Upon joining OURC you become a part of the shooting community, which is friendly and welcoming. OURC have a great time socialising with each other and getting to know each other. The team aside, shooting is one of the most satisfying sports out there. To be successful at shooting one must not only be well trained in the physical side of things, one must also train to have the right mindset and ability of concentration. Thus shooting involves both physical and mental training. Success at these two aspects is incredibly rewarding. Also, there’s nothing more satisfying than sending a bullet smack through the bulls-eye at 1200 yards.
Getting here –
Initially there is little cost to newly joined members. Free taster sessions are available in Week 1 and a membership fee is not required until well into Michaelmas Term. This gives new members enough time to decide whether shooting is for them. After that, the cost of a session which covers the use of ammo and the share of the range hire for that session is about £3.50.
Fullbore is more expensive as it requires more accurate ammunition and larger, outdoor ranges. Members should also be prepared for the cost of the residential training trip during Easter and the cost of the Imperial meeting in the summer. However, these aren’t as expensive as one would imagine.
The club can supply kit to new members, but for those shooters who stay on and who are serious about continuing the sport during their time at Oxford, we recommend they begin to buy (over time) bits of their own kit. This usually begins with a shooting jacket during Easter Bisley.
Having your own kit means that you don’t have the stress of making sure you have all the bits of kit you had for the last shoot (and that nobody else is wearing the kit you use), and it means that things will fit you properly. Your shooting will rapidly improve as a result of having your own kit. Kit costs may seem expensive, but when you compare them to other serious Blues’ Sports at the university such as Cricket, Tennis, Lacrosse and so on they are not so bad. In fact, they’re around about the same.