Last Updated: 16th September 2023
Cardiff University Rifle Club welcomes shooters of all abilities: from those who had never picked up a rifle before, to international medallists! Rifle shooting is a sociable sport and a fantastic way to meet new people across Cardiff and other universities! No firearms licence, equipment, or prior experience is required - we have everything you need to get started or continue to develop in the sport!
We train .22 target rifle every Wednesday and Saturday at Penarth Rifle Club (with minibuses provided as transport from the Students' Union Building). We have an expert coaching team formed of a former Welsh National Squad coach and experienced full club members - this allows us to train everyone to a high standard! New members can expect to be coached on the different elements of shooting technique, so from setting up in a jacket and sling, to breathing technique and triggering, you will learn everything you need to shoot those 10s!!
CURC is one of the most successful BUCS scoring clubs in Cardiff Uni, winning gold in BUCS short range and 50m pairs, and bronze in long-range women's tirad and teams long-rang last year! We enter BUCS indoors and the Welsh Indoor Championships (.22LR at 25 yards), BUCS outdoors (.22LR at 50 metres and 100 yards), and the BUCS full-bore competition (.762 from 300 up to 1000 yards). We also strive to enter additional competitions organised by the NSRA throughout the year, depending on member interest.
The competitions we enter are typically shot in divisions - an ideal way for anyone to shoot competitively for the first time as you will always be shooting against people of a similar level to you! With such a wide range of competitions throughout the year, everyone has the chance to represent Cardiff University, whatever your experience!
We compete every year against Swansea Shotgun and Rifle club during Welsh Varsity and have won every year since 2015!
Socials & Trips:
CURC is a very active club and we run regular socials! Attendance is not compulsory but it is highly encouraged as it's a great way to get to know fellow members and is always a lot of fun. Alongside this, the club organises special events to coincide with the end of each semester, including an annual black-tie dinner.
As a club we recognise that some members do not drink - that's why we run regular non-alcoholic social events, which are just as fun! Previous socials include mini-golf, ice skating and laser-quest.
Without a doubt one of members' highlights of the year, in the spring semester we travel to the National Shooting Centre in Bisley, Surrey for a wonderful weekend of rifle club fun. Members have the chance to shoot a range of full-bore rifles, including AR-15s, historic Lee Enfields, and some of CURC's own target rifles at distances from 100 to 700 yards! With places always selling out fast, this is a great chance to get to know other members and try something new!
Athletic Union Awards
2020/21: CURC is named Club of the Year; 2020/21 President receives Covid Hero Award.
2018/19: 2019/20 President receives AU President's Award for Outstanding Achievement
2017/18: 2 Members win Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year, respectively.
Welsh Rifle Varsity
Champions 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022 (2020 and 2021 events cancelled), 2023.
BUCS Indoors Competition
2021/22: 1st in team event, 3rd in men's individual, 4th in women's individual
2020/21: 1st in team event, 1st in women's individual, 1st in novice event, 2nd in men's individual, 3rd in men's individual
2019/20: 3rd in team event
2018/19: 3rd in team event, 3rd in men's individual
2017/18/: 4th in team event, 1st in men's individual, 2nd in women's individual
2016/17: 4th in team event
BUCS Outdoors Competition
2021/22: 1st in 50m pairs, 3rd in woman's triad, 3rd in teams of four, 4th in teams of eight, 1st and 3rd in individuals
2018/19: 1st in women's triad, 2nd in quartet, 4th in team of eight, 4th in pairs
2017/18: 1st in quartet, 1st in men's individual, 2nd in pairs
BUCS Full-bore Competition
Welsh 25yd Championships
2021/22: Student Champion, 1st in B class, 2nd and 4th in Tryo class, 3rd in women's, 4th in teams
2019/20: University Champions (team), 2nd & 3rd in Tyro class, 2nd in womens, 1st in A-class, 1st in C class and 1st in B class.
2018/19: Student Champion, Ladies Champion, University Champions (team), 2nd and 3rd in individual championship, 1st and 2nd in Tyro (beginners) class
Membership is £40 for the year or £25 for a semester - significantly cheaper than most rifle clubs! After this, the only additional costs are for .22LR ammunition and for trips - both of which are further subsidised by the club!
Membership refunds are only available to those who have not made any use of their membership (e.g. have not attended a single session) or have not been vetted by South Wales Police.
We recommend you join our Facebook group for all the latest updates regarding training, socials, competitions, and trips. Otherwise, you can contact our club email (email@example.com)
See you on the range!
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