Urgent Notice to All Club Secretaries

Please be aware that unless you have correctly completed and returned your club re-affiliation paperwork for 2016, your club will not be insured. We are unable to make any exceptions to this ruling as our underwriters will not accept claims made if the correct paperwork has not been submitted and received at our NSRA offices.

Please note that if you have already submitted your renewal paperwork, your club will be covered by our insurance, providing this is complete and correct. Any slight delay you may experience in receiving confirmation of your renewal is due to the Christmas / New Year break and the resulting volume of work we have to process.

To avoid unnecessary telephone calls and if you have yet to send in your renewal paperwork, please refer to the letter sent to you in October 2015, detailing the relevant forms for completion, the information required and the club renewal fee payable for 2016.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding during what is for us a very busy time of the year.

If you need another copy of the forms, all 2016 membership forms can be downloaded below:

The Northern Ireland Justice Act 2016 has recently become law and introduces some changes relating to firearms licensing in Northern Ireland.

Guidance for firearm dealers (Dept of Justice) contains links to a number of documents outlining the changes.

These changes particularly affect young people, and the Dept of Justice has released a document Young People and Shooting that explains the changes.

 

Dear Fellow Shooter,

Over the years there have always been debates about whether our sport has benefits for health and well-being. Those of us who are active within the sport have no doubts of this.

Nonetheless, if we can prove for once and all, that target shooting has a real and substantial outcome for mental or physical health, this will have positive benefits for the future of the sport.

We are therefore asking you to help us to safeguard shooting in the future by taking part in two research projects which will take place this summer during Bisley Week.

In a letter dated 12 July 2016, the Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss MP,  Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responded to the report from the Lead Ammunition Group into "Lead Ammunition, Wildlife and Human Health". She states that, "In both instances – human health and wildlife – the report did not show that the impacts of lead ammunition were significant enough to justify changing current policy; we therefore do not accept your recommendation to ban the use of lead ammunition."

Thirlestane Castle,   Lauder

The results from the 2016 NSRA Scottish Meeting, held in the grounds of Thirlestane Castle Lauder, are now available for download.

16th June 2016

The Directors, Staff and Members of the National Small-bore Rifle Association offer their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Jo Cox MP, who was tragically and unlawfully killed in Birstall near Leeds, on the 16th of June.

Some disturbing reports have recently come to light where Officers of Shooting Clubs have been contacted by telephone by someone claiming to be from the Club's bank demanding information regarding the Club's Home Office Approval, FAC, and individual members' details - including FAC details and firearms possessed, personal addresses and more.

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 1 July 2016.  

This gives users six months to get a certificate before new rules tightening access to air weapons, introduced in the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, come into effect from 31 December 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 Coordinating 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

The new IOC Agenda 2020 calls for a number criteria to be met by all sports on the Olympic programme with the most immediate being; gender equality, event based sports and sustainability.  This means that all events within each summer and winter sport are to be assessed on their own merits against a set criteria established by the IOC.  Therefore the ISSF is conducting a review of all its events with this criteria in mind ready for 2020, which means having any new events or changes in place in 2017.  Ready for the new 2020 Olympic cycle, post Rio and any further evaluation of current events by the IOC. 

Therefore all of the present 15 shooting medal events are under scrutiny.  50m Men's Rifle Prone is being looked at, along with all the others.  There is a suggestion that it may be replaced by a rifle mixed team event shot at 10m, but nothing is decided as yet and the ISSF remains open to all suggestions to improve the shooting discipline and programme for the Olympics. 

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

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. 

Browne Martin CupBisley, 13th March 2016

Following a preliminary postal round over the winter, eight teams from Clubs in the Home Counties met on the 25yard range at the Lord Roberts Centre on Sunday, 13th March to compete for the Browne Martin Cup.

Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting Vacancy

The Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting are advertising for a Shooting Manager

The job advert can be found by clicking below

Closing Date: 5pm 21st December 2017

Contact Details:
R D Bruce OBE
Telephone: 01483 473 095
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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.