Workington Rifle and Pistol club

  About the Club

The club was formed in August 1940 as the Workington Special Constables Rifle Club and was well supported by members of both the full-time and part-time Constabulary, with some of its members staying with the Club after the War.

After the war ended the Club also had an influx of ex-servicemen who stayed to become the backbone of the club and some of its longest serving members, with more than one generation in a family taking up the sport.

The membership shot for many years indoors on the range at the TA Drill Hall on Edkin Street and in the range underneath the Princess Hall - The latter range being shared with the Steel Works Rifle Club.

The Club had an Outdoor range at Siddick which was also used for County "Open Meetings" for many years. The range was situated where Thames Board now have their factory. The club also shared the Steel Works Outdoor Range at Old Side.

The Club moved into its present location under the Ellis Grandstand at the Zebras Rugby ground during the 1960s and have been there ever since. In 1967 the club changed its name to the Workington Rifle and Pistol Club to reflect the changing nature of the club membership and the introduction of pistol shooting.

During the 1950s the Club had one of the strongest Rifle teams in the County. Its members shooting in many national competitions and several being selected to shoot for the County team. During the 1950s and 1960s the Club won many Individual and Team trophies both in Rifle and Pistol disiplines. To mention but a few of these: members of the club were in the team which won the National Minor Counties Cup in 1954 and 1955 for Rifle Teams, A member of the club finished in the Top Twenty in the National 1953 Coronation Competition, in which many thousands of marksmen took part, Club members have been County Rifle Champions, some winning more than once. Individual members of the club also had success at national level. In 1976 a member of the club was selected to be the match Secretary for the English Home Countries Team for the International Matches fired at the Scottish Championships held at Edinburgh - a high honour in terms of shooting.

During the 1950s the club started Pistol shooting and for many years the Club entered teams in County and National Pistol Leagues - winning its share of Medals - until the Pistol ban finished the sport of .22 Pistol Shooting in 1997.

During the 1970s and 1980s the Club had a very strong following both with Rifle and Pistol which brought new young shooters into competition.

During the 1980s and 1990s the Club has some very strong Pistol Shooters. On Air Pistol one club member was for many years the County Air Pistol Champion and whose shooting was at a high National level. Another member of Workington won most of what could be won with a .22 Pistol at County Level, including the County Pistol Championship.

Over the years the Club has had a strong following who travel away to shoot in County and "Open" meetings all over the Country and also attend the National Championship Shoots in both Scotland and England. This has happened with each new group of members over the years since the end of the War.

This takes us right up to date. The Club still meets under the Ellis Grandstand, with Target Prone Rifle Shooting on a Monday, Air Pistol on a Tuesday and Sporting Rifle (Air and .22 Rifle) on a Thursday. The Club has both a strong Adult and Junior, Male and Female membership which is consistently about the 50 mark and just as strong as it ever was at competition shooting.

The Club now has its new breed of Champions in shooting sporting Air Rifle at the highest County levels and other club members shooting strongly within the Clubs winning Teams and one member shooting Target Rifle for two County Teams.

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