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Vintage Arms Association

Rifle and Pistol Shooting

The Association was established for the purpose of encouraging the collection, study and use of all vintage firearms, including muzzle and breech loaders, rifles, pistols, shotguns and airguns. Vintage is defined by the Association as being any small arm that was in production (or a design ready for production) before 1933, including later variations that did not materially affect the accuracy of the arm, and including reproductions ‘in the spirit’ of the original. Founded in 1973 by a small group of enthusiasts, the Association continues to promote shooting sports by means of a comprehensive calendar of shooting competitions for both vintage and modern firearms held throughout the year.

If you are an existing Association Member, then you may use the links on the left of this page to navigate to the appropriate area of the site. Please ensure that you have a look at ‘Late News’ in case there have been any last minute changes that may affect you.

Visitors new to this site, and those perhaps considering applying for membership, are recommended to read all ‘About Us’ to get a picture of the wide range of Association activities. If you find these of interest and to your liking, then a visit to the ‘Membership’ page should provide you with further details of the mechanics of application.

Please take the time to explore, and to see what the Association has to offer. Since the site is still under construction you may not find all the answers you need just yet. In this event please visit the Contacts page. This will put you in touch with a member of the committee who will, hopefully, be able to answer your queries and provide any further information. Thank you for your interest, and I very much hope to hear from you soon.

Chairman, Vintage Arms Association



The inaugural meeting of the VAA was held on 2nd January 1973. The minutes state the desirability of forming a society to cater for those interested in collecting and shooting early breech loading weapons.

As the club has evolved its interests have broadened and now the Association fosters an interest in, and use of, all vintage and modern firearms.

The club encourages the attainment of skill in the use of such firearms by providing facilities for range practice and organising suitable competitions. We also encourage the preservation and collecting of firearms by members. The Association encourages an exchange of information on the construction, history and use of various firearms through its periodical newsletter or journal.

The VAA is a national organisation, and is organised around the ranges where it shoots, namely: Barton
Road, Bassingbourn, Bisley, Holly Hills Farm, Horsford, Jersey, and Shrublands.

A copy of our Constitution may be viewed here: VAA Constitution  – you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, or similar to view this file. If you

Vintage Arms Association, Rifle and Pistol Shooting