Membership of the Marrickville Rifle Club is made up of members from the general community as well as current and former serving Defence Force personnel from the Navy and Army.
Today, the Marrickville Rifle Club incorporate the disciplines of Target Rifle and F Class shooting, participating in Club, District and State shooting competitions covering ranges between 300m and 800m.
For more information, you are welcomed to visit us at Anzac Range, Malabar, where you can find us on lane F2 every Saturday afternoon from
1pm – 5pm.
Origins of Full Bore
The origins of Full Bore competitive shooting can be traced as far back to July 1860 at Wimbledon Common, when Queen Victoria fired the first shot awarding a princely sum of £250 to the best marksman. This set the catalyst of what is now known as the “Queens Prize” now currently contested at Bisley, UK, and across other commonwealth countries attracting many competitors from many countries each year.
Fullbore Target Rifle Today
Today’s Target Rifle has evolved through many forms from the beginnings using the first side-hinged breechblock .577in (14.7mm) Snider-Enfield long rifle, the Snider was then superseded by the falling block breech loading .450in (11.4 mm) Martini-Henry cartridge rifle for a short time; then for almost the next 60 years, the various Marks of the .303 Lee-Enfield rifle reigned supreme at the rifle ranges. The Lee-Enfield’s were then phased out through the introduction of the L1A1 SLR, using the new 7.62 calibre as used by Australia and other international defence forces. The use of military issued rifles ceased as a competition target rifle and the design of a new target rifle started to evolve in its own right being a single shot bolt action developed into what we now know as the Target Rifle. In the most recent decade and a half; the precision, fine tolerances and customisation that the shooter has been able to choose from has resulted in the accuracy significantly reducing the ESA (Estimated Scoring Area or grouping) over the longer ranges resulting in perfect possible scores being attained by some of the elite atheletes in the sport of target shooting.
As a recognised international sporting event, Fullbore Target Rifle shooting is contested at the Commonwealth Games in which Australia is regarded as a highly respected competitor. At the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Australia fielded a strong team in the Target Rifle discipline with Bruce Scott and James Corbett winning the Gold and Bronze medals respectively and the two teaming up together to take out the Silver medal in the pair’s event. Australia also frequently sends a team to Bisley, UK, which is considered the "Holy Grail" or the "St Andrew's" of fullbore shooting.
As part of MDRA, all shooters of the Target Rifle discipline are financial members of the NRAA and the NSWRA which operate under the competition ruling of ICFRA.
Target Rifle Discipline
The basic design of the Target Rifle consists of peep sights, foresight tunnel, single shot bolt action, stainless steel barrel and a stock using a range of styles such as the straight grip, semi grip, thumbhole style or a pistol grip style.
Target Rifle employs shooting in the prone unsupported position using the aid of a sling, chambering the popular 7.62mm cartridge but also allowing the 5.56mm cartridge in club and competition shoots as well. The shooter is also equipped with a shooting mat, spotting scope, shooting jacket, glove and PPE which in part makes up the shooters basic shooting kit.
F Class Rifle Discipline
Essentially, the rifle and equipment are basically the same as target rifle shooting; however the main difference that separates Target Rifle from the F Class shooters is that an optical sight is employed rather than the “iron sights” and the use of a bipod or pedestal type front rest. As the F Class discipline removes or vastly minimises a number of variables that affects the released shot, such as body movement telegraphed by the shooter, the accuracy is greatly improved resulting in the Bull and Centre Bull to be smaller in dimension as opposed to the Target Rifle scoring areas, maintaining a degree of fairness between the two disciplines.
Getting into shooting
If you are interested in getting into Fullbore competitive shooting and do not have a current firearms licence, you can visit the NSWRA Regulations or the NSW Firearms Registry web site, there you will be guided in the process in getting started into a new world of competitive shooting. Alternatively, you can come out and visit us, we have members that have many decades of experience and are only too happy to help out and assist with your application, safety training and club membership.
Arriving at the Range
On arriving at Anzac Range, you will be met by range security; please inform Range Security that you are visiting the Marrickville Rifle Club so you are able to be permitted onto the range complex. As part of requirements laid out by the Federal Government, some basic details will be taken from you before visiting us at our club house or at the range on target F2.