Anyone who has either applied for or renewed a Firearms or Shotgun Certificate recently will have encountered the need to get a medical check carried out by their GP before the certificate will be granted. This has caused major issues for some in that the GP may refuse to carry out the service. Others have experienced delays or found the cost incurred in doing it is inordinately high.
Med Cert is a private medical service that can access your medical information and deliver it to you and/or the police in an efficient and timely manner, removing the worry associated with the current administrative system.
The check normally costs £60, but Med Cert has offered a 10% discount to NSRA members to access this service.
If you are a current NSRA member, the discount can be obtained by quoting NSRA10 when applying.
(0)20 8063 4503
Currently, the law relating to air guns allows people between 14 and 17 to shoot unsupervised on private land. The Firearms Safety Consultation seeks to change that and say that all shooting must be supervised. This will clearly have a negative impact on shooting in the field but also on clubs and associations by requiring unnecessary supervision.
The following question was tabled to the Secretary of State for the Home Department by one of the BSSC Member organisations:
How many fatalities have occurred due to a person between the ages of 14 and 17 using an airgun within the law unsupervised on private land with the permission of the owner in the last 14 years?
Kit Malthouse has replied that the requested information is not held centrally.
This would seem to indicate that the changes to airgun law that have been suggested in the Firearms Safety Consultation are not based on facts or any kind of analysis and have been described as a hostile act by the government.
With the greatest regret, the Board and Staff announce the cancellation of the Scottish and Bisley National Rifle Meetings for 2021. Here at the NSRA we were very much looking forward to being able to resume our major Rifle Championship Meetings this year, so as you can imagine these were very difficult decisions to make and, as such, they were not taken lightly.
The factors that have driven these decisions include the following:
The wellbeing and safety of volunteers, staff and competitors is paramount.
The Rifle Committee and NSRA Staff have been working hard on a contingency plan involving Regional long range qualifying events leading to a final at a suitable venue in late summer. Please keep an eye on the website and social media for more details and entry forms. There will also be details published regarding contingency plans for the ELEY, Queen Alexandra, Astor and Champion of Champions.
The cancellation of Bisley and Scotland together with the Junior International will have an impact on team selection for the Dewar, Drew, Pershing, Randle & Wakefield teams. Details will be published separately.
Bisley Centenary (2022)
Next year is a very important milestone in the history of the NSRA since it will mark the centenary of the first Smallbore Rifle Meeting held at Bisley. Planning has already started for what will be an historic and very special event coinciding with our Patron, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
There are two options regarding refunds for both events:
1. Carryover entry fees to 2022 to avoid any possible price fluctuations
2. Request a refund – please send details to:
We understand this news will be extremely disappointing, but we very much hope that you have a clear understanding of the reasons for these very challenging decisions and that you will enjoy the regional competition.
Board of Management & NSRA Team
The pandemic has undoubtedly impacted workforces in the sports sector, resulting in increased stress and anxiety as demands and pressures continue to grow. Bluefin Sport and Marsh will be hosting an “Under the Spotlight” webinar on Tuesday 9 March at 10:15am focusing on how you can support your employees and your organisation through the long term risks of the COVID pandemic.
Lorna Feeney (Head of Mental Health at Marsh) and Carl Chapman (Client Director at Marsh Mercer Benefits) will be presenting and providing insights into the following:
The National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for airguns, smallbore rifle and pistol shooting in the United Kingdom.
High Muzzle Energy Rifles,
Levels of Security
Starting in the next issue of On Target, due out by the end of March, we will be running a new feature called Club Corner. This will be a dedicated shop window for Clubs to promote themselves to achieve their key objectives in 2021 and beyond. These could include any of the following:
2021 is looking to be another year of uncertainty. Unfortunately, this means it is not possible currently to confirm the competitions calendar for the year ahead. We are currently in the planning processes for the majority of the usual competitions; however as you will appreciate, the likelihood of them proceeding depends on many factors outside of our control. Where possible, we will be as flexible and reasonable as we can to try and enable competitions to take place. We also are aware that Covid19 could, in some scenarios, prove to be an insurmountable hurdle.
Following requests from NSRA Qualified Coaches, we have organised an upgrade to the NSRA Insurance to cover paid activities.
Our brokers, Bluefin Sport, have spoken to the insurers, AXA XL, and they have agreed to extend cover for individual coaches to operate on a commercial basis providing they do not earn over £25,000 per annum. There will be no additional premium for this but the individuals must at all times follow NSRA guidelines, making sure their activities are in alignment with NSRA Policies and Procedures.
This would not cover those with employees that are in essence part of a full commercial operation, similar to that of a clay pigeon shooting school.
After V-DAY yesterday we have our own exciting news to announce which is from this Friday 11th December the following LRC Ranges will reopen.