The NSRA has updated its Privacy Policy to better present how we collect, store and process Personal Information. It can be downloaded via the link below:

Changes to our Privacy Policy 

We keep our privacy policy under regular review and we will place any update on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on 20th May 2018.

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By mail: NSRA, Lord Roberts Centre, Bisley Camp, Brookwood, Surrey GU24 0NP

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NSRA Privacy Notice

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The NSRA's financial year runs from 1st January to 31st December.

In accordance with the relevant legislation, the Trustees prepare an Annual Report and Accounts for each financial year for presentation to the Association's members.

The Annual General Meeting, at which the Trustees' Report and Accounts and the Auditor's Report are formally presented to the members, is normally held on the last Saturday of July.

You can download a printable version in Acrobat pdf format, of the NSRA Report and Accounts for recent years.

The Chief Executive produces a report on the Associations activities three times a year and these are also available to download.


Meeting Outline 

The first meeting was in 1997. It is held in early to mid-June at Bisley, is run to ISSF Rules (including a full Equipment Control) and currently attracts about 150 competitors.

There are four Individual Competitions, all fired over 50 metres on Sius electronic targets:

  • Men’s Rifle Prone (60 shots elimination, a further 60 shots for about 45 qualifiers + final)

  • Men’s Rifle 3x40 (120 shots + final)

  • Women’s Rifle Prone (60 shots)

  • Women’s Rifle 3x20 (60 shots + final)

Home Country International matches are held concurrently with all four competitions.

Scores achieved at the meeting are frequently taken into account by British Shooting and some Home Country Unions for purposes of International Team and Squad selection.

Shooters with Disabilities

Only those competitors with disabilities who are able to shoot fully in accordance with ISSF Rules are eligible to enter.


Meeting Outline

The first meeting was held in 1974 at the National Sports Centre, Sofia Gardens in Cardiff. It moved to Manchester in 1990, prior to Great Britain hosting the European Air Gun Championships at the same venue in 1991 and to the Association’s National Indoor Shooting Centre at Aldersley, near Wolverhampton, from 1992 to 2001. The meeting is now held at the Lord Roberts Centre at Bisley.

The meeting includes both air rifle and air pistol events and runs from Friday to Sunday. It is normally held in late-February/early-March, but the timing may be adjusted if the European Air Gun Championships are held at about that time. The meeting is run to modified ISSF Rules, but the British Open Championships adhere to full ISSF Rules. The meeting currently attracts about 300 competitors.

All competitions are fired at 10 metres. All shooting is on Sius electronic targets with the exception of all competitions in Sporter Air Rifle which are shot on paper targets.

The principal competitions are:

  • An Aggregate in five classes of two 60 shot matches.

British Championships in Air Rifle and Air Pistol:

  • British Confined Men’s (60 shots)
  • British Confined Women’s (60 shots)
  • British Open Men’s (60 shots + final)
  • British Open Junior Men's (60 shots + final)
  • British Open Women’s (60 shots + final)
  • British Open Junior Women's (60 shots + final)

Various other individual matches are fired concurrently with the Aggregate or Championship matches. Team matches for club and county teams are fired concurrently with 10 metre individual competitions. Home Country Internationals are fired concurrently with the British Championships.

For Sporter Air Rifle shooters there are two 40-shot standing competitions plus an 80 shot Aggregate.

Scores achieved at the meeting are frequently taken into account by British Shooting and some Home Country Unions for purposes of international team and squad selection.

Separate meetings are held for 10 metre Running Target, Air Rifle for the Blind and Sporter Air Rifle Three Positions.

Shooters with Disabilities

Shooters with disabilities, whether shooting with an IPC Shooting Classification (SH1, SH2) or in accordance with an NSRA Dispensation Certificate, may enter most competitions and take prizes in the general prizelists. There is however, a separate prizelist for SH2 Air Rifle shooters in Class X of the Aggregate (Comps 6, 7 and 8).

There are Open Championship events in the following categories:

  • British Open Air Rifle SH1 (60 shots + final)
  • British Open Air Rifle SH2 (60 shots + final)
  • British Open Air Pistol SH1 (60 shots + final)
  • British Open Prone Air Rifle (60 shots)

If there are less than four competitors in the above events then finals will not take place.

Home Country Internationals

All Home Countries International Matches continue to be shot concurrently with the qualification stage of the British Open Championships, and there a four events Men's, Women's, Junior Men's and Junior Women's. Entrants in the relevant event, including the Disabled SH1 Championships are eligible to be team members. Members of the team and team officials must be qualified in accordance with NSRA Rule 3.2.

Other Competitions

All other Team and Individual Competitions will be shot concurrently with one or other of the Aggregate Competitions as follows:

     Concurrent with Aggregate Comp. 6 or 26 - County Team, County Champions Championship, Help for Heroes. 

     Concurrent with Aggregate Comp. 7 or 27 - Club Team, ASI/Feinwerkbau Competition, Junior Development.



For most of its history there has been a common thread running through the competition and representative medals issued by the SMRC and NSRA - in a high proportion of cases the medal used has been specifically designed for the competition. However some general-purpose medals were also used, either for competitions where no special medal existed or where the normal medal was unavailable.

