How to become a member.

Police advice regarding membership.

How Do I Join the Club?​To have shown an interest in this sport you have probably already come into contact with shooters whether this contact was personal or through sport publications or even the internet, we strongly advise that you join one of the recognised and reputable shooting organisations. . All approved clubs must meet certain criteria to obtain that approval. The matters that affect the new shooter are:  Anyone who applies for club membership must be sponsored by at least one club member.  Before becoming a full member, individuals must serve a probationary period of at least three months. Some clubs may require a longer period.  No application for full or probationary membership will be granted unless the applicant has informed the club of whether he/she has ever had an application for a firearm or shotgun certificate refused or revoked by the police.Please be aware that all approved clubs maintain liaison with the police, and will notify the police if any member has not shot or attended the club within the last twelve months, or has allowed their membership to lapse.

Why join a shooting club.

Unless you are a landowner, or have the permission from a landowner to shoot vermin or larger game with a Section 1 firearm, you will need to be a full member of a Home Office approved rifle and/or muzzle-loading pistol club. This is necessary for you to establish good reason for the possession of such a gun.The added advantage of being a member of such a club is the training and knowledge you will gain during your probationary period as laid down by the club rules. You will learn to handle guns confidently and be aware of the safety aspects surrounding the sport. Membership of an approved club will also open up the opportunities to meet experts not only in that particular field but that of other interest areas as historical and technical firearms and other associated militeria.If you wish to shoot firearms without the added responsibility of guns being stored at your own premises, you can do so by joining a club which possesses a Club Firearms Certificate. This allows members to use club guns, held on that certificate, without the requirement of each member having a certificate in their own right. 

Membership of Darlington Rifle and Pistol Club.

New members normally serve a six month probationary period shooting on the Club Firearms Certificate after which time and at the discretion of the Club Committee they would normally be elected full members. At this time they can apply for their own Firearms Certificate that would allow them to purchase and own their own firearm, subject to Police discretion.

DR&PC is a Home Office approved club for smallbore and fullbore target shooting in Darlington.

Currently there is a joining fee of £25.00. In addition the annual subscription is £50.00 / pa plus £4.00 / night if attending a shooting evening. Full bore shooting is charged at approx. £25.00 for a full day on the MOD outdoor ranges. Shooters pay for their own ammunition, which can be supplied at competitive rates by the club if required. The club owns various small and full bore rifles which can be used by members free of charge under the instruction of the Club Shooting Coach.   Anyone wishing to visit the club on a Wednesday evening before deciding whether to join the club should contact the club using the Contact Us page or using this link