Frequently Asked Questions
Shooting is a simple sport but full of technical detail and jargon. We try to answer some of the most common questions here.
Do I need all the latest equipment to shoot at WRPC?
No, the club will provide everything you need.
The club has a good selection of bolt action, single shot and semi-automatic .22 rifles, air rifles and air pistols which are available to probationary and full members to shoot. Targets are available to purchase.
We also have ear defenders and safety glasses available to use.
Is ammunition going to cost me a small fortune each time I visit?
Not at all.
Probationary members and Non-FAC holders typically pay a fee of £5 on each visit which covers hire of the club firearms, ear and eye defenders, targets and .22 rifmire ammunition.
After three probationary visits you can shoot more powerful ammunition if you wish to do so. The charge will be higher as it’s more expensive for the club to buy, currently .357 magnum ammunition costs £12 rather than the usual £5.
Once you have your own FAC you will be able to purchase your own ammunition in bulk. The cheapest being around £60 per 1,000 .22 rimfire rounds.
Precision shooting is fun, but intense. What other disciplines do you offer?
Black powder. Now this type of shooting is popular and very exciting. We have a very skilled section of black powder shooters at the club shooting rifles, revolvers and single shot pistols. Oh, and miniature cannons. Yes, cannons.
Pistols. Although “normal” pistols were banned in 1998 as a political gesture by the government at the time, “long barrel” and muzzle loading pistols and revolvers are still available. Semi-automatic pistols are allowed in .22 calibre. Despite these silly rules pistols are very popular, with members owning a variety of guns including a variety of .22 semi-automatics, muzzle loading revolvers, .357 and 44 magnum revolvers and so on. Muzzle loaders are exempt from restrictions and probationers can use them. The club owns a .44 calibre muzzle loading revolver for probationers to use and uses modern smokeless powder, not the smelly black powder. It’s very popular for some reason!
Pistol calibre carbines. Typically shooting .357, .38 special or .44 magnum ammunition, these underlever rifles are very, very popular. Fun to shoot and accurate plus you can channel your inner John Wayne and we wont mock if you want to wear a 5 gallon hat. Well, maybe a little bit. The club has two .357 underlever rifles for probationers to use.
Full Bore. Although we can’t use these indoors (far too powerful) the club regularly shoots military and sniper style rifles at various ranges around the country including regular sessions on the Strensall range at York. Distances vary from 100 to 600 yards and the club owns two sniper style rifles for members to use in .223 and .308 calibre. Members own a large variety of rifles both modern and old. AK-74, Dragunov, Mosin Nagant, Lee Enfield and more modern rifles are common.
Action Air. Although not “firearms” in the normal sense, this exciting discipline uses airsoft guns shooting rapidly at a variety of targets at relatively close distances less than 15 yards. This is a relateively new discipline and we’ll be trying it out for the first time in 2017 at the club.
Air pistol and rifle. The club has a dedicated 10m range for air pistol and match rifle use. Non-match air rifles can shoot on the main firearms range. If you’ve never tried 10m air pistol shooting, it’s a fun and rewarding discipline. You can try it out for little cost as the club owns two air pistols and will hire a pistol, 50 pellets and 5 targets for just £3 if you want to have a go.
Are there competitions I can enter?
Yes, and lots of them !
Club members take part in many competitions. Full and Probationary members can enter and all competitions have a “division” system so you’re only shooting against equally talented people. There is no qualification requirement so don’t worry if you think you aren’t good enough – you will be, so have a go !
Most competitions are shot at the club over several months and usually involve shooting one set of “match cards” every two weeks or so, at the club. Other club members will witness your cards which are dropped into a secure box. That’s all you have to do, the cards are marked and results updated by our competition secretary.
Competitions may involve iron sights, scoped firearms, air pistols and rifles, whatever takes your fancy. You only take part if you want to but it is an excellent way to develop accuracy – and it’s very satisfying when you shoot a good match card!
We also run club level competitions between ourselves and are introducing new competitions all the time.
Can we shoot at longer distances or at outdoors ranges?
As mentioned above the club has a very active full bore section. Usually once a month we can take members to Strensall at York to shoot club rifles at distances up to 600 yards.
As a new or probationary member when is the best time to visit?
Probationary members and new visitors should attend on WEDNESDAY evenings at 7pm.
Can I keep firearms at home? Or at the club?
Both or either, yes you can.
One of the conditions of owning firearms is having a safe, secure place to store them and the ammunition. This can be in a suitable safe at home, or if you prefer you can rent a safe safe in the club armoury for an annual fee.
How safe is it?
Very, very safe indeed.
All probationers and new joiners will go through a comprehensive safety briefing by one of our NRA and NSRA qualified range officers. Everyone is working to the same set of common sense safety rules and looking our for one another whilst on the range.
Unsafe practices are not tolerated under any circumstances.
Despite the potential for danger, the sport is one of the safest anyone can take part in, simply because EVERYONE follows the same safety rules without question.
Are the club members friendly to newbies?
Very much so!
WRPC is a very popular club with a very diverse membership. We have a thriving probation programme with lots of newly qualified members, shooting all sorts of disciplines.
Any of our members are delighted to show off their particular disciplines and will gladly let you “have a go” where the law allows it. Nobody will talk down to you or dismiss you for asking a “daft” question, in fact quite the opposite, introducing new people to the sport is one of the up-sides.
So yes, in short, it’s a very friendly club.
Is it difficult?
Hmmm, interesting question. Depends on how good you want to be.
We guarantee that even with no prior experience, you will get all of your first rifle shots onto the target, and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear. Everyone is after their first go! So we’d say it’s not “difficult” to get on target.
What takes practice is improving from just getting all shots on target, to getting all shots into the bullseye group, though you will be able to see an improvement in your scores the more you practice, so that has it’s own reward.
Our range officers will help you with basic training to improve that first result. We have some very experienced members at the club who can, over time and with practice, bring you to whatever level of competence you desire to reach, including European and World Class standard in rifle and pistol disciplines.
Can I bring a friend?
Yes, you can.
But they won’t be able to shoot. If you have friends who are interested great, bring them down for a look. If they want to join in, they will need to book a probationary session, bring the application form, two forms of ID just like everyone else.
I'm an existing FAC holder. What's the procedure to join?
Attend on a WEDNESDAY evening at 7pm. No need to book. Bring your FAC, a completed application form, one of your firearms and some ammo if possible. Make sure you introduce yourself to the safety briefing officer as an FAC holder when you arrive.
You’ll need to sit through our safety and range briefing (about 20 minutes) then we’ll schedule you on range during the evening. Subject to our range officers being satisfied that you’re a safe shot and handle your firearm safely you can be signed off probation on that visit and may join the club.
If range officers have any concerns about your conduct or safety they may extend the probation period as deemed suitable. Don’t be offended if this happens, its all for safety and practices learned at other clubs may not be deemed safe at ours.
What's the lowest age limit?
We take the age of criminal responsibility as being the lowest age we can accommodate.
Currently that’s 10 years of age.
I'm a junior but mum/dad/legal guardian don't want to shoot, can I still come?
Yes you can but only if they come with you. Your mum/dad/grand parent/legal guardian must accompany a junior member for child protection reasons. They don’t have to shoot and it won’t cost them anything but they must come onto the range to supervise you. We will provide ear and eye protection. The club has a qualified Child Protection Officer who is also a Range Officer on probation evenings. If you have any queries regarding child protection or any of our policies we will be glad to answer them.
Each junior must be directly supervised by their adult whilst shooting. One adult can bring more than one junior but they will take turns in shooting, it is not possible for one adult to supervise two juniors simultaneously.