Who are we?
This club website is dedicated to the legitimate sport of .50 calibre target rifle shooting in the UK and we are now one of the fastest growing target shooting clubs in the UK.
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 counterparts (check out www.fcsa.org ) and use the same set of competition rules, some of our members also shoot in mainland Europe and Norway as well as here in the UK.
|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 targets, rather than explosive or armour piercing (both unavailable as they are Section 5 in the UK) which are designed to destroy or damage a hard target. Quite simply these are 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?
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 http://www.antitank.co.uk 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. Click here for a list of ranges that can be attended either as a member of the FCSA (UK) or as a guest of another club. 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 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 50 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?
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Special Requests and announcments
- 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)