Members may be interested to learn that Jonathan Ferguson’s new book about the history of bullpup firearms in British service is available from the link below.

Thorneycroft to SA80: British Bullpup Firearms, 1901 – 2020 – Royal Armouries

“COVID-19  Suspension of monthly meetings at the Royal Armouries Leeds

To all our members / good friends who usually attend our monthly HBSA Northern Group Meetings in Leeds, we announce the suspension of meetings until further notice.

Many of you will have followed the recent Government announcements and advice with regard to the developing pandemic.

The latest advice is still to limit attendance at social gatherings etc.  This is especially true for those in the 70+ age group and with underlying health issues.

We can only fully agree with this course of action.

In the meantime, we wish everyone the very best during these difficult times.

Kindest regards

Andrew Claxton”

What is the HBSA ?

Now, in its 47th year, the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association (HBSA) was founded in 1973 to encourage the preservation of breechloading firearms and to foster study of all aspects from the aesthetics of the sporting gunmaker and engraver’s art to the functional equipment of the soldier or target shooter.

With increasing legislative pressure perversely focused on those legitimately in possession of firearms, the necessity to have an effective voice representing the interests of the shooter / collector became ever more imperative.

The HBSA has always met at the Imperial War Museum in London.  Unfortunately, the pressures of modern life mean that it is often quite difficult and costly to travel to the IWM to attend meetings.  The answer to this predicament was to form members’ groups outside the Home Counties.  At the forefront of this development has been a group which initially met in Sheffield, but which has now found a superb home at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

What do we get up to?

Northern Members of HBSA meet at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on the evening of the second Thursday of each month for lectures (see Lecture Programme) on a wide variety of subjects of interest to the shooter / collector.  In addition, whilst not a shooting club, we do organise a small number of shoots each year using Classic, Vintage and Veteran Firearms and contemporaneous targets. Meeting attendance is by invitation only, for  reasons of security. The images below show some of the events attended, and lectures in progress at the Royal Armouries where we are privileged to be permitted to handle firearms from their extensive collection – far more interesting than just seeing them on a Powerpoint slide !

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