The first general-purpose medals were the Maltese Cross and the Seated Angel, the obverse of each being plain for engraving the details of its award. Both designs remain in use – the Maltese Cross being available for sale to clubs and associations for their own competitions and the Seated Angel design appears on the winners’ medals for the Dewar and Drew Postal International Matches.

The first medals specific to competitions appeared in 1907, 1908 and 1909 for the Queen Alexandra Cup, in 1909 for the Bell Trophy and Dewar International Match, and in 1911 for the Daily Express Competition. The major growth in competition-specific medals started in 1921 with the introduction of those for the Inter-County Matches for the BSA and County Cups.

Once introduced the special medals have normally only been discontinued when the competition was no longer held. Despite the need for new dies to be cut, there has generally been minimal alterations to design beyond the change of name from the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs to the National Small-bore Rifle Association in 1947.

The major interruption to the issue of special medals occurred during World War II. For those competitions that continued through the War, and for a short period after, the medals issued were of one or more of the general-purpose types that could be more readily obtained. However where appropriate, medals continued to be of sterling silver during this period.

A variety of metals have been used for medals, from base metal in various colours to gold and sterling silver. Not all of the latter were hallmarked, particularly those from the early days of the SMRC. Sterling silver medals continued to be widely used until 1969, when the NSRA announced that it would change to "silver-type" medals because of the raising of Purchase Tax on silver and the increasing cost of the metal itself.

In some cases two types of bronze medal have been issued in the same competition. In these cases the lower level award is described as Bronze and the higher level as Antique Bronze, the latter being of a lighter shade.

There are in excess of 100 medals of different designs bearing the names of the SMRC and/or the NSRA, of which about 50 remain in current use. In a few cases the total number of medals issued will be in excess of 50,000, whilst for others it is 250 or fewer. In the case of some early medals, their exact purpose and period of use remain uncertain.

Equality in Sport


The governing bodies that form British Shooting, including the National Small-bore Rifle Association, have joined together under that banner to produce a statement of their commitment to provide equal opportunities for all, in the shooting disciplines under their jurisdiction.

It is hoped that in doing so that it makes access to the shooting sports even easier, and provide opportunities for all members of the community to become involved in shooting.

The member associations want to help all who become involved in their activities to fully realize their potential, be it as shooters, officials, coaches or administrators.

It is already appreciated that shooting is truly a sport for all and to further its development as such the following policies are to be taken on by the member associations.

Policy Statement 1

To increase the number of participants of both sexes taking part in shooting sport and making it easier for them to gain access to BS activities.

Policy Statement 2

To increase the number of participants in the shooting sports from all ethnic groups.

Policy Statement 3

To help more disabled people become actively involved in shooting and to increase the opportunities for their participation.

Policy Statement 4

That all people involved in shooting sport may do so without discrimination from any quarter. The only restrictions on participation being that the people concerned should act lawfully, safely and with due respect for others.

Policy Statement 5

That age will not be a barrier to participation in shooting and that people will be encouraged to take part throughout their life while ever it is safe for them to do so.

Policy Statement 6

That all member organizations of the BS adopt equal opportunities policies wherever possible.

The NSRA has produced sample Constitution and Byelaws documents, as a guide to clubs that want to produce or update their own. They are available for download in two different formats. The Acrobat Portable Document Format (.pdf) will be most convienent for printing a copy. The Microsoft Word document format (.doc) is provided so that clubs can download the drafts and customise them to suit their own circumstances.

It is in the interests of everyone in any sport to operate in a way that is safe and efficient, whilst providing a quality experience for the participants. Target shooting has a head start on almost every other sport - its safety record. The need for strict range discipline in the conduct of shooting, coupled with the relatively low risk of injury from non-firearm-related causes places shooting so far down in the league table for sport injuries that it is usually not mentioned at all!

However, there are many other areas where individual shooters or clubs run the risk of doing something that is unwise or illegal, or which could bring the sport into disrepute in the eyes of the general public and of the external agencies with whom we all have to deal.

This section of the site offers guidance on a variety of topics, which is designed to help members and affiliated organisations to avoid unnecessary pitfalls and to maximise good practice. There are separate sub-sections dealing with matters such as club constitutions and equity in sport. The following subjects are covered in down-loadable documents, which can be accessed via the links below.

During its history the Association has produced a wide range of memorabilia - medals, badges, ceramics, glassware, cutlery, metalware and certificates - for award as prizes in its competitions, for sale to clubs as prizes in their own competitions or purely as souvenirs.

Early material, particularly medals, now frequently appears on the antiques and collectables market, but little has been published in the past which gives any indication of the relative scarcity of, or indeed the existence of particular items.

Information mentioned in this section of the site has therefore been brought together on the basis of limited information, and in some cases is the result of supposition. It is therefore inevitable that for some items new information will come to light and previously unrecorded items will be found.

Reports and pictures of such memorabilia, particularly from the days of the SWMRC and SMRC are always welcome at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The NSRA regards its foundation as being in 1901, although it was known as the Society of Working Men’s Rifle Clubs from 1901 to 1903, and the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs from 1903 to 1947. A summary of this history appears in this section of the site, together with information about the challenge trophies held by the NSRA and the memorabilia sold or awarded over the period of its existence.

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