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Notice regarding Coronavirus

 Sadly, it does look like we need to follow the advice to avoid travelling and avoid gathering to keep the virus from peaking in a spike that would overwhelm our NHS capacity. Lets give our healthcare professionals a chance to save lives and keep the death rate percentage as low as we can by doing our part.

 The NTSA are announcing the  postponement of our matches till later in the year. Currently this affects the NTSA  Scottish Championships on 11th April. We are reviewing the NTSA Nationals scheduled for 17th May.

The Northern Shooting Show has been rescheduled to 28/29th August and the NTSA will still be supporting this event.

We will continue to monitor the situation and hopefully we can get back to our sport in due course.

In the mean time I hope our membership, and the wider British public of course, stays safe and are not too badly affected. If we can please keep spending, especially with our shooting retailers to keep the shooting economy going during this time ..... we don't want a bankrupt sport.

 James Armstrong 

Chairman

NTSA


Staffordshire Phoenix RPC joins NTSA

Welcome to Staffordshire Phoenix Rifle & Pistol Club.

Newly affiliated club to the NTSA.

Looking forward to future NTSA events being held at this new venue.

http://staffordshirephoenixrifleandpistolclub.co.uk


New NTSA Shotgun Discipline - Birdshot Speed Steels.

After a successful test event the NTSA have adopted Birdshot Speed Steels as an Approved Course of Fire.

Speed steels are shot on metal plates with Birdshot ammunition. The discipline emulates .22 speed steels. Scored as Time Plus. 6 plates need to be shot down with 6 rounds only. Time taken plus a 5 second penalty for any plate left standing. Stages can be set up in any configuration and can consist of several runs.

This new Target Shotgun discipline is simple to set up, simple to run but most important of all great fun to shoot.  It can be shot with section 2 shotguns, so is an easy entry for newcomers to target shotgun. Great for club fun shoots. Any club wanting more information email ntsacompsec@gmail.com for advice.

The NTSA, always looking to introduce new events, are pleased to promote this new discipline and have included it in this year’s NTSA Postal Leagues. 


Target Shotgun Article

Vanessa has recently penned an article on Target Shotgun, which has been published in ‘practical-shotgun.com’.  Click on the link below, to have a look.

http://www.practical-shotgun.com/target-shotgun-ntsa

Postal League

We now have both birshot and slug events for the Postal League.  Please have a look and download, so that your club can get involved!

Membership Renewal

The dreaded membership renewal is now due on 1st January. Some of you have joined or renewed recently, so please ignore, but check the date on your membership card.

This year's individual membership fee has been set at £25. Yes, an increase which was agreed at the AGM.  

The renewal form is in two formats.  Can you download a copy, fill it in and send to ntsamembership@gmail.com or post to the address on the form.  Please submit this form as it helps us to keep our records up to date.


The Membership Secretary has put together the various ways you can pay your renewal fee.

In preferred order

1) BACS transfer. Easiest for me money goes straight to into the bank account, no processing just add to account.

2) PayPal. Bit of a pain for me as I have to keep going into PP and transferring to bank and lots of electronic to and fro.

3) Cheque. I have to schlep to the bank on a regular basis find a parking space and then panic that I don’t get stung by a traffic warden.

4) Cash. If you see me on a regular basis I will accept the filthy lucre and give new card next time we meet. As above I have to schlep etc etc.

That said you must pay by whatever means is most suitable for you, once decided please follow these instructions.

BACS: Bank no. 40-45-20 Account no. 41502662 in the reference please use your membership no. (found on last year’s card) or your full name.

PayPal: send monies to ntsasec@gmail.com please do this as a family and friends transfer as we then receive the full amount. Again reference your membership no. (found on last year’s card) or your full name.

Cheque: make cheques payable to the NTSA and send them to the address on the form, giving your membership no. (found on last year’s card) or your full name, please include a stamped SAE for return.

Cash: Give me money I give you card don’t forget to fill in renewal form.

In all cases, to keep our records up to date, could all members complete the  renewal form and email it to  ntsamembership@gmail.com or post or hand to me.  

Thank you - Martin.


NTSA News

The Association had a successful presence at the Target Shooting Show. As well as a stand in the main hall, some members braved the weather and ran a shotgun event outside. Thanks to all the members who supported the event and our event sponsors - Raytrade UK and Practical Shooting Supplies.

Out of this we are now developing a new NTSA event - Birdshot Speed Steels and our first test event takes place at the end of February.

Congratulations to North Cotes Butts who retained the NTSA Club Champions title.

The NTSA will be attending the Northern Shooting Show 2020 and again we will be running the Breda Plate Challenge. This year it takes place on Friday and Saturday, 8th & 9th May. To obtain tickets go to https://www.northernshootingshow.co.uk/tickets/


NTSA Postal League 2020 

Now based on birdshot competitions so that more clubs can be involved. 

