Chinnor Rifle & Pistol Club Cross of St George on the English flag

Air Pistol, Air Rifle, .22cal RF Rifle, Gallery Rifle and
Muzzle-Loading Black Powder Pistol Target Shooting

100+ Years of Safe Enjoyable Shooting
Club Charter Granted 7 May 1907

Please phone or email Patrick Twomey - see details below.   


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(including monthly shooting schedule)

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 contact us for more details about our facilities and activities, please ring:
Patrick Twomey, Club Secretary Tel: 01844-351347 (evenings)
or  Email

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
It is well to remind club members as well as people interested in (or against) shooting as a hobby or sport, that in 100 years of the Olympic Games, British shooters have bagged a total of 100 medals! British shooters won four medals at the Olympic Games in 2000 in Trap and Modern Pentathlon. In other words, we're bl**dy good at it! 

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

Committee meetings are held in the clubhouse from 8pm on the first Monday of the month. If you would like to pose a question or volunteer some suggestion/s (or would like to help in any way), please email them in advance to the Club's Hon Sec Patrick Twomey (address above). All members are welcome to attend a committee meeting; if so, please contact Patrick Twomey (email and telephone above).

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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Target shooting is good for...
A stress buster
Peaceful calm attitude
Developing a steady hand
Training a sharp eye
Sense of real achievement
Pleasure in improvement
Sense of responsibility -
teamwork in competitions
Camaraderie and friendship


2016 Membership Subs Due NOW!
Your 2016 Membership Fees are due to be paid by the end of March. The AGM in January voted for a freezing of the membership fees (again) for 2016; however, it also put members on notice that fees would likely go up next year by a nominal amount.

Sign the Petition to tell the EU, 'Hands Off Our Sport'
In a misguided knee-jerk reaction to the past year's terrorist activities, the EU wants tighter control on legally-owned firearms used by the public for sport. A chap in Belgium has started a petition to tell the Strasburg/Brussels Bureaucrats [aka the Council of the European Union]  "You cannot stop terrorism by restricting legal gun ownership." Only a few hundred more signatures are needed to bring the total to the necessary 15,000 signatures. It's easy and quick to sign the petition at:  Note: if clicking on this link does not start your internet browser and take you to the web page, then cut and paste this link (above) into your web browser's address window.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke, Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher (1723-1792).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Maintenance Saturdays
Maintenance parties are held on the 2nd Saturday monthly, 9am-noon.
Please be prepared to help - this is your club. Please help keep it in tip-top shape.

If you'd like a bit of light entertainment on the morning of the second Saturday of each month while helping your club, then ruck up to the club for an amusing morning of friendly banter and leg pulling, while doing a spot of cleaning or tidying up. It may also get you out of doing chores at home! Club members volunteer their help each month for general clean up and specific repair tasks on the clubhouse, indoors and out. Many thanks to you all who do so. More 'new faces' would be VERY welcome for the morning sessions. Coffee/tea, laughs and sometimes doughnuts provided! Leg-pulling is optional, but usually rife! 
Take a peek at the club bulletin board for the current Maintenance Task List to see if there is something that you can help with; if not, then we can always find a light task for you to do that takes no real effort or special skill. And it's a great way to get to know other club members better. Or click here to see a list of typical tasks you can help with.
NOTE: Club rules stipulate that each adult member is obliged to volunteer for at least one 'maintenance day' per year - it's not a lot to ask. Please sign up for a day of your choice on the club notice board to help keep your club in good working order and in a presentable state.

CRPC Centenary Lapel Pins and Embroidered Patches
In honour of our 100th year, the committee had authorised the design of a new club logo and purchased a supply of enamelled lapel pins (two fastening types available) and embroidered patches of 3 inches (72mm) in diameter. Get one each for your shooting jacket, sweatshirt, sport coat, T-shirt and shooting accessories bag. All are at affordable prices.

CRPC-branded Apparel
Our Hon Sec continues to build an on-going order of T-Shirts, Polo shirts and sweatshirts with the club emblem. When a minimum of 10 items are requested, the order will be lodged with the supplier. Various sizes and colours are available. Cost is about 8-9.

Ensure You Have a Club Photo ID Badge
It is imperative that the Desk Officer and Range Officer each evening can quickly and accurately differentiate between probationary members, visiting guests and full members (some of whom do not attend regularly). This applies to ALL members while on the club premises. If you do not yet have a Photo ID badge, please ensure that you give the Desk Officer a passport-sized photo of yourself the next time you come to the Club. Members are required to wear their membership badge at all times whilst in the clubhouse and range.

Prone Rifle Section - League Competitions
Summer and winter postal competitions are usually held in the Oxford Rifle Association (ORA) and City of London .22RF prone target rifle leagues. Sporting rifle competitions are also shot. Refer to the bulletin board or relevant section captain for details. Pleasie remember to get a few targets 'ahead' before you're off on a holiday.

Sporting Rifle (LWSR) - League Competitions
Sporting Rifle (or Light Weight Sporting Rifle - LWSR) shooting takes place at the club typically on Wednesday evenings. This includes Gallery Rifle shooting.

Pistol Section - League Competitions
Seasonal postal competitions are also held for air pistol shooters. Please remember to get a few targets 'ahead' if you're taking time off for a holiday away.

Black Powder Section - Once-monthly Saturday Morning Only
Members wishing to shoot a muzzle-loading handgun on the first Saturday of each month (from 9.30am for a 10am start) should pre-register their desire to participate. Pre-registration by signature sheet on the club notice board is essential. Visitors please note: The club has no muzzle-loading firearms; you must have your own to shoot, although you are welcome to apply to watch in the first instance. First time shooters must first qualify for this discipline by achieving a pre-determined score with an air pellet pistol. If you remain interested, we can help you locate a source of a black powder firearm, provided you have the provision to obtain one on your Firearms Certificate. Contact Club Secretary Patrick Twomey on 01844-351347.

