West Dorset Rifle and Pistol Club (WDRPC)
Update as of 01/08/2020
Following the lead and advice provided by our National Sport Governing Body, the NRA, (who are following the Covid 19- Secure Guidance from Government) the club is also pleased to recommence probationary member sessions. Probationers may now book to shoot at the Target Sports Centre Ltd ranges at the Tunnel, from Monday 3rd August 2020. Please make your probationary status known when seeking to book.
The Tunnel risk assessment already required face coverings to be worn on range with a shooter from a different household (which would be most of the time). For simplicity and safety, the Tunnel now requires all shooters inside the venue to wear a face covering, with certain exceptions (including those exempt from them or when using outdoor spaces or when on a range alone/only with members of your household, or when eating/drinking in the seating area). In addition there will be a non-contact temperature check on entry and the provision of hand & surface cleaning materials.
Members may book range time by emailing
A considerable refurbishment has taken place during the closure, so we are already enjoying an improved range experience, notwithstanding the ongoing health protection provisions.
We have resumed shooting at Bisley, with a 12 member "test" group enjoying a club booking at 300 & 600 yards last Friday. The NRA/NSC arrangements worked extremely well so we will now reintroduce our regular Bisley shoots. Please email the club email address above if you are interested. Shoots are usually monthly on a Friday. If you are also an individual member of the NRA then you can book directly . Shooting at Bisley is subject to payment of their range fees.
We are pleased to advise that we have the air rifle range and a new Action Air airsoft practical course (not just the one on the high ropes layout) available now at the outdoor facilities at the Tunnel as well. The Action Air course now has a regular Thursday evening session available, with a Range Officer. Members should have received details of how to book for these shooting opportunities by email, but please email the club directly with any queries. Use of these ranges continues to be free, having been covered by your subs payments already.
Membership of WDRPC provides opportunity for both individual and competition shooting, with full access to The Tunnel private range complex owned and operated by the Target Sports Centre Ltd at any time during their opening hours (usually 6 days a week).
The Club uses membership subscriptions to hire the ranges there, so members do not pay any additional range fees and may shoot as much and as often as they wish (subject to checking with Target Sports Centre Ltd staff that range time is available, and that appropriate supervision can be provided during the probationary period). Club members are able to purchase ammunition on site and the Target Sports Centre Ltd makes full bore and small bore rifles available for borrowing or hiring by members of Home Office Approved clubs that have booked their ranges, including ours.
WDRPC has Home Office Approval for full bore rifle, small bore rifle and muzzle loading pistol disciplines, and is currently able to consider new applications for membership. If you are currently a full member of another Home Office Approved Club (for these disciplines), or hold a firearm certificate for suitable firearms, then the Club Committee are able to consider you joining as a 'full' member. In all other cases new members must complete a 'probationary period' in accordance with Home Office requirements, attending and shooting on at least six occasions in a minimum of three months. Probationary members will be supervised during their shooting.
The club is affiliated to, and insured through, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and shoots at Bisley regularly. On those occasions members will usually need to pay to cover NRA range fees.
Our shooting disciplines
The Club's membership participate and compete in a wide range of shooting disciplines, including practical shooting. If you would like to pursue any particular shooting discipline we are more than happy to assist. West Dorset Rifle & Pistol Club particularly offers Civilian Service Rifle (CSR), F Class, McQueen's and Practical Mini Rifle shooting opportunities, as both informal club events and in competition. The club has Practical Mini Rifle sessions booked on Wednesday and Thursday evenings on the Target Sports Centre's 25m range, and CSR sessions booked on a Wednesday evening on the 100m range there.
In addition to hosting and supporting these disciplines, the Target Sports Centre ranges are equipped for 10m Air Pistol, 10m Air Rifle, 25m Sport Pistol, Prone Rifle, Sporting Rifle, Muzzle Loading Rifle, Muzzle Loading Pistol, Bench Rest Rifle, and more.
The club regularly offers introductory sessions to Practical Mini Rifle and to Civilian Service Rifle. The club can assist in sourcing coaching, as well as offering opportunities for members to undertake range safety officer training with the national governing bodies. We can also offer advice and assistance sessions on applying for a firearm certificate and on starting reloading.
Load Development & Longer Range Shooting
Whether club members participate in formal competition, or prefer to shoot in less intense circumstances, many are seeking to improve their achievements by working up a particular load that improves the accuracy of their rifle and ammunition combination, and which enables them to shoot accurately at greater distances.
We have a strong cadre of members who can assist those seeking to reload their own ammunition, and those who wish to try shooting at greater distances. Many members simply want some friendly help with chronographing and the use of ballistic apps. The on site shop offers reloading supplies and the Target Sports Centre Ltd can arrange the supervised use of chronographs, by prior request.