Watch out for the announcements on this, coming very soon.


The Competition Calendar 

for this year is coming together. We are extremely fortunate to be using a new venue, The Tunnel Ranges in Dorset. This means we see the return of the NTSA  Southern Championships in March. 



The Target Shooting Show Stoneleigh 16 / 17 November / Remington Speed Steels


Above - Remington Model 870 Pump-action Shotgun - A favourite around the world with over 11 million produced! One of these is being offered as prize for the Remington Speed Steels at Stoneleigh (FAC / SGC holders ONLY).


We will be attending this show in force.

Andrew and Vanessa will be found on the NTSA Stand at the Show.


Outside, an NTSA crew will be running the ‘Remington Speed Steels’ - the event is sponsored by Remington who will be providing Remington 870 pump guns for a steel plate shoot.  The fastest shooter to knock all the steel targets down will be in line to win a Remington 870 pump!  With over 11 million produced they are still a top contender as a pump action shotgun.


Practical Shooting Supplies of Doncaster are very kindly, also acting as a sponsor, providing cartridges for the event. See their contact details under ‘Useful Contacts’.


Re-scheduled Club Championships and Breda Plate Shoot now to take place at North Cotes on 30 November

Please register via ‘shootnscoreit’ in the right - hand column.


Recent Carlisle Shoot

Details and report to follow.


English Championships @ NCB - Results - 3 August 2019

(Timed and Precision, Multi-Target and Birdshot Standards)

Thanks for a great day.

Thanks to Pat for a great meal.

Results can be viewed via
https://practiscore.com/results/html/ad0e28ee-ba00-4ae0-af28-ec9d00280d32

Vanessa


NTSA Welcomes New Chairman

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At the recent NTSA AGM, held at North Cotes Butts, we were able to welcome a relative newcomer to the post of Chairman of NTSA.  James Armstrong takes over from Vanessa Duffy.  Expect to see James at forthcoming NTSA events, whenever his work and family commitments permit.

Over the last few years we have grown accustomed to Vanessa Duffy acting as Chair for the Association and working very hard for us. Vanessa is now wearing another ‘hat’ - one which says ‘UKPSA’ on it and we wish her every success in continuing to extol the shooting sports to a wider audience.


NTSA National Championships.

Sunday 2nd June, Reepham Moor Range, Lincolnshire.

T&P, Multi Target & Birdshot Standards. Plus extra event NTSA Buckshot Standards

Register via https://shootnscoreit.com/event/120/36/


This event is being supported by the Northern Shooting Show who have donated 500 rounds of Nobelsportitalia cartridges to the prize table.


NTSA English Championships

Saturday 3rd August, North Cotes Butts

T&P Lite, Multi Target & NTSA Birdshot Standards.

Register via https://shootnscoreit.com/event/120/37/


This event is supported by Shellhouse Bullets who will be supply ammunition to all competitors as well as the prize table.

Additionally, thanks to Valmont Firearms for ‘Breda’ promo. signage and prize.


NTSA 100 Yard Challenge and Breda Plate Challenge.

Sunday 4th August, North Cotes Butts.

Register Via https://shootnscoreit.com/event/120/39/


Northern Shooting Show (NSS) 2019 - The Breda Plate Challenge- sponsored by Viking Arms.

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This is the second year of running the event at the Northern Shooting Show at the Yorkshire Show Ground in Harrogate.

The Breda Plate Challenge was conceived by NSS Organiser Paul Whiltelam and he invited the NTSA to host the event and sourced sponsorship from Viking Arms, who very generously donate a Breda B12i Shotgun as a prize to the fastest shooter. 

The ‘Challenge’ is to knock down 9 plates with only 9 rounds of Birdshot ammunition. Any plate left standing incurs a 5 second penalty added to your time. A Section 2 Breda Shotgun is provided by Viking Arms for the competitors to use. 

In the first year of the running of the event there were 203 entries, this was exceeded this year with 229. The fastest time in 2018 was 18.22 seconds. We thought this would be hard to beat. But we did not reckon on Heng Fan from North Cotes Butts. He smashed the time and reduced the challenge record to 10.58 seconds. He actually put in the best 3 times over the weekend. His skill and accuracy were rewarded with a new Breda shotgun. 

New for 2019 was the Breda Champion’s Challenge. The Breda Competition has been developed and has been held at various NTSA matches over the past year. All winners were invited to participate. This match was made up of four different stages, where the shooter used their own section 1 shotgun for the first three. On the last stage they had to compete with the Section 2 Breda shotgun. 

Overall Champion’s Champion was Kevin Strowger of Carlisle Small Arms Club. He went through the whole Challenge without incuring any time penalties. Which goes to show that sometimes it better to slow down and be accurate rather than go too quick to get a good time but loose out if you have a miss.

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Thanks to all the NTSA crew members who made this happen and we look forward to more Breda matches throughout the coming year and of course to NSS 20.


