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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
indoor ranges and disciplines are open to wheelchair users and the club has
dedicated wheelchair access and parking, but see the
disabled section first,
before applying to visit for the first time.
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.
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 the opportunity to take part in Clay as
well as paper target shooting.
calibres used by Club members indoors are: 4.5 mm (.177 inch) for airgun. 22
rimfire and centrefire calibres in 36, 38, 357 magnum, 9 mm, 44 magnum and
45 calibres for nitro cartridge shooting. Common centrefire 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 that can be used on our indoor
range, provided that the maximum muzzle velocity and energy limits are not
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
How to visit Marple Rifle and Pistol Club
for full details.
10 Metre Airgun firing
Anschutz .22 single shot
Take this link for all
about the Club (you cannot
make arrangements for a visit by email, you must telephone
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
Geographical note: Marple
and Stockport are located in the county of Cheshire,
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
Marple is 5 miles from
Stockport town centre and 12 miles to the south-east of
Manchester, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Marple Rifle and
Pistol Club trades as: Marple Target Sports Centre.
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Website first opened:
Saturday, 01 April 2000
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