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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
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.
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.
address for all queries:
Marple is 5 miles from Stockport
centre and 12 miles from Manchester in the UK.
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
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 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:
Wednesday, 24 April 2013.
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