Atherton Indoor Range is a friendly all weather, all year indoor range/club for airguns under 12ft lbs, FAC air rifles, and .22 Rimfire (see our FAQ page for terms and conditions of FAC air & Rimfire use). A.I.R. is affiliated with National Small-bore Rifle Association and National Rifle Association. The existing ranges are four separate ranges. One at 42 yards for air rifle use, A.I.R. Extreme at 75 yards also for air rifle use, a 10m Pistol and BB range, and a 25 yard range for .22 rimfire use. We have many different targets (spinners, bells, sound reactive) as well as paper targets at varying distances, perfect for zeroing your gun. All shooting disciplines are available. The range has something for everyone, whether you are a serious shooter, or just want a bit of plinking.
Whilst airgun visitors/non members will always be welcome at AIR, due to popular demand we also offer the OPTION of yearly membership for both sub 12 and FAC shooters, which allows us to keep reduced range fees for those who continue to support us. No committee meetings, no work days/evenings where members are expected to build or clean up. No fuss. Enjoy all the benefits of being a club member without any of the draw backs!
We are constantly investing into the range to improve the facilities on offer and keep enhancing the experience of our shooters
We are always looking to the future, sub 12 airgun licencing is looking increasingly likely and by providing the availability of membership we are also protecting our shooters should sub 12 airgun licensing be introduced.
Sub 12 membership is only £30 per year with NO admin charges. The range fee for members is only £6 per visit. Once you've shot with us as a visitor (within the last 6 months), you can then apply for sub 12 membership, and membership is always optional.
Airgun visitors will ALWAYS be welcome at AIR, the range fee for visitors is only £10 per person per visit, allowing you to pay per visit with no additional fees or forms, and your visitor fee covers you for the whole day so you can leave and come back. There are NO time limits, you can shoot ALL DAY (if you have the energy)! FREE unlimited air fills for all PCP guns are included! Free parking and free wifi is available.
*Visitors MUST provide valid ID, see FAQ'S for details.
Air Rifles are available for hire for an additional fee of £5 per gun. Pellets are not included and are bought separately, all of our hire guns are .177
calibres. Please be aware that hire air rifles MUST be booked in advance to guarantee their availability. See our FAQ page for more information including how to
book and terms and conditions.
Tuition is also available, please see FAQ's for details including how to book (as with our hire guns, tuition must also be pre-booked in advance to guarantee availability).
A.I.R. Extreme our 75 yard indoor range is open to the public, making A.I.R. one of the longest, if not THE longest public indoor airgun range in the UK! This range is for both sub 12 and FAC airgun use. See our FAQ page for conditions of FAC use.
A separate BB/Pistol range allows BB/Pistol/airsoft shooters to take advantage of enjoying BB/pistol/airsoft use on a specailly designed range. Plastic and steel BB's (and rifles) can be used on this range.
The ranges are infrared heated for our shooter's comfort during colder weather.
We have been designed to stay cool during hot weather so shooters can escape the heat during the warmer months. Stay shooting regardless of the weather!
We have a dining/social area where you can take a break from shooting, give your eyes a rest, and relax with food and drinks with your fellow shooters.
A selection of snacks and hot/cold drinks are available for purchase from our reception.
Freshly cooked hot meals are available from various venues within the mill. Why not have your tea/dinner at the range, or start your weekend
with a cooked breakfast and a shoot? Ask at reception for details and menus.
A.I.R. is a Registered Firearms Dealer (RFD), you can buy everything from accessories to guns, which you can try on the range before you buy. If there's something you're after, or you want to trade in, let us know and we'll tell you what we can do for you.
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Atherton Indoor Range
1st Floor Victoria Mill
Bolton Old Road
Remember to check out our FAQ page for the answers to most questions. If you have any other queries or wish to make an appointment for a hire air rifle or tuition, please contact us:
The Range (for Range enquiries ONLY) - 07745 278372.
Gun Shop (for shop enquiries ONLY) - 07561 844526.
Please note that these numbers are only available during open hours and are for calls only.
The phone line opens fifteen minutes after we open to allow us to sign shooters in.
Although we always respond as quickly as we can, there may be times when we are providing assistance and are unable to answer straight away. In the event of this, please give us ten minutes and try again. Please remember that we are unable to listen to voicemail messages.
You can also contact us regarding general enquiries by email, using the email address on the contact us page. Appointments for gun hires or tuition can only be taken over the phone.