New Member


Shooting is a safe sport because we follow procedures to minimize risk?


You will be Vetted, it's required for security to the club and a requirement by the Police

Records are kept on your attendance

From your submission of the Contact Form 

The administrator will acknowledge your submission requesting further information,

"Thank you for your inquiry to join Shrivenham Smallbore Club, We will make further contact in the next couple of days

In the meantime could you give us further information on your experience/knowledge and the reason for the request"


A representative of SSbC will call at a convenient time, asking a few further questions and arrange to meet up at a meeting point prior to escorting you to the private location of the range (a short walk) - please allow 2hrs for this Introduction and tour of our humble facilities


At the range you will be booked in and introduced to the way things are run, an over-sight of the developing facilities, introduction to the equipment, and guided to the range for a one-to-one demonstration and a shot with a 22 rifle (we can also facilitate 22LB Pistol)

Safety is key!! Your instructor will remind you of this until it becomes second nature

You will shoot a supported rifle and be introduced to the 'Sports triggers' of either a 22 BSA Martini actioned rifle or a Bolt actioned Anschutz 

The first session is free (a contribution to the ammunition used is appreciated, a packet of biscuits will do, but to see you enjoy our sport is normally more than enough)

If, as expected, you like it, we will give you a form to apply for a probationary membership, when completed with a passport-sized photo and a joining fee of £26:00 

Green fee is £5 per visit, sessions are normally 45minuites 

Instruction, training, coaching, use of club equipment is FREE, (Gift Aid forms are available)

Targets for Live are included in your range fee

Tea and Coffee available at 50p per/cup and there's always chocolate biscuits about 

It is required that you have a minimum of twelve attendances during a six-month probationary period, (This could be shorter if you pick things up quickly) basically, there's an achievement program of objectives and familiarisation to achieve

Once you are ready your application will then go before "The Committee" for approval (If not approved a further time period may be, given in exceptional circumstances or your fee to join returned to you) once approved you will be required to apply for a Firearms Certificate (during your probationary period you would of shot under the Clubs associate Licence Scheme)


Read a good book to get an idea however your instructor is One to One the author of a book has to write for all the reading audience therefore there may be things you read that simply don't make sense? CHRIS FORDHAM made a very good effort


Application to use the Range and Vetting the same as LIVE

This is a pay as you go usage, the same initial process to be invited into the range however we haven't got Air rifles or Air pistols for you to use (if you haven't got one we will rely on a club member to let you have a go with their's)

Annual membership is charged in December for the following year at £90 to cover your insurance (a £7.50 per/month DD can be set up) pro-rata payment due up to 31st November


Air Rifles and Pistols must be under 12ft/lb, Spring/Co2/PCP

If, as expected, you like it, we will give you a form to apply for a probationary membership, when completed with a passport-sized photo and a joining fee of £26:00 

​Green fee is £5 per visit, sessions are normally 45minuites 

Target CARDS are charged at 6yd pistol/rifle 80p/10metre pistol/rifle, bench rest are 15p, prone 13p,nsra 20yrds 10p

The guys and gals compete in the Dorset League, more information from them (£2.50 per discipline plus CARDS) as well as the SSbC internal monthly competitions

PCP Air tank is in the club for you to use (Gift Aid forms are available)

Assistance/Advice/Training available (Gift Aid forms are available)

For a Junior AIR they must be accompanied by a guardian and 14 or over fee's are 50% of the AIR membership until 18 years of age


You may get a tax refund on your subscription?

Range Conduct

  • If the gate is open we are open,

  • is there anyone following you?

  • the entrance door will be closed so knock on the door to gain the attention of the occupants

  • Your credentials will be checked - New members first visit will be accompanied - pass phase 'the rain in England smells like chicken' :-)

  • Please do not attend the Club if you have any COVID symptoms 

  • Please do not attend if you are under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs - if you aren't legal to drive you can't shoot?

  • Please wear sensible clothing and shoes No Smoking, the consumption of alcohol on the premises is not accepted

  • Enter the Meeting room when invited, close the door behind if not done for you

  • Announce/Introduce yourself to the DESK - this could be the Secretary, Armourer, or Range Officer and state your business (I'm booked to shoot at...), your details are entered into the 'Yellow Book' the Fire Register

  • In attendance will be a

    • Desk person (responsible for occupants within the Meeting room/Door Security/Booking in)

    • Armourer (responsible for the Armoury Guns/Ammunition Dispensing/the Rack)

    • Range Control Officer (RCO, responsible for the Range Detail)

    • The current 'DETAIL' and the changing 'DETAIL', you?

