UKBRA Affiliations

Organisations to which the UKBRA is affilliated

The National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for full-bore target rifle shooting, centre-fire target pistol shooting, and target shooting with shotguns in the United Kingdom and provides support and advice to many other shooting associations within the Commonwealth.

The Association was founded in 1859, incorporated by Royal Charter in 1890, and became a registered charity in 1963.

The NRA moved to the Bisley Complex in 1890.

These days the Association is primarily concerned with promoting the efficiency of the Armed Forces, and developing and encouraging civilian full-bore target rifle shooting in furtherance of Defence of the Realm. We greatly value our military heritage and close links with the UK Armed Forces.



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It shall be the mission of the European Benchrest Shooting Federation to assist the establishment of competitive Benchrest Target Shooting in all European countries and to assist member Associations facilitate the holding of Biennial European Championships.

The following objectives are the agreed direction and purpose of the European Benchrest Shooting Federation, and all events within their jurisdiction should follow the spirit of these objectives. It is expected that all competitors and officials will equally respect these objectives.

Objective 1:
Promote the sports shooting discipline of Benchrest on an International level

Objective 2:
Development of standardised rules so all countries can compete on an equal basis.

Objective 3:
To provide fellowship amongst the Benchrest shooting community for the benefit of all.

Objective 4:
To provide a forum for the exchange of thoughts and ideas on sports shooting accuracy related subjects at an international level.

Objective 5:
Establish a set of European Records that pertain to and only can be competed for at European Benchrest Shooting Championships and other events, sanctioned by the International Delegates Committee.

The World Benchrest Shooting Federation

The World Benchrest Shooting Federation

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The idea of a world match was first floated by Walt Berger in 1990. Herve Du Plessis of France also championed the concept. Together they dreamed up the current format of a Light Varmint match, a Heavy Varmint match, and a novelty shoot at the end. The teams approach was revolutionary.

The first World Benchrest Championship was held at Frejus France in 1991, where 72 international shooters making up 14 teams lined up to do battle. It is fitting that the first medal of the first WBC went to Frenchman Herve Du Plessis who did so much to bring the event to completion. The USA B team comprising Brad Rosenthal, Faye Boyer, Lou Murdica, and George Kelbly narrowly won the 2 Gun Teams trophy from France A.

Initially the WBC was an NBRSA event, but it became evident that it would be better to form a world body to administer this match and perhaps widen it to cover rimfire at a later date.

The World Benchrest Shooting Federation was formed in 2001 following a meeting of delegates at the WBC in Nelson New Zealand. Inagural office bearers were Graeme Smith from New Zealand who was elected President, and Alan Peake from Australia who was elected Secretary.

Contact The World Benchrest Shooting Federation .