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8 of the best target shooting grounds in the South West

PUBLISHED: 11:03 17 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:15 21 April 2015

Photograph courtesy of South Dorset FTC

Photograph courtesy of South Dorset FTC

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Whether you’re just passing by or you aim to become a fully fledged member of a shooting ground, we have accumulated a list of the best field target air gun associations to visit in the South West.

Photograph courtesy of Dartmoor Marksmen FTCPhotograph courtesy of Dartmoor Marksmen FTC

Dartmoor Marksmen FTC

Set in a two acre shooting ground only 20 minutes drive from Plymouth, the Dartmoor Marksmen FTC welcomes all ages and abilities to use its air gun facilities. They are members of SWEFTA and they have coaching courses available for beginners. Visitors are invited to use the iron plate action shooting and field target equipment.

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East Devon FTC

East Devon FTC is a small and welcoming club set in several acres of pine woodland. The association attracts members from the Devon, Dorset and Somerset regions and is primarily a field target club. Annual memberships start at £40 and they are members of SWEFTA.

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Photograph courtesy of Mendip Shooting GroundPhotograph courtesy of Mendip Shooting Ground

Mendip Shooting Ground

With over 30 acres to practise in, there is a high standard of shooting facilities available at Mendip Shooting Ground and qualified coaches are on hand if you are new to the sport. Visitors are invited to the use the 60 automatic clay traps and knock down targets designed to suit all abilities; from absolute beginners to accomplished shooters too.

Photograph courtesy of Mendip Shooting GroundPhotograph courtesy of Mendip Shooting Ground

Photograph courtesy of Shebbear ShootersPhotograph courtesy of Shebbear Shooters

Shebbear Shooters

Located between Bideford and Bude, Shebbear Shooters is a four acre field kitted with a permanent field target and a 30 target HFT course that caters for all abilities with varying shooting interests. Adult subscription starts at £24 and they are members of SWEFTA.

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Photograph courtesy of South Dorset FTCPhotograph courtesy of South Dorset FTC

South Dorset FTC

SWEFTA members South Dorset FTC, aim to provide a safe, controlled and harmonious community to practise shooting in. Members are encouraged to partake in a range of events from friendly competitions to regional and national league tournaments. There are several accomplished competition shooters and historic gun experts within its membership so top tips and advice are plentiful in supply and within easy reach.

Photograph courtesy of South Dorset FTCPhotograph courtesy of South Dorset FTC

Photograph courtesy of Avon HawksPhotograph courtesy of Avon Hawks

Avon Hawks

Located just south of Bristol and members of SWEFTA, Avon Hawks is a safe and friendly club that provides year round shooting facilities. There is an excellent variety of both metal silhouette and paper targets to practise on and the club caters to all abilities, with many experienced members happy to pass on advice to new starters.

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Photograph courtesy of Old Downs PursuitsPhotograph courtesy of Old Downs Pursuits

Old Downs Pursuits

Old Downs Pursuits aims to provide a memorable clay target shooting experience. Their facilities cater for shooting novices through to air gun experts and there is a full plink/zero range available. A considerable wooded venue accommodates a 50 target practice shoot for air gunning visitors. There is a full list of practise shoot dates available on their website.

Photograph courtesy of Old Downs PursuitsPhotograph courtesy of Old Downs Pursuits

Penzance & St Ives Rifle & Pistol Club

Although they are primarily a pistol and rifle club, the Penzance and St Ives association also offer great facilities for those wishing to shoot with an air gun. They are open to airgunners on Monday and Thursday evenings and members range in age from 12 years old to 80 years old! You can find them located just off the A30 in Heamoor village on the outskirts of Penzance.

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