Tyne Valley Rifle Club currently shoot on two range complexes in Northumberland. Ponteland Rifle Ranges a few minutes drive from Newcastle and the Defence Training estate at Otterburn in the North of the County.
Ponteland is what most people think of when they think of a traditional rifle range. There are two range facilities here, “A” and “B” ranges which are traditional “gallery” ranges with twelve and sixteen firing points respectively and manually operated target raising machinery at the butts. The Butt area consists of the gallery area (hence the name) where target marking personnel, if they are being used, are suitably protected from firing by a large earth mound called the mantlet. Beyond the targets is a much larger earth mound, the bullet catcher.
Firing points at each range are at 100 yard increments. “A” range has points at distances from 100 to 300 yards and “B” range has points at distances from 100 to 600 yards.
There is also the odd old abandoned armoured vehicle that you can have a pop at.
Be aware though that this is sometimes a bleak and miserable place in the winter so you MUST come well prepared. Warm clothes, a hat and a flask of hot coffee or soup are the order of the day.
Remember as well that this is a military field-