Target shooting in the U.K falls into three main groups:
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Traditional Target Shooting
Shooting with cartridge rifles in the UK is generally divided between air rifles and smallbore rifles using the .22 rimfire cartridge and rifles using larger mainly former military size cartridges these are known as full bore.
Smallbore and air rifle shooting in the UK is organised by the National Smallbore Rifle Association. Air rifle events are held at ranges of 6 yards and 10 meters indoors. The air rifles used in these events are relatively low powered but very accurate the size of the bullseye at 10 meters being only 0.5mm. Smallbore rifle competitions are shot either at short range which can be 15, 20 or 25 yards indoors with the targets scaled so that the difficulty is the same at each range. Long range competitions are shot outside at ranges of 50 and 100 yards and at 50 meters. Olympic and World championships for smallbore rifle events are shot at 50 meters and for air rifle 10 meters. These international events are organised by the International Shooting Sports Federation for which the NSRA is the organizing body in the UK.
Field Target Shooting
Field Target airgun shooting is a relatively new shooting discipline starting in England in 1981. The targets used are life-sized silhouettes of the main British airgun quarry species. These targets have a smaller area which when hit by a pellet causes the target to fall over. Due to the ranges and the energy needed to topple the targets the rifles must produce close to the legal power limit of 12 Ft lbs energy. This means that lower powered target air rifles are unsuitable for this sport. For more information on Field Target please contact the British Field Target Shooting Association the details of which are on our Contacts page.