The club encourages all its members to enter club, regional and national
shoots. If you follow the sport at anything above the level of a hobby you
will want to shoot for a score and then try your newly acquired skills
against other shooters in friendly competition. Fortunately, there is a
well established competitive framework to guide you . It's best to consider
the competitive shooting world by looking at the various levels of competition
or have a look at the News
page to see current member's achievements.
Once you have established a basic technique which allows you to hit the
black aiming mark with most of your shots you can shoot several series of 4
cards and see what score you can achieve out of a possible 200. You can
then work out your average score. The average is very important in
competitive shooting because this score is used by competition organisers to
set classes e.g. A, B, C, D or E so that when you compete you will be shooting against
other competitors with a similar average.
The club has championship events where it is the best score in the
competition that counts but there are also handicap events where the shooters
average score is taken into account. There are also fun shoots at Christmas
and in particular the "POLO" shoot where the object is to shoot a pellet down
the hole in a polo mint without breaking it. This is shot with air rifle.
For air pistol the aim is to break as many polo mints as possible in five
As with many other competitive sports there is a county organisation.
In our case this is the Yorkshire Small Bore Rifle Association. The YSRA
covers the sports of airgun shooting and also .22 rifle shooting.
The club enters team and individual airgun events. The competition cards
are shot on the range at the club and witnessed and signed by another club
member. The cards are then sent by post to a central scorer or scrutineer
who issues the results for each round. Shooters and teams are placed in
divisions decided by the averages they are currently shooting.
Shooters who consistently make good scores at air rifle and air pistol
may be asked to shoot for the county in the main or reserve teams.
The NSRA ( National Small Bore Rifle Association) is the national
governing body for all airgun, small bore rifle and pistol and 10 m
crossbow shooting. Postal competitions are organised with leagues and
divisions like the county competitions above. The club can find itself
competing against clubs from any part of the country . In addition the NSRA
organises the Annual British Airgun Championships which is held at Bisley in
The NSRA is also the official body for the selection of individuals to
represent their country in international events.