We have been informed by the military authorities that all MoD ranges are closed to “non-essential” users with immediate effect. This obviously includes civilian clubs. We have no date as to when we be allowed back on the ranges but will advise everyone as soon as we know.
Tyne Valley Rifle Club situated in the North East of England. We regularly shoot at the Ministry of Defence outdoor ranges at Ponteland at distances of 100 yards to 600 yards and at Otterburn training area up to 1,100 yards.
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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.
The ranges we use at Otterburn are dotted around the vast defence training estate in North Northumberland. This is a sparsely inhabited area used by the military for all manner of training. The military use these ranges to train with everything from rifles and pistols to 155mm field guns and tanks. It is also used for bombing practice by aircraft, and attack helicopters practice firing rockets at mocked-up tanks.
There are number of rifle ranges we use here, all of which of which are merely large areas of moorland. On these ranges targets are either hammered into the earth with a mallet or we use the electronic reactive targets which are installed around the moor at various points at distances from 75 yards to almost 1,000 yards. These targets are great fun and can be set to appear in a pre-set sequence or at random.
Be aware though that this is sometimes a bleak and desolate 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-firing area which may have various types of nasty unexploded ordnance lying about it. You should never pick up ANYTHING you find lying about!