GALLY HILL SHOOTING CLUB
Banstead, Surrey, UK
GALLY HILL SHOOTING CLUB
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If you have a question about membership or activities at Gally Hill, please take a moment to look through the following "Frequently Asked Questions" before contacting the Club.
we are not allowed to have casual shooters. The National
Rifle Association (NRA) hold open
days each year where those interested in shooting can experience a whole
range and variety of shooting disciplines. This is an organised event
which requires pre-booking. The NRA
website can be accessed here. Some companies run corporate shooting experiences and you may
find more details online. The British
Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and the Clay
Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA), are also good sources of
A: We welcome applications from those who wish to
shoot air disciplines (air pistol and rifle) and those who currently hold
a Firearms Certificate and own muzzle loading pistols or long barrel
pistols or revolvers. We do not provide coaching for muzzle loaders nor
do we provide muzzle loading firearms, long barrel pistols or revolvers
for use by Club members. Muzzle loading is governed by the Muzzle
Loaders Association of Great Britain (MLAGB); their website can be
accessed here if you
require more information about muzzle loading.
A: All potential members, regardless of their experience, must undergo an induction programme overseen by our coaching team. This includes range safety, range management and training in the relevant disciplines. Firearms Certificate holders will serve a minimum of 3 months as probationary members all others will serve a minimum period of 6 months. These periods are subject to extension at our discretion.
A: All new members must achieve a standard set by our coaching team who record each stage of development. Our team will help you achieve the requisite standards.
A: The standards set are achievable for all ages and
abilities and our coaching team are very experienced in helping people
reach their goal. Safety is paramount but very occasionally individuals do
fail to meet our standards.
A: No, we are not able to facilitate shotgun shooting. If you are interested in shotgun shooting disciplines you may wish to visit the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA), the National governing body for clay target shooting in England or the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
A: We do not have facilities for competitive Field Target shooting (FT). We do have provision for the use of air rifles and pistols on our 25m indoor and outdoor ranges and a FT knockdown practice area for non FAC rated air rifles (targets up to 25m). We also have a small field target range which can only be used for a short period once a week (details are shown in our clubhouse for members). We welcome air shooters and provide air only membership and coaching.
A: Every new applicant is required to pay a
non-refundable £25 application fee. At the start of coaching a further
amount equivalent to 6 months membership is due. This amount is dependent
on the type of membership required and the age of the applicant. On
completion of the probationary period an additional amount for full
membership is due on a pro rata basis. The maximum payable overall for a
full adult live fire member is £125 (£25 application fee and £100
A: Adults are required to pay a £2 range fee during coaching and thereafter on each visit once they have completed coaching. Juniors are exempt from paying range fees. All members must pay for their consumables (ammunition/targets) and any refreshments.
A: Members of 65 and over pay a reduced Senior annual membership rate of £50 for all disciplines. Senior applicants are still required to pay our one off non-refundable application fee of £25.
A: The minimum age requirement is 14 years of age.
A: Yes, but only for air coaching. Juniors (14-17) are only eligible for live fire training if they have joined as air members and have completed their 6 month probationary period. They may then apply in writing to our Committee requesting live fire training. Each application will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Annual membership is £30 for all disciplines. Juniors are also required to pay the £25 application fee. Unfortunately we are unable accept any applications from juniors younger than 14 years old.
A: No. Although 2 adults living in the same address in an adult and partner relationship can join as joint members. Both are required to pay the administration fee of £25 but annual membership is reduced to £120 per couple.
A: We have a reduced student membership fee but this is only for young persons aged between 18 and 21 years of age who are still in full time further education. The application fee remains £25 but annual student membership is £35 for all disciplines.
A: Only those holding a current full
membership of Gally Hill can bring a guest to one of our Committee
designated (and Police approved) open
days details of which are published in our Clubhouse.
A: Opening days and times are available to members and are on display in our Clubhouse.
A: FET stands for (Police) Firearms Enquiry Team. We are required by our licensing authority (Surrey Police) to provide details of any person who seeks probationary or full membership. We must have their approval before any membership application can proceed. No person will be allowed access to firearms, ammunition or coaching until this has been completed.
