This is the official website of the FCSA UK, a Home Office approved rifle club dedicated to the demandng sport of ultra long range target shooting in the UK.
We predominantly use .50 calibre (.50BMG) target rifles and 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 at a mile then 50 calibre shooting might be the challenging sport you've been looking for.
We are affiliated to the FCSA USA, and shoot the same competitions as our American counterparts, along with our own UK 'practical' competitions using reactive electronic targets. Some of our members also shoot in mainland Europe and annually compete in the USA. We don't just shoot .50, we also compete with other large calibres, and most smaller calibres are welcome at our range bookings, even a .22RF will operate a figure 11 reactive target!
|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 .50 '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.
Where can I ZERO AND 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 and barrel length, 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 of these 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) 200 - 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 the chairman (members only) if you are willing to fabricate portable target frames and assist with the competition management.
- 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)