About The Tunnel
The Target Sports Centre Ltd. opened in July 2010 in The Tunnel, a former road tunnel in Dorset to provide a range of shooting experiences for members of the public and training opportunities for the security industry. The Target Sports Centre initially comprised two small-bore ranges, and in 2012 we opened our indoor 100m full-bore range to cater for rifles up to .50BMG.
The Tunnel Target Sports Club is a miniature rifle club with over 500 active members. The Club hires ranges and shoots at The Tunnel, using .22RF rifles provided by the Target Sports Centre Ltd.
For shooters wishing to shoot full bore rifles and/or apply for their own firearm certificate, the West Dorset Rifle & Pistol Club shoots at The Tunnel and at Bisley, and is open to new applications.
Please see the website of WDRPC here
Ranges and Facilities
The Target Sports Centre Ltd has three ranges on site. In the old road Tunnel we have a 25m, 4 point small-bore range and a 35m, 4 point small-bore range, each suitable for .22 target shooting, gallery rifle, black powder, mini-rifle practical shooting and any pistol shooting that happens at The Tunnel.
The Centre also comprises a 5 point 100m full-bore range, suitable for up to .50 calibre and wide range of shooting activities.
The Target Sports Centre is a s7(3) Designated Site for small firearms of historic or similar significance.
The Centre also has an on site cafe, gun shop, ammunition reloading suite, accommodation, 3 classrooms and a laser judgemental suite
How to shoot at The Tunnel
1. You would like to try rifle shooting, but don't have your own firearms
We have a range of Shooting Experiences suitable for novice or experienced shooters, individuals or groups. These include Experiences with small-bore target rifles, as well as historic- and military-design rifles. Please see our Shooting Experiences page for more details, and call or email to book your place.
2. You hold a personal FAC and possess your own firearms
All of our ranges can be hired privately by individuals with their own firearms. Please call us on 01297 560049 or email to book your lane.
We can cater for zeroing, competition shooting, league cards, equipment testing, chronographing, ammunition testing, or just practising!
Our 25m and 35m ranges can be used with airgun, .22 or gallery rifles, and our 100m range can be used with rifles of up to .50 calibre.
3. As a member of The Tunnel Target Sports Club or the West Dorset Rifle & Pistol Club
The clubs use membership subscriptions to hire the private ranges from the Target Sports Centre Ltd. There are no additional range hire fees to pay. We still recommend booking in so please be in touch to book as much range time as you need!
Our indoor small-bore and full-bore ranges are available 7 days a week for commercial hire and we regularly cater for companies needing ranges for equipment testing, ammunition batch testing, range and classroom-based training and testing by Registered Firearms Dealers.
Please call us on 01297 560049 to speak with one of our staff to discuss your specific requirements.
5. Bespoke training
Target Sports Centre retains a wide range of qualified and experienced instructors to enable us to offer bespoke training packages. If you require rifle shooting or private security training for yourself or your employees, please contact us to discuss details.