About the Club

Oxford University Pistol Club is among the more distinguished clubs in the University, with a long history of producing some high quality shooters. Today's Club is one of the smaller and friendlier clubs, and provides an introduction to the world of pistol shooting disciplines. We will develop your skills as a shooter, and give you quality coaching from the start through to the top levels of OUPC shooting. This page will tell you the basics of the Club, and what you need to know before you decide to come and see if we're the club for you.

When and where does the Club train?

The Club trains in the Cricket Schools at the Iffley Road Sports Complex. To reach the cricket schools, go through the gates at the reception of the Sports Centre (you will need your University Card to get through them), and onto the running track. Continue straight down the left side of the track (past the seating stand) and the cricket schools is the long building on the left. Although a Virtual Tour of the sports centre is available here it is probably easiest to simply ask for directions at the Reception if you are unsure where to go.

Club training times may be found on the Termcard section of the website.

What shooting does the club do?

The Club exists for the provision of target shooting in the University over the pistol disciplines. These are essentially the standing-up shooting events and there are three principal disciplines we compete in, which are briefly explained here.

  1. Air Pistol. This is the discipline with which you can become most familiar, as they are the only option for shooting within Oxford Sports Centre. Air Pistols are a natural pistol replacement, and the multiple-shot versions provide an excellent challenge for the shooter. The club is able to provide members with Steyr LP5 competition pistols to learn on and train with. These pistols are of the highest standard and are eminently suitable for competition and training.
  2. Lightweight Sport Rifle (LSR), which you may hear referred to as "Gallery Rifle Small Bore" (GRSB), particularly at NRA run competitions. The club owns several Ruger 10/22 .22 calibre semi-automatic LSRs, which are available to members at alternative ranges. The telescopic sights and relatively easy use make this a popular discipline, with competitions are available throughout the year and high scores available for the taking.
  3. Gallery Rifles aka "Gallery Rifle Centre Fire" (GRCF). The club owns three of these, and again, they are only available when shot at other ranges. Much of the Imperial competition in summer is shot on these, and they provide an excellent introduction to full bore shooting.

How much does it cost?

Membership costs £60 for the academic year (October to September), which covers compressed air, lead pellets, gun hire, and targets. Trips to other ranges cost extra.

Who do I speak to for more information?

The easiest is perhaps to e-mail one of the committee, who will be happy to talk to new members.