How does membership work?

On joining the club you have to pass a probation period before the club will grant full membership status, which is required in order to apply for a firearms certificate.  During this time you will be taught safety, technique and shooting skills and will have ample opportunity to try lots of different weapons out.

By law the minimum period before you can become a full member is 3 months and a minimum of 12 separate visits.  WRPC maintains this minimum and places an upper limit of 6 months on probationary status.  You must complete your 12 sessions within 3-6 months of your initial visit and at that point you may be put forward for full membership.  Providing this is approved you must pay the appropriate fee and become a full member if you wish to continue shooting at the club.

Probationary members have a range record which is signed off by the range officer each time they shoot.  Once the minimums are reached, your range record can be handed to the secretary and the club committee will consider the application for full membership at the next scheduled meeting.

Here’s the typical course of events:-
  • Book your first session online.  A non-refundable payment of £10 is required in advance of attending your first session.  After making your tentative booking you must attend the club on the next WEDNESDAY evening at 7pm with your completed membership form, ID, 2 recent passport sized photos and £10 booking fee.  The membership secretary will check and process your application and confirm your booking.
  • Attend the club on your confirmed WEDNESDAY evening at 7pm, attend the safety briefing and enjoy your first shoot.
  • Attend on subsequent WEDNESDAY evenings and continue to pay the range fee of £5 each time.  After you have completed your sixth successful visit the membership secretary will issue a probationary membership ID card.
  • Attend on a weekday evening until at least 3 months have passed AND you’ve attended 12 times as shown by your range record.
  • On completing the probationary period you pay the appropriate fee for full membership and your application will go before the committee for approval.  Until that time you may continue to shoot as a probationer.
  • When your full membership is approved you will be issued with a Full Member card and may apply for your FAC (which the club members will assist with).

Full members are issued with a picture ID range card that must be shown AT ALL TIMES whilst using the range.