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Shooting in one form or another is the chosen sport of five million Britons!
Welcome to the homepage of the website for the Chinnor Rifle and Pistol Club (Chinnor, Oxfordshire, UK). At 100 years old, we are one of the oldest shooting clubs in Britain and yet have some of the most up-to-date and comprehensive facilities in the country, with an official charter dated 7th May 1907. We are affiliated with a number of national shooting organisations such as the NRA, NSRA, MLAGB and others (see web links to them at the bottom of this page).
To attend a trial Beginner's Night, please contact us first by email at New Shooter Enquiries for a visit appointment.
To contact us for general details about our facilities and activities, please email our Club Secretary.
Subject to a successful membership application following completion of a probationary period, we have and welcome members of all ages and abilities - men, women, boys and girls - both novices and experts. Current club members range from about 12 years to past retirement. Friendly coaching by experienced experts is freely offered to novices or anyone who asks.
100 Olympic Medals in 100 Years
FACILITIES - among the finest in southern England
Chinnor Rifle & Pistol Club has some of the finest shooting facilities in the south of England, thanks to the diligence and hard work of our committee and members. The disciplines we shoot are: air pistol, air rifle, .22calibre RF (rim fire) prone target rifle, sporting rifle, gallery rifle and black powder muzzle-loading firearms. Our facilities comprise a year-round, heated, indoor, 25-yard range, certified by the Home Office and inspected by the British Army and Thames Valley Police. Our range is certified to shoot firearms up to .45 calibre and also has automated turning targets as well as static targets. Maximum allowable Muzzle Velocity and Muzzle Energy ratings for our range are stated below.
During good weather in the summer season we also have access to 50 metre and 100 yard outdoor ranges in the Wendover, Bucks. area.
The emphasis is on friendly fun in a safe environment. While we do enter teams of club members in internal and external competitions, you can shoot purely for enjoyment if you wish.
To join the Chinnor Rifle & Pistol Club, you do not need to own your own firearm. The club has a small collection of club-owned firearms in good working condition that can be used on the club premises by club members and visitors.
Live ammunition can be bought at reasonable prices from the club (but cannot be removed from the premises unless you have the appropriate Firearms Certificate [FAC] issued by the police). Air pellet ammunition (.177calibre only) for air pistols and air rifles can also be purchased from the club. Note: NO PERSON under the age of 18 may be in possession of even air gun pellets outside of the club.
Contrary to some misconceptions, shooting is not a 'violent' sport; certainly no more violent that any other form of target shooting, such as archery or darts, though more dramatic and, in some cases, louder. In fact, the more calm you are, the more accurate and consistent your scores will be. Firearm target shooting does require a steadiness and calmness possessed by few initially, but which can be acquired by most, for the utmost in self control and precision marksmanship. With a little practise and perseverance, a score of at least 85 out of a maximum possible 100 can be achieved by most shooters with a .22cal rifle from a prone position relatively quickly. The unsupported (no slings) gallery rifle or sporting rifle standing position and 'turning targets' takes more whole-body steadiness and self-control. However, each shooting discipline has its own special steadiness and co-ordination requirements. Tracking targets, like the 'running boar' or 'running deer' (moving targets) for rifle shooters or clay pigeon shooting for example, need rapid and controlled hand-eye co-ordination skill. Those latter target types are available at the UK's National Shooting Centre at Bisley (see links below).
Club Committee Meetings
VISITORS and SAFETY - safety is paramount
All first-time visitors are given a comprehensive interactive introduction on the safe handling of any gun they would like to shoot. First-time visitors can not shoot. ALL shooters, novice AND experienced, are overseen while on the firing range by a trained Range Conducting Officer, who is responsible for the safe conduct of the shooters. Their word is final on the range.
Interested potential members may attend for up to three shooting visits (paying only a nominal visitor and range-usage fee) before deciding to join. Several visits are advised. All visitors are required to sign a declaration that they are not prohibited persons as specified in Section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968 * (see below) as amended.
Air pistols and rifles are the only two disciplines at our club for which a qualifying score is not needed. For all other firearms, a qualifying score must be first achieved under supervision in order to shoot each disclipline.MEMBERSHIP - all ages and abilities
Full adult membership costs less than the equivalent price of a pint of beer per week. Highly reduced rates are available for those under 18 years old. Family membership and OAP (60+) rates are also available.
AWARDS - many internal and external competitions
Marksmanship is an accepted 'skill' for students aiming to achieve the Bronze, Silver or Gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Shooting skill is also an optional achievement for Army Cadets. We have had a number of young people shooting at the club for these reasons. Target shooting is a recognised activity in the Scouting Organisation (see Scout Target Shooting leaflet, Item Code FS120004 Jan/04 Edition no.5). Our club also awards many internal championship cups and shields annually to participating members, including special awards for novices. Any club member can also enter county and even National postal competitions.AFFILIATIONS - national and local
The club has affiliations with the National Rifle Association (NRA), the National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA), the Muzzle Loading Association of Great Britain (MLAGB) and the Oxford Rifle Association (ORA) (please refer to the Internet hyperlinks below to contact those organisations).
