If you have not shot before, or have shot but not for a long time, we have a number of LERA members who are NRA Certified instructors and we run courses for new shooters several times a year depending on demand.
We try to keep the numbers down to 2 or 4 students on each course. Many of our new members find a like minded friend to join with them, and this is a good way of doing it as you can share transport costs and accommodation (if needed).
The course is usually split over two weekends and covers Iron Sighted, Scope Sighted and Gallery Rifles.
It concludes with a multiple choice test in the classroom and a practical test on the range.
Because LERA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the preservation of Lee Enfields, and all our instructors are volunteers, it costs just £185, which is a lot cheaper than most, and that includes ammunition, rifle loan, range fees for the course, and your first years membership fees .
Sadly though, we can’t train everyone. You need to be relatively fit and healthy, and there are legal restrictions on who is allowed to handle firearms.
The law states that:
“Section 21 of the 1968 Firearms Act sets out restrictions on the possession of firearms, including antique firearms, or ammunition by certain categories of persons convicted of crimes. Persons who are sentenced to a term of imprisonment or detention/custody at a young offender’s institution of three years or more are never allowed to possess them. Persons who are sentenced to a term of imprisonment for three months or more but less than three years must not possess them until five years have passed since the date of release. Persons with suspended sentences of three months or more must not possess them for a period of five years from the second day after the date on which sentence has been passed.
It is an offence for a person to transfer, let on hire, give or lend a firearm, including antique firearms, or ammunition to someone whom he knows or has reasonable grounds for believing to be prohibited by Section 21”.
And all new members also have to be approved by the police.
But so long as you pass the checks then we would welcome you onto one of our courses. We have members of all ages and from an incredibly diverse variety of backgrounds.
All our courses are set at The National Shooting Centre at Bisley in Surrey, which is the heart of the shooting community.
See also the article about applying for an FAC.