Freshers’ Week is the perfect time to try out new sports, but sometimes there are too many sports and not enough time to try them all in just one week – that’s why at the Rifle Club, we will be holding Taster sessions in the week after Freshers’ Week too! The range will be open for non-members on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-5 pm for both Freshers’ Week and the week after (up until 14th October). On each of these days, an Exec member in a blue club sweater will wait at the top of the steps of the DSU (the Students Union building) at 2 pm to guide you on the 10 minute walk to the range. You can also come in your own time within this time; the location of the range is on our Facebook page and website.
The best way to come and ask us about the club is at our stall in Freshers’ Fair. The Fair is being held at DSU on Tuesday 2nd October from 12 pm – 6 pm, as well as Wednesday 3rd October from 10 am – 5 pm. Here you can talk to some of our Exec Committee about life at DURC, as well as see some of the equipment we use. You can also sign up to our mailing list to receive more information about the club. On Wednesday, there will still be a walkdown to the range from the DSU at 2 pm but we might be hard to find due to the queues of people!
The taster sessions themselves will consist of shooting a 10 bull target with polo sweets stuck to each of the bullseyes. If you hit it, it explodes and you feel the satisfaction of knowing you hit the target. If you have some experience of shooting and want to get a step ahead towards being competition ready, talk to the Exec member and ask to try grouping instead. All shooting is done lying down and on a stand to rest the rifle on so please wear clothes you don’t mind laying down on a mat in. Hit all 10 polos to receive a prize – your own packet of polos! Please remember that safety is a priority, and you must listen to the supervising Range Officer’s quick briefing before you shoot.
Shooting is a sport that simply requires practice once you’ve learnt the key skills. Novices can shoot very impressive scores within a couple of months with the right attitude, and a visit to the range each week. Our first BUCS competition begins in November and we always enter enough teams to ensure that there are new shooters representing Durham. Last year our C team won its division, with 3 novice shooters in the team! This year, that could be you. I look forward to seeing you soon!
Henry Marden, Club Captain