Club Pro­file

South-West air­gun­ners will find the warm­est of wel­comes at the Duchy Shoot­ing As­so­ci­a­tion

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If you’re in the South-West, check out the Duchy Air­gun As­so­ci­a­tion, near Truro

Some­times you come across a shoot­ing club that seems to have ev­ery­thing. Great lo­ca­tion, friendly at­mos­phere, fan­tas­tic HFT and FT cour­ses, a 55 yard zero range and room for in­door air pis­tol. Add to that a large club house, tea and cof­fee-mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties, easy park­ing, and, wait for it, proper toi­lets and well what more could you want?


Duchy Shoot­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has been run­ning for many years and past and present mem­bers have built a club to be proud of. Ini­tially cater­ing for full bore and rim­fire shoot­ers the air­gun sec­tion has been de­vel­oped over the last few years. Lo­cated just off the A30 near Ze­lah (about 10 miles north of Truro), the club is easy to reach from much of Corn­wall.

Park in front of the club­house and after sign­ing in; the air­gun­ner’s first stop is nor­mally the zero range with its cov­ered fir­ing points for about 10 shoot­ers. The zero range has a good se­lec­tion of knock­down, spin­ner and bell tar­gets along with metal plates to fix pa­per tar­gets to. Ad­di­tion­ally, the dis­tance from the fir­ing point to in­di­vid­ual tar­gets is marked mak­ing ze­ro­ing at spe­cific dis­tances easy and al­low­ing you to cal­i­brate your scope ac­cu­rately for FT or HFT.


Mov­ing on, you will find the 40-tar­get FT course. Fir­ing points are set along a gen­tly ris­ing gravel path shoot­ing into wood­land and open ground. As you move around the course the direc­tion of shoot­ing changes mak­ing judg­ing the wind tricky. There are high and low tar­gets, re­duc­ers, standers and kneel­ers all to test your abil­ity.

Back-track­ing past the zero range you will find the 40 tar­get HFT course. As you com­plete this course you will turn through nearly 180 de­grees, again mak­ing judg­ing the wind im­por­tant. The fir­ing points are all on one level and shoot­ing over gorse, through bar­rels and even a slot in a pal­let make th­ese tar­gets test­ing but fun.


Mem­ber­ship costs is £30 a year (plus a one off £20 join­ing fee) and £3 ev­ery time you shoot. The club is open on Sun­days and Thurs­days. To keep the mem­ber­ship fees low all main­te­nance is done by the club mem­bers, usu­ally on a Sat­ur­day, roughly ev­ery six weeks or so. There are al­ways tar­gets to paint and bram­bles to cut!


Whether you are ex­pe­ri­enced or a novice, male or fe­male, all safe shoot­ers are wel­come at Duchy (un­der 18’s must be ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent/guardian). Plink­ers want­ing some friendly com­pany make up the ma­jor­ity of our mem­ber­ship at the mo­ment but mem­bers can com­pete in the lo­cal SWEFTA league. The club would re­ally like to add a few more com­pe­ti­tion shoot­ers to its num­bers so if you fancy a go at FT or HFT this could be the place for you. Young or old, you are equally wel­come and you’ll be sure of a warm wel­come.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and con­tact de­tails visit https://www.duchyshoot­

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