We are slowly beginning to take on Probationary Members following an unprecedented amount interest following the pandemic. Unfortunately, we are limited to the amount of applicants that we can admit at any one time. This is due to the requirement by law of one-to-one supervision during the six month probationary period which is, of course, given freely by existing Full Members.
Please bear with us if your request for Probationary Membership is taking a long time to process.
If you have an interest in target rifle shooting of almost any description or are wishing to start in the sport, then Colchester Rifle Club looks forward to hearing from you.
Applicants under the age of 18 will require the approval of a parent or guardian
Becoming a member of the club is a two-stage process
Please see below for further information, or email
for more details.
Home Office guidelines stipulate that new club members must serve a probationary period before they can be considered for full membership. The probationary period at Colchester Rifle Club is 6 months.
During the 6 month period, probationary members must regularly attend and shoot at the club on the designated probationary days, which are as follows:
If it is felt by the club that a probationer has not attended on a sufficiently regular basis, then the probationary period may be extended beyond 6 months.
The fees for the 6 month probationary period are detailed below:
|1st Month||Final 5 months|
|Note: Ammunition, Air Pellets and Targets are not included in the above.|
Before attending the club, please download and complete the following forms:
Please obtain two passport type photographs of yourself, one to be endorsed as a true likeness by one of your referees. These will need to be presented on your first visit along with the above forms.
Please have £10 with you for your first month of probationary membership
Finally, please email
to arrange your first visit.
When you arrive at the club, please ask for the Club Secretary or Section Captain, they will:
Note: In accordance with club rules and Home Office guidelines you will be unable to participate in any shooting activities on your first visit.
Your first month probationary period begins the week following your initial visit, at which time you will have the opportunity to shoot under the guidance and supervision of a full club member.
Please ensure you bring cash with you, as:
[Cheques acceptable for larger amounts, no card facilities at present]
Warning: Please be aware that it is an offence punishable by 5 years in prison and an unlimited fine if you take ammunition away from site prior to having it entered on your FireArms Certificate. If you are not an FAC holder then you must hand over any ammunition in your possession to a club official before leaving the premises (it will be stored securely on your behalf and may be retrieved on your next visit).
Hopefully you will have enjoyed your first month at Colchester Rifle Club and wish to continue shooting. If so, you will need to pay the remainder of your probationary fee at the beginning of the second month, as detailed below:
As you enter your final month of probation, please give some thought as to whether or not you wish to become a full member of the club.
Becoming a full member of the club
If you are interested, then please download and complete the first page (leave the two monetary entries blank)
The Annual Subscription for Colchester Rifle Club runs concurrent with its financial year from 1st November to 31st October. Therefore, your subscription for your initial application will most likely be a pro-rata amount for the remaining months of the financial year (unless you join on 1st November!).
Please present the completed form to the Club Secretary or Section Captain, who will fill out page 2 and calculate the pro-rata subscription amount and answer any questions you may have. You will need to present a cheque, cash, or complete a bank transfer for the subscription amount before your application to go forwards for approval.
Your application will be put forward for consideration at the next club committee meeting and you will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible. Please be aware that on rare occasions your application may be declined, and in such circumstances the decision of the committee is final, and they will be unable to discuss the reasons for the rejection.
As mentioned earlier. If it is felt by the club that you have not attended on a sufficiently regular basis, then the probationary period may be extended beyond 6 months and you will not be able to apply for full membership until the revised period has been completed.