The Isle of Man Shooting Club looking up range
The Club was formed by the Isle of Man Rifle Association (IOMRA) in September 1992. Its purpose was, and remains, to shape ISSF 50 metre, smallbore rifle shooting in the Isle of Man. At the same time, the Club takes responsibility for the maintenance and development of the Sinclair Range. The Range is owned by the IOMRA and held on its behalf in trust.
Membership is open to all bona fide target rifle shooters.
The Club is open all year round but its main period of activity is from Easter to September. A series of shoulder-to-shoulder competitions for members is run through the Summer months, as well as the annual programme of IOMRA competitions and open events. Postal competitions are run all year round.
Welcome to the Sinclair Range in it's picturesque setting within St Johns
The Sinclair Range is one of Britain's top 50 metre facilities.
A major Open event is held at Sinclair each Easter which acts as a Designated Event in Prone and 3 Position Rifle for British National Squad selection purposes.
Situated near the village of St John's, where the Isle of Man's ancient parliament, Tynwald, meets annually in open air assembly on the Island's National Day, 5th July, the Sinclair Range is one of Britain's top ISSF standard facilities.
With a comfortable clubhouse, catering and plenty of parking space, together with full accessibility and facilities for wheelchair bound visitors, the reputation of Sinclair in the shooting world is building apace.
The Range has a roomy, 8 metres deep firing area, covered and fully enclosed. Each of its 32 shooting lanes, all at 50 metres, are equipped with Gehmann target systems. Firing points are 1.5 metres wide, with target control boxes and, for open meetings, Club- supplied shooting mats.
3P shooters have individual tables and tables are also provided at the rear of the firing points for preparation and/or spotting and register keeping.
Nestling under the slopes of Slieu Whallian, the Witches' Hill, The Sinclair Range is joined by a short riverside walk to a pleasant woodland area with paths and seats, the perfect setting for a relaxing stroll before competition.
The country shopping centre of Tynwald Mills is just a 5 minute drive away, as is the Island's national arboretum. Within a 10 minute drive is the westcoast city of Peel, with its castle, ruined cathedral and award winning heritage centre, the House of Manannan.
We have a spacious clubhouse with Kitchen, Office, Toilets and plenty of seating.
Our beautiful clubhouse sits behind the range offering a large spacious car park and wheelchair access.
Shooting at the Isle of Man Shooting Club is broken into two Olympic events
50 Metre Rifle (Prone) - is an International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) event consisting of 60 shots from the prone position with a .22 (5.6 mm) calibre rifle. The time limit is 50 minutes for the entire match with a sighting period taking place for fifteen minutes before the match begins. At present only the men's event is included on the Olympic programme and thus includes a final for the top eight competitors, where the score zones are divided into tenths, giving up to 10.9 points for each shot. The women's event is not Olympic but included in both the ISSF and the CISM World Championships.
Lara Ward on winning Gold (IOM 2013)
Commonwealth Shooting Federation (European Division) Championships
50 Metre Rifle (Three positions) - is an International Shooting Sport Federation event (ISSF). It consists of kneeling, prone and standing positions, fired in that order, with 3x40 shots for men and 3x20 shots for women. The calibre is also .22 (5.6 mm). Women's rifles are permitted to weigh up to 6.5 kilograms (14lb), as opposed to 8.0 kilograms (17.6lb) for men. The top eight competitors qualify for the final, where the score zones are divided into tenths, giving up to 10.9 points for each shot. Both the men's and the women's final run to the same format consisting of fifteen shots in the kneeling position, a further fifteen shots in the prone position with a final fifteen shots in the standing position. Once the standing phase of the final has commenced, the lowest ranked shooter begins to be knocked out, eventually leaving the three medal winning positions.
Former British #1 (Prone) and Team IOM athlete Rachel Glover
shooting Kneeling in the 3 position event.
How about trying something a little different for your Company’s Corporate or Social Evenings
The Isle of Man Shooting Club offer an evening of.22 Target Shooting at their Sinclair Range, St Johns on the clubs 10 new Electronic Targets
For a memorable evening, the IoMSC offer to cater for teams of 10 (but up to 18) individuals to compete in a “Corporate League” during the spring/summer of 2014. Each team would compete once and the aggregate score for their event will be entered in a “Corporate League”. The League will consist of teams of 10 individuals and all equipment is supplied, rifles are supported by rests and a qualified club member will be allocated to each shooter. The evening concludes with a Buffet (if required) in the modern clubhouse with a small presentation for all those competing. The “Corporate Team” who submits the largest aggregate score from 20 shots x 10 will win a trophy and the individual with the highest score from 20 shots, will also receive a trophy – both to be presented during late September. The result would be included in the Rifle Shooting column in,The Isle of Man Examiner and Money Media (when possible).
