Having examined a number of possible sites, in February 1889 the NRA Council met and voted in favour of Bisley as the site for their new ranges. Much work was necessary and authority was given by the War Office for military assistance in the building of the Camp and ranges. All the portable buildings which had, for over a quarter of a century, been permanent features at Wimbledon were transported, and re-erected in the autumn of 1889, at Bisley.
|The Princess of Wales firing|
the first shot at Bisley
After the opening speeches the Princess was conducted to the point where a Lee-Metford rifle carefully sighted by Colonel Sir Henry Halford was placed in a rest. Firing at a target 500 yards distant, the Princess pulled a silken cord attached to the trigger and struck the bull just two inches off centre.
Bisley has carried on the great tradition of Wimbledon and 2010 saw the NRA celebrating the 150th Anniversary of their First Annual Rifle Meeting.
Today classic arms shooting continues on the ranges; muzzle loading and breech loading black powder rifles along with military classics such as the SMLE will be seen along side the modern full-bore target rifle and sporting rifles.
Firing at 600 yards
during the Kings Prize, 1907
The Pavilion, Bisley Camp, 1909
The Pavilion was first erected at Wimbledon
in 1871 and later moved to Bisley.
It was demolished in 1923
|Stickledown Range, 1913|
Bisley, the headquarters of the National Rifle Association (NRA), is the world’s best known and most varied shooting centre.
|Century Range, Bisley,
from the 600 yard firing point
|Stickledown Range, Bisley,
from the 1200 yard firing point