A: Yes. The FET is a police requirement regardless of which disciplines a prospective member wishes to undertake.
A: Shooting is governed by Legislation and Home Office guidance as we are a Home Office approved Club. The information we seek is necessary for the Club to decide whether we consider you to be suitable for membership and also for the Licensing Authority (Surrey Police) to conduct their own enquiries. We will ask you to complete a preliminary questionnaire and an application form.
A: Yes, this is part of our application process. Referees must have known the applicant for at least 2 years, they may not be family members and two referees are required for each applicant. References must be handwritten and we provide the necessary forms at the application stage. If you are a member of another shooting club one of your references must be from the Club Secretary (or other Club official) of your existing club. We reserve the right to contact referees to seek clarification or additional information. In exceptional circumstances we may require additional referees.
A: Please refer to the Firearms Licensing section on your local police website and our "Firearms Ownership" pages.
A: You do not need to have your own firearms as members have access to equipment free of charge. Payment is required for ammunition, targets and any competitions although the fee for competitions generally includes target costs.
A: All coaching - live fire and air - takes place on a Monday evening only.
Our coaching teams are all volunteers and give up their time freely. The
coaching is set to maximise the numbers we can coach at any one time and
without restricting the shooting of our members. We are unable to provide
coaching on other days or times at present.
A: This is dependent on how quickly people adapt and
whether they have previous shooting experience. Live fire coaching takes
several weeks as there are at least 3 disciplines and a range safety
induction process. Members
must pass each stage before they move on to the next. The air only
coaching is comprehensive but less time consuming and also includes range
A: No, we are a shooting club run by members for members and do not have any commercial activities.
A: No, target shooting at Gally Hill is a participant
sport. Adults accompanying juniors are able to chaperone if they require
but must follow the directions of the Club coaches to ensure safety.
A: No. You have to apply in your own right for membership and go through our coaching and induction programme. We welcome joint applications from adults and juniors and where possible we will coach 'as a pair'.
A: We are a target shooting club and members are expected to attend on a regular basis and engage in target shooting sports. We are not a vehicle for those who wish to obtain a firearms certificate for other purposes. If you are interested in non-target related shooting you may wish to visit the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC).
A: No. Our range limits do not permit the use of such
firearms (e.g. .223, .303 or .308 calibres). Our range limits are posted
within the clubhouse for the benefit of members. Rifles that use full bore
pistol ammunition (e.g. .38) are permitted on our ranges. Anyone using our
ranges must ensure they do not use ammunition that exceeds our range
A: Our parking is shared with our neighbours (the Epsom Scouts) and is on a first come first served basis. There are no parking charges or marked bays.
A: No. Our Club is run by an elected volunteer Committee for our members. Members also help the Club at our working weekends and by helping out on a voluntary basis.
A: Our equipment is sufficient to meet the needs of
our members and our coaching teams.
You will not need to buy any expensive equipment to start coaching at
A: Safety is paramount and we are required to provide coaching to ensure members reach a satisfactory and safe standard. Our coaching team are all volunteers and give up their time freely. We are limited to the numbers we can coach at any one time and by the pace at which new members' progress. For air only membership it is generally 1-2 months and for live fire about one month (dependant on the numbers currently on our waiting list) from police approval.
A: Our site is on 3 levels, the first is the car park. Access to the 2nd level (our club house) is by stairs or ramp. Our 3rd or range level is accessed through the club house and is by stairs or stair lift. If you have a disability please contact our Membership Secretary directly to discuss your requirements.
A: Please contact our affiliated club (Surrey Archers) through their website.
A: No. Currently we do not have any coaching, equipment or facilities for cross bow shooting.
A: All new members who hold a Firearms Certificate will be assessed by our coaching team who will familiarise them with our facilities and range management and safety protocols. If deemed safe they will be allowed to shoot as probationary members but must serve a minimum of 3 months as a probationer. They will not be allowed to perform the role of Range Officer until they become full members and only then if they have attained the age of 18 years.
A: No. We have found this
type of ammunition to be dangerous underfoot to our members.