The Leeds University Union Rifle Club is a NSRA affiliated, student-run smallbore competition target rifle club. It is based at the Aireborough Range in Leeds, United Kingdom and due to its Home Office F.A.C. Exemption certificate; the club is able to shoot 25 yards and 50m .22LR Smallbore rifles. The club also shoots Airguns and Air Pistols.
The club has an arrangement with Aireborough Rifle Club on the outskirts of Leeds, to be able to use the range every Thursday night, and as members of Aireborough can use the range on a Wednesday afternoon for all members with ID (see where and when section). Previously, the club used the Morley Rifle Range. LUU Rifle club is one of the oldest and longest running clubs at the University of Leeds. The club was founded by Bernard Scattergood in approximately 1910 for musketry training. After the war, the club moved to a civilian context. At Rifle Club we welcome complete beginners and experienced shots alike. Sessions are relaxed and friendly with experienced members and coach providing help as required.
Where and When
Our range is at the wonderful Aireborough Rifle Club on the outskirts of Leeds. (see www.aireborough.org.uk)
We meet every Thursday at 6:15pm at the Parkinson steps, and Give It A Go sessions are held once a semester. New this year is shooting on Wednesdays at 1:00pm on Parkinson steps, but requires a membership card, so you need to come on Thursday to sign a section 21 form, provide a photo and receive ID before coming on a Wednesday.
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Membership and Costs
Membership for the full year is only £30 or £20 for one semester only. The membership cost goes towards use of our clubs equipment so you're not expected to purchase any rifles for yourself, the use of the rifle range, other equipment and maintenance of the club guns as well as insurance.
For each shooting session a member attends, cost is worked out at £5 for transport to the range and back then £1 for every 10 shots of .22 ammunition. Air rifle/ pistol ammunition is included in the cost of membership.
The GIAG package consists of travel to the shooting range and back, 40 shots of the .22 ammunition and unlimited air rifle ammo. This will cost only £15. Please book through the union page to reserve a slot. There will be a safety briefing beforehand. Details of the briefing location and time will be sent via email when the room is booked. If you are interested in attending the GIAG please sign on ASAP as we are limited to 12 places. Our next GIAG is on the 23 of February. You can sign on here at https://www.luu.org.uk/ents/event/12665/ . If you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No special clothing is required as equipment such as shooting jackets, shooting gloves and shooting hats are provided, however the range does get cold over winter in particular, so warm clothing is strongly advised. As the main discipline of prone involves lying down, a skirt, dress or kilt would an ill-advised choice of clothing.
If you wear glasses or contact lenses remember to bring them, especially if you plan on shooting using iron sights.
Range Officer and Competition Opportunities
It is possible for members to take a range officer test and receive a formal qualification from the National Smallbore Rifle Association, costing £10 which will be refunded if you pass. Requirements for range officers are:
- Sensible attitude
- Knowledge of safety procedures
- Knowledge of how to shoot not necessarily being a good shot
We are looking to enter a team for BUCS and need team members. There is a handicap system for BUCS.
Conditions of Membership
New members will be required to visit the range as a guest and sign a section 21 form. This means that on your first session you will not be able to shoot live fire rifles. However we don't expect you to sit still for the entire session; as a guest you are entitled to shoot air rifles and as it is covered by your membership you won't be charged for ammo. This procedure does not apply to anyone who was a member last year and has renewed membership this year.
New members are require to serve a six month probation period: this is part of club regulation and it is a legal requirement. You will still be allowed to shoot and you will still be a full member of the LUU Rifles but you won't be a full member of the Aireborough Rifle Club until your probation period has passed. To achieve this just attend shooting sessions regularly and a committee member will help you fill in the necessary paperwork.
All members and GIAGs must comply with section 21 of the firearms act relating to imprisonment.
All members and GIAGs must be current staff of the University of Leeds or current student at a Leeds University (University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett or Leeds Trinity). Alumni and members of the public are not allowed as this would basically allow Aireborough membership at around half the price.
Furthermore members and GIAGs are not allowed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while in control of a firearm and must be of ‘sound mind’ as set out under the firearms act. All members and GIAGs must fill out a section 21 form, consent to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formally Criminal Records Bureau, (CRB)) check, and provide a photo to be used for a membership card.
Please note that Range Officers have the power to, and are obliged to, remove anyone from the range they deem to be unsafe. This is unlikely to be necessary and would only be used in the event of persistent unsafe behavior and not for minor rule infringements, as that is expected.