Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Badge.

NSRA Affiliation No 2285

Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association

Cookies Policy.  By continuing to use this website you are actively implying consent for the placing of cookies on your device by this website.

Latest News

Page last updated on Saturday, 7 October, 2017 10:22 PM

'The Chipperfield Ranges'

Photograph gives a panoramic view of The Chipperfield Ranges, Redhill, Maer, Baldwin's Gate, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 5EA.

The above photograph gives a panoramic view of The Chipperfield Ranges, Redhill, Maer, Baldwin's Gate, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 5EA.

ALL users of the Chipperfield Ranges (Baldwin's Gate) MUST be aware of AND COMPLY WITH the information contained within the Range Standing Orders and Code of Conduct.

Forthcoming Events Calendar

Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association - Committee Meeting

The next SSRA Committee Meeting will take place on Sunday 22nd October 2017, starting at 10:00am prompt.

The venue being The Beverley Hotel, 58 Lichfield Road, Walsall, WS4 2DJ.

For full details see the Events Calendar.

Staffordshire County 10 Metre Airgun Teams 2017/2018

Saturday, 7 October, 2017 10:16 PM

The following shooters will represent Staffordshire in the 2017/2018 Inter-County 10 Metre Air Pistol and 10 Metre Air Rifle Leagues:

Staffordshire County Air Pistol Team 2017/2018
Name
Club
Average (Ex. 300)
Haley Platts
Lichfield
272.70
Mike Peacock
Leek
245.55
Theo Kyriacou
City of Stoke
243.90
Osborn J Spence
Leek
243.15
Martin Jupp
Leek
242.10
 
Staffordshire County Air Rifle Team 2017/2018
Name
Club
Average (Ex. 300)
David Walker
City of Stoke
260.10
Paul D. Barker
Leek
259.95
Vic Elliott
Lichfield
254.40
Kevin Halfpenny
City of Stoke
250.05
Ken Beddows
Lichfield
247.95

Staffordshire Airgun Championships 2017 - Cancellation

Saturday, 26 August, 2017 10:17 PM

Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association regretfully announces the cancellation of the Staffordshire Airgun Championships 2017.

The Championships were to have taken place over the week-end of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September 2017.

This unfortunate course of action has been taken due to an insufficient number of entries being received for the competition.

However, the SSRA may consider reinstating the Staffordshire Airgun Championships at some point in the future.

SSRA would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this late cancellation.

Who Would Wear A Jacket Like This?

Calling all shooting buddies, sports historians, and local history experts. A little assistance is needed in trying to piece together a rather puzzling mystery. Intrigued? Then let's begin the journey. Together, we may be able to decipher who was the original owner of this item of shooting memorabilia.

As you can see from the photograph below, this rather grand array of shooting badges, some of which relate to the Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association, plus various other shooting badges, are stitched onto what was once a canvas back panel of a prone shooting jacket.

Photograph shows the back panel of a shooting jacket, bearing various shooting related badges.

The above photograph shows the back panel of a shooting jacket, bearing various shooting related badges.

The burning question is this; does anyone know whom the rifle shooter was who dedicated his - or her - life to shooting , thus earning this impressive collection of awards?

Various suggestions have been already been forthcoming as to the possible owner of these badges; those names include Bill Godwin and Fred Troke.

Please contact the Website Manager with any help or suggestions, as any information would be greatly appreciated in order to attribute this wonderful collection to the rightful person.

Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association - Committee Meeting

The next SSRA Committee Meeting will take place on Sunday 22nd October 2017, starting at 10:00am prompt.

The venue being The Beverley Hotel, 58 Lichfield Road, Walsall, WS4 2DJ.

For full details see the Events Calendar.

Fred Troke (1934-2017) - Obituary

Saturday, 13 May, 2017 9:50 PM

Photograph shows Fred Troke in classic prone shooting pose.

The above photograph shows Fred Troke in classic prone shooting pose

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Fred Troke on the 2nd April 2017 at the age of 83. He was a member and one time Captain of the City of Birmingham Rifle Club, a life member and former Chairman of the Goodyear Rifle Club, and founder member and President of the Chipperfield Rifle Club. He was also Vice President of the Staffordshire SBRA.

