Focus: They do what ...? Byways of the charity world - National Small-Bore Rifle Association

Anita Pati

The association is the national governing body for small-bore rifle, pistol, airgun and crossbow sports. It lists its charitable objective as "to fit Her Majesty's subjects for the defence of the realm by the advancement of skill in rifle and other shooting".

The organisation does sell guns and ammunition, but makes it clear on its website that it only does so person to person, and not through direct mail.

The website features an impressive array of weaponry. Fancy a single-stroke pneumatic El Gamo compact pistol? A snip at £140. Or perhaps an Anschutz 1913 Supermatch for £1,700? Membership costs £65, or £39 for juniors, and includes civil liability insurance up to £5m, medical expenses cover up to £2,500 and free entry into competitions.

The news section on its website is no bore: a recent break-in at the national indoor shooting centre in Aldersley, near Wolverhampton, ended with one of the burglars suffering an undisclosed injury.

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