Rifle Club

About us:

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 such a sociable sport and a fantastic way to meet new people across Cardiff and other universities! No firearms license, 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 Shooting Club (with minibuses provided as transport from the Student 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 will 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!!

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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 at varisty and have won every year since 2015!


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Socials & Trips:

CURC is a very active club and we run many in-person socials! Look out for our social events run throughout the year as they aren't to be missed! Alongside our regular casual socials, the club organises special events to coincide with the end of each semester! You can expect some fantastic food and entertainment, which is the perfect end to a long semester!


CURC recognises that some of our members do not wish to drink alcohol - that's why we also run regular non-alcoholic social events, which are just as fun! Previous socials have included mini-golf and bowling trips, and cinema visits!


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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!