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All about our air rifle range

Do you enjoy the precision of air rifle shooting? Or perhaps you’re new to the sport or an experienced clay enthusiast looking for a new challenge? Our air rifle range offers hours of fun for people of all ages and abilities and is an excellent place to get a safe introduction to the sport or work towards rifle shooting. You can practice safe gun handling, learn how to control your breathing, teach yourself how to zero a scope and eventually get close and consistent groupings on a target. If you’re tempted to come along and try our air rifle range for the first time, here are some of the questions you might have and our answers:

Q: When is the air rifle range open?

A: The range is available to use whenever the wider shooting ground is open, and you can find our current opening hours here. Please note that at the start of September we will move over to our winter opening hours to allow for the arrival of darker evenings, so make sure you check back in the future.

Q: How long can I shoot at Thimbleby for?

A: You can hire a spot on our range for between 1 and 3 hours, just let us know when you’re making the booking.

Q: How much does it cost to use the airgun range at Thimbleby?

A: You can find our up-to-date price list here.

Q: Can I bring my own airgun? Do you have guns to rent?

A: You’re very welcome to bring your own air rifle with you when you come to Thimbleby, or you can hire one of ours.

We have junior and adult springer air rifles available for hire, so all ages are covered!

Q: Can I buy airgun pellets from the shooting ground?

A: Yes, you can pick up more pellets here too, if you find you’re getting through yours more quickly than expected or you haven’t any at home. We keep a wide variety of .177 and .22 pellets suited for practice, targets or hunting . Co2 canisters are also available.

Q: Do I have to be a member at Thimbleby Shooting Ground to use the air rifle range?

A: Absolutely not, we welcome anyone who would like to come along and shoot here – plus you can get a drink and a bite to eat in the café afterwards!

Q: Are targets provided?

​​A. We can provide both targets, or you can bring your own, whichever you prefer.

Q: Do you have air refill facilities?

A: We don’t offer air refill facilities at the moment, but hopefully we will be adding this soon! Please keep checking back with us for more information.

Q: Do you offer air rifle shooting lessons?

A. We don’t currently unfortunately, however Max in the gunroom is always happy to give you any pointers or tips on how to get the best out of your air rifle.

Don’t forget that as well as air rifle and clay shooting, we also have a superb clubhouse with a café, gun room and retail space. Why not pop in and take a look around and see what you think?