"From what I saw, it sets a new standard in public airgun ranges, a standard that is a long, long way above average!" - Simon Everett, Airgun Shooter
"Offering airgun shooters a top-quality indoor facility with all the trimmings isn't an easy task. I believe that they have succeeded and then some." - Terry Almond, Gun Mart Magazine.
"Frankly, a visit to AIR is a must for anyone within driving distance" - Keith Warburton, Air Gunner Magazine.
A.I.R. is a family run range and club, run by shooters for shooters. Shooters with their own sub 12 airguns do not book an appointment to shoot and have no time restrictions. Shoot when you want, for as long as you want! FAC use and hire guns MUST be booked in advance, see FAQ for details.
FREE UNLIMITED AIR FILLS! Yes, unlimited free air! Many clubs charge per air fill which can be costly to shooters and quickly adds up. At Atherton Indoor Range feel free to fill as much as
you like at no extra charge!
Dive bottles can be filled at a charge, please see FAQ's for more information.
FREE car parking on the onsite car park.
Being an indoor range means that we are weather proof all year round. Windproof, waterproof, cool in summer and warm in winter. You can shoot when it takes your fancy, not when the weather dictates. It's also a perfect place to zero.
Just £6 per shooter for members or £10 per person for visitors gives you the use of our ranges. You can go between the rifle ranges and the pistol range whenever you like and at no extra cost. No need to keep watching the clock, the range fee covers you for the whole day!
A.I.R. Extreme our 75 yard indoor range is open to the public making A.I.R. one of, if not the longest public indoor airgun range in the UK! FAC air gun use is available on our 75 yard range, see FAQ's for FAC terms and conditions.
We have a seperate 10m Pistol and BB range. Rifles can also be used on the pistol range.
A seperate 25 yard .22 Rimfire Range is available for probationary and full members of our onsite firearm AIR Rifle & Pistol Club. See the Rimfire page for full details.
All of our rifle ranges are equipped with steel and concrete benches, giving you a vibration free shooting environment.
A.I.R. is a Registered Firearms Dealer (RFD) meaning you can buy at the range and try on the range before you buy. Save both time and money!
Whilst visitors will always be welcome at AIR, due to popular demand we also offer the OPTION of yearly membership for both sub 12 and Firearm 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 £26 per year with NO additional admin charges! The range fee (fee per visit) for members is only £6 for the whole day.
Once you've been shooting as a visitor there are NO additional visits needed to become a member, and membership is always optional.
**See the .22 Rimfire page for details about our seperate Firearms membership club.
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.
We have installed individual infrared heaters to take the chill off the cold/cooler weather and improve the comfort of our shooters. Stay warm, and stay shooting!
The range has been designed to stay cool during hot weather, so shooters can escape the heat during the warmer months.
A wide selection of hot fresh food and snacks are always available at A.I.R. Snacks and drinks are available at reception, and there are various venues inside the mill who provide a selection of hot and cold food. Whether it's breakfast, lunch or even a late tea you're after, there's a selection of menus to cater for you without you having to leave the mill! Food is availabe from Charlie Park (which is situated on the same floor as A.I.R), Player's Lounge (which is located on the ground floor of the mill), several local butty shops (who deliver for free based on a minimum charge, see menus for details), as well as several local takeaways.
Please ask at reception for menus.
We are very lucky that our shooters really are so friendly, welcoming and helpful to all. This is something that we are very grateful for, and rightly so, it is a credit to them.
Rifle hires are available for pre-booking. All of our hire guns are Daystate Huntsman Regal airguns and are .177 calibre. Rifle hires are £5 per hire gun. You can share guns if you prefer, or have one each. Pellets are not included but are available for purchase at the range.
*Hire guns MUST be booked in advance. Failure to book hire guns in advance could mean that we may not have any rifles available during your visit. See our FAQ for terms and conditions including how to book and full prices.
*Please be aware that pistols are not available for hire.
We're proud that at A.I.R you can see the constant developments going on to enhance our shooter's experience.
It is in our nature to strive to improve, we will always be looking at what we can do to improve the shooting experience and to expand.
We believe in giving back to the community. We asked our shooters which local charity they would like us to support, and they voted overwhelmingly in support of North West Air Ambulance who provide a lifesaving service to anyone in need in the North West. They receive no government funding and rely on donations to carry out their lifesaving service.
We have currently raised over £2000.00 for NWAA.
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 gun 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.