A full-fledged modern shooting complex comprising of 50 mtr Range, 25 mtr Pistol Range, 10 mts Indoor Air Gun range and Trap & Skeet range are available at the Sports Authority of India complex since May 1997. During 2009-2011, these ranges were further renovated to match International standards with state of the art electronic target shooting equipment. We are proud to highlight that the Karnataka State Rifle Association has produced many champions who have brought laurels to the country. K.S.R.A also imparts training in handling weapons, under the Civilian Rifle Training Course.
In the very early days, way back in 1960, a handful of shooting enthusiasts came together to jointly work towards the pursuit of their hobby. Initially, shooters would collect guns deposited at the local police station, and practice at CRA grounds, Bangalore. The competition guns or ammunition were outdated and scarce. The shooters had to face many challenges in terms of leasing a proper area for a shooting range; procurement of competition guns; supply of ammunition, and many more.
It was during the 4th National Games in 1997, that Late Shri. Nagaraj Rao Jagdale established the existing K.S.R.A. ranges at Sri. J N Radhakrishna Memorial Shooting Complex, which is part of the Sports Authority of India campus, on Mysore Road, Bangalore.
K.S.R.A – Forecast.
The present K.S.R.A shooters are a force to reckon, and with consistently improving scores and medal tallie at National level Championships, K.S.R.A. is poised to make a mark in the International shooting scene. Shooters are now starting to equip themselves with international standard of kits, and the Association is making all efforts to procure world class ammunition and guns. This combination, along with the budding talent of the several shooters, is a proud future to look out for.
The experience of senior shooters, better outlook towards enhancing knowledge in the sport by way of the internet media and tips from the National Squad who regularly drop in for their practice, have helped the Karnataka team to improve in leaps and bounds. With the limelight on shooting reaching headlines in all media, K.S.R.A. is planning to expand its services, to reach out to all segments of people. This awareness, we presume, will bring about the hidden talent in the teeming population, and efficiently improve the overall team strength, as well as competition results.
K.S.R.A – Upgrade of Range and Facilities.
Sports Authority of India, undertook up a mega-plan to upgrade the existing Shooting Range at Shri. Jagdale N Radhakrishna Shooting Range, SAI South. All the three ranges – 50m, 25m and 10m indoor ranges were re-designed and built to match International standards with addition of modern equipment, to benefit the sports shooting fraternity. During the year end of 2008, which was also post 52nd N.S.C.C., the renovation started.
With this new development, the facilities offered by K.S.R.A. towards improving Sports Shooting in Karnataka is greatly benefitted. Some of the key improvements to be noted are:
- Merge all the three ranges – 50m, 25m & 10m ranges with easy access to monitor and conduct shooting programs.
- Upgrade of target and other facilities to match International standards, making the K.S.R.A. shooting one of India’s best.
- Restructure the complex to better accommodate shooters, shooters’ changing area, spectator area, gun & equipment control area, etc.