Leeds Service Rifle

About the Club

Formed in 1945, the club’s earliest activities were practice with the military service rifle at Parlington Park, Aberford, which was used as a tank store during the Second World War. Later the club moved to Hawksworth Range near Ilkley where members continued to practice with military fullbore rifles and pistols, although the emphasis began to change to sporting competitions both individual and against other clubs. In the late 1980s Hawksworth Range was closed and Leeds SRC shifted its “home base” to the large Strensall complex near York, and to Baildon near Bradford for short range indoor shooting. The club now competes with Sheffield and Huddersfield for the major county cups the Astor and Bingham Shield, and several Leeds members appear regularly for the County team. Current Activities The club provides opportunity for members to practice and compete in matches in a variety of disciplines: Target Rifle and F class, bench rest, service and sporting rifle, short range carbine. Regular home and away matches are organised against clubs across Yorkshire and Lancashire. A twice yearly club trip to the National Shooting Centre at Bisley is organised, to include long range shooting up to 1,000yds. Membership and Further Details Membership of Leeds SRC would suit someone living in the Leeds/Bradford/York/North Yorkshire region who would like to develop skills in competitive target shooting in the disciplines mentioned. Contact the YRA with your personal details and these will be passed on to the Leeds secretary.

Baildon Days

A once monthly shoot is held at Baildon RC’s 25yd range on Saturdays commencing at 09:30hrs. The range comprises club room and covered firing points, suitable for carbine or gallery rifle.

Strensall Days

Bookings at Strensall (Military TA range) take place about 15 times throughout the year, subject to availability, at weekends. They are all-day events starting at 08:00hrs and finishing about 15:00hrs. A club rifle is available for beginners to use under supervision by a qualified club instructor. All beginners must attend a registered guest day and new members must serve a probationary period of 6 months before being approved by committee to become a full member.

Strensall camp range control
When no shooting is in progress, access to the firing points can be gained via this track located at 300 yards. When any of the ranges are in use a grassy path located at 600 yards is used
All equipment such as targets, patches etc plus rifles and all other equipment required by the butts party for the afternoon session is taken to the butts on flatbed railway carriages. Sentries carrying red flags must be positioned at the extremities of the butt party whilst travelling. Permission must be provided by the range control before the journey is started so that they are able to arrange cessation of firing on all ranges as required, once the party is safely behind the relevant mantle then range control is notified so that firing can be approved to re-start.
Furthest red flag indicated that the range is in use & is raised by range control, nearest red flag indicates that this butt is in use & is raised by the butt party as soon as they arrive
Large targets are installed at the front of the frames, lighter & smaller targets are installed in the slot at the rear, wooden counterbalance frames are then filled with gravel and added
“A” range from the 300 yard firing point
“A” range from the 600 yard firing point