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About Us

The Somerset Small Bore Shooting Association (SSBSA) is Somerset County's Official Small Bore Shooting Association. The first reference available in the minute book is of a meeting held on the 30th April 1927 at St John's outdoor range in Bedminster, Bristol. The meeting was called to discuss the reforming of the Somerset County Miniature Rifle Association.

In September 1940 the minutes noted that "no meeting was held in September 1939 due to the declaration of hostilities. It was agreed to discontinue the Association until such times as it was considered propitious to reopen." The Association was revived in 1946 and has continued ever since.

There are currently 27 clubs affiliated to the Somerset Association, these clubs having over 520 shooting members. There is an active Air Gun section as well as Small Bore Rifle. The Association is affiliated to the national governing body, the NSRA, and is administered by a committee of elected officers. The Executive Committee usually meets four times a year which includes the AGM and prize giving meeting held each June. All the work done by the various committees is on a voluntary basis although out of pocket expenses are covered by the Association. Several of the executive are members of the Avon and Somerset Firearms Consultative Committee.

A brief history of the Association is available on request from the Secretary.

Our Objectives

The object of the Somerset Small Bore Shooting Association is to perform the duties of a County Association as indicated in the handbook of the National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA) and to encourage skill in small-bore target shooting by providing instruction and practice in the use of small-bore arms. The Association represents and supports its member clubs, selects and manages county teams, and provides competitions for shooters within the County of Somerset.

If you are interested in small bore target shooting in Somerset (including air guns) please use the Contact Us link on this website giving a name and email address or phone number and we will ensure that a member of the Association contacts you directly. An indication of your location will help us to direct you to the club closest to you.

The SSBSA - History, Aims & Objectives

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