During the late 1970’s it began to become apparent that the then National Shooting Associations did not really cater for the needs and aspirations of the growing body of full bore pistol shooters in Britain. The National Pistol Association was born. In the 1980’s the NPA was introduced to South Africa. Probably the greatest legacy that the NPA gave shooting was the Annual National Pistol Meeting held at Bisley over the late Spring Bank Holiday weekend in the UK.
Since the 1961 Western Province Pistol Association has continued to be involved and actively promote the sport. Shortly after the new gun laws were introduced in Great Britain sadly the NPA discipline faded away in the UK. However due to a lot of international interest the sport continues to gain popularity. Many international shooting organisations are adopting NPA as it provides exciting competition even for shooters with standard hand guns.
Bellville Pistol Club provides for practice and competition in the following:
Police Pistol A, Police Pistol B, Service Pistol A, Service Pistol B, Carry Gun, Pocket Pistol, NPA Magnum, Police Pistol 2