, having worked with firearms for many years on a professional basis, thanks to his service with the RAF and Met Police, he now directs his firearms towards long distance ETR targets, as well as being an active stalker. Luckily for Mike, his current occupation enables him to allocate his time in a manner conducive to club secretarial tasks.
So as of this email, I’d like to formally thank John on behalf of each and every member of this club for his absolute steadfast dedication to the club, words cannot honestly express our gratitude. I’d also like to welcome Mike in as the new Secretary of the FCSA UK, and hope that you will all support him in his new found role in life. Please bear in mind that this is certainly NOT a goodbye to John, John will continue to arrange all range bookings for the FCSA until approximately April/May 2015, at which point I’ll take over that task for the FCSA.
John will also continue as FCSA Treasurer for the next couple of months at least – his successor for this post is in the pipeline, more on that one later.
I should point out that John will continue as Secretary and Treasurer of the Offas Dyke rifle club, so he still has a significant burden.
We have formulated a detailed plan, outlining a multitude of tasks that need completing as part of this complex handover, it is anticipated that this will be a fairly smooth transition so hopefully it wont impact dramatically on any member. Mike can be emailed (phone number on website), all renewal & membership enquiries, or requests to bring guests should now be directed to Mike. Range booking enquiries should still be sent to John.
Most importantly, you’ll hopefully see more of John relaxing and shooting his 50cal!
All the best and thanks for your support,