Full-Bore Rifle

Full Bore Target, Practical.

There are so many different disciplines of full bore shooting. Knowing which one you will enjoy means that you have to experience each of the disciplines individually. The skill-sets and techniques required to handle a full bore rifle are unique in their own way. Learning to shoot accurately with a full bore rifle takes time and patients. Newtownards Shooting Club has many experienced shooters in all different types of firearms. Shoot with some of the top marksmen in Northern Ireland, head to head in competition or a friendly Saturday morning fun!

Target Shooting with aperture/optic sights (Paper Targets)

Our ranges are equipped to handle full bore rifle, large calibre cartridges. We can shoot up to 7.62 x 51 on all our outdoor ranges. We fall under the rules of the National Rifle Association, UK (NRA) which is the governing body for full bore rifle and pistol shooting sports within the United Kingdom.

Full-bore Target Rifle involves the prone position. A single  precision shot using adjustable aperture/optic sights at ’round scored’ targets at distances from 50 to 100 metres. Each shot is scored and analysed based on its position on the target. Line breaks on scoring cards are marked to the higher number.  The most popular calibre used in our club is .303 British (standard military). The .303 British calibre is no longer used in Service Rifle shooters today, it was used until around the 1950s when it was replaced by the 7.62×51mm NATO.

Club members have the opportunity to travel to Bisley where you can shoot Target full bore up to 1000 yrds. Trips are organised by the clubs members throughout the shooting season. This allows members to test their long range target shooting at targets ranging from 100 yrds, 400 yrds, 600 yrds and 1000 yrds. This is an exciting couple of days and highly recommend for the serious target shooter. Please note, you must have a FAC (Firearms Certificate).

Target Shooting AR15 Style,  Red Dot (Paper Targets)

Some of our members prefer to shoot with military grade rifles, such as a range of AR15s. Some prefer the AK47. There really is no limit to what type of rifle you can use, our ranges are fully equipped to handle intermediate and large calibres rounds. Most AR15 rifles used at our club all use .223, also known as the 5.56×45mm NATO military cartridge.

So, what is a AR15 you ask? The AR-15 is a lightweight, intermediate cartridge magazine-fed, air-cooled Armalite Rifle with a rotating lock bolt, actuated by a piston within the bolt carrier or by conventional long/short stroke piston operation. It has been produced in many different versions, including numerous semi-automatic and select fire variants. It is manufactured with extensive use of aluminium alloys and synthetic materials. All AR15 rifles in Northern Ireland must be modified to a certain standard for use on our ranges.  Click the picture above for a high res photo


Practical Shotgun (Steel Targets of various shapes and sizes)

Practical shotgun is also available at Newtownards shooting Club. This is completely different to target shooting. Target shooters need to be ice cold still, with controlled breathing and very patient. Practical style is great fun, when using a Practical shotgun you’re standing facing a wide range of steel targets, some large, some small. The idea is to knock as many targets down as you can in as little shots. This sounds simple in theory but is difficult in practice.
To make the range more challenging we have a selection of pre-built obstacles, some of these imitate structures of a house, doors and windows, broken openings. This makes finding and assessing your target extremely difficult. Practical shotgun does not have any time limits but this doesn’t make it easy. You’ll only understand why that is when you try it yourself.

Most semi-auto shotguns in Northern Ireland (apart from any the special forces use) have a restricted magazine capacity. They are ‘plugged’ to hold a maximum of 3 cartridges. That’s 2 in the magazine tube and 1 chambered. In saying that, all clubs enforce that only 2 cartridges should be loaded and only for use when required. For example, when shooting clay pigeons, you will need 2 cartridges for doubles. There are also restrictions for what type of ‘shot’ you can use.

As an authorised practical range we are allowed to use larger capacity shotguns, we can load more than 3 cartridges for use on our range. We are also the only club in Northern Ireland which is passed by the PSNI to use slugs at steel targets. This makes practical shooting more difficult and much more fun (safe fun).

Old Firearms – Iron Sights (Paper Targets)

Some of our members enjoy historical firearms. Remember I said there really is no limit to what you can shoot at Newtownards Shooting Club? Well, how about trying a Mosin Nagant?

The Mosin–Nagant – Russian: is a five-shot, bolt-action, internal magazine-fed, military rifle, developed by the Imperial Russian Army in 1882–91, and used by the armed forces of the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and various other nations. It is one of the most mass-produced military bolt-action rifles in history with over 37 million units produced since its conception in 1891, and in spite of its age it has shown up in various conflicts around the world until the modern day, being plentiful, cheap, rugged and effective, much like the AK-47 and its variants. The Mosin-Nagant is a magnificent bolt action rifle, a difficult rifle to shoot accurately at first. Once mastered, it truly is a joy to shoot. A little piece of history just waiting to be enjoyed.

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!