Dark Horse Rifle Club is open to new members  who shoot any discipline. We  cannot currently offer club equipment, or expertise for anything other that .22 or .308 TR shooting. 25yd smallbore (.22) and fullbore (.308) prone target rifle, as these are the disciplines most of our members shoot in. Both beginners and more experienced shooters are welcome. We do have members who shoot other disciples, but we do not enter teams in these competitions.
You would initially join as a probationary member, which lasts a minimum of three months, which is used by us to teach you basic shooting and range safety skills (although if you already hold an appropriate Firearms Certificate then this period can be reduced at the discretion of the committee).
Upon successfully completing the probationary period and demonstrating that you are a safe shooter, the committee will approve full membership. There are no membership fees for probationary members in either discipline.
Prior to shooting with us for the first time, we are obliged to provide certain details to the Police.
When do we shoot
Smallbore shooting is no longer shot in Central London since the loss of our range at Blackfriars as a result of the Thames Tideway project. We do still enter team and individual competitions as a club via postal leagues, which are shot at members local clubs.
We usually meet as a club for a smallbore spring meet around Bisley in April, and Peterborough in early November, where we combine our competition with an open shoot.
Fullbore shooting at ranges from 300yds to 1100yds takes place at the National Shooting Centre, Bisley between March and September.
The schedule for outdoor events is available on the Events and Matches page of our website
Costs (for 2024)
For full members the annual fees are;
£15 for smallbore shooting postal competitions only (and not using club facilities), and social members
£60 for a single discipline (Fullbore  or Smallbore) using club facilities and
£90 for those shooting both Fullbore and Smallbore disciplines.
Additional costs are incurred for use of the ranges and equipment. Typical “per shoot” costs are shown below;
With the exception of the spring meeting and Peterborough tour, members would pay their own costs
Costs for outdoor events are higher
(These cost may change for 2024)
Clubhouse fees (per day) £0
Rifle use £5 per day
Match fee £102 per full day (£51 per 1/2 day) – fees Include marker/Range hire and Ammunition)
Match fee £42 per full day(£21 per 1/2 day)  without ammunition.

We have a newly refurbished clubhouse at Bisley which is now fully insulated with doubled glazed windows; it has three radiators, and also has a kitchen area with sink, cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher etc. and a lounge area with seating for about 12, also an eating area with seating for 18-20. Crockery, cutlery, glasses, and cookware etc. is provided. Sleeping accommodation at the site is in a newly acquired railway sleeper carriage. This has 11 compartments each of which can have one or two bunk beds; there are also two toilets, a shower room and a store room. Each bunk has a mattress and a pillow provided. All other bedding and towels needs to brought with you. In each compartment there is also a basin with hot and cold water, a thermostatically controlled heater, and 4 USB charging points. The storeroom has three secure cabinets which can be used as temporary rifle storage. There is also an external gun shed for cleaning and maintenance.

 The charge (for 2023) for staying overnight in carriage is £25 for members and £35 for non members. For two people sharing, one bunk each, is £13 for members and £18 for non members.  A £6 per day per person charge is made for non-members using the club house facilities.
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Membership enquiries can be made to our Secretary.