REQUEST FOR SPONSORSHIP!
Message from John Mason, of Figure 14 fame - supplier to the FCSA UK
It must be something in the water as I have signed up again for another great event to raise funds for the Afghanistan Trust.
On October 26th, so in just over 4 weeks time, I will be running in the US Marine Corp Marathon in Washington to raise funds for injured soldiers of the Parachute Regiment. We are a team of 10 made up of ex and serving soldiers, both able-bodied and disabled as the USMC assisted Marathon sees able soldiers and veterans running alongside their wounded counterparts.
I know many of you have given in the past and once again I am asking for your generosity which I really appreciate.
The Afghanistan Trust supports members of the Parachute Regiment injured in Afghanistan and the families of those that have lost their lives.
Even though we will be pulling out of Afghan by the end of this year many of the injuries sustained will be life-long so please support if you can.
You can donate at and see details of the team at:
and please mark it somewhere as John Mason as for every £1 you give Bloomberg will match it so I need to identify my donations! Please also feel free to attach any insults to said donation! :)
Once again many many thanks
Who are the FCSA UK?
This club website is dedicated to the legitimate sport of .50 calibre target rifle shooting in the UK. We are now one of the fastest growing target shooting clubs in the UK with over 400 members, increasing on a daily basis.
Range events and competition details can be found here, so if you already shoot target rifle but want to see what you can do beyond the usual 1000 yards then 50cal shooting might be the challenging sport you've been looking for.
We shoot the same competitions as our American FCSA counterparts and use the same set of competition rules, along with our own UK 'practical' competition using reactive targets. Some of our members also shoot in mainland Europe as well as here in the UK. We don't just shoot 50cal, we also compete with other large calibres, and most smaller calibres are welcome at our range bookings.
|50cal rifles as used by Civilian Shooters are not Material Destruction Devices as they are used with conventional ball ammunition, either lead core or bronze, to shoot paper or electronic targets, rather than explosive or armour piercing (both restriced as they are Section 5 in the UK) which are designed to damage a hard target.
Quite simply these are large Target Rifles.
What is 50cal?
We currently specialise in the 50BMG 12.7x99mm Browning cartridge - '50cal' being the common name, rather than the Russian counterpart 12.7x108mm or the short .50cal 'Spotter' as used on recoilless artillery, as 50BMG reloading components are the most readily available in the UK, Europe and the US. Compared to other 12.7mm calibres the '50BMG' has the largest number of civilian users across the world. Details such as forthcoming 50BMG rifle competitions, 50BMG reloading data and retail information on rifles available to the UK shooter can also be found here.
Many of our members also own and compete at distances beyond 1000 yards with other large calibre rifles, in particular the .338 Lapua, but also the .408 CheyTec & 416 Barrett, several ranges we use are cleared for civilian use of all calibres up to and including 20mm. So even if you don't own a 50BMG rifle there is no reason why you cant join the FCSA (UK) and join in the fun and challenge of extreme range target shooting!
What are the origins AND CAN I JUST USE AN OLD AT RIFLE?
The modern 50BMG target rifle is a development of an overgrown WWI 13mm Mauser rifle that was designed to penetrate and stop a tank with a bullet, this concept was rapidly developed up until the very early 1940s then promptly abandoned as deemed totally ineffective against heavy armour, however over the past 20 years we have seen rapid growth in the sport of long range target shooting by civilians. If you require more in-depth technical and historical information on rifles of a similar or larger calibre then this can be found at AntiTank although certain details such as reloading data for Historical Anti-Tank rifles is virtually non existent and reloading should only be attempted by experienced shooters who fully understand the complex science of reloading for such large calibres, bear in the mind the age of these rifles and potential risk of injury to shooter and spectator, don't ever assume that just because a modern round of ammunition happens to fit your old rifle that it'll be safe to use, modern ammunition can generate far higher pressures than the old wartime stock, it could kill you.
Where can I compete?
To those not familiar with the .50BMG calibre, the muzzle energy can be in excess of 10,000 ft/lbs depending on the loading, with a muzzle velocity usually just under 3000 ft/sec. As such the majority of UK ranges are not suitable. The FCSA UK has regular bookings at a number of suitable ranges that can be attended either as a member of the FCSA (UK) or as a guest, assuming you are in posession of a valid firearms certificate and 'Safe Shooter Competency' card. These ranges are not the standard gallary ranges, they are MOD Field Firing Areas (LFTTAs). Some ranges allow the use of calibres over 50BMG, contact the club Chairman Chris for details.
What other competitions do we operate?
The FCSA (UK) fully appreciate that shooting nothing but 50BMG and larger calibres all day is too expensive and too punishing for most people, and many members also own a wide variety of other calibers right down to the diminutive .22, in answer to several requests by club members we now operate other competitions - for example a dedicated .338 competition, full bore rifle (optic) 1000 yards, service rifle (iron sight) 500 yards and LBR 100 yards. More details to follow under the competitions link or contact the club Chairman.
CAN I JUST TURN UP AND HAVE A GO of a 50?
Click here for the legalities
Special Requests and announcments
DO YOU OWN A MAG FED RPA RANGEMASTER IN 50BMG?
PLEASE LET US KNOW URGENTLY.
- New club rules published, click here to read.
- We need assistance in the running of the non-50cal competitions, please contact us (members only) if you are willing to fabricate portable target frames and assist with the competition management.
- Wanted! Affordable AMAX 750gn, contact us if you have stock for sale or know where to get them!
- Wanted! Wanted! Tikka Optilok scope ring screws (torx), also TRG22/42 scope ring screws (the bizarre M3.5 x 7.5mm hex head screws made from the softest steel available)