However, it was the Volunteer movement of Victorian times, and the ideal of providing an effective base for the defence of the realm, which geared the civilian ownership of arms to target shooting for the next century.
Traditionally, the UK had no gun lobby. Civilian target shooting was well integrated with society and was as respectable as archery and fencing. Ironically, traditional civilian firearms training successfully "de-iconised" firearms in the minds of the vast majority of participants.
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