"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 Magazine.
"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
Shoot when you want, for as long as you want!
A.I.R. is a family run range and Home Office approved club, run by shooters for shooters.
Experienced shooters with their own sub 12 airguns do not book an appointment to shoot and have no time restrictions on their shooting.
*FAC airgun use MUST be booked in advance see FAQ's for terms & conditions.
*Air Rifle Hire & Tuition available by appointment only & MUST be booked in advance.
Free and unlimited air fills!
Yes, unlimited free air for all PCP's! 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!
*Always bring your fill probe with you.
Dive bottles can be filled at a charge, please see FAQ's for more information.
Being a heated 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.
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 perfect place for a day's shooting on a budget!
Only £7.50 per shooter for members, or £12 per shooter for visitors with their own guns gives you the use of our ranges. You can go between
the rifle ranges and the pistol range whenever you like!
No need to keep watching the clock, the range fee covers those with their own guns for the whole day!
*Hire rifles available by appointment only.
A separate 25-yard .22 Rimfire Range is available for probationary and full members of our onsite Home Office approved firearms 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.
Fully electric, interactive, robotic recall targets are here!
In 2020 we completed construction of something you will not find anywhere else.
Our interactive, robotic recall targets for the 42-yard range.
This means no range closures for the 42-yard range!
Shooters control their robotic recalls simply by logging onto the lanes via their smartphone.
Choose where you want your targets to move to and when, all at the touch of a button on your phone!
You don't need to download an app, if you have a QR code reader you'll be able to log straight into the lane's individual website.
If you don't have a smartphone don't worry, you can always ask the range staff to control your target for you.
We have an onsite RFD to take care of all your shooting needs.
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!
Members and Visitors welcome!
Whilst airgun 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!
Sub 12 membership is only £30 per year with NO additional admin charges. The range fee (fee per visit) for members is only £7.50 for the whole day.
You must have shot with us at least once within the last 3 months to apply for sub 12 membership.
Membership for all Sub 12 shooters starts 1st March and ends the last day of February. Contact our shop staff for more information on our membership options.
Membership is always optional and does not affect your ability to shoot with us as a visitor.
Sub 12 & FAC Airgun visitors will ALWAYS be welcome at
The range fee for visitors/non-members is only £12 per visitor, allowing experienced shooters with their own airguns to pay per visit with no additional fees or forms.
Visitors with their own Sub 12 guns can turn up whenever they like (within open hours) with no time restrictions.
FREE unlimited air fills for all PCP guns are included! Don't forget your fill probe!
*Visitors MUST provide valid ID, see FAQ'S for details.
*Hire rifles available by appointment only.
*See FAQ page for terms and conditions of FAC airgun use.
Want to shoot long distance in a windproof, weatherproof, indoor environment?
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!
Both Sub 12 and FAC air rifle use is available on our 75 yard range.
*See FAQ's for FAC terms and conditions.
Shooting all day is thirsty and peckish work, we hear you!
We're proud to have a 5* Food Hygiene Rating. A wide selection of hot and cold snacks and drinks are available from our reception, and there are venues inside the mill who provide hot and cold meals, as well as nearby venues who deliver. Whether it's breakfast, lunch or even a late tea you're after, there's a menu to cater for you without you having to leave the mill! Meals are available from Players Lounge (which is located on the ground floor of the mill).
Please ask at reception for menus.
No air rifle, no problem!
Air rifle hires are available by appointment only. All of our hire rifles are Daystate Huntsman Regal airguns and are .177 calibres. Rifle hires are only £5 per hire rifle. You can share rifles between you if you prefer or have one each.
*Pellets are not included but are available for purchase at the range.
*See our Hire Rifle & Tuition page for terms and conditions including how to book.
*Please be aware that pistols are not available for hire.
*Tuition is required for those with very little or no experience. We want to keep you all safe, and get you hitting those targets!
We like to switch it up.
We're proud that at A.I.R you can see the constant developments to enhance our shooter's experience.
Although we've made many improvements over the past few years; from new ranges to interactive robotic recalls, there's much more yet to come!
It is in our nature to strive to improve. We will always be looking at what we can do to improve the shooting experience.
Friendly and welcoming.
It can be daunting going to a new range/club for the first time, but there's really no need to worry. Alongside our staff, our shooters really are so friendly, welcoming, and helpful to all.
This is something that we are incredibly grateful for and rightly so, it is a credit to them.
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 £2,500.00 for NWAA.
Atherton Indoor Range
1st Floor Victoria Mill
Bolton Old Road
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