  • Treat all guns as they are 'LOADED', be alert this club needs 'LERTS', See it deal with it? Don't let it happen?

  • Sign in the 'Yellow Book' enter your details and declare your COVID status

  • Please take a seat

  • If you are carrying a cased firearm, This must be inert and with a range flag in the breach, a directional arrow on case if not obvious

  • uncase your firearm and 'Rack It', be seated awaiting your time

  • Time for Tea and Coffee inclusive of Banter 

  • whilst uncasing please avoid pointing guns at any person, muzzle up in transit to the 'Rack', held by the wood

  • get your targets 'CLIPPED' (place them on a target board)

  • if you require to clean your gun, use the facilities provided making sure your gun is pointing to the corner opposite the entrance door


    • Once CALLED FORWARD to shoot do so promptly, you are now the range DETAIL

    • Jacket and Sling on, glove ready, ear protection

    • Go to your lane in the range

  • SETUP, matt/spotting scope/ammo/etc - make sure you have everything, collect your Racked gun

    • Moving with muzzle up proceed to your agreed lane position​



    • Pointing your unloaded gun to the RIGHT far corner of the Range Butts is SAFE

    • Shooters 'GO FORWARD' to present their targets (placing them on the pegs in line with the correct lane)

    • There should only be 'Shooters and an RCO present'

    • RCO will CLOSE the DOOR 

    • Quiet Please, NO talking in the gallery!

    • If you have a problem (Hang Fire/Squib/etc) RAISE YOUR ARM (be clear) - DO NOT MOVE - WAIT AND HOLD YOUR POSITION​

  • IF THE RCO CALLS 'STOP' you stop and unload, replacing your breech flag, only move if they say move​

  • IF THE LIGHTS ARE SWITCHED ON as above, you 'STOP' and unload, replacing your breech flag, only move if the RCO says move​

  • DETAIL 'ARE YOU READY' when you are ready, look towards the RCO

    • When all are looking to the RCO and ONLY when all are ready​​

  • DETAIL ‘GET READY TO SHOOT' link up with the gun and get comfortable, indicate to the RCO you are ready by removing your breech flag

    • Keep your finger OFF THE TRIGGER


  • DETAIL ‘LIGHTS OFF' lights are switched to RED, period of the final check is given by the RCO​​

  • DETAIL 'SHOOT WHEN READY' Load and proceed to SHOOT

    • Do not look to your spotting scope with the breech closed

    • Shoot your 'Spotters' and 'Targets' at WILL **THERE IS NO RACE**

    • Once you have completed WAIT, HOLD YOUR POSITION, replace your breech flag, point to SAFE

    • The RCO will check that the DETAIL is complete by viewing ALL breech flags in position​​


    • Stand Easy

    • One person is nominated to 'GO FORWARD' to collect all the targets - if you are nominated please say to the remaining DETAIL 'Going Forward'

    • Remaining DETAIL clear the range

    • Do not dither as others are awaiting, leave it as you found it?

    • Collect spent cases placing them in the bucket provided

    • Pass the shot targets to the Desk person for 'SCORING' and 'ADJUDICATION' - rejoice over your POSSIBLE :-)​​

    • RACK your guns as before, let them cool

  • take your seat and await the banter about your shot target, please don't hinder the next detail

  • enjoy a cuppa

  • Complete the 'Individual Range attendance Book' stating what you have shot (you may not have an entry page if a new member?)

  • Make sure A Club Committee Member or RCO over signs the 'Individual Range attendance Book' (this is your Police record?)

  • Sign out of the 'Yellow Book'

  • Proceed home knowing that you will do better next week...


Ammunition: Cartridge or Round (Ammo)

Action: The action is really the guts of the gun. It includes all the moving parts that load, fire, and eject the firearms shells or cartridges.

BSA Martini (Martini-Henry) Action:

The Martini-Henry is a breech-loading single-shot lever-actuated rifle that was used by the British Army. It first entered service in 1871, eventually replacing the Snider–Enfield, a muzzle-loader converted to the cartridge system. Martini-Henry variants were used throughout the British Empire for 47 years. It combined the dropping-block action first developed by Henry O. Peabody (in his Peabody rifle) and improved by the Swiss designer Friedrich von Martini, combined with the polygonal rifling designed by Scotsman Alexander Henry

Anschutz Bolt Action:

is a type of manual firearm action that is operated by directly manipulating the bolt via a bolt handle, which is most commonly placed on the right-hand side of the weapon (as most users are right-handed) but there are left-handed variants

