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Fifty Cal Shooters Association UK [FCSA]

Fifty Cal Shooters Association UK [FCSA]

The F.C.S.A (UK) originates from the large calibre association setup in late 1998 by the late Pete Bloom following a chance meeting at Bisley between the current FCSA Chairman and Pete one summer evening after a PR match at Bisley. Originally it was intended to be a small group of 50cal and .55cal shooters who wanted to formally compete against each other on paper targets.

This association was not a Home Office approved club, it was just a mechanism to allow competitive target shooting with large calibre rifles and open up access to suitable ranges.

Access to the Radnor range complex was obtained by Pete and a practice shoot arranged for August 1999, a good turn out led to the first UK Fifty Cal championships being held in October 1999, that same year a small contingent subsequently travelled to Sustenpaas in Switzerland to compete in a Swiss national 5ocal event.

Sadly Pete developed a terminal illness and access to Radnor diminished so other venues were sought, namely STANTA Thetford and Sennybridge. STANTA range access was curtailed and dependent on a club that did not specialise in large calibre events.

In 2001 the F.C.S.A was formed under the direction of its founding members, these being the current Chairman and previous Secretary (the secretary was a shared role between the Offas Dyke club and the FCSA), Offas Dyke already had bookings on field firing areas, so now there was nothing stopping the club moving forward. Since then the F.C.S.A has obtained the necessary range licenses, been granted Home Office approval and NRA affiliation, which now means that for the first time in the history of UK large calibre target shooting there is a dedicated Home Office approved 50cal club ready and able to take in new members. We are vigorously fighting to promote the sport whenever and wherever possible.

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