Gauteng North Combat Rifle Association

Gauteng North Combat Rifle Association (GNCRA) is a non-profit amateur sports shooting association, operating within the boundaries of the northern parts of Gauteng and Limpopo.

"Combat Rifle" was previously known as "Service Shooting" when it was established in the 1970's, and consists of clubs from the different armed services within the South African government, namely the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).

The weapons used for Combat Rifle is the R4/R5 assault rifle with 5.56mm NATO ammunition, competing in three different rifle classes: X (optical sights), and A & B (iron sights). Competitors are also classified according to age and gender, allowing for active and competitive participation for Ladies, Juniors, Masters and Veterans. Members shoot at SANDF issued figure 11 and 12a targets, at distances of 100, 200, 300 and 400m. The rules of the sport is governed by the South African Combat Rifle Association (better known by their acronym, SACRA).

GNCRA is annualy the host for the GNCRA Provincial Championship, normally held in February. We also present the annual GNCRA League, which consists of up to 12 league competitions held over a predetermined calender year period.

"Home" for GNCRA is the Combat Rifle range inside General Piet Joubert Shooting Range at Boekenhoutskloof, about 60km north of Pretoria. Combat Rifle range is situated next to the Bisley range and is the 2nd longest of all the ranges at Piet Joubert. In Combat Rifle circles it is unofficially regarded as one of the most difficult ranges to shoot on with regards to condition reading.

GNCRA functions and competes under the auspice and guidelines of the Sports Council Gauteng North (SCGN). This allows us to proudly display the Barberton Daisy in our logo, supported by two R4 rifles crossing each other at the barrels - the one on the left is an optic sight R4 rifle fitted with the necessary modifications, the other a standard issue R4 with iron sights. The R4's and daisy are backed up by a golden wreath, as a symbol to our dedication to victory and true sportsmanship.

Membership to SCGN also qualifies GNCRA to award Provincial Colours (Gauteng North Combat Rifle A & B) to competitors for outstanding results and steady performance in provincial and national competitions.