About Civilian Service Rifle

Civilian Service Rifle competitions have their origin in the annual military meeting held at Bisley under the auspices of the ARA (Army Rifle Association). The courses of fire were based on the separate competitions historically used for that meeting with modifications made to cover the restrictions placed on the rifles available for civilian use. For that reason most of the stages in a competition still use the historic names (e.g. 'Bisley Bullet'). All but one of the current competitions are on an individual basis, the exception being the Civilian Methuen Cup which is a team event consisting of teams of six competitors and an optional non-shooting captain.

Individual stages in a competition vary in distance from one hundred to five hundred yards utilising the standing, kneeling, squatting, sitting and prone positions. They are also split into four classes, historic, open sights, service optic and practical optic.

Currently the majority of the CSR competitions are held at Bisley where entries are co-ordinated by the NRA but the courses of fire are prepared by a dedicated group of long term enthusiasts for this style of shooting.

A championship competition takes place for the discipline run by the NRA at the beginning of the Imperial meeting at the end of June and the start of July (full details of the matches are available in the NRA's Bisley Bible available from the NRA website.