Marple Rifle and Pistol Club membership for Juniors
(aged 14 to 17 inclusive)
We do have a junior
membership at Marple Rifle and Pistol Club for those between the ages of 14 and
17 inclusive (that is, from the 14th birthday to the last day of age 17). These notes are here to help you decide if our kind of shooting is for you and / or
your child. We do not accept anyone under the age of 14 for any
kind of shooting.
first point to understand is that being under 18 you will probably have to be
brought by an adult who will have to stay with you and return you home at the
end of a session. Most juniors come with their parents because their parents are
shooting members of the club, it is rare for a junior to find a willing adult to
fetch and carry them if they are not an active shooter themselves. Do you have a
suitable volunteer? Remember that your adult will have to stay at the club the
whole time that you are there.
We are not a créche and will not accept any responsibility
second point is that precision target shooting can seem quite boring and indeed
it is not at all a spectator sport. We have had juniors visit the Club who have been described
by their parents as being desperate to come and shoot and then lose all interest within
quarter of an hour of seeing what is
third point is that we are a private members club, we do not employ people to
run the range and ensure the safety of specific individuals. In this respect we
are quite different say, to a public swimming bath, which has resident attendants to
safeguard users. Nor are we a municipal training facility like an athletics
track which is funded from taxation and which by definition is open to all.
We do not shoot at moving
targets, we only use round black on white targets. We do not dress-up in combat
clothing, or have badges of rank etc.
We do not allow anyone
under the age of 18 to shoot airguns on a Thursday night. Juniors under 18 are normally too weak
physically to hold and operate an airgun accurately from the unsupported standing
position and all our Thursday night airgun shooting is done standing without any support.
Additionally, as mentioned above, we do not have the manpower to safely
supervise juniors on a one-to-one basis, as is needed for airgun target
Most juniors shoot
.22 rimfire rifle from
the prone position, as this does not require much physical strength and the gun
is further supported by a sling attached to the upper arm. This kind of shooting
is done on Mondays and Tuesdays between 19:30 and 21:30
Admittance to the club is
on a case-by-case basis and the decision rests with the Range Officers on the
night as to whether a person under 18 can be allowed to become a probationary
member. The best advice is to make an appointment by telephoning the club on
0161 427 9133 and making a date for a visit. It is much better to come
along and see for yourselves than it is to read an article on this website.
Visitors are not expected to assist
in the operation of the range and there is no obligation, or expectation that
they must undertake any tasks during their first visit. On the
other hand both Members and Probationary members are required to help in the
running of the club, by for example, helping to set up
the targets, sweeping up at the end of practice etc, and this
also applies to juniors. Just because you are under 18 does not mean that you
excused from sweeping up; if you are old enough to shoot a gun, you are old enough to
use a brush.
summary, no under 18's for airgun shooting, but other forms of shooting are
possible from age 14 depending on the suitability of the applicant.
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