West Dorset Rifle and Pistol Club (WDRPC)
Shooting at the Tunnel (the Target Sports Centre Ltd)
The Tunnel ranges will reopen on Thursday 3rd December.
When the Tunnel ranges reopen then the following will apply;
The Target Sports Centre Ltd risk assessment requires everyone inside the venue to wear a face covering, with certain exceptions (including those exempt from them 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 or calling 01297 560049. If you are a probationary member please make your status known when seeking to book.
For the time being the club and the Target Sports Centre Ltd are not able to organise events such as practical mini rifle introductions or sessions. Whilst the targets may be used by prior arrangement, all shooting is to be undertaken by members on an individual basis.
Shooting at Bisley (National Shooting Centre)
Shooting at Bisley will recommence on Thursday 3rd December. Please check here for future club dates.
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.
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. The Target Sports Centre Ltd also runs occasional introduction to reloading courses. Please enquire with the Tunnel directly about these.