FITASC reaction to proposed ban on lead ammunition

APSI members will be aware of the EU’s ECHA proposal to ban the use of lead ammunition, initially over wetlands, but the threat is certain to extend to all shooting activities involving the use of lead shot. This includes all forms of clay shooting. The proposal is to employ steel shot as an alternative to… Read more »

Roger Mitchell

It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of APSI Honorary Fellow, Roger Mitchell. Having qualified as a BASC coach in the 1990’s, Roger joined APSI in 2005. He worked under Steve Denny at West Wycombe SG, where he proved very popular with both clients and staff. When Steve became Operations Manager… Read more »

A possible return to coaching

With Government restrictions now slightly eased there are many shooting grounds cautiously re-opening, whilst being very careful to observe social distancing rules at all times. APSI has examined many possibilities for a safe return to coaching. Unfortunately, at the moment the ‘New Normal’ does not allow venturing inside the current 2 metre limit. This severely… Read more »

Covid 19 Update

We hope everyone is faring well in the current situation. Several members have asked APSI for its own views on shooting and coaching. As we understand it, following the PM’s recent statement, it is now possible in England to shoot as individuals provided all safety rules are observed. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have not… Read more »

APSI Courses postponed for April and May

In the present uncertain times APSI has postponed any course activity in April and May. We are not yet postponing courses in subsequent months as the situation may change. This seems unlikely given the prevailing circumstances, but we live in hope and will update course information as we progress through the year. Meanwhile, we wish… Read more »

Coronavirus Info

It’s certain that all APSI members will have been affected by Covid-19, and this includes shooting grounds as well as coaches. While many APSI members are self-employed there are others who are employed at shooting schools, grounds and gun shops. The latest info for employed APSI members may be found here: Self-employed coaches need… Read more »

AGM Postponed

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted APSI to take the commonsense decision to postpone the March AGM until further notice. It will be business as usual for the APSI Management Committee, although we will only be communicating electronically. If members have any points to raise please email in the normal way. Meanwhile please take care… Read more »

Graham Wignall

It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of one of APSI’s members, Graham Wignall from Lancashire. Graham was Watch Manager of the Fire Protection Department at Chorley Fire Station, having served in Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service since January 1994. He was 53. On a personal note, back in the 80s… Read more »

Bruce Sherriff

The APSI announces with great sadness the passing of Bruce Sherriff, one of the APSI’s long standing members, following a short illness. Bruce joined the APSI in 2003 and in recent years worked mainly at the Holland and Holland Shooting School. Besides his shotgun coaching skills he was also a very keen stalker, passing on… Read more »

Revoked General Licences for Pest Bird Control

From the offices of APSI President, Bill Wiggin MP You are likely already aware of the immediate and concerning changes to general licences for pest bird control which came into effect at midnight last night. This is a result of a legal challenge by environmental organisation Wild Justice against the Government advisor Natural England (NE)… Read more »