Most disciplines at the CRPC can be shot at least once weekly, except 'black powder' which is shot on the first Saturday of every month and 'turning targets' which is shot on the second and fourth Mondays of every month.
Usual club targets are concentric rings printed on heavy paper, though some other targets may be used occasionally at the discretion of a CRPC club committee member.
Our club operates 'no smoking' and 'no mobile phones' policies while in the club house.
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Prone Rifle Section - League
Sporting Rifle (LWSR) - League
Pistol Section - League Competitions
Black Powder Section - Once-monthly Saturday Morning
Firearms Enquiry Officer for Thame area
Pistol and Air Rifle Shooting
Popular with all shooters, but particularly so with youngsters and ladies, air pistol shooting is attractive because the pistols are lightweight and easy to hold, use cheap .177 calibre lead pellet ammunition, are very quiet to shoot (no ear defenders necessary) and require no other special equipment (i.e. shooting jacket, glove, ear defenders, sling, as per prone target rifle shooting). Note: the Club does have a limited supply of such ancillary equipment for committed prone rifle shooters for use while on Club premises.
(Example right: Morini .177cal air pistol)
RF Rifle Shooting
This section can be considered as having two parts: prone .22cal RF (Rim Fire) Target Rifle and .22cal LWSR (Light Weight Sporting Rifle). Prone .22cal target rifles are relatively long and heavy and are shot from a prone (lying down), kneeling or standing position. LWSRs are shot mostly from a standing position.
Gallery rifles are usually shot standing, are often of the under-lever 'cowboy' type, and are of the general type typically used formerly in a 'shooting gallery' at a fair, for example. They may also be semi-automatic (self-loading). CRPC provides a weekly gallery rifle session in which gallery rifles of the following calibres can be shot: .22 single-shot bolt-action, .22 under-lever, .22 semi-auto (e.g. Ruger 10/22) and .357./38 or .44). These are often under-lever rifles, using a either a multi-round ammo clip or incorporating a multi-round integral magazine, requiring each round to be manually loaded by using the under-lever cocking action - or they may be semi-automatic, meaning that part of the energy of the round just fired will eject the spent casing, load a new round and cock the firing mechanism - making the gun ready to shoot again each time the trigger is pulled. Gallery rifles are also good for shooting turning targets or rapid fire competitions.
Muzzle Loader Shooting
CRPC's range is one of the few in southern England that offers this shooting discipline year round. The club's range includes extractor fans for clearing the smoke from black powder firearm shooting. On the first Saturday of each month, muzzle-loading pistols or revolvers can be shot at Chinnor. Typically these are modern copies of old-style weapons, ranging from pirate-style flintlock pistols to 1800s or 1900s-style cartridge ammo revolvers. These would have been originally of the flint-lock, percussion cap (cap and ball), or revolver type firearms. If you have an interest in historical weapons and don't mind the noise and smoke, then black powder shooting is for you! Club members must have their own muzzle loading firearm and provision for one on their FAC. In order to purchase and take possession of black powder an explosives certificate is required from the police authority, and a certificate to transport 'shooters' powders is needed from the H&SE.
Note: CRPC has no black powder firearms for club member use; you must have your own.)
(Example right: Modern copy of an 1800s-style US Cavalry revolver.)
If you are also interested in clay pigeon
shooting with a shotgun, we can direct you to a good local organisation that
offers a range of
outdoor facilities in the nearby countryside, including
trial 'have-a-go' days, formalised training and competitions.
To see - and experience - if target shooting
is for you, ring the Chinnor Rifle & Pistol Club secretary now -
CRPC Range Spec for experienced shooters
Some useful links:
NRA - National Rifle Association (National Shooting Centre)
LERA - The Lee Enfield Rifle Association (under construction/updating)
Met Police web page for Firearms FAQs (including security, plus air pistols and rifles)
* Section 21 of the Firearms Act ('What is a Prohibited Person?' See above link to Firearms FAQs)
Per above, also see Firearms Act 1968 as being amended
A person who has been sentenced to preventive detention or to imprisonment or to corrective training for a term of three years or more; or who has been sentenced to be detained in a young offenders' institution in Scotland, shall not, at any time, have a firearm or ammunition in his possession.
This means for life and includes all firearms, even air weapons.
A person who has been sentenced to borstal training, to corrective training for less than three years, or to imprisonment for a term of three months or more, but less than three years; or who has been sentenced to be detained for such a term in a detention centre or in a young offenders' institution in Scotland, shall not at any time before the expiration of a period of five years, from the date of his release, have a firearm or ammunition in his possession.
It is an offence for a person to sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition to, or repair, test or prove a firearm or ammunition for, a person whom he knows or has reasonable grounds for believing to be prohibited from having a firearm or ammunition in his possession.
It is an offence for anyone to remove 'live' ammunition from the club premises (or to be in possession of any) of the quantity and calibre of which is not entered on their own Fire Arms Certificate (FAC).
It is also an offence for anyone under the age of 18 to possess pellet gun lead pellets.
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