OC Rifle Club

Newcomers’ Corner

30405_600_ssAs well as the topics covered on our Home Page there are some other issues that can worry those contemplating joining us. The following remarks are intended to help with this. If there are any questions that are still not covered our Hon. Sec., see below, will be very pleased to hear about them.

An important issue is equipment. Many of the members are fully equipped but the Club owns three rifles: a Swing, a Musgrave and an RPA (kindly donated by the Club President, Ted Eilley, after he retired from active shooting); we also have some telescopes. Telescopes can also usually be borrowed from other members. You would be expected to provide the more personal things like score books, ear protectors and shooting jacket or elbow pads; again, these can often be borrowed but this is not entirely convenient. If some of these terms are unfamiliar don’t be concerned – have a chat with the Hon. Sec. and he will explain everything.

We charge a subscription (the prevailing value is on the fixture list), which really only covers the fixed costs, and a contribution towards the cost of target hire and the price of the ammunition when a member actually shoots. We fully appreciate that this all adds up a bit; nevertheless it is still very good-value-for-money shooting and not an expensive day out. Our Hon. Treasurer can usually find ways of easing the financial burden for hard-up students. There is a recent new development that arises from changes in the firearms legislation: for the first six months of your career with the OCRC you would have to be considered a Probationary Member. We assure you it will make little practical difference if you have experience with the CCF at Cranleigh School and is an entirely bearable situation if you haven’t.

We hope this puts you in the picture a bit. We are always very keen to attract new members: you would be most welcome. Have a look at the current fixture list to see what is going on.