Welcome to the Oxford University Rifle Club


Welcome to the Oxford University Rifle Club

Oxford University Rifle Club (OURC) is formed primarily of students from the University of Oxford. We compete in both small-bore and full-bore (target & match rifle) classes, and have a lively social calendar as well. If you would like to join, please email us by contacting the secretary of the club on secretary@ourc.org.uk. Do also explore our website to learn more about the club and rifle shooting in general.

OURC shoots three different disciplines, all using single-shot breech loading rifles, and most shot in a prone position (i.e. lying down). Small-bore is performed with a small-bore target rifle, usually over an indoor range of 25 yards, with .22 inch diameter bullets. Target Rifle (TR) and Match Rifle (MR), the two full-bore disciplines, are shot outdoors, and involve distances ranging from a minimum of 300 yards in TR, to the furthest of 1200 yards in MR, with a much larger 7.62 mm calibre round.

OURC is a discretionary full blue club, and one of the oldest Varsity clubs in the university. We compete against Cambridge University Small-Bore Club (CUSBC) in the small-bore varsities, the Heslop (mixed) and Bentata (ladies), and against Cambridge University Rifle Club (CURA) in the full-bore varsities, the Chancellor’s (Target Rifle) and Humphry (Match Rifle), as well as in county and national leagues and competitions.

The OURC team with the Chancellors' Trophy
The OURC team with the Chancellors’ Trophy

Latest News and Events

Easter Bisley 2019 Report

April is the cruellest month, and so at points it seemed: OURC braved hailstorms, frosts, endless rain and bitter winds last week in Bisley for our Easter training camp. Cruel as it might have been, it was certainly worth it for the tremendous scores and new talent seen on the firing point, and for the […]


A seven-strong team were in Bisley on Saturday 30th March, not because they were so keen for Easter Bisley that they had arrived two days early but for a match against the London and Middlesex Rifle Association. With a 2&10 at 300 and 600 yards and a 2&15 at 900 it was a good opportunity […]

Easter Bisley 2019

OURC will be heading down to Bisley for our Easter training camp from 1st-7th April this year – drop by and say hello if you’re there!

Heslop and Bentata 2019

A twelve-strong team headed down to London on Saturday 3rd March for the smallbore varsities against CUSBC. While unfortunately Cambridge were victorious in both the Heslop and the Bentata there was some very strong shooting, with three new half-blues earned for Russell Woodger (joint top scorer for Oxford with Kate Foye), Chloe Jacklin and Daniel […]