Very Light Magazine is a magazine of The Antique & Historical Arms Collectors Guild of Victoria, Inc                                                                           No 89 August 2017



2017 National Firearms Agreement Update


On the 20th of July the Guild received a letter from the Hon. Lisa Neville MP, Minister for Police. This was a reply to several submissions we had prepared regarding the 2017 National Firearms Agreement and in particular the draconian conditions contained in Clause 37 A (ii) which demanded that all pistols manufactured post 1946 held on Collectors Licences be rendered permanently inoperable.


The salient statement in the Minister’s letter and which we quote directly is –


“…the only material impact of the updated Agreement is the classification of lever action shotguns and the removal of addresses from printed firearms licences. Outside of this, the Government does not propose additional changes to firearms regulations that may flow from the updated Agreement.”


Therefore at present it looks like the attack on our collections has been rebuffed and wiser heads have prevailed. We understand that the letter we received is identical to others sent to all the major firearms owners’ organizations so this we can say is an unequivocal public statement of the Government’s intentions.


In this fight the Guild worked in collaboration with the Combined Firearms Council of Victoria and its member organizations, Field and Game Australia; International Practical Shooting Confederation; Victorian Amateur Pistol Association; Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW); Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (Vic); and the Victorian Order of Edwardian Gunners. Besides submissions prepared on behalf of the consortium each organization including the Guild undertook campaigns directed at state and Federal politicians and prepared separate submissions on behalf of their own particular interests.


We thank the Minister for this reply however we will be maintaining a close eye on the wording of the changes to the Firearms Act that will be necessary to amend it to accommodate the Government’s intentions.


It has been, and still is, a time of stress and uncertainty. Our campaign commenced with an interview with the Victorian. Shadow Attorney-General Mr. John Pesutto. Subsequent to this meeting, Mr. Pesutto MP has not commented further on this matter. However the Leader of the Opposition Mr. Matthew Guy MP has acknowledged our correspondence and responded in a positive manner.

The Annual General Meeting of the Guild will be held at 7.30 PM on Monday the 28th of August 2017 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.



Dear Members – A Call for Member Involvement


I am taking the opportunity in this copy of Very Light to renew my and the committee’s request for someone to step into the shoes of the Secretary. As announced previously, Dr Malcolm McKay wishes to step down from a role he has faithfully, and extremely well, filled for many years. Malcolm is willing to stay on until a replacement is found and will mentor the replacement for as long as the new Secretary wishes. The role would be ideal for a retired member and comes with a reasonable emolument.


Also, I would encourage members to consider Committee membership. The role of a Committee member is not an onerous one. Any interested current member is more than welcome to attend a Committee meeting as an observer, to see if he/she would enjoy participating on a more permanent basis.


Monday night meetings are an example of how their success has fallen upon the shoulders of a few members who make the effort to provide displays. We all have items of interest to show and discuss with our fellow members. Displays do not have to be restricted to the theme of the night. The aim is to make our monthly meetings as interesting as possible. It would be great if more made an effort to participate – bring out some of the treasures hidden at home.


The ongoing future success of the Guild rests entirely in the hands of the membership. I sincerely urge all to consider how each of you can contribute to our Guild’s well being.



Best wishes,


Eric W. Estlin




Quarterly Guild Lunches


Lunches are being enjoyed by a regular convivial group. The dates chosen are the second Wednesdays in the month – quarterly. The remaining dates in 2017 are; 9th of August and the 8th of November. Venue, as usual, is the German Club, 291 Dandenong Road, Windsor.


No need to book – just turn up 12.15 for 12.30 sit down.



Monday Night Themes for 2017


28 August – Annual General Meeting and presentation of the Noel Hall Award. A supper

                     will be served.


25 September – Buy and sell night, books, parts, odds and sods – anything except reg.



30 October – General unthemed display night with buy and sell.


27 November – Hunting rifles and weapons. Supper will be served.





Brunswick Rifle trigger guard and butt plate. Contact – Richard 57764284







Name Badges


Members are reminded that the Guild is taking orders for name badges for members. The cost is $15.00. The badge is depicted below



If you want one and haven’t ordered it please contact the Secretary by telephone on 9584 2907, or by email at – cupfire1@ozemail.com.au



Advertisements in Very Light


Members are reminded that they can place advertisements in Very Light if they have items for sale. There isn’t any charge but people offering registerable firearms are reminded that the actual transaction must be carried out through a licensed dealer. We suggest that for security purposes anyone wishing to advertise items for sale should keep their contact details brief such as just first name and land line or mobile number.


Also if you are seeking a particular item then you may run an advertisement free of charge. Again we suggest for security that you restrict the contact detail to your name and a landline or mobile number.





The Golden City Collectors Association will hold its annual show on the weekend of 26 and 27 August at the Bendigo Major League Multisports Centre, 3 – 5 Waterson Crt., Golden Square.


Hours are Saturday 9 am to – 5 pm and Sunday 9 am – 3 pm. Enquiries can be directed to 03 5443 5375 or www.collectorsbendigo.com.au



Chiltern Motor Museum


We draw members’ attention to the Chiltern Motor Museum operated by Guild member Gordon Stephens. This is situated at 545 Chiltern – Barnawartha Rd. Barnawartha 3688 at the 90km sign. Gordon has displays of automotive memorabilia, vintage oil engines, tractors, farm machinery plus more. He may be contacted on (02) 6026 7382 or 0437 065 994.





Australian Heritage Colt Percussion Firearms – 2nd Edition 2017


In 2008 John McLean published Australian Heritage Colt Percussion Firearms, a well

researched study of known Colt percussion firearms with a direct link to Australia's colonial

past. The material for the book had been collated over forty years, and was supported by a

large number of Australian & International collectors, who provided further information &

photographs. Due to additional information received after the publishing date, an Addendum

Volume was published in 2010. Both books were printed only to order, and are now rare.

The new 2nd Edition combines the 1st Edition of 2008 with the Addendum Volume of 2010, and

also includes further new information.


2nd Edition Hard Cover Book


832 pages; A4 size; 126 GSM satin silk paper, with over seven hundred color photographs

Buckram hard cover; stitched section binding with marbled end-papers & page ribbon

Weight: 3.82 KG (8.4 LB). Dimensions: 300mm x 215mm x 65mm

Made in Australia - Production limited to demand


Book Price: $250 AUD

Aust. Parcel Post within Australia: $35. 00 with tracking & sig. on delivery


Special 'ebook' Edition on CD - For those not wishing the hard cover book


CD Price: $45 AUD

Free postage within Australia


All communication to John McLean

PO Box 3071 Murrumbeena, VIC 3163

0408 641 716



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