In 1974, Fred was elected Walsall Sports Personality of the Year.

Fred started shooting in 1952 at GKN Darlaston RC, and obtained his first FAC in 1954. He joined the City of Birmingham RC in 1962, and by about 1972 was in ‘X’ Class and the National Squad, and was chosen to shoot for Great Britain and England on several occasions. He was a regular competitor at the Bisley and Scottish meetings, and although suffering from very poor sight, was still shooting up to the end of last year.

At County level Fred was Staffordshire County Long Range Champion in 1972, 1974, and 1991, and 50 Metre Champion in 72, 74, 82, 83, and 92, Short Range Champion in 1971 and 1974, and Veteran Long Range Champion in 2001.

He was a keen committee member and gave sound advice on both shooting and construction matters. He designed and helped build the baffle on the 100-metre range at Aldersley, and prior to the Staffordshire Open Meetings, he and Major (Rtd.) Peter Martin would be preparing the range, staying in a caravan on site and frequenting the local hostelry.

Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Janet and family.

(Obituary kindly submitted by Staffordshire's NSRA Representative Mike Wilcox.)

Presentation of Staffordshire County Badges - Air Section - 2016/2017 Season

Wednesday, 12 April, 2017 1:35 PM

Photograph of Staffordshire County Team Badge.

The above photograph shows the Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association County Badge

Lichfield shooter Bill Hulley, and Leek shooter Martin Jupp, were both highly delighted to have been included as new members of the Staffordshire County Air Pistol Team, which competed in the NSRA (680) Inter-County Air Pistol League 2016/2017 - Division 5.

Also, Leek shooter Paul D Barker, was equally delighted to have been included as a new member of the Staffordshire County Air Rifle 'A' Team, which competed in the NSRA (660) Inter-County Air Rifle League 2016/2017 - Division 3.

The presentation of the badges to Martin and Paul was carried out by SSRA Airgun Secretary Osborn Spence, at Leek and District Shooting Centre. Bill was presented with his badge by SSRA Airgun Secretary Osborn Spence at Hopwas Scout Hut.

 

Photograph shows Bill Hulley (pictured left) receiving his Staffordshire County Badge from SSRA Airgun Secretary, Osborn Spence (pictured right).

The above photograph shows Bill Hulley (pictured left) receiving his Staffordshire County Badge from SSRA Airgun Secretary, Osborn Spence (pictured right).

 

Photograph shows Martin Jupp (pictured right) receiving his Staffordshire County Badge from SSRA Airgun Secretary, Osborn Spence (pictured left).

The above photograph shows Martin Jupp (pictured right) receiving his Staffordshire County Badge from SSRA Airgun Secretary, Osborn Spence (pictured left).

 

Photograph shows Paul D Barker (pictured right) receiving his Staffordshire County Badge from SSRA Airgun Secretary, Osborn Spence (pictured left).

The above photograph shows Paul D Barker (pictured right) receiving his Staffordshire County Badge from SSRA Airgun Secretary, Osborn Spence (pictured left).

Funeral Arrangements For Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Vice-President - Mr. Fred Troke

Friday, 7 April, 2017 8:42 PM

It is with great sadness that Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association confirms the funeral arrangements for former Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Vice-President – Mr. Fred Troke, whom sadly passed away on the evening of 2nd April 2017.

The funeral service will take place on Monday 24th April 2017, at All Saints Church, Bloxwich, Walsall, WS3 2HR, commencing at 10.30am.

Following the church service at Bloxwich, the funeral cortège will then proceed to Sandwell Crematorium, Newton Road, West Bromwich, B71 3SX, arriving at 11.30am.

There will be a gathering afterwards for family and friends at the family home, 161 Lichfield Road, Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands WS3 3DP.

All connected with SSRA convey their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Fred Troke.

