Frequently Asked Questions.
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Where do you meet to shoot and what facilities do you have?
What animals do you shoot at your club?
WE DO NOT SHOOT ANIMALS AT OUR CLUB!!!!!!! We are a club dedicated to the skills involved in precise marksmanship, we only shoot at paper targets that we call diagrams for score. We strive to better our average scores via national competitions and shoulder to shoulder shoots at other club ranges. We run a coaching course that we are very proud of and that has seen complete beginner shooters reach county standard within 18 months. We have County, National and international shooters among us as well as an international standard official.
My child is interested in joining your club and is under 16 years of age. Can I leave my child with you and collect him/her at the end of the session?
No. we are not and do not operate a creche or child minding facility. Children under the age of 16 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times
What are your child protection or vulnerable adult protection policies?
As of May 2016 this is under review by the club committee and is being addressed. However. The club has appointed a child protection officer who is also a committee member Details will be published on this site soon regarding our policies. In the mean time & if you have any concerns or questions please contact us HERE.
Shooting sounds dangerous, is it ?
Shooting, when practised in a controlled environment is one of the safest sports around. We follow strict safety guidelines to maintain the safety of our members and guests at all times without any compromise.
Do I need my own shooting equipment ?
No, although having your own equipment is an advantage, Bideford Target Shooting Club can provide you with all the equipment you will need to get started. However you will need to purchase your own ammunition which is available at the club you will NOT be able to remove live .22 ammunition from the club until you have a firearms certificate. Club equipment is free of charge for the 1st year after which a small charge is made for rentals this is to cover the cost of wear and tear and replacement.
Do I have to be an experienced shooter to join your club and shoot?
No. We welcome anyone that wants to give the sport a go. We would encourage juniors to start with air rifle or pistol and then move on to .22 live fire shooting. Bideford Target Shooting Club runs a 13 week course which gives prospective new members a firm grounding in all aspects of .22 rifle shooting after which we would encourage them to start participating in some competition shooting. The airgun section also has qualified coaches and coaching days. The club welcomes local groups & clubs to contact us to come and experience our sport for an evening.
Can I shoot fullbore at B.T.S.C. ranges?
What competitions do you shoot in?
Competition shooting is a national sport. Because we shoot at paper targets clubs from across the British Isles compete against each other and the targets are sent away for scoring. We also run club competitions, in addition we enter club teams for the county and regional competitions; and some members compete at county level in the postal competitions. We also travel to other ranges to compete shoulder to shoulder with other clubs and teams as well as inviting other clubs to shoot with us at our range.
Who shoots at B.T.S.C.?
We have a wide and varied selection of members from as young as 10 years old to 80+ Children to students and young adults, Tradesmen, office workers, professionals, ex-service and retired people all walks of life both male and female all sharing an interest in Target shooting.
I have a disability can I still take part in shooting?
Yes. Most people with a disability can still take part. We will do all we can to get you involved at our club or put you in contact with another club that may be better suited than us to help you on the way. B.T.S.C. is currently in the process of building new ranges at Melbury. All of the facilities when built will be accessible to disabled people and we hope to encourage their participation in the sport.
I have been told that shooting is mainly a man's sport, what place is there for a woman in your club?
Females & males compete against each other on equal terms in .22 & airgun shooting. We have ladies in our club that shoot at club, county and in the past national level.
How much does it all cost?
I still have unanswered questions! how do I contact you?
The club secretary can be contacted via email or via the join the club buttons both can be found on the home page of this site. The join the club form has a field that can be used to ask general questions and we will do all we can to answer your questions as promptly as we can.
Is it possible to visit the club to have a look around?
Yes we welcome visitors but please don't just turn up. You can request a visit by filling in the very short form on the visit the club page.