The Lightweight Sport Rifle (LSR) discipline is shot with a .22LR rifle or .177/.22 Air Rifle, with no other supporting equipment (a glove may be used). The rifle/glove must weigh no more than 4.5kg and have a trigger weight in excess of 500g. It is usual to use either a Semi-Auto or magazine fed Bolt Action, with the Ruger 10/22 being a popular rifle in this discipline.

Any Sights are allowable, typically a telescopic sight, from the basic 3-9×40 to larger more powerful scopes. The rules state that no slings or special clothing may be used, and shooting stance is standing, unsupported.

At Pinhoe, we shoot LSR at 20 yrds on PL14 targets. Course of Fire is 10 shots per target, two targets per round. (20 shots, ex 200).

Competitions and Matches

We shoot in a wide range of Winter and Summer Leagues at both a Club, County and National Level. Our members also enter matches and competitions which are held throughout the year both individually and as part of a team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have perfect eyesight to shoot, and see the targets?

No, many shooters wear glasses or contact lenses.  So long as your vision is OK with glasses/contacts this will be fine.  Telescopes are used to “spot” shots.

I have heard that rifles kick when fired, will this hurt?

No, 0.22” calibre ammunition is very low powered.  Unlike a shotgun or large-calibre rifle, the recoil is very gentle and little more than a slight wobble.

Do I have to be physically strong to hold the rifle still?

No, the rifle is supported by a combination of bones, shooting jacket, and shooting sling, not muscles.  Pinhoe’s best prone shooter is a slight 8st woman.  Any healthy adult will be strong enough, as will most teenagers (14+).

I haven’t fired a rifle before, can I still join?

Yes, many of our members had no prior experience.  Pinhoe has qualified instructors who can teach beginners, even absolute novices.  Everyone has to start somewhere!

I don’t have any of the equipment mentioned, is this a problem?

No, we don’t expect beginners to have their own kit, so Pinhoe has a selection of rifles and jackets to fit all sizes, plus slings, gloves, and telescopes for beginners to borrow free of charge.

Do I need a license to shoot?

Yes, but only if you want to buy your own rifle; a Police-issued Firearms Certificate (FAC) would be required then.  You would not need an FAC to use club rifles.

Is shooting expensive?

No, not really.  Pinhoe offers beginners three trial sessions for £30 (ammo included).  Normal adult membership is £240 p.a. (2023 pricing).  Ammunition is extra, but a box of 50 cartridges costs from £3.50.  Beginners can use club equipment until they want to buy their own; much of which can be bought second-hand.

Further Reading

Check out the website, a great resource for shooting LSR in the UK.