Campaign raises awareness of Air Weapons Licensing Scheme

The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the new air weapons legislation that aims to improve public safety and reduce gun crime in Scotland.  

Anybody who wants to use or own an air weapon will be able to apply to Police Scotland for an air weapon certificate, or a permit in some circumstances, from 1st July 2016.  

The annual postal fixture between the Home Counties (Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, London, Middlesex and Surrey) included a Veterans match this year for the first time.

The Home Counties Co-ordinating Committee sends its congratulations to New Zealand for a "clean sweep", winning all four matches - the main event plus Ladies, Juniors and Veterans.

The results of the 2015 matches are as follows:-

  New Zealand    HCCC   
Main Team 7903 7892
Ladies 2952 2931
Juniors 2919 2878
Veterans 2943 2920

It would seem that individuals have been spreading a rumour that the Junior International,  held at the Lord Roberts Centre, Bisley Camp in August, has been cancelled.  This is not the case and the event is programmed to take place between 8th to 11th August 2016.  Entries are still being taken and the closing date for entries has been extended until the 20th May 2016.

The NSRA has lead a major review of the junior squad structure operating under the auspices of the NSRA throughout the country. A series of recommendations have been followed through and the structure of the National and Regional Squads operating under the auspices of the NSRA have been changed and put in place. The changes dovetail with the British Shooting Performance Pathway and provide a way for potential elite shooters to develop, advance and achieve their potential. The previous Great Britain Junior Rifle Squad and Great Britain Junior Pistol Squads have been replaced and new Head Coaches appointed. The aim of the process is to produce “champions” who will be molded into international athletes by working with recognised coaches and then British Shooting when appropriate. Those aspiring to become international athletes will need to follow the performance pathway agreed through partnership working between the NSRA and British Shooting.

It would seem that other squads are being developed that are outside of this agreed pathway so care will be needed in terms of the choices made by young shooters and their parents if they wish to access the Performance Pathway.

The 2016 British Universities and Colleges Rifle Championships were held on 23rd April 2016 at Appleton Rifle Club, Warrington. Results can be downloaded from the link below.

Entry forms are now available for download for the British Open Benchrest Championships on the 10-12 June 2016. There are separate forms for NSRA rules and WRABF Rules.


HM Queen Elizabeth IIThe Board of Directors, Staff and Members of the National Small-bore Rifle Association, wish to offer their sincere congratulations and best wishes on the occasion of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

As Patron of the National Small-bore Rifle Association, Her Majesty’s support is greatly appreciated and valued by all those involved in the sport of competitive small-bore target shooting.

We look forward to Her Majesty’s continued patronage for many more years to come.

The Board of Directors, Staff and Members of the National Small-bore Rifle Association

Entry forms for NSRA Championship Meetings are now available to be downloaded.

Download entry forms for:

  • NSRA Scottish Rifle Meeting
  • British International 50m Rifle Championships
  • NSRA Bisley Rifle Meeting

The BSSC and the NSRA are asking their members to write to their MEPs as a matter of urgency to make them aware of the far-reaching impact of the draft Weapons Directive currently being pushed through by the European Commission. This directive is being hurried through in the aftermath of the Brussels bombings, but seeks sweeping restrictions on the legal ownership and use of firearms throughout Europe that will not affect the illegal use of firearms in crime or terrorism. 

Obituaries correctedThe Association would like to offer a sincere apology to the families of both Fred Jennings and Frederick Cook for the mistaken use of a photograph in the obituary section of the Spring 2016 edition of On Target, the NSRA’s quarterly magazine. The photograph in the obituary of Frederick Cook is actually a photograph of Fred Jennings. Both Blaze Publishing and the NSRA are extremely sorry that this unfortunate mistake has been made.

Individual Membership WELCOME Offer

The Association has a special discounted price for individuals joining the NSRA for the first time as an Annual or Junior Annual Member, together with a bounty for the new member's club.