Driffield Rifle Club

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Facilities

 

The club has facilities for .22 smallbore and air rifle/pistol.

.22 SMALLBORE TARGET RIFLE.

The club has a very active Rifle Section and uses .22 small-bore rifles. Although the majority of our members use their own rifles, the Club owns a range of rifles suitable for both right and left handed shooters of all ages. The Rifle Section meets on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings throughout the year, with qualified Instructors and actively welcomes new members.

Some of our members have previously been part of the England Team and we currently have members who are active in the Yorkshire Team, taking part in National Competitions. Rifle shooting is one of the few sports in which very little travelling is involved – the majority of competitions are held within the Club and the target cards are sent off by post to regional scrutineers.

A league is devised, mostly involving clubs within the Yorkshire area – cards are shot, witnessed and then sent to the Scrutineer, who then sends the results back to the participating clubs on a weekly basis. The trophies and medals are awarded when the results are finalised.
The shooting season is divided up into Summer and Winter competitions. The teams are formed according to the current form of the participating shooter.

A smaller number of competitions are shot on a ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ basis at clubs within the local area. Some events are shot at 50 and 100 yards outdoors.

At the Club all cards are shot at a distance of 25 yards, with 10 shots per card. There are four different techniques or positions for shooting a .22 Target Rifle. These are Prone (laying flat on the firing point), Kneeling, Standing and Bench Rest.

As a beginner you would use the Prone position and a rifle stand to support the weapon whilst shooting. As more experience is gained and ability improves you would then move onto a shooting jacket and sling. Bench rest shooting involves the use of a telescope fitted to the rifle.

This is one of the few sports where National Standard can be achieved without leaving your local area. The sport is represented at the Olympic Games and with over 100,000 active participants in the UK alone, small-bore rifle shooting is popular with all ages from mid-teens to veterans.

There is a minimum age limit of 12 years and all prospective shooters must give statutory 48 hours notice to the Club Secretary.

AIR RIFLE / AIR PISTOL

 

The Club reformed an Air Rifle Section in 1994. The participants are mainly of school age, although there are a number of keen senior shooters.

Target cards are shot at a distance of 20 yards and 10 metres. On the 10-metre range electric target changers are used both for Air rifle and Air pistol.

Lightweight sporting rifles with ‘any sights’ fitted are shot at 20 yards, normal shooting position is standing, but a bench-rest position is being introduced this year.

The law requires any Airgun over the legal limit of 11.9 foot- pounds is held on a Firearms Certificate.

The meetings are held on a Monday and Thursday evening, with qualified Instructors. As with the rifle section, postal competitions are available and are organised in a similar manner and end up to the same National standard.

Contrary to its popular image, precision rifle shooting is a quiet and gentle sport. It requires some physical skills and reasonable eyesight, but perhaps most surprisingly, it is essentially a ‘mental’ activity. Much of the precision comes from the fine control of muscles, co-ordination of breathing and allowing your mind to relax and take control. It takes far more than simply aiming and firing to achieve success.


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