Don’t forget, NTSA can also be found on FACEBOOK.

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.


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

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

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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