If you are thinking of joining our Club then you may find the following FAQ helpful.

Can I book a single shooting session as a surprise gift for them?

Unfortunately not. Under the terms of our Home Office License we are not able to cater for this type of service. We are a members’ club and not a business that runs shooting experiences.

Before being allowed to shoot at Pinhoe you must complete a membership form in person and return not less than 24 hours later. After that you can use our “Give it a go” scheme which gives you a chance to shoot any of the club guns under supervision and after you receive suitable training.

Is Pinhoe Target Shooting Club accepting new members?

With our new spacious shooting range and facilities we are welcoming new members.

I have never shot before, can I try shooting without joining the Club to see if it suits me?

Yes, at Pinhoe we have Give it a go sessions where you pay £30 and are allowed to shoot on 3 occasions. You will not be allowed to shoot on your first visit but can complete an application form.

We would request that you then attend the club on Wednesday nights for training and the chance to try all types of shooting in a supervised environment.

After the three sessions you are under no obligation to carry on, or if you decide that you would like to join the club you would be asked to pay six months fees in advance to cover your probationary membership period.

Do I need to book my Give it a Go session?

Yes. Our Give it a Go sessions are really popular so please book online.

Sessions start on the first Wednesday of the month with an introduction, range tour and safety briefing. The second, third and fourth sessions (all on Wednesday evenings) are where the excitement begins and you shoot on our range.

How much does membership cost?

‘Give It A Go’ for new members (1 briefing session and 3 shooting sessions) £30.00

Junior Membership full year £120

Adult Membership full year £240

Membership can be paid monthly, biannually or annually.

There are no other costs if you use club equipment apart from any ammunition used.

What ammunition will I need?

The club is licensed for a maximum of .22 calibre air pellets or live fire .22lr subsonic bullets. 

A selection is available to buy at the club and if you do not have a firearms license you must not remove them from the building, instead secure storage is available so that you can safely leave them for another day.

What facilities do you have at Pinhoe?

In the old building we have:

  • 6 lane 20 yard range suitable for air and live fire, rifle and pistol which can also be used for 25 yard prone shooting.
  • There are two toilets, one of which is wheelchair accessible.
  • A fully fitted kitchen.
  • A workshop area for gun maintenance.
  • A club room with easy chairs and a pool table.

In the new building we have:

  • 7 lane 10 metre air only range, suitable for rifle and pistol.
  • 2 lane 6 metre air only range and a dart board.
  • 5 lane 25 yard dedicated prone range suitable for air and live firing.
  • 5 lane 25 yard dedicated benchrest range suitable for air and live firing.
Will the Club supply everything I need to shoot?

Yes, there is a selection of various club guns and safety equipment as well as clothing for Prone shooting.

The cost of this is included in the membership fees.

Targets are provided but you will have to pay for any ammunition used.

Do I need a Firearms Certificate (FAC)?

No, you can use club guns without having your own certificate, but if you wish to purchase your own gun you will need to apply for a gun license from Devon & Cornwall Police Firearms Unit.

Isn’t shooting a male sport?

Most definitely not, many of our best shots at Pinhoe are Ladies.

Target shooting is a very inclusive sport and no matter what your gender, age or ability many people enjoy being able to compete on equal terms.

Aren’t guns dangerous?

Like most things a firearm can be dangerous if used maliciously or incorrectly.

That is why at Pinhoe we vet all members in conjunction with the Police, and have vigorous safety procedures. Before you are allowed to shoot you will receive safety training which continues during your time at PTSC.

Many of our members are trained as Range Conducting Officers which is a Nationally recognised qualification run by the National Small-bore Rifle Association.

Is there an upper age limit?

No there is not, some of our existing members are in their eighties. If you are fit and able all disciplines are available.

If you are not able to stand for very long or shoot in a prone position the discipline of benchrest is ideal as you sit at a bench and the weight of the gun is supported by a rest.

What age does my child have to be to start shooting?

All children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult whilst at the Club at all times.

To use live fire rifles your child must be at least 14 years old and satisfy the club they can do so safely and comply with Club rules.

Younger children can use air rifles or pistols if they are assessed by the Club as being capable of doing so safely.

Please contact the club to arrange a trial Give It A Go group of sessions.

Are the Club’s facilities accessible?

Yes, the club has wheelchair access.

Both the old range building and the new ranges have been built with accessibility in mind, the whole site is on one level with minimal door thresholds.

Also there is a wheelchair accessible toilet complete with handrails.