Gallery & Lightweight Sport Rifle
Bench Rest, Pistol & Air Competitions
We started a league-based Lightweight Sport Rifle (LWSR) competition early in 2016. Those of you who already shoot LWSR will be aware of the satisfaction that can come from this discipline. For those that have not tried it, here is a brief overview.
LWSR is a fairly new discipline that has become more popular since the UK ban on centre fire and rim fire pistols in 1997. In recent years it has taken off with great enthusiasm and has become a very popular form of shooting.
LWSR uses a lightweight rifle of no more than 4.5kg in weight, with either semi-automatic or single shot bolt action magazine feed. Sights can be either iron or telescopic dependant on the competition to be shot. Specialist clothing or equipment such as jackets or slings are not permitted, however a glove can be used for the supporting hand if desired. The proscription of shooting jackets and other equipment makes the discipline attractive as it reduces the cost of participation.
LWSR is usually shot at distances of between 20 yards and 50 meters including precision and timed competitions in standing, kneeling or prone position. This discipline can be extremely challenging, as it is difficult to hold the rifle steady and centred on the target.
The current National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA) Gallery Rifle & Pistol Committee definition for LWSR can be summarised as follows.
- Calibre: Up to .22" rimfire (smallbore) or .177".
- Overall weight: NO MORE than 4.5kg with all kit included (e.g. scope sight).
- Trigger pull: Minimum of 500g (1.1lbs), NO HAIR TRIGGERS.
- Magazines: Not to be loaded with more than 10 rounds, not mandatory.
- Sights: Any except laser.
- Butt hooks and palm rests.
- Shooting gloves that provide additional support.
Competitions are held under NSRA postal rules with some local adaptation depending on the competition type.
Since starting these league competitions, we have expanded to new disciplines in response to demand from our members and we now offer the following:—
|Comp: Discipline||Target & Distance|
|201: LWSR Semi-Auto Prone Unsupported||BM2510 25 yds|
|202: LWSR Standing Unsupported||PL14 20yds or PL15 25yds|
|301: Underlever CF Open Sights||PL19 20yds or PL12 25yds|
|302: Underlever CF Optical Sights||PL19 20yds or PL12 25yds|
|402: Benchrest LWSR||2510BR15/18 25 yds|
|403: Benchrest LWSR Single Shot Rifle||2510BR15/18 25yds|
|501: Long Barrelled Pistol CF Iron Sights||PL12 20yds or PL7 or ISFF 25/50m 25yds|
|502: Long Barrelled Pistol CF Optical Sights||PL12 20yds or PL7 or ISFF 25/50m 25yds|
|503: Long Barrelled Pistol RF Iron Sights||PL12 20 yds or PL7 or ISFF 25/50m 25yds|
|504: Long Barrelled Pistol RF Optical Sights||PL12 20yds or PL7 or ISFF 25/50m 25yds|
|505: Muzzle Loading Pistol||PL12 20yds or PL7 or ISFF 25/50m 25m|
|506: 10m Air Pistol||Air14/89 10m|
|601: Sporting Air Rifle||PL15 20yds|
We do hope that all of the club members who shoot Gallery & LWSR in the County will participate and encourage their club mates to have a go. Towards this end we welcome new entrants of all abilities and the assistance of club captains to act as officials within the clubs.
If you would like to take part in future Gallery & LWSR league competitions, or would like more information about them, please email us via this email link. We welcome entries from any Notts. RA affiliated club. The more competitors there are the more challenging the shooting. You can also keep up to date with current information here on the Nottinghamshire Rifle Association website. If you subscribe to the website update news email you will be alerted to developments - see the page footer below for the free subscription link.
Results of our Gallery & LWSR League competitions can be reached via the links below.