The NSRA considers the banning of lead ammunition a considerable threat to the sport of target shooting.
We are gathering evidence to support the use of lead ammunition and have been working with other organisations to obtain the data necessary to underpin the argument.
A paper is being produced that looks at the requirements of the sport and the major issues that would be created by the removal of lead ammunition, based on several key areas:
- An accuracy comparison of lead and lead free projectiles that basically looks at the inadequacy of those currently available, analysing the grouping capability, relating it to score and comparing it with current performance levels of shooters. This obviously has a major effect on competition and the performance pathway, turning competition in all events into a lottery.
- The ballistics of lead and lead free projectiles and the effects on the ability to compensate for conditions, again turning competition into a matter of chance. Also the impact on disciplines like field target where the ballistic inefficiency would make it virtually impossible to compensate for range and wind deflection.
- The recovery rates of lead in target shooting and the fact that it takes place in very specific areas and most of it is collected and recycled.
- The effects of the increased noise generated by the lightweight, high-speed lead free bullets –particularly on outdoor ranges in urban areas.
- The cost and availability of lead ammunition in comparison with substitutes and its effect on the ability to participate in what is the easy access end of shooting sport.
We understand that the banning lead ammunition would severely curtail a sport that is accessible to all. We will be making sure that the decision makers know that people; regardless of ability, age, gender and background, can take part in target shooting and that their access to sport will be severely reduced, with negligible gain to the environment.
Once produced, the NSRA will share this document with all organisations to help them produce a response in their own context.