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The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) was formed on April 17, 1951, to develop the shooting sport in India and impart training to civilians for self-defense.
The NRAI is headed by Shri Raninder Singh, who is its President. Shri  Raninder Singh is an active  Trap Shooter.

Affiliations

The NRAI is affiliated to the following organizations:

• International Shooting Sport Federation
• Asian Shooting Confederation
• Commonwealth Shooting Federation
• Asian Clay Shooting Federation
• South Asian Shooting Confederation
• Indian Olympic Association

 

Growing network

The NRAI network spans 53 affiliated state associations and units. Regular competitions are now being held at the national, state, district and club levels. Some universities have also recently extended recognition to this sport.
Efforts are on to commission new shooting ranges across the country, rope in foreign coaches and provide easy access to precision arms and ammunition.

New shooting ranges

The new ranges are being built on a very large score. The newly built ranges at Delhi and  Pune are of World Standard. These are equipped with the latest SIUS ASCOR electronic system on 50M, 25M and 10M range. The shotgun ranges are equipped with Laporte machines. The ranges at Mhow and Hyderabad are also of international standard.

Foreign Coaches

The NRAI has always strived to rope in international coaches for Trap, Skeet, Rifle & Pistol events. The services of Mr. Lapidus Stass (Rifle) and Mr. Marcello Dradi (Trap & Double Trap) are being provided to shooters.

Arms and ammunition

The policy on import of arms and ammunition has been liberalized by Govt. of India. Now, any shooter who participates in the National Championship is allowed to import weapons and ammunition duty free subject to achieving the Minimum Qualifying Scores as laid down in the NRAI Match Book.
Import of air weapons is under OGL and members of NRAI/rifle clubs are allowed to import .177 air weapons duty free.
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International exposure

The NRAI has convinced the Government that shooting as a sport can win medals in international competitions. As a result, from time to time, shooters picked by NRAI have not only participated in international competitions but also turned in exemplary performances such as at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (Australia) and Delhi in 2006 and 2010, World Championships, World Cup Finals and Beijing Olympic Games 2008.

Selection process

Selection for international competitions is strictly based on merit. Regular selection trials are held both for National squad shooters and others. Selection is based on scores achieved in these trials as well as national and international meets and as per norms laid down in Selection Policy. The selection committee comprises the President and Secretary General of NRAI, National Coach, Government Observer and an ex-eminent shooter.

National squad

The NRAI has laid down qualifying standards to gain entry in the National Squad. These are updated periodically depending on the prevailing performance of shooters. Those who meet the criteria are provided regular training under a qualified coach and their boarding and lodging expenses for the coaching camps are borne by the Government. They are also issued free ammunition, clay targets and paper targets.
An NRAI team closely watches the individual performances.

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Competitions

Every year, the NRAI organizes the following shooting competitions:




National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC)

All India G.V. Mavlankar Shooting Championship (AIGVMSC)

Sardar Sajjan Singh Sethi Memorial Masters Shooting Championship

Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Shooting Championship

All India Kumar Surendra Singh Memorial Inter School Shooting Championship

Global Competitions

Since 1982, the following competitions have been held in India:

Commonwealth Games, New Delhi

2010

2010 Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championship, New Delhi/Kadarpur

2010

3rd Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune

2008

Asian Clay Shooting Championship, Jaipur

2008

Afro-Asian Games (Shooting), Hyderabad

2003

Asian Clay Shooting Championship Delhi

2003

ISSF World Cup (Shotgun) Delhi

2003

ISSF World Cup (Shotgun) Delhi

2000

ISSF World Cup (Shotgun) Delhi

1997

1ST Commonwealth Shooting Championship, Delhi

1995

2nd South Asian Shooting Championship, Delhi

1995

VII SAF Games, Chennai

1995

IX Asian Games (Shooting), Delhi

1982


ISSF Judges License


The NRAI has a large pool of qualified judges, holding the ‘A’ and ‘B’ ISSF Judges Licenses, who are eligible to conduct shooting competitions according to rules and regulations laid by the international body. The NRAI also issues ‘C’ licenses.