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Jim Hallam Jim Hallam

Vice-President, N.R.A. (GB);

Vice-President emeritus, H.B.S.A. (Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association);
Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers;
Assistant Curator, NRA Museum, Bisley;
M.L.A.G.B. Member 1962, H.B.S.A. Member 1977;
Chairman, South London Rifle Club (founded 1874!)


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ABOUT ME ... ... ...

I bought my first “real” firearm (a boxlock percussion pistol) at the age of 12 from the local antique shop and with it earned my first really good walloping from my father! Both parents were Sergeant-Majors and disapproved of “playing with guns”. I have been playing with them for over 50 years now – somewhat more responsibly --- first in the School Cadet Force where I shared my time in the Band and the Armoury, then at College.

I joined the MLAGB in 1963 (in the days when it was no problem leaving my shotgun and revolver in the Hall of Residence) and on returning to London my time was so taken up with teaching (Head of Science and also running the school Brass band), semi-pro Tuba playing and being Musical Director of a Brass Band that I dropped out of shooting-related matters for a while.
In 1976 I discovered that one of my sixth-formers was a pistol-shooter and I was introduced to the Epping Forest Pistol Club (formed when the pistol-shooters of the old Epping Rifle Club felt marginalised) and was soon shooting Target Pistol VERY seriously there, at Loughton Hall RC and then Marylebone Pistol Club where I became a Council member. MRPC encompassed all pistol-shooting disciplines and I was soon embroiled in the Wednesday evening “Classic” sessions, where David Penn, Fred Wilkinson and others led me to the HBSA.
The 75th Anniversary of MRPC led to the formation of the NPA and the establishment of the "Pistol A.D. Meetings" and I was inveigled into running the Pistol Gallery / writing the Rules for the Classic Pistol and Revolver events, although that did not stop me bringing down my Military Band to play on the lawn outside the Dukka Hut on the Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, whilst NPA Stats were being completed. Does anyone remember that?

My involvement with the near-dormant South London Rifle Club (founded 1874) at the behest of Tony Benham coincided with a resurgence in all sorts of Historic Arms and setting up the HBSA “1910” Service Rifle Meeting was just one example. Commemorating the Centenary of the SLRC Revolver Section (founded 1886) led to me setting up their October Open meeting, which is now the NRA “Trafalgar Meeting”. I couldn't keep my nose out of things and found myself on NRA Council, writing their Historic Arms rules, setting up the Historic Arms section of the “Imperial Meeting” and also the Historic Arms Resource Centre. Somewhere along the way I found myself delving into the NSRA August Meeting, where there is now a successful “S.M.R.C. Weekend”.

After 20 or so years I needed more time for myself so I came off NRA Council and then retired early from teaching ------ so NOW I have even less time than before! I still actively collect British Pistols and Revolvers and their copies. (Webley fans will have seen many of my pieces in the standard reference books) and also “Zimmer” pistols (i.e., indoor Gallery and Target pistols). I have been registered as an R.F.D. for over 30 years, specialising in pistols. I have Home Office Authority for several types of “Prohibited Weapons” including full-auto and “disguised firearms” and I am a Section 5 Carrier for ALL classes of Prohibited Weapons.




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