Welcome to Target Shooting
So what disciplines are available?
Prone and Three Position Rifle
Air Pistol and Rifle
Lightweight Sport Rifle
In the main this refers to carbines designed to shoot pistol calibre cartridges. So the old style lever action carbines often seen in cowboy ﬁlms ﬁll this role. However there are some semi automatic rifles which are in pistol calibres which are converted to comply with the UK law so that the action has to be operated between shots. Common calibres are .38, .357 Mag, .44, .44 Magnum and .45 Long Colt. This discipline is developing but can be shot by shooters of any standard, with competitions to reflect this. Very popular as it gives a bigger bang! The club has two .357 calibre lever action rifles for members to use.
Black Powder and Muzzle Loading
Too powerful to be shot indoors, this refers to full power rifles. Instead we shoot these at outdoor ranges particularly the army range at Strensall, York. There’s a full range of types from hold historic guns which pre-date World War One, through World War Two and right up to date with the latest sniper style rifles. Ex-military rifles such as Lee Enfield, Mosin Nagant and even AK-74’s are popular.
The club has two modern scoped sniper style rifles in .223 and .308 calibre for members to use.
Shooting is one of the safest sports around, because we make it so.
What is a RANGE OFFICER (RO)?
Some basic rules – covered in the safety briefing
- Handle a firearm, without the RO’s permission
- Take a firearm out of a bag or box, without RO’s permission
Load a firearm or magazine, without RO’s permission
- Fire a rifle or a pistol, without RO’s permission
- Hand a firearm to another person, without RO’s permission
- Go down the range in front of the firing point, without RO’s permission
wearing ear protection, so the R0 has to be loud to be heard. The only thing the RO will be thinking about is safety.
So, what commands do the range officers give?
They are somewhat standardised and will be clear in purpose, for example the Range Officer must check that each of our five firing points are clear and will shout as each is checked ;
“ONE CLEAR, TWO CLEAR, THREE CLEAR, FOUR CLEAR, FIVE CLEAR”
Typcially this will be followed by ;
You will also notice that any time a Range Officer picks up a firearm they will check it is clear and unloaded and will shout “CLEAR” so everyone knows that it has been checked. If that firearm is handed to another Range Officer or member they in turn will check and will themselves shout “CLEAR”. This is just good practice. It might sound odd and pedantic now but makes perfect sense when you’re in the club.