Air Rifles at The Cotswold Range

Last Sunday Aaron and I popped along to the Cotswold Range to try air rifling. It was a spur of the moment decision while looking up activities to do in the Cotswold Water Park area. Our original idea was SUP boarding but the rain put a literal dampering on our plans. 😉

The Cotswold Range is situated in the Cotswold Water Park between Swindon and Cirencester, and offers three different shooting activities: archery, air rifles and crossbow! Participants can choose one or two hour sessions and you have the option to mix two of the three choices. Or you can have two hours of your chosen activity if that’s what you’d prefer.

The sessions are ideal for beginners or those with limited experience as their instructors are on hand to offer you tuition and guidance throughout the session. All their air rifling instructors are NRSA qualified so you’re in safe hands. You’re also well welcomed with a cup of tea which is a nice touch. We were definitely well looked after. 😊

As it was a fairly wet day, we were a bit worried we’d get soaked as the sessions are held outside! Thankfully all their shooting ranges are undercover making it the ideal rainy day activity. Although the weather did brighten up while we were there the instructors will also replace your targets for you if you don’t want to get wet. lol.

Our session started off with an eye dominance check, followed by being shown how to hold and load the rifle safely. We had a range of fun shooting activities to have a go at and I managed to hit a bullseye on my first shot! 💪

There was a bit of banter between the three of us… Like Jez (our instructor) belittling me for finishing each section too fast! 😅 It made it great fun and he explained everything in great detail so we got the best out of our session.

At the end of our target shooting we tackled their “Pistol Maze” challenge (a take on the TV show the Crystal Maze), where we needed to shoot each dial in turn to release the crystal. We were given 10 rounds each but if we released the crystal in 8 we would make the wall of fame.

I’m very happy to say we made every shot first time and landed ourselves a spot on the wall of fame. 🏅

I’d highly recommend giving air rifles a try at the Cotswold Range if you’re visiting the area. They also cater for larger groups and corporate events! Here’s hoping I can convince the rest of our social committee at work to plan an event there. 😉

We enjoyed the experience so much that we’re already booked in for a double session of archery and crossbow shooting in a couple of weeks. Where I’ll be channelling my inner Katniss.

Have you ever tried Air rifles? Or even archery or crossbows? Let me know in the comments. 🎯


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  • Lauren

    September 11, 2019 at 19:30

    I have never tried this before but was a fun and different activity to do! Thank you for sharing your experience x

  • Anca

    September 9, 2019 at 19:27

    I’ve tried Air Riffle and I loved it. It’s such a relaxing activity. Archery is very interesting as well, I tried that too.

  • Alex

    September 9, 2019 at 17:53

    I’ve never tried it before, but it sounds like SO MUCH fun!!! I’ll have to see if there’s something like that near me!

  • Kim

    August 28, 2019 at 13:21

    This sounds great! I’d definitely give the crossbows a try. I did archery as a kid and we had air rifles growing up too, so I’d definitely have a crack at crossbows!

    I might have to suggest this as our next team activity (we went canoeing on the wye recently), but we do have a competition level archer in our group so we might not do that activity!

    1. Kim

      August 29, 2019 at 18:12

      That sounds great! I did archery once on a school trip and really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to our next trip there. The crossbow range looked like a lot of fun, they had zombie outbreak posters.

      I’d love to do a team building activity like that. But I don’t think we’d get many of our staff interested unfortunately. 🙁

  • Call the medical reg

    August 25, 2019 at 11:11

    Sounds like fun and something I’ve never tried. I have tried archery. If I ever find myself in the Cotswolds I may give this a try.

  • Sophie Wentworth

    August 22, 2019 at 22:44

    I’ve never done anything like this but I’d absolutely love to. It sounds like so much fun! x


  • A Cup of Wonderland

    August 22, 2019 at 17:26

    This sounds great and a lot of fun! I’ve previously done archery and shot air rifles before but never have I done a crossbow before! I think next time I’m at the cotswolds then I will have to check this place out!

  • Sophie Naylor

    August 22, 2019 at 17:16

    This sounds like so much fun!! Loved reading it and living my life vicariously through you haha xx

  • ThatAutisticFitChick

    August 22, 2019 at 17:13

    That sounds like an awful lot of fun!
    Are air rifles similar to the guns used in airsoft? I once had a great day playing airsoft games with an ex 😀

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