Welcome to the Club!
Shooting is a tremendously rewarding sport in which your progress is reflected immediately in steadily improving scores. Durham University Rifle Club is a growing and friendly sports club. The club shoots a number of different disciplines through-out the year, from 25 meters up to distances of 1000 yards.
We have 4 smallbore teams, which compete in the BUCS postal league and long range competition, and 2 fullbore teams which compete in the BUCS match at the Imperial. We also arrange friendly shoots for both smallbore and fullbore against other university clubs.
The Club hosts absolute beginners, all the way up to international shooters but we stress everyone is equally welcome, regardless of experience. We have a number of qualified instructors, a comprehensive training programme and excellent facilities for new shooters to develop their shooting ability. We train on Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays between 2pm-5pm at our private indoor range, available for all members.
For the experienced marksmen, with their own kit, the club is willing to discuss keeping rifles in the approved safe at the range. For more information regarding this please contact the club captain. For novice shooters, the club has a range of rifles/pistols that you can learn to use, and all the necessary equipment.
Membership costs just £65 a year and for this the club provides all equipment required, range hire and competition entry. During Freshers’ Week, DURC also provides taster sessions so you can try your hand at the sport for only £3 per session. Each member pays individually for the ammunition they shoot: this averages at a few pence per shot.
Making up the bulk of the teams training smallbore shooting is an excellent way to develop the skill set needed for the larger fullbore shooting. At Durham the smallbore range is open from October to April, 3 days a week giving plenty of opportunity for flexibility and committed training. The 5 lane range and clubroom attached provide are excellent facilities which the club has access to.
This more specialist discipline is the ‘holy grail’ for Durhams shooters, it can be difficult to organise and sometimes quite costly but the rewards are enormous with a hugely sociable atmosphere on the range and the thrill of hitting a target 1000m away there isn’t much that beats it. The club runs an introductory day and an Easter training weekend as well as taking a team to the imperial meeting in the summer.
Pistol & Other Disciplines
The range is equipped for many other types of shooting including bench rest, air pistol and three position disciplines. We welcome anyone who shoots different disciplines however aren’t able to provide as much support as for out target rifle shooters.