Who Can Join?
Membership of the club is open to all, though you must be at least 12 years old before you can apply.
Juniors aged 12 to 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Section 21 of the Firearms Act restricts access to firearms for people with certain types of criminal conviction. Please check the Section 21 Declaration for more information.
How do I Join?
Anyone wishing to join must first contact the Membership Secretary to arrange an appointment to visit the club.
Your first visit is an opportunity for you to look around the range and apply for probationary membership.
You will not be allowed to shoot until your next visit.
- You must sign the visitor’s book to prove your attendance.
- You will be given a Membership Application Pack . (You can also print this out at home).
- Completed forms can be handed to the duty Range Officer (RO) or returned on your next visit.
- The probationary membership fee can be paid to the RO at the same time, or paid on line if you prefer.
- Upon receipt of a correctly completed form and the probationary membership fee, you will become a probationary member enabling you to receive instruction and shoot.
- You will receive a red Probationary Membership Card. This must be signed by the Duty Range Officer every time you shoot.
- Probationary Membership lasts 6 months, during which you must shoot a minimum of 6 times.
- Beginner and intermediate small-bore prone shooters who are not recent members of another shooting club, must first attend a series of 3 Saturday morning training and assessment sessions.
- Benchrest Shooters will be asked to attend on Thursday evenings.
- Experienced shooters who are members of, or have just left, another gun club (proof of current or past membership is required) can join without the 6-month probationary period, subject to a satisfactory reference from the other club and a second independent referee.
- Once any training or assessment has been successfully completed, probationary members can shoot on a Wednesday evening for small-bore prone and Thursday evening for benchrest.
- At the end of your probationary period, the club’s Management Committee will decide based upon references, police feedback and instructor comments if you can become a full member of the Club.
Shooters who are known to a member of the management committee may be invited to shoot at the club as a Visitor providing they can produce a current FAC or proof of current membership of another shooting club.
Guests, Friends or Relations of Members
Members are not allowed to invite friends and relations to club events. However, if you know someone who would like to join the club as a probationary member we would welcome the introduction.
As part of our Safeguarding Policy, the club may require other permissions for Children and Vulnerable Adults. Please see our Policy and Travel Agreement here
Fees and Prices
The Club’s Price List can be viewed here
The Club’s fees to members consist of:
- A one off joining fee covering the 6 months a new joiner is a probationary member.
- An annual membership subscription, payable by full members.
- Session fees payable each time a member shoots consisting of:
- A range fee
- A rifle fee for those members who use the Club’s guns.
The Club stocks .22 rimfire ammunition from Eley and RWS and .177 air pellets from Air Arms and B&N Sport.
Rimfire ammunition can only be removed from the club by FAC holders.
All 20 yard or 25 yard cards are provided free of charge when shot on the Club’s range. If any cards are required for use on other ranges, then charges apply.
Applying for a Firearms Certificate
If you wish to purchase a firearm then you will have to apply to your local police authority for a Firearms Certificate. Applications can only be made by full members, not by probationary members.
Be aware that it is against the law to purchase a firearm unless you have already been granted an individual Firearms Certificate.
For Sussex residents an application form can be downloaded from http://www.sussex.police.uk/services/firearms-licensing/
For Hampshire residents an application form can be downloaded from https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fi/af/firearms-licensing/
Note the application process will require you to obtain a reference from one of the Club’s officers. Please ensure that you talk to them before making the application.