A BRIEF HISTORY
Mattersey Rifle & Pistol Club was formed in 1979 from a few breakaway shooters from Worksop Rifle Club, the driving force and Secretary was Gordon Hanstock who sadly died in 1994.
Gordon was acquainted with the quarry owners and secured a licence to shoot at a peppercorn rent which continued through changes of ownership until Tarmac bought the site. Some of the original members are still active within the club.
During the 80’s and early 90’s we had quite a few members compete in Police Pistol and Bianchi shoots at both national and international level. The club had the national champion more than once.
Currently, we continue to have some excellent shooters, of multiple disciplines, who compete at national and international competitions with good levels of success.
The ranges have been developed over the years to encourage the skills of the members wherever possible in a multitude of skills and shooting disciplines.
During 1995 we took in the remnants of the Worksop Club with their trophies and a few members. The Club Constitution was amended so that their name was not lost. We have come a long way from the first covered firing point, earth floor and corrugated roof at 20yds fixed targets.
Thanks to loans from B.A.S.C. and some members the Club has been able to purchase the whole site which encompasses the ranges. With continuing help from B.A.S.C. and other agencies we are slowly improving the facilities and activities that are on offer as well as working to enhance wildlife habitats.
A 200 yard range has now been completed and an inaugural shoot was held on Saturday 7th August, 2021. Improvements have also included the car park and access. Longer term the Club will respond to the needs and ideas of the membership.