National Shooting Centre

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The National Shooting Centre in Bisley, Surrey is the largest civilian shooting range in the United Kingdom, and the headquarter of the National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom.

Ranges[edit]

The National Shooting Centre has a number of ranges to cater for differing firearms and shooting disciplines.

Short Siberia[edit]

Short Siberia is the situated furthest away from the Range Office at the end of Hobson's way, which is the Road at the back of Century Range. It is a rifle range with 27 x 100 yard targets and 9 x 200 yard targets.

Century Range[edit]

Century Range was the first range built at Bisley when the National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom moved here in 1890. It has 108 targets and firing points at distances between 100 and 600 yards. Century Range is also the home of the 300m discipline and the new NRA electronic targets at Butt 19.

Stickledown Range[edit]

The longest range on the Bisley Complex, Stickledown is a Gallery Range with 50 targets to be shot at distances from 800 to 1200 yards. Stickledown is also the home of the Bisley Buffalo. Following successful trials in the Spring of 2017, the NRA have purchased 11 electronic targets that have been installed on Stickledown.

The Bisley Buffalo[edit]

The National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom has installed a steel silhouette of a buffalo on its Stickledown range, allowing Bisley shooters the chance to use a reactive target at long range for the first time.

“Target 51” on Stickledown consists of a 2.4m x 1.7m steel buffalo silhouette, painted white. It is available from 800yds, 900yds and 1,000yds and was installed after consultation with the Single Shot Black Powder Cartridge Rifle Club of Great Britain.

Any rifle that fits within the existing Stickledown range restrictions may be used to engage the buffalo. According to version 2/2015 of the Bisley range regulations, for non-High Muzzle Energy firearms these are a maximum muzzle velocity of 1000 m/s (3280 ft/s) and a maximum muzzle energy of 4500 J (3319 ft lb).

HME (High Muzzle Energy) rifles are limited to a maximum muzzle velocity of 1000 m/s (3280 ft/s) and a maximum muzzle energy of 7000 J (5160 ft lb).

Zero Range[edit]

This range is 71’ 7” in distance and is available for fullbore rifle prone shooting only. This range is only available to shooters who are also booked to use another range, as it is intended solely for the safe zeroing of a rifle prior to use. This range has 4 prone-only bays.

Melville Range[edit]

Melville range has a total of 5 bays each containing 10 targets. These are gallery rifle and pistol turning targets at 25 and 50 metres. Gallery rifles and pistols** only can be shot on this range. Prone .22 calibre rifles can be shot by special arrangement.

Cheylesmore Range[edit]

Cheylesmore Range is a 25m no danger area range for gallery rifles and pistols.

Range Restrictions[edit]

Rifle Restrictions[edit]

A maximum calibre of .577” and a maximum muzzle velocity of 3275 ft/sec (1000m/s) and a maximum muzzle energy of 3,319ft.lbs (4,500 joules).

Gallery Rifle & Pistol Restrictions[edit]

A maximum calibre of .455” and a maximum muzzle velocity of 2150ft/sec (655 m/s), and maximum muzzle energy of 1496 ft. Lbs. (2030 Joules).

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Coordinates: 51°18′55″N 0°39′04″W / 51.3153°N 0.651°W / 51.3153; -0.651