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Long Barrelled Pistol (LBP)

Long Barrelled Pistols and Long Barrelled Revolvers are gaining popularity amongst the members of our club.

Long barrelled Pistols is an all encompassing term for a pistol that falls within UK Firearms legislation, therefore it is 24 inches overall length and the barrel is a minimum length of 12 inches. This includes Revolvers and in .22lr, Semi Automatic firearms.

The major contributing factor that differenciates these long firearms from rifles, is the fact that they are designed to be shot one-handed, not from the shoulder.

With the boom in popularity of these firearms, a league that we have been competitive and succesful in for a number of years (Hendon Rifle League) have a competition to shoot these types of firearms, for which our range is perfect for the competition.

Hendon Rifle Club - Competition 13 - Long Barrelled Pistols .22 with Open Sights

This competition is shot to NSRA Rules and the Hendon summary is as follows:

Course: In each round, 30 shots, 10 at each of three targets, each in 10 minutes.

Targets: NSRA PL14 at 20yds, or SPA1 at 25m.

Range: 20yds or 25m.

Pistols: Calibre .22, and minimum Trigger Weight, when measured vertically, of 500g, fitted with Open Sights.

Pistols to conform to Section 1, Firearms Act 1968 (as amended).

Position: Standing, unsupported, one hand only.

Long Barrelled Pistols, or Long Barrelled Revolvers chambered in .22lr are allowed to be fired on our range at Dudley Rifle Club, however due to the nature of the Home Office Club Certificate Exemption these can only be fired by those people who specifically have the serial number of the pistol they are shooting on their personal FAC. There are no exemptions to this rule at Dudley Rifle Club, as all activities are considered club activities and are covered by the Home Office Exemption Certificate.

The Home Office Guidance on Firearms Law, November 2015, Version 16 (Page 159) states:

Members of a rifle club, miniature rifle club or muzzle-loading pistol club approved by the Secretary of State or the Scottish Ministers may, without holding firearm certificates, have in their possession firearms and ammunition when engaged as members of the club in, or in connection with, target shooting (section 15(1) of the 1988 Act as amended by section 45 of the 1997 Act). It should be noted that section 15(1) does not stipulate that the firearms must be club firearms. A member of an approved club may temporarily possess a firearm solely in connection with target shooting on the club's range, or other ranges which it may use. However, a person cannot possess a firearm under this exemption if it is a class of firearm for which the club is not approved. It should also be noted that section 15(1) of the 1988 Act, as amended, does not apply to the use of long barrelled pistols or section 1 shotguns used for target shooting, as it only allows possession of rifles or muzzle-loading pistols at suitably approved clubs. Accordingly, club approval cannot be extended to cover the use of these firearms.