Membership FAQ's

Sports Membership FAQ's

Q:  Why are you limiting the number of people joining in one go?

A:  There are two reasons.

Firstly, we haven't had an influx like this before and we need to slowly dip our toes in before we end up in either hot water or out of our depth.  We have had a lot of enquiries and need to carefully manage the building.

Secondly, we have a limited number of air rifles, bows, arrows etc.  We do not have a wide range area for many shooting lanes so the number of members on the range at one time will need to be monitored so that we don't have people without bows etc or people with insufficient time on the firing point.  We expect people to be very keen at the start then reduce their attendance when the "novelty" wears off.  By limiting the increase in membership to small tranches we can offer training to newbies to archery and air rfile/pistol without compromising safety. 


Q:  Do I have to have my own weapons?

A:  No weapons are allowed in the club. A weapon is something used to injure, defeat, destroy or kill.  We are a target sports club, if you happily consider your air rifle/pistol or bow to be a weapon then please go join another club.  Please note that pointing a bow or firearm at someone is strictly forbidden and will result in loss of club membership.


Q:  Do I have to have my own bow/air rifle?

A:  No, the club has a limited selection of bows (including left handed) and some air rifles for use by members.  


Q:  Can I use my own bow/air rifle?

A:  Certainly, but there are power restrictions to prevent damage to club equipment.


Q:  Can I use my crossbow?

A:  No, crossbows are far too powerful to use indoors.


Q:  Can I chrono my air rifle/air pistol?

A:  Yes, we will require all rifles & pistols to be chrono'd.   All airguns in the UK are subject to the firearms laws, under the Firearms (Dangerous air weapons) Rules 1969 they are classified as low powered weapons and as such they are restricted to a maximum power of 12 foot pounds force for a rifle and 6 foot pounds force for a pistol.  Above 12ftlb a rifle is classified as a Section 1 Firearm and you need a firearms certificate, and a pistol above 6ftlb is again a Section 1 Firearm requiring a firearms certificate in the UK. 

If you know that your airgun is over the legal limit then please do not bring it to the club.

A   .22 pellet weighing 14.4 grains, maximum permissible speed is 612 ft/sec (approx)

A   .177 pellet weighing 7.9 grains, maximum permissible speed is 826 ft/sec (approx)

The corresponding figures for a pistol are 433 ft/sec for a .22 and 584 ft/sec for a .177   (approx)


Q:  Do you sell pellets, arrows and targets?

A:  We have a small number of pellets for sale but we do not sell arrows.  Archery targets are shared with other users.  You can purchase air rifle/pistol targets to use in the club target holders or you can bring your own targets providing that they do not put other club members at risk from ricochet etc.


Q:  Do you provide tuition?

A:  Yes, we can give you some tuition but we cannot cater for a large number of novices at the same time.  We cannot let you put yourself or others at risk so you may have to wait your turn.


Q:  Do you have outdoor archery/air rifle facilities?

A:  No, if you know where we can set up outdoor facilities then please let us know.


Q:  Can I bring visitors

A:  No, visitors can only come to the club by prior arrangement..