The Dorchester Rifle and Pistol Club was established in 1903 and has been a fairly constant feature in Dorset target shooting since then. We now have our own indoor range facilities at the Sandringham Sports Centre in Dorchester for all year round activities with air arms, .22 target rifle, gallery rifle, and black powder at distances back to 25m. We also own an outdoor range going back to 100 yards at Piddlehinton.
We cater for all standards of shooting; whilst many of our members participate in individual and team competitions others just shoot for fun, relaxation, and their own satisfaction. Our shooters have a large amount of knowledge gained over the years that they are happy to pass on to new shooters! We have club equipment so new and younger shooters can participate at minimal expense and they can take their time to decide what personal kit they would like to acquire.
In line with current best practice we have probationary training programmes for new shooters and those converting to other disciplines.
Dorchester Rifle and Pistol Club is a Home Office Approved Club so we benefit from the advantages that come with that approval.
Our air arms section is increasingly popular with both precision air pistol and air rifle at 10m, 'Police Pistol' at 20 - 7 yards, and field target air rifle at 10 - 50 yards.
We shoot .22 target and historic rifles prone all year round at 25 yards indoors, and in the summer we shoot outdoors at 50 yards [historic rifles], 50 metres, and 100 yards.
Our gallery rifles are shot standing at 20 yards, both precision and rapid, and that includes 'long arm' legal pistols.
Black powder shooting includes the use of replicas of the muzzle loading duelling pistols and American Civil War revolvers at 20 yards indoors and 25 metres outside.
The Club also has members who shoot full-bore rifles at Bisley and elsewhere so there is a wide range of experience and expertise within the Club.
We have had a long running annual rifle and pistol competition with teams from our twin town of Bayeux. The first competition was held in Bayeux in 1986. You can see past competition descriptions, photographs and results on the 'About Target Shooting' page.