Firearms Enquiry Officer for Thame area
Thames Valley Police's Firearms Enquiry Officer for Thame and its surrounding area is Reg Golby, who can be reached at the Thame Police Station on 01844-264928 or 07813-942711 or email at

Award Winners
2015 Club Competition Winners (to follow)
2014 Club Competition Winners
2013 Club Competition Winners (to follow)
2012 Club Competition Winners (to follow)
2011 Club Competition Winners (to follow)
2010 Club Competition Winners
2009 Club Competition Winners
2008 Club Competition Winners
2007 Club Competition Winners
2006 Club Competition Winners
2005 Club Competition Winners
2004 Club Competition Winners

2003 Club Competition winners

Special Events Photos
Bisley - summer 2010 and 2011.
Bisley - winter 2010.
Centenary Events - May 2007.
Thame Festival Parade - June 2004.
Chinnor Fun Day - June 2004.
Open Day photos - June 2004

Air 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)

Morini CM16 air pistol
.22cal 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. 

.22cal Target Rifle
For the keen marksman (meaning men and women, boys and girls), the .22calibre RF target rifle is arguably the most demanding of several highly skilled shooting disciplines. While 3-position shooting (prone, kneeling , standing) can be done at CRPC, most target rifle shooters at our club choose to shoot mainly from a prone position (lying down). This discipline also requires the use of a shooting jacket with leather sling for extra stability (club jackets/slings are available). Target rifles are long and quite heavy, but even more slightly built and younger individuals can shoot very successfully from a proper supported prone position.

(Example right: A modern Walther .22 target rifle [blue stock])

.22cal LWSR
The Light Weight Sporting Rifle is a .22cal RF rifle shot from a standing position. LWSRs are smaller, shorter and lighter 'carbine' type rifles shot usually from a standing position and some are semi-automatic (self-loading) rifles. These are shot in three main competition categories - Precision, Rapid Fire and Standard - or just for fun. Sporting rifles, gallery rifles and air rifles are the main firearms used for 'turning targets', arguably one of the more fun club shooting activities. 

(Example right: A Ruger 10-22 sporting rifle with scope [black synthetic stock] )




A modern Walther .22cal live round prone target rifle





Ruger 10-22 .22cal sporting rifle with scope and synthetic stock

Gallery Rifle Shooting
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.

Turning Targets - To qualify for shooting Turning Targets, you must shoot three separate targets each with a minimum score of just 65 (out of 100) - from a standing position and unsupported - using either an air rifle, lightweight sporting rifle or gallery rifle. Then you can join the fun of shooting Turning Targets. Qualifying club members shoot Turning Targets twice-monthly see the News item above right 'Turning Targets Nights'). Turning targets are visible to the shooter for about 3 seconds and then turn 'away' [side-on, non-visible] for about 7 seconds, though this timing can be adjusted.

Note: Full Bore Rifles
Full bore centre-fire rifles are not to be confused with gallery rifles. Gallery rifles typically shoot centre-fire pistol-loads ammunition (for example pistol calibres of .357, .38, .44 or .45) which have a lower MV (muzzle velocity) and lower ME (muzzle energy) than factory-loaded ammo. See 'CRPC Range Spec below, for our range limits.) Although technically any calibre measuring greater than .22 inches is 'full bore' (i.e. not 'small bore'), gallery rifles are a larger calibre but must shoot the reduced propellant loads in order to keep MV and ME below those for which the CRPC range is certified. 'Factory loads' of full bore rifle ammo can not be used on the CRPC indoor range.
The CRPC range is not certified for full bore rifle shooting. (See CRPC Range Spec below.) 
HOWEVER, the club does have a number of generic (non-named) full-bore memberships of the NRA, which entitle a CRPC club full member to shoot a full bore rifle at the NRA/NSC outdoor ranges at Bisley Camp (Surrey) - see hyperlinks below for these facilities. NRA members can hire rifles to shoot at Bisley. To shoot full bore with our club at Bisley, you must have the required training and be issued with an NRA 'Competency Card' to confirm this every few years. You must also be able to produce it to a Bisley Range Officer if requested.

(Example above right: Modern copy of a 1881-style Marlin .357 under-lever 'gallery' rifle.)

Modern copy of a 1881-style Marlin under-lever sport rifle
Black Powder 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.)

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 -
Patrick Twomey on 01844-351347 (evenings only please) or click here to
email Patrick.

CRPC Range Spec for experienced shooters
Maximum allowable calibre         0.455 inch [11.55mm]
Maximum muzzle velocity (MV)   1,700 fps (ft/sec) [520mps]
Maximum muzzle energy (ME)    475 ft/lbs

Some useful links:

Club Finder - via NSRA

NRA - National Rifle Association (National Shooting Centre)

NSRA - National Small-bore Rifle Association

MLAGB - Muzzle Loading Association of Great Britain

LERA - The Lee Enfield Rifle Association (under construction/updating)

HBSA - Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association

ORA - Oxfordshire Rifle Association

CPSA - Clay Pigeon Shooting Association

UK Practical Shooting Association

International Shooting Sport Federation

British (Target) Shooting Federation

British Olympic Association - Team GB - Olympic Shooting

Thames Valley Police - Firearms Licensing

Thames Valley Police - Firearms Enquiry Officers contacts

Thames Valley Police - Shooting Safety

Thame Valley Police - Firearms Law

Firearms Law and Young Persons

Met Police web site for Firearms Licensing Enquiries

Met Police web page for Firearms FAQs (including security, plus air pistols and rifles)

* Section 21 of the Firearms Act (see 'What is a Prohibited Person?' extract on 'prohibited persons')

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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