Home from Holmes

Nigel Curtis has been help­ing to set up a new cen­tre for air­gun­ners,

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Imet David Hurst­field last Septem­ber when was look­ing for some­where close to home to prac­tise my field tar­get shoot­ing. At that time, I wasn’t aware of the Holmes Chapel Shoot­ing Ground – and it is only seven min­utes from my house!

Holmes Chapel Shoot­ing Ground is lo­cated in Crewe, Lan­cashire, and it’s a ded­i­cated down-the-line shot­gun range run by David, and is quickly gain­ing sta­tus as a qual­ity fa­cil­ity. In pur­suit of a broader range of qual­ity shoot­ing op­tions, I have since been help­ing David to set up a com­pre­hen­sive air ri­fle prac­tice fa­cil­ity for air-ri­fle shoot­ers of all ages and abil­i­ties to en­joy. The new fa­cil­ity pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive prac­tice/plink­ing range out to 55 yards, and a 30-shot field tar­get course, set in wood­land will put all your prac­tice to the test.


This new air ri­fle fa­cil­ity has a com­pre­hen­sive prac­tice range with boards at mea­sured five-yard in­cre­ments, from 10 yards to 55 yards. This al­lows you to set up your zero at a pre­ferred range, and to check your tra­jec­tory be­fore tack­ling the field-tar­get course. There are also a good num­ber of re­ac­tive tar­gets on the prac­tice range to im­prove your shoot­ing skills.


The course con­sists of 15 tar­get lanes with two tar­gets per lane. You are wel­come to shoot the FT course more than once, and HCSG re­quest that you take no more than two shots at any one tar­get when pro­gress­ing through it. This will give you a max­i­mum of 60 shots per course com­pleted, and en­sure good progress.


The course is set up with a good blend of tar­get po­si­tions and ranges so that all shoot­ers will be chal­lenged. All tar­gets with front-mounted re­ducer plates suit the hunter field tar­get dis­ci­pline. The av­er­age range to tar­get is just over 35 yards; a range at which many peo­ple choose to zero their air ri­fle. The short­est tar­get is just 11 yards away.

‘Ad­vi­sory’ po­si­tional lanes on the course are set to suit the stand­ing and kneel­ing po­si­tions, but shoot­ers may choose to shoot all tar­gets from any reg­u­lar po­si­tion; prone, sit­ting, kneel­ing or stand­ing. On your first visit to Holmes Chapel Shoot­ing Ground, you will be in­formed of the range rules and course man­age­ment pro­ce­dures. This in­for­ma­tion will be avail­able at all times.


The whole ethos for air ri­flers at Holmes Chapel is to prac­tise and im­prove. The FT course al­lows you to prac­tise against a re­al­is­tic, qual­ity wood­land course and the prac­tice range aids ac­cu­rate set-up for your ri­fle.

If you are within reach of Holmes Chapel – just five min­utes off junc­tion 18 of the M6 – this is an ex­cel­lent, new fa­cil­ity that ev­ery­one en­joys, and re­turn vis­its are in­creas­ing.

More de­tails and lo­ca­tion di­rec­tions can be found on the HCSG web­site, where you can also see the air ri­fle page: www.holmeschapelsg.com/air-ri­fle

Plenty of prac­tice un­der re­al­is­tic con­di­tions - and ev­ery­one's friendly.

So, how did we do to­day, guys?

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