Joining the Club

Written by Administrator on Sunday September 26, 2021

No prior experience required.

Trial Sessions / Induction

In order to give dedicated coaching for the whole evening we provide two trial sessions that will be undertaken on a 1-2-1 basis with club coach / instructor to allow you to decide if smallbore shooting is the sport for you. These sessions are undertaken outside of normal club opening hours so that range time is not restricted while waiting for other shooters to finish. They also act as an induction to club and shooting in general.

A payment of £30 is required on the first evening, covering registration, police check, and the two week trial itself. If, on completion of the trial, you do not wish to continue you are committed to nothing more.

Everything is supplied so there are no additional costs. A quantity of ammunition is included in this cost. Any ammunition left at the end of the trial will be reserved for you if you decide to continue and join the club.

Each session will last 2 hours and will be on a 1-2-1 basis with one of our club coaches or instructors who are DBS checked. These sessions will normally include 2-3 candidates.

Sessions are run on the basis of two consecutive Wednesday or Thursdays as follows:

Week #1, 7:30pm - visit club on a normal Tuesday or Friday evening for the ID check. Bring a photo ID such as driving licence, passport, or school ID (juniors). We will show you around and answer any questions you may have. For juniors we do like at least one parent present so they get to see who we are and what we do and can ask any questions they may have.

This session is not part of the course but the police check is a legal requirement as we are a live fire club in addition to air rifle and air pistol. The police check usually takes 10 days.

Note: Week #2 will not necessarily be one calender week after Week #1. Exact dates will be agreed at the time depending on number of candidates and availability of coaches.

Week #2, 7:30pm - Session #1. Introduction and safety briefing. On completion of the safety briefing you have a choice of .22 rifle, air pistol, or air rifle. Once selected, you'll be briefed on how to use it. You will then move to the range and spend the rest of the session getting used to loading it, pointing it in the right direction, holding it still, and squeezing the trigger! When using a .22 rifle it will be fitted with a bipod so that you do not need to hold it up yourself.

Week #3 will follow one calender week after Week #2.

Week #3, 7:30pm - Session #2. A review of what was learnt in session #1, plus:

  • For .22 rifle you will progress to having a jacket and sling fitted to provide a stable shooting position. These serve the same function as the bipod so that you do not need to support the rifle yourself. If you get on really well we may even introduce you to the spotting scope!
  • For air pistol and rifle there will be further practice, review of your position / stance and a small competition to finish the evening.

The purpose of the trial / induction is to allow you to get a good taste of target shooting and what it entails and to see if it's a sport that you'd like to continue with.

Probationary Membership

If you decide to continue, you will need to complete an application form so that you can become a probationary member. You probation will last for a minimum of three months as this is a legal requirement. Regular attendance will be required during this period to allow your training to continue effectively.

Following the trail / induction as noted above you will generally be at the point where you can get yourself ready and kitted up so you are ready to go on the range. A coach will then take you onto the range and, to start with, provide 1-2-1 tuition. During your probation you will be introduced to a spotting scope, the various range procedures, and operating under the command of a Range Control Officer until we are happy you can shoot safely and competently by yourself in the same manner as a full member.