The activities of the NSRA are governed by a number of sets of rules, each to meet specific purposes.
NSRA Rules and Regulations contain the basic rules for the conduct of shooting events. The most recent substantial review was in 1998 and the approved rules were published in 1999. Amendments, additions and clarifications are implemented from time to time, subject to the approval of the Shooting Council. However such changes only take effect on 1st April next following the date of approval.
NSRA Rules and Regulations are also available in printed form (A5 loose leaf) from the Showroom, price £3.00. (Code 15.100.2100)
Available separately are the rules for NSRA Sporter Air Rifle, the Junior Development Programme introduced in 2005. It is based on the use of lightweight air rifles for shooting in three positions and is modelled on the long-established programme in the United States.
Also available is a Clarification of the Rules for Benchrest Shooting (Rules and Regulations 8.16) that can be downloaded separately.
As a registered company, the NSRA’s constitution is contained in its Memorandum and Articles of Association. These are rarely altered, the most recent complete revision of them having been in July 1985. Since then there have only been amendments to Articles 1, 9, 13, 18, 49, 50 and 51 which were approved on 30th April 2022. These amendments were concerned with allowing the publication of official notices via email and on the NSRA website and enabling members to participate and vote at General Meetings via an electronic platform.
Standing Orders of the Shooting Council, most recently adopted in 1998, are the administrative rules covering the activities of the Council.
The British Field Target Association Competition and Shoot Rules will be relevant to those clubs involved in field target shooting.
The rules of some International Governing Bodies also have a direct relevance to some shooting activities in the United Kingdom. These include:
- The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) for shooting with rifles, pistols and shotguns.
- The Internationale Armbrustschützen Union (IAU) for shooting with Match and Field Crossbows.
- The World Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest Federation (WRABF), together with the European Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest Shooting Federation (ERABSF), for benchrest shooting.
- The International Paralympic Committee Shooting Rules (IPC) for shooting by people with physical disabilities, including the blind and visually impaired.
- The Commonwealth Games Federation constitution will contain information of importance to those seeking to represent a Home Country in the Commonwealth Games or Commonwealth Shooting Championships.