Welcome

temporary closure

Due to the current Health Crisis the committee has taken the hard decision to close the club from Mon 16th March till Fri 1st May.

Welcome to our site, please look around and learn a little about our Club and the sport of Target Shooting.

Our shooting range is in Durham city.

We are a friendly bunch of people shooting a mixture of Small-bore Rifle, Match Air Pistol/Rifle and Sporting Rifle disciplines.

Having approximately 100 members, we meet weekday evenings and Sunday mornings.

Members are encouraged to participate in various Postal and Club competitions but this is not compulsory!

The range has full disabled access.

The Club is affiliated to the National Small-bore Rifle Association and the Durham County Small-bore Rifle Association.

Mission Statement.

To bring together shooters of all disciplines, ability and interests, to compete, practice and share their enthusiasm for firearms in an encouraging, respectful and safe fellowship.

Aims.

To encourage and facilitate the ongoing growth and success of all shooting sports.

To encourage new members of all ages, sexes, races,religions and abilities to join the club.

To actively seek the involvement of under 18 year old minors in the sport and to teach them the discipline required to be permitted to handle and own firearms.

To raise the profile of all shooting disciplines within our society.

To support and defend each member’s rights and privileges by any legitimate means.

History

The St Giles Yarners Rifle & Pistol Club was formed by members of St Giles Church, Gilesgate, Durham City as a miniature rifle club in 1912. Following the Boer War, which had demonstrated a lack of marksmanship, there was a government initiative to encourage skill in the use of rifles by providing instruction and practice in small-bore rifle shooting.

The club’s original range was in the Sands area of Durham City but later removed to the grounds of Durham Prison.

In the early 1960’s the current location at Hollow Drift, Green Lane , Old Elvet, Durham City became available. Following a devastating fire in 1992, which destroyed the old wooden building a new purpose built brick clubhouse was opened in 1994.