Hit the target
Carefully supervised shooting activities can be chance for girls to learn to concentrate, be safe and improve their aim. Managing to shoot a target can be a real confidence boost too!
Girls can use guns on a range to shoot at targets or clay pigeons.
Shooting at animal - or people-shaped targets, or participating in war games is a prohibited activity.
To take girls shooting, you will need to find a reputable local club with qualified instructors.
- Use an established club – you can use one of the following national governing bodies to locate a reputable provider: National Small-Bore Rifle Association (NSRA) or Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA). The activity does not have to take place on the club premises, as many campsites and activity centres will allow temporary shooting ranges to be set up provided they are constructed and supervised by a suitably qualified instructor who is a member of an established club.
- Members may shoot only at targets (or clay pigeons). Targets must not be shaped like people or animals.
The range must be under the control of a Range Officer who holds one of the following National Small-Bore Rifle Association qualifications:
- NSRAYouth Proficiency Tutor’s Diploma
- NSRA Range Conducting Officer qualification or higher
- NSRA Club Instructor’s Certificate
or is qualified through the Armed Forces.
Additional instructors should be suitably qualified or experienced in teaching shooting. All instructors work under the direction of the Range Officer.
Section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968 prohibits the possession of a firearm and ammunition (under any circumstances), by any person who has been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of imprisonment or youth custody of three months or more.
The prohibition includes handling and firing at an approved shooting club or at a clay pigeon shoot. It also applies to the possession or use of other categories of firearms and ammunition such as airguns or shot cartridges.
For details of gun legislation outside of the UK, contact the local shooting association.
You should consult parents before deciding whether to offer shooting.
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