Marple Rifle and Pistol Club

(a target shooting club)

Marple Rifle and Pistol Club is in Marple, located to the south-east of Stockport and Manchester in the UK.
We are a private, members only, target shooting
rifle and pistol club based in Marple
(near Stockport and
Manchester in the UK)

.50 Calibre Blackpowder Pistol

Marple Rifle and Pistol Club is in Marple, located to the south-east of Stockport and Manchester in the UK.
We are a target shooting club for all types and calibres
of rifle and pistol at our range, located in Marple

(near Stockport and
Manchester in the UK)

 

.50 calibre black powder pistol

 

Introduction to Marple Rifle and Pistol Club

How to visit the Club

The Olympics came to London in 2012 and target shooting was an important part of the games: see What we do at the Club
 

 

How to visit the Club

Club opening times

Club details how to join and costs

What we do at the Club

Photos of the Club

Slow motion videos of guns firing

Photos of guns being fired

Photos of equipment used by Club members

Gun Law in the UK for firearms, shotguns & airguns

How to obtain a Firearms Certificate

How to obtain a Shotgun Certificate

Junior Membership

Glossary of target shooting terms A to J

Glossary of target shooting terms K to Z

Target Shooting Instruction

Marathon Advice

Local Firearms Dealers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Club Badge

Open Letter for target shooting unity

Ballistics Program

Links

Site Map

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  • This page gives a brief introduction to Marple Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC), a private, members only, target shooting club for all types and calibres of rifle and pistol. For more details on how to join, click on the How to visit the Club, or the Club Details links opposite; or telephone the club on 0161 427 9133 Monday to Friday inclusive, between the hours of 19:30 and 20:30 and ask to speak to a Range Officer. The Club is located in Marple, Stockport, Cheshire, near to the Derbyshire border and is close to the city of Manchester in the North-West of England: see Club Details how to join and costs.
     
  • The club was founded in 1957 and has been in continuous operation ever since, it is thus one of the oldest members only, target shooting clubs in the area. It is affiliated to both the National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA) and the National Rifle Association (NRA). We also shoot Black Powder to the Muzzle Loaders Association of Great Britain (MLAGB) rules. It is open to anyone, both male and female who wish to take part in the sport of target shooting. The minimum age for full adult membership is 18 and for juniors, 14, but see below for airgun shooting.
     
  • We have a 25 metre indoor range with a total of 10 firing points and can accommodate all types of target gun. Of these 10 firing points, 6 can be used in the standing position for fullbore carbine, fullbore pistol and Black Powder. Eight of the 10 firing points can be used by .22 rimfire rifles and carbines shot from a standing or kneeling position and all 10 firing points can be used for prone .22 rimfire rifle shooting. Originally opened as a .22 rimfire only range, we upgraded to centrefire (fullbore) in 1990 and unlimited calibre Black Powder shooting in 2004.
     
  • In addition to shooting at 25 metres, we can also shoot at 10, 15, 20 metres, 20 and 25 yards. We also have an electrically operated turning target system, which can be used at any of these distances so as to allow participation in timed fire events.
BSA Martini-International MKII rear sight Feinwerkbau 10 metre air rifles
BSA Martini International MKII Feinwerkbau 10 metre air rifles
  • We also have a 12 firing point, 10-metre range for standing 4.5 mm (.177 inch) airgun shooting, equipped with automatic target changing mechanisms. Please note that we do not do Field Target airgun shooting and will not allow .22 airguns to be used on our airgun range (but they can be shot on the main 25 metre range). The minimum age for airgun shooting is 18.
     
  • All indoor ranges and disciplines are open to wheelchair users and the club has dedicated wheelchair access and parking.
     
  • The club has access to the military ranges at Sealand near Chester for outdoors shooting at distances of between 100 and 300 metres. Members can also shoot at the NRA's Bisley ranges at Woking in Surrey.
     
  • Basic instruction is given to all new visitors at no cost: see How to visit the Club for more details.
     
  • An active program of competition shooting is followed at Club, Regional and National level and all members are encouraged to take part, however participation in competitive shooting is not mandatory.

  • Whilst we do not do Clay Pigeon shooting at the club itself as we do not have sufficient land, some of our members have formed up into an informal group and visit local shoots. You will thus have opportunity to take part in Clay as well as paper target shooting.

  • Common gun calibres used by club members are: 4.5 mm (.177 inch), 22 rimfire, 36, 38, 357 magnum, 9 mm, 44 magnum and 45. Common rifle calibres for outdoor shooting are .223 (5.56 mm) and .308 (7.62 mm). Most calibres can be shot in either nitro, or black powder form and there is no upper limit to the maximum calibre of black powder guns, provided that the maximum muzzle velocity and energy limits for our range are not exceeded.

  • For all further details, please call 0161 427 9133 between the hours of 19:30 and 20:30, Monday to Friday inclusive and speak to one of the Range Officers. Please remember, we can only accommodate a maximum of two visitors at a time, see: How to visit Marple Rifle and Pistol Club for full details.
10 metre Airgun range  

Marple Rifle and Pistol Club badge

Anschutz .22 model 54 target rifle
10 Metre Airgun range How to visit Marple Rifle and Pistol Club Anschutz .22 single shot target rifle

Email address for all queries: enquiries@marplerifleandpistolclub.org.uk (you cannot make arrangements for a visit by email, you must telephone first).

Telephone contact: 0161 427 9133 between 19:30 and 20:30 Monday to Friday (If telephoning from outside the UK: +44 161 427 9133)

It is not possible to arrange a first visit by email. You must speak to a Range Officer on 0161 427 9133 between the hours of 19:30 to 20:30 Monday to Friday inclusive and give  your name, address and telephone number. If you are under the age of 18 you must have parental consent. Please note that the minimum age for airgun shooting is 18 and that we do not allow the use of .22 airguns on our 10 metre airgun range.

Geographical note: Marple and Stockport are located in the county of Cheshire, however between 1974 and 1986 they were incorporated into the county of Greater Manchester. This was an administrative arrangement rather than a geographical one and has now been abandoned.

Marple is 5 miles from Stockport centre and 12 miles to the south-east of Manchester in the UK.


Marple Rifle and Pistol Club trades as: Marple Target Sports Centre.

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Website first opened: Saturday, 01 April 2000.

This page was last updated on: Thursday, 17 July 2014.

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