No.53 - February 2011

Talk by International Heritage Arms Expert, Dr. Christopher Roads

On the 10th of January, in lieu of our customary end of month meeting, the Guild hosted a most interesting talk by Dr. Christopher Roads on his experiences setting up an arms museum in Oman. After the talk Dr. Roads answered questions about the many British service arms that members had bought along. The talk was well-attended and a supper was served afterwards. The Guild extends its thanks to Dr. Roads for an interesting and informative evening.

The Major Noel Hall Award

To honour the memory of Major Noel Hall the Committee has instituted the Major Noel Hall Award for displays presented at the Monday night meetings which is now under way. The award will be $500.00.

Judging and Award Procedure

The themes for displays are notified in advance in Very Light. This is to enable all members thinking of putting on a display ample preparation time.

The system is quite simple and consists of two parts.

1. Displays are judged on the night and an ongoing cumulative record is kept of results.

2. At the AGM the Guild member with the highest number of points accumulated over the previous 12 months is presented with the award. In the event of a tie the prize will be divided amongst the winners.

Points System

Judging will be done on each night by a person or persons appointed by the President, or in his absence by a Committee Member, with the caveat that a judge cannot also be someone who has presented a display on that night. Evert display is awarded a number of points on the following basis –

5 points for a display that falls within the theme for the night.

3 points for providing a display that does not fit the theme.

2 points for providing the best display of the evening.

At present we have approximately seven to nine display nights per annum and this would allow a fair range of competition from all members who are interested in taking part. The Guild will maintain a record of points won and at each meeting an updated list will be displayed so participants can check their progress. The judges’ decision will be final and no discussion will be entered into.

Themes for 2011

The following are the themes and dates for the Monday night meetings in 2011.

Feb. 28 – Firearms curiosa, unusual and unique arms.

Mar. 28 – Cavalry and navy arms.

Apr. 25 – Accoutrements and holsters.

May 30 – Swords and edged weapons (a supper will be provided)

Jun. 27 – Airguns and pistols, poachers’ guns and cane guns.

Jul. 25 – Annual General Meeting and presentation of the Major Noel Hall Award.

Please note that even though we have set themes for these nights we encourage members who have something of interest to that may not be related to the particular them to bring it along. Likewise we also encourage members to bring along items for sale as this adds variety (ammunition and registerable firearms can only be offered for sale by a suitably licensed dealer).

Request for Information – Moore’s/National (Colt) Teat Fire Revolvers

Author Philip Boulton is currently researching the assembly number sequence for Moore’s/National (Colt) Teat Fire revolvers. The assembly number is an alphabetical two letter series combined with the last two digits of the serial number and is found on the wedge, barrel, frame and grips. If anyone has examples of these revolvers and would like to help Mr. Boulton he can be contacted by email at philboultoncps@hotmail.com or by mail at 22 Robinia Green, Southampton, SO16 8EQ, England, UK.

Stolen Firearm

We have been notified of a firearm stolen in the Midland area, Perth WA. It is a Winchester 1873 Model 44.40 calibre rifle, serial number 173575A, with a series of engravings of the names of the Lawrence family who have owned it. It is an important family heirloom and a reward for safe return is offered. Please phone Les Lawrence on 08 9271 9703 or Lauchlan Lawrence on 0433 944 639.

Draft Review of Control of Weapons Act 1990

The Guild like other organizations that currently has a club exemption for the purposes of collecting of swords and crossbows has been sent, for comment, a draft review of the conditions under which the exemptions are issued by the Department of Justice. We will be preparing a submission to the department concerning this.

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