A copy of the bylaws may be downloaded here:
Currently the range is open, under restrictions due to Covid-19, in line with Bisley. Information is available in a downloadable document (which you may wish to print and take with you to the range). Members are advised to keep abreast of developments by subscribing to the mailing list (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The following general rules must be followed at all times when using the range, in addition to all usual firearms safety precautions.
- The gates must be locked on the inside when shooting is taking place.
- The warning sign and chain must be deployed when shooting is taking place at the 100 yard point, even if the gate is locked.
- Both red flags must be flown, without exception. Members must ensure that at least one member of any shooting party is able to deploy the flag at the butts.
- All rounds must strike the butts. To this end, targets should be placed in or directly in front of them.
For those who would like to shoot at 25m under cover a shelter has been provided and can be found in the store. Please treat this with care when assembling and disassembling. The store must be kept tidy.
Although we like to operate a system where full members of the club are trusted to manage their own sessions, including designating an RO and admitting themselves to the range, it is important that the committee are aware of what sessions are taking place and when. Therefore, the secretary must be informed of any shooting activities.
Please use the booking form to reserve your session. Bookings will not be accepted by email or telephone.
The current membership fee is £60. This can be paid by bank transfer to the account below:
Sort code: 20-03-84
Account no.: 70270261
Regular days when shooting takes place at the club usually include the following:
Thursday mornings: Pistols.
Saturday mornings: .22 rifles.
2nd and 4th Sundays of the month: ‘Short Range Sunday’ sessions: Email email@example.com for more details.
We organise a number of friendly competitions taking place throughout the year. Some examples are:
– Western Event (revolvers and carbines).
– HFT (Hunter Field Target) Air Rifle.
– Revolver Shoot.
– Practical Shooting Competitions; Western and Modern.
Dates to Members via CNRPC email. Members from other Clubs very welcome, please contact us for more details.
The membership form for 2020 and beyond is available at this link: Membership Form.
Rifle shooting at Chipping Norton is primarily with .22 rifles up to 100 yards, the maximum for our range. However, many members of the club are also full-bore rifle enthusiasts and trips to Bisley are organised from time to time throughout the year. Black powder rifles may be used along with other black powder arms at 25 yards.
In addition, air rifle shooting is also popular, with HFT air rifle competitions organised on many Sundays.
It is commonly believed that the 1997 acts completely outlawed handguns in the UK. Luckily for us that turns out not to be the case, and pistol shooting of various sorts can still carry on at Chipping Norton. Options include the following:
Muzzle-loading handguns include flintlock (or older mechanisms), percussion cap pistols and muzzle-loading revolvers. These latter are generally available in the traditional black powder form of the mid-19th century, ideal for those who have an interest in historic shooting, although there are some conversions which use modern smokeless powder for those who are less keen on the inevitable cleaning which follows a pistol session.
In addition, the UK law allows for the use of long-barrelled pistols, including semi-auto in .22LR and revolvers in larger calibres; these use modern cartridge ammunition but have extended barrels and non-removable counterweights which extend the length of the pistol such that it cannot be easily concealed. These handle well and can provide for enjoyable target shooting, but there are additional restrictions on their use (one cannot allow other club members to fire them, for example).
Having posted a picture of the butts (see the main page) I realise how much the range is in need of repair/tidying up. It would be appreciated if any members could help. Firstly, please can all members tidy up after themselves, and secondly if you can spare half an hour after shooting to do a bit of weeding, remove some rubbish, make minor repairs or shovel the sand up the bank. In the next two years we will need to make some more major repairs to the butts and the firing point but that doesn’t stop us making the range a little tidier in the mean time.