The editor discovers a great new airgun club right next door to a fishing lake - how very convenient!
It’s often odd how discoveries are made within our sport, and this certainly applied to how I ‘discovered’ the Richings Park Airgun Club. My dad is friends with a chap whose best mate, Garry Brooks, helps to run it, and it has been established for almost a year, now. Dad and I bumped into dad’s mate in a garage, I was told about the club and shortly afterward, I had a phone call from Garry, who he told me all about Richings Park Airgun Club. As a further ‘oddity’, it turned out that it is situated right next to a lake I used to fish, so I knew immediately how to find it. I’m planning a visit, soon, but until then, I’d like the readers to see what’s on offer, there.
Richings Park Airgun Club is in Iver, Buckinghamshire, a few miles from junction 5 of the M4 motorway, and it’s accessed via Old Slade Lane. Just input ‘SLO 9DX’ and your sat-nav should do the rest. Richings Park AC shares its location with a shotgun club that has been on the site for over 25 years.
The airgun club is open every Saturday and Sunday, from 9.30am until dusk, plus Thursday evenings in the summer. Intriguingly, in addition to hosting camping weekends, the club also holds HFT sessions that are shot using night-vision and lamping set-ups. These sessions, and the weekends can be booked on the numbers given at the end of this feature, and don’t they sound like good fun!
At Richings Park club you’ll be able to enjoy a 60-yard practice/ plinking range, with fully-covered shooting positions, many with bench rests, for around 25 shooters at a time. Those who wish to shoot from the prone or standing positions are also catered for. In addition, there’s a 30-yard range, so you’ll always find somewhere safe, challenging and comfortable to shoot, there.
Then, there’s a 30-target HFT range set out to ‘offer’ up to five different wind directions to challenge the shooters and keep them thinking about every shot. The best recorded score so far is a 57 ex 60 by lady shooter, Jenny Stone, during the club’s first Southern Hunters competition. It’s also worth noting that this course is wheelchair-friendly during the summer months when ground conditions allow.
Riching’s Park even accommodates HFT pistol shooters, with a 10-target course and targets set out from 8 to 25 yards, plus there’s a vintage bell target range where the club’s ancient BSA rifle can be used. Now add toilet facilities and the availability of hot food and drinks, plenty of parking, range fees of just £6 per day, and the happy fact that the under-14s shoot free, and and it’s easy to see why Richings Park Airgun Club is a great place to be.
Contacts: Mark Ramsey 07850 658860. Garry Brooks 07965 116653 during office hours please. Facebook page: Richings Park Airgun Club
Undercover shooting positions make life even more enjoyable.
Above: It’s a club for all ages, abilities and interests.
Below: Plenty to shoot at and loads to do at the Richings Park Airgun Club.