Because this discipline uses live fire .22 ammunition, ( bullets as opposed to air gun pellets ) a higher degree of accuracy is required by the club before any new / probationary member is given access to any firearms or ammunition.
Please don't let the above statement put you off! The club has over 100 years of history without any shooting accidents or incidents and this is down to our attention to safety at all times.
.22 prone rifle shooting is one of the most popular disciplines practised at Bideford Target Shooting Club. This is a live fire sport meaning bullets are shot as opposed to air gun pellets. Because of the nature of the sport the club has a 13 week training course which is designed to give new / probationary members a solid understanding of the sport and the techniques used to become a successful and proficient marksman. Training begins with air rifle shooting this gives the coaches time to assess your competence at hitting a target consistently, when this level of marksmanship is achieved you are moved on to firearms and live fire ammunition this is usually achieved within the first few lessons. .22 prone shooting is practiced at 25 yards, 50 meters and 100 yards at The Melbury ranges and by the end of the course we would expect you to be achieving good scores at each of these distances, however like all sports practice will in time improve your scores. Once you are a member of the club you can enter club, local,county and national competitions throughout the winter and summer seasons. The club has all the equipment you need to get you started and we make no charge for the use of club equipment for the first year that you are with us. The coaching is also free of charge. However like all club members and anyone that uses the range you will be expected to pay the clubs range fee of £3.00 per visit. We ask that you pay for the 13 weeks worth of range fees in full at the start of the course a total of £39.00 which is non refundable. The only other expense to you is the cost of your ammunition. A box of 50 rounds costs approx £5.50 and would last you on average 2 weeks. If you would like to apply for a position on a course to learn .22 prone shooting please click HERE and simply fill in the application form and check the .22 prone shooting option or any of the other options available.
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