National Smallbore Rifle Association

National Smallbore Rifle Association

National Smallbore Rifle Association

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The National Smallbore Rifle Association, The NSRA, is the national governing body for all Small-bore Rifle and Pistol Target Shooting in the United Kingdom, including Airgun and Match Crossbow Shooting.

Originally formed in 1901 as the Society of Working Mens Rifle Clubs (SWMRC) with national hero Earl Roberts of Kandahar as its first President, it was created to promote the formation of civilian rifle clubs throughout the country. The SWMRC amalgamated with the British Rifle League in 1903 to become the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs. The SMRC then changed its name in 1947 to become the National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA).

The NSRA is based at The Lord Roberts Centre, within the grounds of the National Shooting Centre, Bisley Camp, Surrey. National postal competitions are organised all year round, together with a series of meetings, culminating in the Bisley Rifle Meeting, or National Meeting in August, preceded by the Scottish Rifle Meeting in June/July.

In 2006, the NSRA founded the National Association of Target Shooting Sports (NATSS) working group in association with the National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom and Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, to explore the practicalities and benefits of a merger between the bodies. The project was shelved in July 2009 following the withdrawal of the CPSA, followed by the NRA.

Bisley Rifle Meeting

The first meeting was held in 1922 and has been held annually with the exception of the war years.

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