Several companies have indicated their intention to compete in the League this year. This is considered to be an excellent team building event for your staff or it can be used as a corporate evening for your invited guests, both situations qualify your company for the League.
A price of £40 per head (if no food is requested the cost reduces to £30 per head) includes the use of all equipment, ammunition (20 practice shots plus 20 competition shots), insurance, the services of a fully qualified Range Officer, target costs and buffet. All you have to do, is turn up and enjoy your evening. If additional individuals (up to approx. 15) a cover charge of £5 per head for the buffet would be charged.
(The range and club room have disabled facilities and extensive car parking is available)
This opportunity is assured to be a new experience for many, it will be be fun and yet competitive between those taking part and of course, those other businesses who compete in the “Corporate League” and as a bonus, your Company obtains the benefit of regular publicity in the local press.
The photographs above are showing the easterly end of the range and the other shows the new electronic targets in use
Contact Us For More Details
TO BOOK YOUR EVENING OR OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION
Phone Nick Brown on 620003 or 491436,email Nickb@manx.net or use the "Contact Us" form below
On the Commonwealth trail
The Isle of Man has taken part in its own right in the Commonwealth Games since 1958, when they were held in Cardiff. It was a successful first attempt, as well, with Stuart Slack winning the Bronze Medal in the gruelling cycling road race.
There was an eight year wait, however, until 1966 before shooters were included in the team. The Games were held that year in Jamaica and Ted Corlett produced the best shooting result, finishing 9th in the 50 metre Prone Rifle event. 1966 also saw the Isle of Man's first Gold Medal and it came again in the cycling road race when Peter Buckley was first across the line.
1970, in Edinburgh, saw the only occasion when the Island has followed up with a medal in two consecutive Games, with Alex Jackson's success taking Bronze in the swimming events. For Manx shooting, though, the 1970 Edinburgh Games were significant for another reason: they saw the last non-shooting medal to be won by Isle of Man athletes for 36 years!
Stewart Watterson (right) on the medal dais with gold medallist Alister Allan (Scotland) and silver medallist Bill Watkins (Wales). Commonwealth Games, Edmonton 1978.
The shooting success started in 1978 when the Games moved to Edmonton, Alberta. It came in the 50 metre Prone Rifle event when Stewart Watterson won Bronze. On that occasion medals were decided over the aggregate of two 60 shot matches, spread over two days.
While there was another eight years to wait for a further Commonwealth medal, Manx rifle shooting nevertheless received a boost three years after Edmonton when Peter Quirk won the Gold Medal in the 1981 CSF(ED) Championships held in Scotland.
With the return of the Games to Edinburgh in 1986, the Island's shooting sport enjoyed its first Commonwealth Gold Medal success. It came in the clay target Skeet event, won by talented young Manxman, Nigel Kelly.
1994 saw the Games travel back to Canada, to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Though no medals were won, these Games were notable for Harry Creevy's performance in equalling the British record for 40 shots prone. He turned in a score of 399 ex 400 in the first stage of the 3 x 40 match. Harry also reached the final of the prone event that year, eventually finishing sixth.
The following year, 1995, saw the first Commonwealth Shooting Championships, organised by the National Rifle Association of India and staged in New Delhi. It also saw Double Gold Medal success for the Isle of Man with Stewart Watterson winning the individual 50 metre Prone Rifle and then combining with Harry Creevy to repeat the exercise in the Prone Pairs event. The achievement caused the Isle of Man to finish 7th in the medal table, ahead of countries such as Scotland, South Africa, New Zealand and Northern Ireland.
Two years further on and the Commonwealth Shooting Championships were held in Lankowi, Malaysia, as a test event for the following year's Commonwealth Games. Harry Creevy put the Island's name in the record books this time with the Bronze in the 50 metre Prone.
Stewart Watterson & Harry Creevy (centre). New Delhi, 1995
It was the following year, 1998, however, that the Isle of Man won its very first Commonwealth Games Silver Medal. The man in the spotlight this time was Dave Moore, who fought his way through a tense Final for his 2nd place. Close behind Dave, securing his second successive 6th place, was Harry Creevy.
The next Commonwealth medal to come home to the Isle of Man was won again by Harry Creevy. This time at the 1999 Commonwealth Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, and the colour again was Bronze. The summer of 2002, however, did see Harry achieve his third successive Commonwealth Games 50 metre Prone Rifle Final in the Manchester/Bisley gathering. He finished 8th.