Range Fees 2017/2018

Annual Range Fees

Adult Members of Affiliated Clubs, Association Clubs and Individual Members of the Association may pay a one-off fee per year of 32.50, which entitles them to as many visits as they wish to make during the year.

Junior Members (up to 21 years of age) of Affiliated Clubs, Association Clubs and Individual members of the Association may pay a one-off fee per year of 16.25, which entitles them to as many visits as they wish to make during the year.

This fee is due by 1st January each year.

Please make your cheque payable to Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association, and send it to the address shown below.

Please include your name, and the name of the Club to which you belong, and a SAE for acknowledgement.

Sue Willcox
Secretary
3 Woodhaven
Shelfield
West Midlands
WS4 1TH

Telephone: 01922 448264

Email: Secretary

 

Daily Range Fees

Adult Daily Range Fee (including Guests) £3.50

Junior Daily Range Fee (up to 21 years of age) £1.75

SSRA Air Section - Individual Air Pistol League - Winter 2016/2017 - Winner - Theo Kyriacou

Photograph shows City of Stoke Chairman - Mike Baxter (pictured right) presenting City of Stoke shooter Theo Kyriacou (pictured left) with his SSRA Air Section - Individual Air Pistol League  - Winter 2016/2017 -Winners Medal.

The above photograph shows City of Stoke Chairman - Mike Baxter (pictured right) presenting City of Stoke shooter Theo Kyriacou (pictured left) with his

SSRA Air Section - Individual Air Pistol League - Winter 2016/2017 -Winners Medal.

News from the NSRA - Exemption Certificates and Section 11/4

The following article appears on the NSRA website, concerning the questions relating to Exemption Certificates and Section 11/4.

Article begins


16 March 2017

Exemption Certificates

Recently there has been concern raised over the legislation surrounding the sale and purchase of firearms and the impact of rules such as section 11/4 exemption certificates.

The kind of questions asked and comments made have included:

'What's the deal with acquiring .22 rifles on exemption certificates?'

'If acquiring off an individual, presumably they'll need to tell their local police they've disposed of a firearm.'

'What happens at our end?'

'Do we send a letter to the police with serial numbers etc?'

'Keep a record of what we have got in a safe place?'

'I've acquired ammo on one before, which is simple enough - RFD keep s a log of who he's sold it to, we keep a log of what we've bought, and which members we sell it to.'

'What about firearms though?'

 

To clarify the situation, The Firearms Act 1968, together with amendments, runs to 103 pages. Since the 1968 Act there have been 22 Acts of Parliament amending the original, some as diverse as the Energy Act 2004, together with 13 Statutory Instruments.

In 2001 the Home Office issued a document entitled 'Firearms Law Guidance to the Police' which comprises of over 300 pages. It does not cover the six acts and four statutory instruments issued since that date.

Exemption Certificates are a small part of the legislation. It is an extremely complicated subject as can be seen from the following paragraphs.

 

Section 11(4) of the 1968 Firearms Act states:

A person conducting or carrying on a miniature rifle range (whether for a rifle club or otherwise) or shooting gallery at which no firearms are used other than airguns or miniature rifles not exceeding .23 inch caliber may, without holding a certificate, have in his possession, or purchase or acquire, such miniature rifles and ammunition suitable therefore; and any person may, without holding a certificate, use any such rifle and ammunition at such a range or gallery.

 

Firearms Guidance to the Police, paragraph 18.3 states that:

Whether approved or not, miniature rifle clubs are entitled to the exemption in section 11(4) of the 1968 Act. Under that subsection a person conducting or carrying on a miniature rifle range (whether for a rifle club or otherwise) or shooting gallery at which only miniature rifles and ammunition not exceeding .23 caliber or airguns are used may, without a firearm certificate, purchase, acquire or possess such miniature rifles or ammunition for them.

 

Whilst there is no legal definition of a miniature rifle, other than one which does not exceed .23 inch in caliber, it is generally accepted that this refers only to rifles firing .22 rimfire cartridges. Persons using the range are exempt from holding a firearm certificate only whilst using such miniature rifles and ammunition at such a range or gallery.

