Target Shooting

Target shooting is the main activity carried out by members of the association. The facilities allow for a wide range of target disciplines, with club competitions being run regularly to encourage member-participation.

There is bench resting and free standing in airgun, rim fire and centre fire calibres.

Black-powder pistols and rifles are used and even turning target “standard rifle” activities go on. Both the indoor 10m & 25m ranges, and the outdoor 50m range is utilised for target shooting.

Other members are always willing to guide, help and offer advice to new shooters, as well as allowing others to try out their guns – the range of types of which is vast!

Practical Shooting

Practical shooting is a sport which challenges an individual's ability to shoot rapidly and accurately with a full power handgun, rifle, and/or shotgun. To do this, shooters take on obstacle-laden shooting courses called stages, some requiring many shots to complete and some just a handful. While scoring systems vary between practical shooting organizations, each will measure the speed with which the stage is completed with penalties for inaccurate shooting.

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Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay pigeon shooting is the art of shooting at special flying targets, known as clay pigeons or clay targets, with a shotgun.

The BCR&PA holds an informal clay shoot on a private ground just North of Bedford, on the morning of the second Sunday of the month. Shotguns are available for those who do not own their own guns, and informal tuition is usually available.

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Gallery Rifle

The Gallery Rifle disciplines cover events shot at short and medium distances by various rifles and pistols. Competitors can take part at all levels from club to international.

The Firearms used are commonly a semi automatic .22 rimfire rifle, a lever action rifle in a pistol calibre (e.g. .38/.357 or .44) or a Long Barrelled Revolver in a variety of calibres, (again commonly .38/.357 or .44).

The majority of events are shot at distances between 10m and 50m, with a few going out to 300yd. There is a large selection which only requires a range of 25m. The most common position is standing but some events call for shooting kneeling, sitting or with the weak shoulder or hand. Some are deliberate precision events while some require the competitor to shoot and reload quite quickly. The targets can be stationary or turning at set intervals or even moving.

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Heritage Arms

BCRPA operates what we term our Heritage Pistol Scheme. The scheme is operated under section 7(3) of the 1997 Firearms Amendment Act. This permits use of a limited number of cartridge pistols (considered worthy of preservation) at the Bedford Range by members with a genuine interest in these firearms.

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