The NRA has supported target shotgun shooting for many years by providing access to a greater range of facilities at Bisley as well as running a national league to support the sport across the country and encourage grass roots participation.

The competitions are always different and comprise of a number of stages where the competitors are faced with a different shooting challenge at each and the winner is the person that can shoot all the targets in the shortest time


Given the diverse nature of the discipline you will find examples of all types of shotguns.

The league rules offer competitions in the following classes:

Open: No restrictions on sights or action type

Standard: Semi-auto , tube magazine no optical sights

Standard Manual: Manual action only, tube magazine no optical sights


These fast growing events require not only marksmanship, but thought, movement, and complete familiarity with the rifle and its zero. Each competitor shoots each stage against the clock under the close supervision of a range officer who wields an electronic timer which picks up the sound of the shots. The shooter with the quickest time usually wins that stage, provided that they have hit all the targets. No two matches are ever the same – When paper targets are used the highest 2 hits per target are normally scored (slug and buckshot only), you may also be faced with reactive targets that fall when hit. Moving targets are also used where the club has the facilities and you can be faced with anywhere from 1 to 30 targets at ranges from 5 to 100 metres!


Awards are presented for final league standings, typically in the Spring of the following year.

NRA medals are presented to the top placed competitors in each shotgun class. The amount of medals presented depends on the amount of competitors in each class over the league’s season:

  • 2+ competitors – Gold medal awarded
  • 6+ competitors – Gold and Silver medals awarded
  • 11+ competitors – Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded

Competitions Dates

The dates for the 2024 Season are to be confirmed:

  • Round 1: Sunday 10th March (TS Festival Spring): National Shooting Centre, Bisley: See results
  • Round 2: Saturday 11th May: Sterling Sports, Entry via Practiscore
  • Round 3: Sunday 7th July: Sterling Sports, Entry via Practiscore
  • Round 4: Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st July: Lumley Ranges: Dartford, Entry via Practiscore
  • Round 5: Friday 16th – Sunday 18th August (Cottesloe Heath Challenge): National Shooting Centre, Bisley – More information
  • Round 6: Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September: Lumley Ranges: Dartford, Entry via Practiscore
  • Round 7: Sunday 6th October TS Festival (Autumn): National Shooting Centre, Bisley – More information

The best 5 matches to count

Get Involved

Getting into any of the shooting sports can be hurdle however the league is open to any member of a home office approved club with the relevant firearm on their licence.

You can enter any of the NRA events at Bisley and a member, or by paying the relevant non-member fee.

With clubs hosting matches across the country on a regular basis you are sure to find somewhere to suit you. If you have trouble finding a club please contact the league director for more information.

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