Whether approved or not, with or without a firearms certificate, a person may purchase small-bore rifles and ammunition under 11(4) of the Act. You do not need an 'exemption certificate' to claim exemption from the need to have a FAC. It does seem an anomaly which has been around since the 1920 Firearms Act. Do not knock it, it can give a club advantages but disadvantages are present.

Looking carefully at the wording 'a person conducting or carrying on a miniature rifle range...' This means that provided you or your club officials are running the range you may take advantage of 11(4). You could not bring the guns to Bisley and shoot in our Championship Meetings because we are 'conducting' the range. If on the other hand we hired you a number of lanes at Lord Roberts Centre and you provided the supervision that would be in order.

 

The advantages of operating under Section 11(4) are:

1. You do not have to conform to Home Office criteria

2. You do not have to accept the restrictions placed on any Firearms Certificate and therefore you would not have to wait for a variation before buying a new gun

3. Any sale of ammunition or firearms has to be face to face except where there is no need to enter the transaction into a FAC (1997 Firearms Amendment Act).

With the agreement of the Home Office in the early 1990s the Showmans' Guild of Great Britain and the NSRA were allowed to issue exemption certificates. This means that a club representative can visit our shop or any other and obtain his requirements. Section 8(2)a of the 1968 Act states that it is not an offence for a person to 'part with the possession of any firearms or ammunition, otherwise than in pursuance of a contract of sale or hire or by way of gift or loan, to that person who shows that he is by virtue of this Act entitled to have possession of the firearms or ammunition without holding a certificate.' This certificate 'shows' that entitlement. Logically proof must be required.

Before 1968 'Exempt Clubs' had a certificate (with a 2d postage stamp on it) giving power to buy guns and ammunition.

Because clubs were not keeping proper records of purchases or sales it was agreed that a FAC would be issued free of charge to Home Office approved clubs to use as a register, just as a RFD has to.

Initially the amount of guns and ammunition allowed was 'unlimited' but over the years arbitrary numbers have been imposed.

An Exemption Certificate has no such limit. You do not have to enter any purchases onto your FAC, if you hold one.

 

Home Office Approval

The Home Office issued a document in August 2016 regarding the Approval of Rifle and Muzzle-Loading Pistol Clubs.

 

Approved Clubs

Under Section 44 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, a person wishing to possess a rifle or muzzle-loading pistol solely for target shooting must be a member of an approved rifle club or, as the case may be, approved muzzle-loading pistol club. Section 44(1)(b) requires an approved club to be specified on the firearm certificate. The certificate should not list all clubs of which the holder is a member.

Any rifle, miniature rifle or muzzle-loading pistol club can apply to the relevant Secretary authority (i.e. the Home Office for clubs in England or Wales or the Scottish Government for clubs in Scotland) for approval. Approval is granted under section 15(1) of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 (as amended by section 45 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997).

When approval has been granted, members of that club can possess firearms and ammunition without holding a personal firearm certificate "when engaged as a member of the club in connection with target shooting" (Section 15(1) of the 1988 Act as amended by section 45 of the 1997 Act).

Approval also allows the police to grant a free firearm certificate to a responsible officer of the club to enable him or her to purchase and acquire firearms and ammunition for members to use for target shooting. Club members may not purchase or acquire firearms or ammunition unless they have been granted a personal firearm certificate by the police.

 

Article Ends

SSRA Air Section - Individual Air Rifle League - Winter 2016/2017 - Winner - Paul D Barker

Friday, 10 March, 2017 8:44 PM

Photograph shows SSRA Airgun Secretary - Osborn Spence (pictured left) presenting Leek and District shooter Paul D Barker (pictured right) with his SSRA Air Section - Individual Air Rifle League - Winter 2016/2017 - Winner's Medal.

The above photograph shows SSRA Airgun Secretary - Osborn Spence (pictured left) presenting Leek and District shooter Paul D Barker (pictured right) with his

SSRA Air Section - Individual Air Rifle League - Winter 2016/2017 - Winner's Medal.

Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Combined Open Squadded Rifle Meeting 2017

Sunday, 19 February, 2017 10:35 PM

Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association can now confirm the date for the forthcoming SSRA Combined Open Squadded Rifle Meeting.

The event will be held on Sunday 6th August 2017, at The Chipperfield Ranges, Baldwin's Gate, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 5EA.

Full details regarding the event will be published in the near future.

'Meet the Chipperfields' Article - The Rifleman - Autumn 1997 - Issue 731

Continuing the story of the history and development of the Chipperfield Ranges, there was a rather nice article written about the Chipperfield Ranges, entitled 'Meet the Chipperfields' which appeared in The Rifleman magazine - Autumn 1997 - Issue 731.

Disabled Shooters - Do You Need A Dispensation?

Are you a shooter with a disability, and whom would like to compete in target shooting? If the answer is yes, then you may find the following article a very interesting read.

The full article appears on the Disabled Shooting Project website, and a small excerpt taken from that article is shown below.

 

Excerpt taken from the Disabled Shooting Project - Dispensation Information Article

 

Do you need a Dispensation?


Question: What is it for?

Answer: It allows less able and disabled shooters to take part in competitions.

At present the National Smallbore Rifle Association is the only national governing body to have this arrangement for full integration of disabled and non-disabled shooters in almost all of its competitions.

The DSP has been working with other governing bodies regarding arrangements that may make competitions in other target shooting disciplines more accessible for disabled shooters.

The National Rifle Association allows dispensations for competitors at its national meetings. The CPSA is considering whether this sort of scheme will be appropriate for disabled clay target shooters.

 

The NSRA's Dispensation System

Part 1 – The Problem.

Many people in target shooting have some physical reason for not being able to shoot with entirely 'conventional' equipment or technique. If this means that they do not comply with the standard technical rules, on the face of it they cannot take part in competitions shot under those rules.

These people range from those who have a relatively minor condition to those with significant disabilities. In some cases the reason may be temporary, but for the majority, it is permanent.

Some of these shooters only need to make minor changes to their technique, or to use a helpful gadget; others have tailor-made equipment and are unable to adopt any of the conventional prone, standing or kneeling positions.

 

Part 2 – The Solution.

For quite a few years now, the NSRA has had a system for allowing such people to take part in most of the competitions run under NSRA rules. This includes the majority of domestic championships, leagues and open shoots.

Any shooter who falls within the field outlined in Part 1 may apply to the Association for a dispensation. If it is granted, he or she can take part in competitions run under NSRA rules.

In the first decade of the 21st century, the NSRA issued dispensations to approximately 60 shooters. Some have more than one because they shoot more than one discipline.

 

End of excerpt taken from the Disabled Shooting Project - Dispensation Information Article

 

To view the article in full, which gives a much more in depth explanation of dispensations and how to apply, please visit the Disabled Shooting Project - Dispensation Information webpage.

In addition, you can view and download from this website, by selecting the following link, a Disabled Shooters Dispensation Information Leaflet.

Staffordshire County 10 Metre Airgun Teams 2016/2017

Saturday, 27 August, 2016 5:55 PM

The following shooters will represent Staffordshire in the 2016/2017 Inter-County 10 Metre Air Pistol and 10 Metre Air Rifle Leagues:

 

Staffordshire County Air Pistol Team
Name
Club
Average (Ex. 300)
Hayley Platts
Lichfield
270.60
Vic Jagiello
Lichfield
269.90
Bill Hulley
Lichfield
260.58
Martin Jupp
Leek
250.29
Mike Peacock
Leek
244.95
 
Staffordshire County Air Rifle 'A' Team
Name
Club
Average (Ex. 300)
Jayne Bennett
Sutton Coldfield
261.09
David Walker
City of Stoke
253.95
Paul Barker
Leek
250.71
Kevin Halfpenny
City of Stoke
250.29
Alan Whitmore
City of Stoke
248.37
 
Staffordshire County Air Rifle 'B' Team
Name
Club
Average (Ex. 300)
Vic Elliott
Lichfield
250.71
Ken Beddows
Lichfield
240.00
Robert Broxton
Lichfield
238.71
Osborn Spence
Leek
219.18
Liam Sayers
Leek
216.00

Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Team Banner

Photograph shows SSRA Committee Members Steve Rowe (pictured left) and County Captain Dave Glover (pictured right) proudly display the new Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Team Banner.

