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:

Judges are officials who have qualified on a course which covers the various jobs required for the efficient organisation and control of shooting competitions, such as Equipment Control, Range Control and Classification. Courses deal with competitions run according to the rules of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), although an experienced person holding a Judge’s Licence is likely to be able to work equally efficiently in competitions run to domestic rules and conditions.

Those who successfully complete the course obtain a licence in respect of particular disciplines and/or specialist functions, and at one of three levels.

Licences are issued in respect of the four ISSF shooting disciplines:

  • Rifle
  • Pistol
  • Running Target
  • Shotgun

and two specialist functions:

  • Target Control
  • Electronic Scoring Target Control

Normally a candidate will obtain his first licence in one discipline plus Target Control, but will be able to add further categories to his licence on the successful completion of additional courses.

Licences are issued at three levels, working upwards:

  • C Licence - issued by British Shooting (formerly GBTSF)
  • B Licence - issued by the ISSF
  • A Licence - issued by the ISSF

Qualification for a C or B Licence will be by the successful completion of a course, normally lasting two days. The course will require the approval of British Shooting and/or the ISSF as appropriate and will be conducted by an A Licence holder. The same course can be used for the award of both C and B licences, but the granting of a B licence will require the achievement of a higher mark in the course assessment. However it is normal for a candidate only to be given a C Licence on successful completion of the course for the first time even if a high pass mark is obtained. The grant of a B Licence will normally require a candidate to have possessed a C Licence for at least one year and to have gained some experience of working at competitions as a licence holder.

Holders of C Licences will normally work at competitions held in their own country. The gaining of a B Licence will increase the possibility that the holder may be invited to officiate at minor internationals, whether held at home or abroad.

Promotion from a B to an A Licence will be dependant on the person having been an active B Licence holder for a minimum of four years and have officiated at not less than five international competitions which each have at least five participating nations. On at least two occasions the licence holder must have been a Jury Member.

The detailed arrangements in respect of A and B Licences can be seen in Annex J of the ISSF Official Statutes Rules and Regulations (pages 79 to 93).

Courses for licences in Rifle, Pistol and Target Control are held in Great Britain on a regular basis, subject to demand. Those wishing to obtain a C Licence, or to upgrade from a C to a B Licence, can register their interest by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Copies of application and renewal forms for Judge's licences can be downloaded from the British Shooting website.


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.