The Castle Hill RSL Small BoreRifle Club commenced its activities in 1954. Over the years the range has moved on several occasions due to the urban spread in Sydney's north–western and western regions. In 1991 the club moved to its present location in the Hylands Road Sporting Complex at Greystanes. The new range opened in February 2011. The range caters for 50m and 20m rimfire (0.22cal) shooting events using standard velocity ammunition only.
The principle of the club is to promote the sport of smallbore rifle shooting and to teach members the respect, correct use and safe handling of firearms.
This involves the shooter laying down and using rifles that have slings, aperture sights, special gloves, shooting jackets, sighting scopes (not attached to the rifle) and caps of a special type. Prone shooting is an Olympic sport.
As the name suggests, shooters sit at a bench with chairs, use rifles with telescopic sights, front "stands" and rear bags. Generally there are two types of benchrest rifles, light and heavy barrels. The difference between the two types of rifles in essence is the overall weight of the rifle, including the scope and bolt. There are different competitions for each class of rifle.
The lighter type of rifle (often called “Hunter” Class, or “Sporting Rifle”) is generally restricted to have a 6 power scope, whereas the heavy class of rifle has no restrictions on scope power.
Brechrest Shooting is not an Olympic sport (yet), however there are plenty of competitions, both domestic and international.
Both types of shooting have their challenges, so why not try both if you have never fired a rifle?