Spotlight on: Gainsborough Rifle and Pistol Club

Gainsborough Rifle Club
Gainsborough Rifle Club

With over 50 years of history behind them, Gainsborough Rifle and Pistol Club are one of the most well established local sporting organisations.

In the latest of our ‘Spotlight on...’ series, Gainsborough Town Council’s Dave Carter takes a look at a club that boasts at least three competitive teams and caters for all ages.

Gainsborough Rifle and Pistol Club was formed in January 1962, from the 11th Lindsey Civilian Rifle Club, when W.H. Bessant was the secretary.

It was accepted by the Home Office and the national governing body, the NSRA, in the same year.

In 1966, the Urban District Council approved the design of the club’s badge.

One year later the club acquired the land it now occupies and constructed its first rifle range and had it approved by the Ministry of Defence.

Since then there has been a steady programme of improving the facilities for shooting – with plenty of success for club members, including international call ups.

The founding members all shot the prone rifle discipline, but since then the club has branched out to include pistol shooting and sporting rifle shooting.

They also accommodate air pistol and rifle shooting.

A club spokesperson told the Standard that with members representing Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, competitive spirit is important.

“Generally, the club strongly encourages participation in competitions. “

“We run internal competitions as well as fielding teams and individual entries in county and national competitions.”

“I believe that the club, or a member, has figured somewhere in the county prize list in every year since the club was established.”

In a more recent developlent, the club has moved to become even more inclusive, purchasing equipment to allow visually impaired shooters to compete.

Over the next 12 months the club hope to develop facilities for ‘Hunter Field Target’ shooters, and improve wheelchair access to one of their indoor ranges.

Later on, they hope to start a major development of new toilet and refreshment facilities.

And they intend to continue competing to the best of their ability and to continue training novices, both abled and disabled.

For more information or to join about Gainsborough Rifle and Pistol Club, contact Philip Levine on 01427 718675 or email