Balcombe Rifle and Pistol Club

Balcombe Rifle and Pistol Club was first opened in November 1906 after meetings held earlier that year to form a committee, choose the site, plan then build the range.

We are affiliated with the NRA, NSRA, and shoot competitions with the West Sussex and Worthing leagues. We have also had members shoot with the Sussex County team.

When pistols were legal, 0.22 small-bore pistols were used in the range. We also had use of Paddockhurst sand quarry for full-bore pistols (plus 50/100 yard small-bore rifle), but the quarry re-opened, and so the outdoor range was no longer available to the members.

A new outdoor range has been recently opened allowing us to shoot 50/100 yard small-bore rifle.

 

History

The South African campaign of the 1890's, in which the weaknesses of British marksmanship were highlighted, awakened a more general interest in rifle shooting throughout Great Britain.

 

The value of accurate shooting received new appreciation. Before the campaign, young men (sport was, at the time, almost exclusively a male domain) had little opportunity of even handling a rifle, unless he belonged to one of the Military Auxiliary organisations.

 

Consequently, many of the newly formed volunteer army who went to South Africa had received little training in the use of weapons.


Lord Roberts inaugurated the Local Rifle Clubs which were formed to secure "The Defense of the Realm" and it is to him, and this objective, that most of the small-bore rifle clubs can be traced.

 

Meetings

The range is sited in Stockcroft road between the Victory Hall and the Parish Room.
The range is available to members at any time (within reason) but the main meeting times are:

  • Mondays  7pm -9pm

  • Thursdays from 5pm till 7pm for juniors, from 7pm - 9pm for adults.

Activities

The rifles we use are 0.22 live firing, two types:

  • one is the standard bolt action 'open site' single shot rifle (normally used for prone   deliberate target shooting at 25 yards)

  • the other is a 'light sporting rifle' which has a spotter scope and ammo clip which self   loads up to 10 shots. This is normaly fired from a standing position, rapid or deliberate at 20 meters.

We shoot mainly postal competitions, in which all members are strongly encouraged to take part. The year is split into summer and winter leagues.


There are also 'shoulder to shoulder' shoots with local clubs, home or away, which are normaly followed by refreshments and maybe a drink!

We have outings to Bisley Ranges around 5 times a year, usually Thursdays, with a program of:

  • Clay shoots in the morning (club shotgun available)

  • A break for a picnic or hot lunch (there are facilities on site)

  • Full-bore target shooting in the afternoon (the club will hire a rifle from the NRA armoury on site if needed).

Membership and Costs

Rates for the year (1st October -30th September) are as follows.
£70 per member (£105 concession for couples) £30.00 for juniors (12-18).
Targets, use of club equipment and competition entries are included.
Ammo is on sale at cost price from £2.00 (box of 50) upwards.
All equipment needed is available for members to use at the club.

New members are always welcome.

The Committee

President: Mrs Greenwood

Chairman: Dave O'Dell

Secretary: Ian Pratt

Treasurer: Roger Jones

Further Information

Further information can be obtained from the Secretary, Ian Pratt on 07709 302756

Email: Balcombe Rifle Club

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Comments   

 
# Fran Hall 2016-01-21 14:25
I'm afraid his might be a strange request but Balcombe Gun Club apeared as an internet offering.
I have three pigeons in my garden clearing out my bird table of all food. I rang the Council's 'Pest Control' department. Apparently the pigeon is listed as'Vermin' and normally they would come out but apparently, as yet, do not have the right equipment but said they could be got rid of. Are you able to contact about this?
Tel: 01903 746572 (Storrington).
Many thanks Fran (Hall)
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# Allan Large 2017-06-15 08:18
Hi

I am keen to find out how my wife and I can become members of the club.

We live in Haywards Heath.

I am on 07784 419 435 or 01444 452276

Thank you
Allan Large
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# Jason Mathias 2017-08-29 18:33
Hi i am trying to find a club for my son to have a go a target shooting he has air rifles , we he uses but would like to let him have a go at this i use to do it when i was young at Sydney west burgess hill do you do like a taster day etc if you can let me know he has just turned 16 many thanks Jason
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# TERENCE FOWLER 2017-10-17 22:44
SIR I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN YOUR CLUB I HAVE A FIREARMS + SHOTGUN CERT 37 YEARS A COACH DRIVER 10 YEARS AMBULANCE DRIVER IN LONDON PLEASE WILL YOU SEND ME FULL DETAILS

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