York's Railway Institute Rifle & Pistol Club has existed since 1908. We are a recreational and competitive shooting club, shooting a range of target based disciplines. Our 20yd & 25yd indoor range is based at the RI Sports and Leisure Club, close to York railway station. This range is used for .22 rifles and air rifles. We also have a 10m air pistol range at the same location. Based outside the City, at Hessay, are our 25m, 50m & 100yds outdoor large-bore and black-powder ranges.
Our members compete in regional competitions with other target shooting clubs. We have several leagues based on ability so everyone can enjoy the thrill of competition. Our members are from all walks of life, male & female and range in age from teenagers up to senior members in their 80's.
You'll find all-sorts of rifles and pistols being used on the ranges by our members, here are some of the most common ones listed by which range they are used on.
Our subscription fee is £110 per year, with discounts for junior and senior members. We also have an initial 6 months probationary membership, which is £55. This includes unlimited use of club equipment (ear defenders etc) and club insurance.
Under 17yr olds have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian each visit. This is the same for all disciplines. You have to be 14 or over to apply for a Firearm Certificate.
Most members decide to graduate from using the Club's equipment and purchase their own. To own a .22 rifle, most black-powder firearms and all full-bore firearms, members will have to apply to their local police for a firearm certificate (FAC). You do not need a FAC for air pistols or air rifles. This can be done after a probationary membership period and once the Club is happy you are safe to handle firearms on your own. We can advise on this procedure when the time comes, but if you wish you can see the requirements on the North Yorks Police website here. (Please apply to your local police if different to North Yorks.)
Please make initial contact via email:
Or write to:
The Shooting Section Membership Secretary,
York RI Sports & Leisure Club,
22 Queen Street,
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