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

Hopton 2020

Well, a week has passed since the end of the Hopton, and your correspondent has just about recovered enough to write up his report (if only he’d been able to phone it in…). Across a week of socially-distanced shooting — lying down outside met all the guidelines fairly easily, truth be told, though we were […]

OURC win the Humphry!

We’ve only gone and done it! Delighted to announce that Oxford have won the Humphry for the first time since 2000, with (we think) our record, and the second-highest score ever, of 867 and 87 V-bulls! Massive thanks to our coaches, Mike Buchanan, John Webster, Mike Wentges and Dick Winney, and congratulations to the shooters, […]

Imperial 2019

One week on from the end of the 150th Imperial meeting, and the members of OURC have just about recovered enough sleep to remember the events of the fortnight. Shooting kicked off with the start of the Hopton on Friday 12th July, as six members of the club cracked out the match rifles to test […]

Matches on May 18th and 19th

The weekend was a busy one for OURC, with four different competitions taking place amid the first properly warm weather of our season in Bisley. At 8am on Saturday morning a team of six were on the range at Century for the Astor County Heats, while on the hill several members of OURC had a […]