Britain’s Best Shooting Grounds: Marylebone Rifle and Pistol Club
It’s very hard to find a great shooting club in the heart of a city - if you’re a keen shooter then trekking all the way out of town just to do what you love can sometimes be a struggle. - In London, these difficulties are maximised. But there’s a perfect option for you in fact - right in amongst the rush of people and swarms of traffic, you’ll find Marylebone Rifle and Pistol Club. A shooters haven in the centre of one of the busiest cities in the world.
MRPC’s main location is at London Bridge; a very modern club with multiple shooting ranges. The first is a 10-metre range for airguns, with multiple shooting posts. There’s plenty of space to practice your close-range airgun skills here and it’s also equipped with state of the art auto-target changing technology, so you can move through rounds seamlessly without having to wait or switch targets.
The second is a larger 25-metre range. Where you can use a variety of calibers for small-bore and full-bore firearms. This range is also air-conditioned for your comfort whilst you shoot, as we all know how hot it can get on the indoor range from time to time!
If you’re a club member you’ll get the privilege of being able to use exclusive small-bore and centre-fire rifles, so there’s no need to bring your own and plenty of chance to try out an assortment of new firearms without having to spend the money. Another members-only benefit is the excellent storage facilities located in the armoury, where you can permanently store your own firearms ready for use any time you fancy going along. London can be a tricky place to navigate if you’ve got a gun on you and it’s definitely not advised to wander around with your firearm every time you want to head over to the range. Therefore, being able to store your gun on site is an absolute no-brainer.
An exciting development at the club is in the works - permissions are being finalised for a new historic/antique firearms section at the club which would allow members to store and take a look at some iconic weapons from some exciting historical periods.
The clubhouse is great too; spacious and very comfortable where you’ll get access to complimentary WiFi and a selection of food and drinks to purchase.
The whole facility perfectly accompanies disability access, so all members can move freely around the shooting ranges, storages and clubhouses regardless of ability.
The club is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, from 5pm-8:30 pm and 2pm-8:30 pm on Fridays - perfect for unwinding after a hard days work in London.
The club promotes a really friendly atmosphere and has one of the most diverse membership pools in the country, which makes it an extremely welcoming place to be. The club offers you the chance to simply come and spend time on the clubhouse even if you’re not shooting, just to get amongst the social element of the club on your days off.
Safety is paramount here too. All new members have the opportunity to access complete training and supervision from highly trained professionals, whilst the ranges are always manned by an officer in order to keep the club as safe as it can be.
For the more competitive shooter, MRPC has annual competitions between members to determine club rankings and allocate medals at the annual awards evening. They also compete externally in national competitions - two of which are held at their very own shooting ground in Surrey, namely Bisley NRA.
On the whole, Marylebone Rifle and Pistol Club combines affordability, accessibility, safety and diversity to make it one of the most popular shooting clubs in the country. Its unique location opens up new possibilities for the working man or woman, allowing them to turn up after work, enjoy their favourite pastime, without even leaving the big city.
At just over £20 a month, the benefits of becoming a member give you ultimate value for money. To find out how you can join yourself, click here.