Club Information

Shooting ranks amongst Cambridge's oldest varsity sports and has links dating back to at least 1803 with the formation of the Cambridge University Rifle Volunteers. The University Revolver club was formed in 1902 and forged close links with the rifle club in 1909 which itself had been established as a University club two years earlier. The first varsity match between Oxford and Cambridge took place in 1908 at the NRA Imperial meet and was officially incorporated into the programme in 1909.


The membership fee for 2013/2014 is £50 a year for Cambridge University members, £74  for non-university members. This includes a small book to record how you shoot each week and a tin of pellets to get you started.

It is also possible to come to the range for a 'taster' session with the air pistols. One session's shooting costs £5 and includes targets, ammunition and coaching. This is good if you want to try it out, only want to shoot occasionally or want to bring a friend along. If you do decide to join us after a taster session or two, we will deduct your taster session fees from the membership fee.

Membership forms can be downloaded here. This must be filled in, printed out and then signed by you and your tutor/supervisor. We also ask that you provide two passport sized photographs. For legal reasons you must be a fully paid member of the club before you use any club firearms (this does not include air pistols).

The Range:

The 10m range, used on Wednesdays and Saturdays, is where the majority of the air pistol shooting takes place. It has mechanical target changers and an electronic target is available to top shooters. The 20yrd range is only available on Saturdays. Small-bore rifles (.22") can be shot in this range and the pistol Varsity match is shot at this distance. There are 4 turning targets for timed shooting as well as 4 stationary targets.

If you would like assistance finding the range, please contact the Committee and they will be happy to show you the way.


We specialise in .177" air pistols:

  • 4 Steyr LP50 match grade multi-shot pistols
  • 4 Steyr LP5 match grade multi-shot pistols
  • 1 Steyr LP2 match grade single shot pistol
  • 4 manual single shot pistols

But gallery rifles are also an important part:

  • 4 Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic .22" rifles
  • 2 .357 Marlin under-lever rifles
  • 2 .22 Marlin under-lever rifles



There are many opportunities to shoot in competitions during the year. None of the competitions are compulsory, but they come highly recommended as a way of tracking your performance, and there is always a competition to suit your standard.
Beginners' Competition: This is held near the beginning of Michaelmas term and is a chance for very new members to shoot against each other, with no old hands getting in the way, and win fantastic prizes!
Handicap Match: Held in Michaelmas term, this is a chance for all members to shoot against each other with a handicap system to level the playing field.
Past and Present Match: This is held at the end of Michaelmas term and is the first match of the academic year against Oxford and the alumni of each club. It's a fun day out at Bisley and a chance to shoot .357 gallery rifles.
Varsity Match: This is the annual competition against Oxford, held in February. A First, Second and Ladies team, each of 4 people, shoot shoulder to shoulder with the Dark Side in Cambridge or Oxford. Anyone who shoots can earn a Half Blue by scoring over 500 out of 600. Usually tightly contested, this is a tense match and a great challenge!
Imperial Meeting: This is an excellent opportunity to shoot at Bisley and is the main gallery rifle competition. There are several University competitions and a second Varsity match, this time with rifles. Only one team of 4 normally completes and there is another chance to earn a Half Blue by scoring above 90%. There is also quite a lot of silverware to be won.
Postal Leagues: The NSRA and CTSA both run two leagues a year, winter and summer. These are postal competitions in which competitors shoot each round by a set date. There is no minimum requirement and competitors are entered into different groups depending on their average. Club members shoot their rounds during the normal club sessions and then hand in their targets to the organiser.
Intershoot: Intershoot is an annual, international, three day competition held in The Hague and is a chance for club members to shoot against national squads from around the world. An excellent environment to improve your shooting and is extremely good fun. As an international event there is a qualifying score of 500/600 to enter. It runs early in the calendar year.


To find out more about shooting, please see the following sites:

National Small-bore Rifle Association
National Rifle Association
English Smallbore Shooting Union
British Pistol Club
Cambridge University Small Bore Club
Cambridge University Rifle Association
Oxford University Pistol Club
British Shooting

21st February, 2013