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Lightweight Sport Rifle and Bench Rest Competitions

We started a league-based Lightweight Sport Rifle (LSR) competition early in 2016. Those of you who already shoot LSR will be aware of the satisfaction that can come from this discipline. For those that have not tried it, here is a brief overview.

LSR prone shooting at 25 yards

LSR 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.

LSR 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.

LSR prone and benchrest

LSR 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 LSR can be summarised as follows.


Benchrest shooting at 25 yards

Not allowed:

Competitions are held under NSRA postal rules with some local adaptation depending on the competition type.

We do hope that all of the club members who shoot LSR 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 LSR league competitions, or would like more information about them, please email Maxine Woodward, 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 below for the free subscription link.

Results of our LSR League competitions can be reached via the links below.