Ham & Petersham Rifle & Pistol Club!
Ham & Petersham Rifle & Pistol Club, is a private shooting club based in Ham, near the River Thames and close to Ham House. We are incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee so we are not a commercial business.
According to an early Annual Report the club was officially founded on the 7th April 1906. (Although there is now evidence that the Club actually started as early as 1903.) In fact Charles Hanbury-Tracy, the 4th Lord Sudeley was the President of the Ham & Petersham Rifle & Pistol Club from its official inception in 1906.
THE CLUB TODAY!
These days the Club operates large shooting grounds, with 6 outdoor ranges from 25 yards to 100 yards in length, which are used for archery , air guns, .22, .38, .44 and .45 calibre rifles and black powder pistols. Inside the Clubhouse there is a general purpose 25 metre range and a 10 metre air pistol and air rifle range.This is particularly helpful to new and probationary members as it allows them to try a variety of firearms and disciplines (under supervision where applicable). We also sell targets and ammunition. The Club runs a number of competitions for members in all the disciplines throughout the year.
Whilst full members are able to use their own firearms (once they are in possession of a firearms certificate or shotgun certificate) and bows, the Club also has a wide selection of equipment for hire at £2 per session.
Both the duty office and bar are managed by members of the Committee who are volunteers, and who try their best to keep to official opening times. The Club is a lively and social place and new members are always welcome.