Marple Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC), is a target shooting
club in Marple, near Stockport and Manchester in the UK.
This page gives a brief
introduction to the Club, 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
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 in the UK: 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 ranges in the Manchester area. It is affiliated to
both the National Small-bore 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 Full-bore carbine, Full-bore 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. All 10 firing points can be used for prone .22
rimfire rifle shooting and in addition sub-12ft/lb air
rifles and 6ft/lb air pistols can be shot from any position.
Originally opened as a .22 rimfire only range, we upgraded
to centrefire (Full-bore) in 1990 and unlimited calibre Black
Powder shooting in 2004.
Additionally, we now have an outdoor airgun range
with 6 positions for non-FAC airguns (both rifle and
pistol). This range is to cater for Field Target shooting
and can be shot from any position. The maximum distance is
In addition to indoor 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
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
All indoor ranges and disciplines are open to
wheelchair users and the club has dedicated wheelchair
access and parking, but see the
section first, before applying to visit for the first
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
How to visit the Club for
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.
Common gun 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 exceeded.
For all further details, please call 0161 427 9133
between the hours of 19:30 and 20:30, Wednesday or Friday,
or 10:00 and 11:00 on a Sunday 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 firing
Anschutz .22 single shot
the ranges are currently closed due to the spread of Covid-19
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enquiries about the Club:
0161 427 9133 between 19:30 and 20:30 Monday to Friday (If
telephoning from outside the UK: +44 161 427 9133).
Normally 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 be prepared to 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 indoor airgun range.
Geographical note: Marple and Stockport are located in the
county of Cheshire, England in the United Kingdom of Great
Britain and Northern Ireland, 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.
5 miles from Stockport town centre and 12 miles to the
south-east of Manchester, England, in the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Marple Rifle and Pistol
Club trades as: Marple Target Sports Centre.
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