Becoming a Member

So you have seen what we can offer and want to know how to become a member?

We run group inductions at the club regularly, where we go through the application process in detail and the costs involved. We can also show you some of our firearms and other equipment and to answer any individual questions you may have. Please note that no actual shooting takes place at an induction. This can only happen either after probationary membership has been granted or you attend the club as a personal guest of an existing member. 

Unlike many other shooting clubs, you do not pay firearm or equipment rental. Neither do you pay any attendance fee (sometimes referred to as a green fee).

You only pay for membership, ammunition and targets. You can also rent a large or small locker, subject to availability, to keep personal equipment, such as telescopes, ear defenders, shooting jackets etc (NOT firearms), but this is entirely optional.

The process is to first fill in the ‘contact us’ form and say that you are interested in joining. You will then be contacted by our membership secretary who can arrange for you to attend  a group induction at the club to go through everything, as above.

After attending an induction and completing the application form, which needs to be returned to the club with ID, photos and application fee. The membership secretary will submit the form to the Police. Providing the Police vetting is ok, we will then take up your references. This process takes normally around 3-4 weeks, although  this can greatly depend on speed of the response by your referee’s.. If all OK, you will then be invited to commence your six month probationary period. During that time you will be given a probationary book, which goes through safety, different disciplines, shooting technique and has a section at the back to track your progress.

Initially, you will be required to have 1:1 supervision during your probationary period. This is to ensure that you are taught how to handle the guns safely and are following the range rules and instruction. As you demonstrate competence and safety, you will be signed off as competent for one type of gun. This will be recorded in the club probationary file. We assess for each type of gun, so you may be signed off for a .22 bolt action, but would still need 1:1 supervision for using a .22 semi auto and for a .38 underlever. We have lots of club guns that you will be able to use even if you do not have a licence. Unlike some clubs we do not charge separately for gun or equipment hire, as these are included in your annual membership fee. For details please see our fees page. Ammunition can be purchased for use in the club only and is marked with your name and retained for future use, as it is an offence to remove any ammunition from the club premises without it being entered on your own firearms licence. 

At the end of your six month probationary period, your name will come before the committee, and they will vote as to whether you should become a member of the club. The club is under no obligation to give a reason for rescinding probationary membership at any time. However, as long as we deem you to be a safe, competent and  a responsible person and have not infringed club rules, then this is not normally an issue.

The legal bit

As with all Home Office approved Rifle clubs we need to follow the Home Office guidelines. This means that all potential members are vetted by the Police before the club takes up references.

Unfortunately, this also means that you are unable to just book a shooting slot and turn up, even if you already have a firearm certificate. You can either arrange to attend an induction,  to see if shooting might be for you and follow this up with an application for probationary membership or you can attend as a personal guest of a current full member.

There are also restrictions on Juniors and what they are allowed to do under the age of 18 years.

If you fall under section 21 of the Firearms Act you are a prohibited person. Those are people who are sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three years or more and cannot possess a firearm or ammunition (including antique firearms) at any time.

From 14 July 2014 suspended sentences will attract the prohibition imposed by Section 21 of the 1968 Act. Section 110 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 extends the definition of a prohibited person to include persons with suspended sentences of three months or more. The period of prohibition of five years begins on the second day after the date on which sentence has been passed.