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Rifles

Captain: Tom Brabrook - thomas.a.brabrook@durham.ac.uk

Durham University Rifle Club is a hidden gem in the vast and varied array of Team Durham sports, regularly producing a high level of marksmanship, alongside fostering a lively and friendly community.

The club shoots both smallbore (.22) and fullbore (7.62) at distances ranging from 25 meters to 1000 yards. We have high-performing smallbore A and B teams and two developing C and D teams, which have been known to show up their reputed superiors. We enter both BUCS competitions for smallbore, at both short and long distance, and also fullbore, in the annual Imperial Meeting at Bisley, for which we hope this year will mark our first full team entry (and victory, hopefully!). We also have regular social shoots with Newcastle and, more infrequently, with Exeter; our affiliation with the British Young Shooters’ Association helps with our connections with other University clubs.

We welcome shooters of all abilities, from absolute beginners to veteran marksmen and women. All exec members are experienced coaches, but there is also the opportunity for some external coaching when it is necessary to hone more advanced skills. Our comprehensive training programme and excellent facilities will ensure that new shooters are able to effectively develop their shooting ability, witnessing a noticeable change in their scores in a short space of time.

We train every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday between 2pm-5pm at our private indoor range, available for all members. Membership costs £40, which covers use of the range and insurance, rifle and jacket hire and coaching. For those with their own kit, the club is willing to discuss keeping rifles in the approved safe at the range.

DURC is above all else a welcoming and thriving community. We are all working hard to make Durham revered again in the shooting world; you can be a part of this and make it happen.

Don’t hesitate, contact the rifle captain, Tom Brabrook, on thomas.a.brabrook@durham.ac.uk if you are interested.