I got home from the woods today to find this message waiting for me; From 1st January 2009 it will be a mandatory requirement for a civilian shooter to have a certificate of competence to shoot on an MOD Range (including Bisley). The certificate will be issued on successful completion of a Range Safety and Competency Test (RCST). The NRA are still at the draft stage of what the RCST needs to include but we expect this to be published shortly. The RCST is to certify the shooter, not the rifle so you don't need a RCST for each rifle you own. You need to be certified by 31st December 2008 for 2009 and thereafter annually. Your completed RCST certificate will need to be sent to the NRA with a photo for them to issue a card to state you're competent to use an MOD Range. There will be a charge for this, probably in the region of Â£15-Â£20 that would be paid direct to NRA. Now I am not saying that shooters need to be competent but that is why we have probationary membership of clubs and club secretaries sign of full members so they can apply for an FAC. If the law is thus then why are the NRA introducing their own rules. I can only see it as a revenue machine for them. I wont submit, if that means I cant shoot at Bisley then I wont go there! If that means I must part with my rifles then I will have room for more sporting rifles. There is no clear legal requirement for this and the NRA cannot fail to make a complete arrsse of one even if it was needed. I for one will be asking my club why the NRA are deciding that clubs are no longer fit to pass probationary members or is it money only. I would like a boycott for 6 months of the NRA (lets face it your FAC is for 5 years and the NRA would hurt in 5 days). They are paid to provide a service which gets worse every year. No I wont join and vote this out as they wont let ordinary members take charge. Damn them I certainly wont darken their doors again!