SSRA Committee Members Steve Rowe (pictured left) and County Captain Dave Glover (pictured right) proudly display the new Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Team Banner.

Surely, the above photograph is enough to strike fear into the opposition at various shooting competitions in the future.

No, not the two chaps from the SSRA Committee who are pictured in the photograph, although they are excellent shots in their own right. But the mere sight of the brand new Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Team Banner being unfurled at competitions will be enough to give the opposing teams the shakes before the shooting commences, as it heralds the presence of the Staffordshire Team.

The Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Team when participating in events around the country will proudly display the banner. This will undoubtedly help to further promote the team, and add a touch of colourful charisma to their attendance.

Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Blazer Badge

Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association Blazer Badge

This beautifully created cloth blazer badge, with silver bullion wire detailing upon a blue background, depicts the Stafford Knot with the words 'Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association' encompassing the central design.  This striking design is mounted on a black background to further enhance the badge.

Anyone that is affiliated to Staffordshire SRA, usually through affiliated club membership, can purchase a badge - irrespective of which county he or she may live in.

If you would like to purchase one of these very desirable badges, the SSRA has a limited number in stock at a price of only £12 per badge, plus postage.

To place your order, and for further details of how to pay, please email your contact details to Trophies Secretary.

This Website Is Now RSS News Feed Enabled

What is RSS?

RSS is a technology that is being used by millions of web users around the world to keep track of their favorite websites.

In the ‘old days’ of the web, to keep track of updates on a website, you had to ‘bookmark’ websites in your browser and manually return to them on a regular basis to see what had been added.

Some of the problems with just bookmarking your favourite websites are:

1. You, as the web surfer, had to do all the work.
2. It can get complicated when you are trying to track many websites at once.
3. You miss information when you forget to check your bookmarks.
4. You end up seeing the same information over and over again on sites that don’t update very often.

 

RSS Changes Everything

What if you could tell a website to let you know every time that they update? In a sense, this is what RSS does for you.

RSS is a technology that provides you with a method of getting relevant and up to date information sent to you, for you to read in your own time. It saves you time, and helps you to get the information you want quickly after it was published.

RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. Many people describe it as a ‘news feed’ that you subscribe to.

You can easily set up an RSS News Feed account from within your own email programme - for example Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird etc.

There are even 'Stand Alone' RSS Readers available to download for free.

In addition, web based email providers such as Yahoo or Google offer an RSS Reader service.

For a far more in depth explanation of what RSS feeds and readers are all about, please visit the following website: the What Is RSS Website.

News Archives Section

To view a selection of the stories and updates from throughout 2016, please visit the News Archive for 2016.

To view a selection of the stories and updates from throughout 2015, please visit the News Archive for 2015.

To view a selection of the stories and updates from throughout 2014, please visit the News Archive for 2014.

Check The Location Of The Chipperfield Ranges Using The Interactive Google Map

You can now plan your route to the Chipperfield Ranges by using the embedded Google Map, which can be found on the Contact and Location Details webpage, also on the Facilities webpage.

Copyright © Staffordshire Smallbore Rifle Association - NSRA Affiliation No 2285

Website Cookie Policy

Link to SSRA Website Cookie Policy

For more information regarding how cookies may be used by this website, please read fully our Cookies Policy

Events Calendar

Image of diary.

Events Calendar

RSS_Feed_Icon While you are here, why not subscribe to our RSS News Feed

Rule Book Icon. Link to Various Shooting Rules and Regulations

E-Mail Icon. E-Mail the SSRA Website Manager

This document was successfully checked as XHTML 1.0 Transitional. Blank Spacer Image.This document validates as CSS level 3.Blank Spacer Image.This is a valid RSS feed.