New to Air Gun Shooting

A few words about shooting air rifles

Shooting air rifles is a sport which is easily accessible to all members of the public. Visiting our air rifle section therefore gives you, your family and friends the chance to take part in target shooting. As a club, we aim to introduce people to the sport and allow them to access a new hobby or develop an existing one. Whether you are new to the sport or have a certain amount of experience, we have friendly staff and regulars who will help you to find your way in this sport. We have shooters of a range of abilities and ages and we would like to stress the highly inclusive nature of this sport.

Great Britain has an excellent track record of international shooting success, whether at an Olympic, Commonwealth or European level. But the best thing about shooting is that it is inclusive sport - and a great leveller! Across the country, individuals from all walks of life enjoy a safe and exciting hobby that can be extremely rewarding.

Shooting is also one of the few sports that offer a genuine opportunity for sportsmen and women to compete on an equal footing; add juniors into the equation and air rifle shooting becomes a true family challenge any day of the week.

Would you like to give it a try?

At Bolton Gun Club we aim to make air rifle shooting as accessible for all shooters of all ages and experience levels. At our air rifle range we will make sure that you are comfortable and have everything that you need to shoot. We will allow you use a club gun if you do not own one for yourself and we have a shop stocking pellets and equipment for you to purchase. There are no real clothing requirements as air rifles have very little recoil.

When you arrive at our air rifle range, you will be greeted by a member of staff who will ask you to sign in. Please note that no one under the age of 16 will be allowed to register or shoot without a parent or guardian present. If it is your first time shooting, a member of staff will ensure that you are completely safe throughout your visit as your safety is our priority. They will always be around to help you with anything that you might need. The member of staff will also explain our club rules and safety policies to you to allow you a fun yet safe visit.

A selection of hot and cold snacks and drinks will be available for you to purchase or feel free to bring your own refreshments, but remember that alcohol and shooting do not mix, and that alcoholic drinks may not be consumed.

Common questions

Do I need to pay extra for equipment and ammo?

You will need to buy your pellets. The use of our equipment is given freely, most of our members started in exactly the same position you are in and both time and equipment was provided for them. This continues todays and Bolton Gun Club members are happy to carry on this tradition. 

Will it hurt?

That is a question which many newcomers to shooting will often ask. Whenever a gun is fired there is some recoil (Newton’s 3rd Law) which is transmitted to the shoulder through the stock of the gun. However, with an air rifle there is very little recoil and for most air rifles it is barely noticeable for most shooters.

Do I need to hold a Firearms or Shotgun Certificate?

You do not need a Firearms or Shotgun Certificate to shoot an air rifle so therefore you can come and join us as long as you share our view that safety is paramount.

I Loved it what next?

We hope very much that you will enjoy your visit. If you want to shoot again, speak to a member of staff or to one of the members of the club and they will be delighted to help you.