Very Light Magazine is a magazine of The Antique & Historical Arms Collectors Guild of Victoria, Inc No 81 June 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the Guild will be held at 7.30 PM on Monday the 25th of July 2016 at the Eley Park Community Centre, Eley Rd., Blackburn South, Victoria.

(Supper will be served after the meeting)

Any notice of motions and nominations for committee positions must be in the hands of the Secretary seven days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting. All Committee positions will be declared vacant and nominations are called for the position (s) of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Media Officer/Editor of Caps & Flints, and seven other officers.

Ordinary Business (as required by Rule 9 (4) of the Guilds Rules):

• To confirm the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting and of any general meeting held since that meeting;

• To receive from the Committee reports upon the transactions of the Guild during the last preceding financial year;

• To elect officers of the Guild; and

• To receive and consider the statement submitted by the Guild in accordance with section 30 (3) of the Act;

• To appoint an Auditor.

The annual General Meeting may also transact special business of which notice is given in accordance with the Guild’s Rules.

Please do attend the AGM (and enjoy the supper). We need a quorum of 20 members which means we need you to come along!

After the AGM we will announce the results of the Major Noel Hall Award. This has been very successful and has resulted in really excellent displays. Our grateful thanks to all those who participated. We have all enjoyed these evenings.



This is the Final General Mail Out of Very Light

As advised in the last issue of Very Light that due to rising mail costs this edition will be the last that will be mailed out to all members.

The committee has decided that we will attempt to cut some of those costs by making more use of the internet where possible in the distribution of Very Light to members. The committee is also aware that a number of Guild members don’t have access to the internet so we have decided upon a simple solution.

If you don’t have access to the internet please advise the Secretary of this by mail at our PO Box 2976 Cheltenham, 3192, or by phone to (03) 9584 2907 during business hours and a printed copy will continue to be posted to you in the usual fashion when it is issued. A number of members have already responded as requested but if you still require it by post and you haven’t advised the Secretary then please advise him as requested.

For members with internet access there is no need to advise the Secretary. All you have to do to access the latest issue is to visit our website http://armscollectorsguild.com

Click on News, then click on Very Light which will take you to the latest issue. Please do not advise the Secretary that you are using the website option as that will be assumed if you haven’t told us that you want to receive a mailed copy.

Please note that from August Very Light will be published regularly every two months with the next issue to be available on the website on the 1st of August and thereafter on the first day of October, December, February etc.

Those who opt for a copy by post will receive it as usual and as close to that date as the postal system allows.

This method of distribution will not apply to Caps & Flints which will continue to be mailed out in the usual fashion. Nor will it apply to any matters that arise that require the committee to advise all members urgently which also will be mailed, including annual renewals.

So to ensure that those of you who don’t have internet access continue to receive Very Light please be sure to advise the Secretary if you want a printed copy mailed to you.

Government Review of National Firearms Agreement (NFA)

Early this year the Federal Government undertook a review of the NFA. As members will recall the NFA was introduced in the wake of the Port Arthur shooting in 1996 and further revised following the Monash shooting in 2002.

After pressure from firearms owners’ organizations they were allowed to lodge submissions addressing particular concerns they had. The Guild made a submission to it addressing the matter of registration of antique percussion handguns. The government concluded the review and made no changes to any of the NFA conditions.

Monday Night Themes for 2016

A Comment about Displays

We are a club for people who are interested in collecting and studying historic arms. Part of this shared interest is the displays at our regular monthly Monday night meetings. Naturally it follows that our meetings can only be as interesting as the displays presented by individual Guild members. Every year the committee strives to provide a broad range of display topics to encourage everyone who wishes to participate, and prizes are offered as an incentive.

But your club committee can only go so far as providing topics and the venue because if members don’t provide displays then that effort is wasted. Regularly we have suggested to people that there is nothing binding about the themes and if a person has something which they feel others would be interested in seeing then bring it along - just because it doesn’t fit a particular night’s theme doesn’t mean it can’t be displayed. However even this does not appear to be understood by members and it is disturbing that the number of displays and participants is falling.

We now have a situation where the same half dozen or so members are the principal contributors on most nights. While they are to be wholeheartedly commended for their efforts it would be good to see displays from other members as well, rather than continual complaints from people who never provide displays about how dull the Monday nights have become.

The committee creates the conditions to allow that our Monday nights might have interesting displays otherwise what is the point of the Monday night meeting. So fellow members please consider that a club is only as good and as interesting as its individual members can make it and a key part of that are displays of items which are of interest to all of us.

The remaining themes for 2016 are –

27 June - 20th Century - Arms & Militaria (This is Major Noel Hall Award night).

25 July Annual General Meeting and presentation of display awards

29 August – General buy and sell night.

26 September - Blades & Staves – Swords, knives, bayonets, spears, lances and pole arms. (This is Major Noel Hall Award night).

31 October - General un-themed display night with buy & sell

28 November - Vintagers Display Night – Theme to be announced.

For Sale


Vic. Govt. Markings and complete with bayonet, scabbard & muzzle protector. All in excellent condition. $1000

Call or email Adrian 0417 772 535, adrian@stonehenge.com.au



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