National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA)


The National Smallbore Rifle Association, the NSRA is a registered Charity formed in 1901 as the Society of Working Mens Rifle Clubs. Is the national governing body for all Small-bore Rifle and Pistol Target Shooting in the United Kingdom, including Airgun and Match Crossbow Shooting.

The NSRA is based at The Lord Roberts Centre, within the grounds of the National Shooting Centre, Bisley Camp, Surrey.

NSRA HQ – Lord Roberts Centre

The Lord Roberts Centre is the Headquarters of the NSRA, housing the Association’s offices, 10m airgun and 50m rifle ranges with electronic targets. There is also a shop which you can get most anything related to small bore shooting.

NSRA is one of the best places in United kingdom to introduce youngster into sport

Photo credit – Gaynor Warren

Although the National Rifle Association had been founded in 1859, ranges suitable for large-calibre service rifles were necessarily rural and costly to travel to. Cost of ammunition for civilians was also a limitation. With the development of the cheap .22 Long Rifle (.22LR) cartridge in 1887 it became apparent that principles of marksmanship could be taught and trained using these small calibre “miniature” rifles on local or even indoor ranges located in towns and cities.
NSRA offers lots of training courses.

NSra sponsors and orginises a number of competitions

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The NSRA sponsors or organises a number of competitions, some of them are:

  • Army Cadet Force Competition
  • Air Training Corps Competition
  • Sea Cadet Corps Competition
  • Territorial Army Small-bore Match
  • Inter-Services Small-bore Match
  • Junior Inter-Services XL Match
  • Combined Services Pistol Championships Meeting
  • Inter-Regional Rifle Match, Bisley.
  • Inter-Regional Air Rifle and Air Pistol Matches, Aldersley and satellite venues.
  • National Scout Rifle Championships.
  • BUCS Team Leagues and Knock-out Postal Competitions.
  • BUCS Individual Postal Competitions.
  • BUCS Championship Meeting, Appleton Range, Cheshire.

Visually-Impaired Shooters 

  • Individual Postal Air Rifle League.