Target and Practical
Newtownards Shooting Club has purpose built indoor and outdoor full-bore pistol ranges. These ranges are fully compliant with Military and PSNI range standards. We are one of the top clubs in Northern Ireland were you can use a range of full-bore pistols from ‘.32’ to large calibre ‘.44’ cartridges. Our indoor pistol range consists of a 4 stall aligned platform so that up to 4 shooters can shoot at once. We provide the latest safety features to protect the shooter, including ballistic secure ceilings and walls. Our shooters are separated by high grade layered plastics in the booths, between shooters. All shooters must wear industry standard eye and ear protection. Safety is our number one priority.
Most of our members shoot the 9mm Luger cartridge. The 9×19 mm Parabellum cartridge was designed in 1901 by Georg Luger and introduced in 1902 by a German weapons manufacturer Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken.
This is by far the most popular round. We often see a range of different semi-auto pistols ranging from Glock, S&W, Beretta and CZ that are chambered in 9mm. Target shooting with a 9mm round sounds easy but it’s extremely difficult. It takes time and patience to master and even then some of our experienced shooters will tell you, ‘it’s easy to miss’.
Most people associate shooting with how it looks in the movies, I can tell you now that it could not be any more different. Target shooting is a precise game and one that you will need a lot of practice with before you become ‘a good shot’.
Most of the paper targets we use are a typical round scored chart. We use a white centre with red surround. These make it easier to acquire your sites no matter what firearm you are using. Shooting against black targets can be difficult which some of our practical pistol shooters will tell you.
Our indoor range will allow you to strengthen your shooting target skills. We have a great team with a wealth of knowledge in all different types of shooting disciplines and firearms.
We have various competitions throughout the year. These range from small calibre pistol to full-bore pistol. Each competition has it’s own class so you have a wide variety to choose from. This also allows you to try the different disciplines to see which you prefer as each one is unique and has it’s own skill-sets. Shooting target with a Glock 17 is completely different than using a Ruger 6.
No automatic firearms, black powder, steel core, or armour piercing ammunition may be used in Newtownards Shooting Club.
While every effort is made to ensure that all the information on this website is accurate regarding firearms, we do not guarantee it. It is up to you to use the information in a sensible and safe manner. Safety is priority number one!