***** 2021 Long Range Open meeting - 5th Sept - on-line entry *****
Formed and exists as a voluntary organisation to promote and support the sport of Small-bore Rifle and Pistol Shooting within the
County of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, the Bailiwick of Guernsey and affiliated Clubs from surrounding Counties.
Following heavy losses to enemy sniper fire during the second Boer war the call went out for British civilians to learn to shoot to defend their country should the need ever arise.
At that time, there were few rifle ranges in the UK and the costs of travelling and large calibre ammunition meant few could realistically afford to shoot on a regular basis. Smaller calibre .22 'miniature' rifles, were far more readily available and the ammunition much cheaper.
'The Society of Working Mens Rifle Clubs' was born. With the name subsequently changed to 'The Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs' and fi nally to the 'National Smallbore Rifle Association' or NSRA.
As a new comer into the sport you can expect to be given some induction training on the discipline you choose.
All the essential elements will be covered including:
- Range Discipline
- Basics of the shooting position
If you would be interested in further details contact a club nearest you, if you are not sure and have further questions send them via email and someone from the association will get back to you ASAP.
Clubs affiliated to the Hampshire Smallbore Rifle and Pistol Association (HSBRPA) compete in local, county and national competitions.
Area based - Counties of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (UK), Bailiwick of Guernsey plus parts of Wiltshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Oxfords hire, Buckinghamshire and Sussex.
Clubs from any county can join our County Association.
For more details on opportunities to participate in the sport, within HSBRPA affiliated clubs, see the clubs listing or contact the Association
More details on the disciplines can be found here.
HSBRPA League competitons
Each year riflemen and riflewomen of all ages and abilities take part in league competitions within their respective discipline.
In addition to the main Championship, 40 competed in the Ladies Championship, 19 in the Junior (up to 21 years),
and 68 in the Veterans
(over 60 years).
If you would like to participate or have any questions please contact the Association to find out details of how clubs can become Affiliated or individuals can become Associate members and participate in the leagues/other competitions that we run.