Moving on now to Melbourne, Australia and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Things were getting tense at the Lilydale shooting ground on the first day of competition with Australia, Canada and India eyeing up the medals. It was the Manx pairing of Trevor Boyles and David "Wilfy" Walton, however, who fired up Team Isle of Man by striding in and claiming Bronze in the Mens Trap pairs event, pushing India into 4th place. It was the Island's first Trap medal and was to set the scene for the best ever Games.
Things were to reach fever pitch in the Isle of Man camp two days later when exciting young cyclist Mark Cavendish forced his way across the line at the head of the field to take Gold on the track in the Mens Scratch race.
For the first time, the Isle of Man had secured two medals in a Commonwealth Games.
Modern day and Delhi 2010 Tim Kneale secures his first Commonwealth
Games medal, taking the Bronze in the Double Trap Event. This medal
along with the other previous nine medals at Commonwealth level
puts shooting as one of the Island most successful sports.
How to get starting in competitive target shooting
"Competitive target shooting can be extremely rewarding. learning the skills to become proficient at target shooting takes time, dedication and willingness to try new things".
If you’d like to try shooting we can provide one off “Try Shooting” sessions at The Isle of Man Shooting Club. We will provide all the necessary equipment, ammunition and an experienced member of the club to help you. You will shoot from one of our beginner’s rifles, supported by shooting stands and after some practice shots you will have the opportunity to shoot 20 competitive shots. These sessions are priced at £17.00.
If you would like to try shooting please contact the club’s secretary at: email@example.com
A little bit about those who help run the club
Stewart has been involved in shooting for over fifty years. Stewart’s success in shooting saw him win medals at both Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Shooting Championships before his withdrawal from competitive shooting in 1999. Stewart then began acquiring the skills and experience he had gained as a shooter to become an ISSF Judge in 1999. Since then, Stewart has been jury member for several major championships, including the London 2012 Olympic Games. Stewart's involvement within sport continues within the club, other committee's he represents and his fundamental desire to keep pushing our sport forwards.
President & Treasurer
Andy started shooting in early 2008 when he joined Douglas Rifle Club. Andy has competed in a number of events for Douglas Rifle Club including the Winter League and other various cup competitions. In the Summer of 2011 Andy turned his hand to the Olympic discipline of fifty meter ISSF shooting. In 2012 Andy completed his first full season on the Island and competed at several national matches in the UK. His most notable success came this year when he finished 6th Overall at the Isle of Man's Easter Shooting Festival. Andy was elected as the club's competitions secretary in 2013 and he's looking forward to the coming year within this new role.
Steve was elected to be the club's Chairman in 2013. The former Royal Marine Commando Reservist worked in investment management for 30+ years at Barclays Bank. He recently retired after working at HSBC for eight years as a Client Relationship Manager. Steve is enjoying retirement and spends a lot of his newly found time reading books. He has a varied taste, but mainly history, science and science-fiction (anything and everything interesting really). Steve also enjoys walking, cycling, photography and travelling. He especially enjoys cruises. Steve is a member of The Isle of Man Shooting Club's - Sandsiders team and shoots throughout the year at both 50m and 15 yards.
Nick learnt the basics of shooting from name such as Freddie Baxendale, Jonny Rome, Harold Corlett and many others at Laxey Rifle Club in the very early 1960's when their range was located on Baldhoon Road Lane and there were many more clubs on the Island. Nick then left the sport for several years before returning to the shooting scene in the early 1980's when he was approached by two friends, Keith Osborn and Brian Fozard to shoot for Douglas Rifle Club. Having now retired Nick finds much more time to enjoy the sport and the administrative side of the club, especially the press reporting.
Who they are, and how to find them
The Isle of Man Shooting Club wishes to thank all it's Sponsors
You can find out more about them by clicking the links below
Some Useful documents
Application for Membership
Travel & Coaching Claim Form
Commonwealth Games 1014
Score Verification Form
Some directions to the sports Governing Bodies, suppliers and more
Nestled within the hills of the Isle of Man’s St John’s village, sits the Isle of Man Shooting Club’s Sinclair Range. This internationally approved ﬁfty metre target shooting facility provides the highest standards in both facilities and personnel and because of this, it is considered to be one of the ﬁnest riﬂe ranges in the British Isles. It regularly encourages Britain’s ﬁnest shooters to visit the Island each year for “The Isle of Man Easter Shooting Festival”