Most bolt-action firearms use a rotating bolt design, where the handle must first be rotated upward to unlock the bolt from the receiver, then pulled back to open the breech and allowing any spent cartridge case to be extracted and ejected. This also cocks the striker within the bolt (either on opening or closing of the bolt depending on the gun design) and engages it against the sear. Upon the bolt being pushed back forward, a new cartridge is placed in by hand then is pushed into the barrel chamber, and finally, the breech is closed tight by rotating the handle down so the bolt head relocks on the receiver

Barrel: A guns Barrel is the long metal tube, bored out to provide an exit path for the discharging projectile. Once the projectile is fired, it’s forced down the barrel and out of the muzzle by expanding gas forces

Bore: The bore in the inside of the barrel of the gun through which the projectile travels when fired, The Crown is the very end of the rifle Bore, 22 is 22Long Rifle (LR), metric designation: 5.6×15mm with Its minimal recoil and relatively low noise make it an ideal cartridge for recreational shooting and is a rimfire round meaning the firing pin strikes the outer edge (rim) of the round igniting the primer charge 

Breech: The Breech is the area of the firearm that contains the rear end of the barrel, where the cartridge (round) is inserted

Bullet: The projectile **It does not refer to the whole round of ammunition** 

Butt: The rear end of the stock

Butts: Target area on the range

Cannelure: the narrow groove around the bullet which is where the case is crimped in to hold the bullet in the case

Cant: Leaning the rifle over

Card: The target

Cartridge: a round of ammunition

Case: The container that holds all the other ammunition components together. It’s usually made of brass

Chamber: The area at the back of the barrel

Click: Refers to the sound your sights make when adjusted, Hence the expression 'Move over 4 clicks to get on the bull'

Cross Shot: Shooting someone else's target

Crown: The extreme end of the muzzle

Depth of Field: The area which is in focus, this will vary depending on the size of the rear sight aperture

Detail: The shooting period controlled by the Range Officer

Diopter: Rear sight lens which can be magnified 

Discipline: Adaptive (compensatory position as required by individual), Bench (sat down with forend supported by block or sling), Supported (stood lent on a bench supported by block or sling), Prone (laying Down with supporting sling), Kneeling (knelt with supporting sling), Standing (Stood with supporting sling), Sporting

Element: Foresight ring

Elevation: Trajectory adjustment of the rear sight

Extractor: Spring-loaded claw part of the bolt

Forend: Forward part of the stock

Handstop: attachment on the forend to ensure that your hand returns to the same place

Hang Fire: A dangerous situation where a round has not ignited when struck with the firing pin **WAIT for 30SECONDS BEFORE EJECTING**

Iris: Rear sight viewing port prior to the sight tunnel, often these can be altered in size to capture the correct rear light?

Muzzle: The muzzle of a gun is the front end of the barrel where the projectile exits the firearm

Ocular: a prescription lens used in a pair of shooting glasses or eyepiece over the rear sight iris

Powder: A chemical mixture that burns rapidly and converts to an expanding gas when ignited, The Charge

Primmer: An explosive chemical compound that ignites the gunpowder when struck by a firing pin. Primer may be placed either in the rim of the case (rimfire) or in the center of the base of the case (centerfire) ** We don't use Centrefire at SSbC**

Projectile: The object expelled from the barrel. A bullet is a projectile, 22 wax coated lead fired through a rifle or handgun barrel

Receiver: Area of the mechanism that holds the firing Bolt or Underlever

Retina Retention: An advanced method of shooting, brain trickery? OR A hindrance of retaining the target when not looking at it! 

Round: an assembled Cartridge **This is not a bullet**

Safe: an area identified as an area to point an inert gun


Sighter: Practice target 

Snap Cap: an item that is loaded like a round, it's inert and facilitates the action of the firing pin via the trigger

Squib: malfunction in which a fired projectile does not have enough force behind it to exit the barrel, and thus becomes stuck

Stock: The stock of the gun is composed of the Butt and the fore-end, BSA there are two parts, and an Anschutz has one piece

Target: Lightweight card of a buff colour, marked according to the distance and discipline shot

Trigger: The Trigger is the lever that’s pulled or squeezed to initiate the firing process, adjustable but very light in target shooting

Trigger Guard: The trigger guard is the portion of a firearm that wraps around the trigger to provide both protection and safety

Warning: Gun oil can contain linseed oil which is flammable, so please if you use it in the Clubhouse dispense of your Rags/Paper towels safely, don't just throw them in the bin where they can later self ignite, cloths can be reused if placed in an airtight container, dowse your cloths in water if throwing away?

Windage: Rear sight sideways adjustment to compensate for the drift

Generally:  We do not dry fire a Rimfire Rifle as the firing pin could strike the barrel thus weakening it, snap caps are available?

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