Northern Shooting Show Harrogate

11 / 12 May at Harrogate.  We will be running the Breda Plate Shoot so, come along!

Come and give it a go at the Northern Shooting Show

Find us at the end of the Clay Line. £4 a run.


DPOA Charity Match

Taking place at Dartford on 16/17 February.  

This will be a combined Practical and Target Shotgun competition run by the Blue Team Club, supported by the NTSA, running the BREDA Plate Challenge.

Register by Sunday, 10th February.

There’s a fabulous prize table for the raffle, including a Winchester SXP.  All profits to charity.  Please support this good cause.


Test Shoot at Reepham

This will be a trial of the facilities at a new venue for the NTSA, located near Lincoln.

This is open to all with a T&P and Multi Target and Birdshot Standards.  Plus, a Historic Multi target.


Membership Renewal

It’s that time of year!

If you have a membership card sporting the new NTSA logo then, you are good to go!

If you still have a card with the old style logo, you need to renew your membership to enjoy the great benefits such as ‘Good reason’ for a s1 shotgun, reduced entry fees at NTSA matches and the opportunity to socialise with a like minded group of shooters.


Please contact the membership secretary - membership@gmail.com

if you need to check your status.


Practical Shooting Show

The show went well, it was a good start for a new event and hopefully it will develop.  Estimate about 800 attendees.

A more central location will help it to grow.

Andy & I attended both days with help from Robin on Saturday.

Spoke to lots of people. We have four new members with another two most likely joining. It was worth it and we covered the event costs.

Vanessa


I spoke with one of the exhibitors, who also thought that it was a good start for such a specialist event. (AC)




New NTSA logo design



NTSA Shirts - last chance to order!

NTSA Shirt



Again we have Stephen to thank. 

The shirts are £35 each with options to put your name, gun make and national flag on the shirt.

We are grateful to Northern Shooting Show who have assisted with costs towards the shirt.

These are now available to order.  Go to http://www.practical-shotgun.com/ntsa-shirt-orders

2018 Championships North Cotes Butts

Held in early August at NCB; a wonderful weekend of sun and fun with slug and shot!

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It was a busy weekend for Target Shotgunners, shooting three NTSA Championships and a Breda Plate Challenge - all taking place at North Cotes Butts on 4th & 5th August.


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                    Congratulations to overall winner Darren Hopley!

Both the NTSA Nationals and English Championships were at mixture of Slug and Birdshot Matches. Testing the accuracy and shooting skills of the competitor. The overall winner of both was Darren Hopley, a recent convert to Target Shotgun. On the way to winning the English Championships he set a new NTSA record in the Birdshot Standards, scoring 355 out of 360 points, this equates to just one missed target.


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       Long Range Benchrest winner Andrew Duffy with Paul Whitelam of NSS

On day two the NTSA Long Range Championships were held in the North Cotes 100 Yard RIfle Tunnel.  This was the first ever Shotgun Benchrest Competition. 10 shots in a fixed time of 10 minutes. Not an easy task but the person leading the way was Andrew Duffy, winning with a score of 41 points out of a possible 50.


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                     Breda Steel Plate Challenge winner - Kevin Coupland 

       Presented by Paul Whitelam, Northern Shooting Show in conjunction 

       with Steel Plate sponsors, Viking Arms.

Lastly, with the suppport of the Northern Shooting Show, the first Breda Plate Challenge outwith of the NSS was held. There were two runs required to knock down nine plates against the clock. The lowest combined time was 26.15 seconds, achieved by Kevin Copeland of North Cotes Butts.


The next NTSA Championships will be a another new Target Shotgun event, the Bianchi Shotgun Championships on 26th August at Crocketford.


Northern Shooting Show - Breda Challenge


Another Fantastic day of Target Shotgun Shooting at the Northern Shooting Show.

A total of 202 entries.

Congratulations to Adam Burbridge, the overall winner in a time of 18.27 seconds who will receive a Breda Shotgun from our kind match sponsors Viking Arms Ltd.

Second place was Martin Appelton with Nick Bonsor in third.

Top junior was Jake McFarlan

Full results can be viewed via https://practiscore.com/results/new/56795


AGM & NTSA Dinner

Saturday 4th Aug at North Cotes Butts.

The AGM will take place after the presentation for the English Champs.

We then stay on at the club house for a wonderful North Cotes Dinner.


Legal Stuff

We try to keep you updated on various aspects of law as it affects shooters.

We’ve just been made aware of a ‘circular’ from the Home Office.  This circular advises of the commencement on 17 April 2018 of section 131 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017. Basically, this authorises an eight week extension to the life of a FAC or SGC, where it expires whilst in the process of being renewed.  Please click on the link (section 131) above to see the details.


Silverstone Shooting Centre

Some of you will already be aware of developments at Silverstone.  We are fortunate in having been able to negotiate use of the facilities in May. 

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