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Next Shooting Date: 21/08/2022 at South Shore [25m]

Fylde Coast Muzzle Loaders Society - Club News


Altcar shoots will be starting in April. Please look out for emails, and respond if you wish to attend. We have to give a list of names to Gate Security a few days prior to the shoot - if you aren't on the list you will not get in! Also, please arrive in plenty of time, shooting starts at 1230. Altcar Ranges have mentioned a few issues with litter being left on and around the firing points, so please tidy up after yourselves. Also note that any shoot could be cancelled at the last minute, so watch out for notifications, which will be passed on as soon as (or if) we get them.


Although most legal restrictions have been lifted, please remember there are some of our members who are still vulnerable, despite vaccinations. So we would ask that you continue to observe the following:

Please wear masks if you can.
Maintain social distancing.
Use hand sanitiser.

Thank you for your understanding and support.


As previously notified, the shoots marked as B&FFRPC on your calendars will be held at Blackpool & Fylde Fullbore Rifle & Pistol Club, which is situated at the rear of the Great Birchwood complex, off Lytham Road (A584) between Lytham and Warton.

Shoots marked as S/SHORE on your calendars will be held at Blackpool Rifle & Pistol Club, which is situated off Jepson Way, at the junction of Common Edge and School Road, by Blackpool Mechanics football ground. There is a map on their website.

These ranges will open at about 10:30am through to 1:00pm or whenever we run out of shooters, whichever comes sooner.

Being indoor ranges, there are of course restrictions to what we can use. The range limitations are:
* max calibre: .455 inch (11mm)
* max muzzle velocity: 1700 feet per sec (520 metres/sec)
* max muzzle energy: 475 foot lbs (645 joules) - this is the most important figure

Which effectively limits the weapons that can be used to:
* .22LR
* .38/.357 carbine using .38 Special loads (NOT Magnum)
* .44 Special (NOT Magnum)
* .45 ACP or Long Colt
* Black powder PISTOLS (inc. revolvers)

The only way that rifles (.223, 7.62mm and .303) may be used is if they are downloaded to 3.5 grains (or less) of Red Dot and use LEAD (not jacketed) heads. Loads will be checked by pulling the head and measuring the powder from one of your rounds before you shoot.
The South Shore club also has facilities for airweapons.


All members (and prospective members) are reminded our rules state that we are primarily a muzzle-loading organisation and every member holding a FAC should, therefore, own at least one bona-fide black-powder weapon. If you obtain your FAC as a result of becoming a member of the FCMLS, your first acquisition must be a black-powder weapon.


LEM bullet moulds are once again available. Using the original tooling, they are now being manufactured by the son of the original maker.


All probationary and new members (and the old ones too, if it comes to that) are strongly advised to have a good read of the safety guidelines.


When entering the Altcar range complex, all vehicles must stop in the parking area, and the driver must present his pass at the gatehouse.

Altcar Range Office will no longer renew any passes that have expired, so you must get it renewed BEFORE it runs out. You will need two photographs, with your name, address and the name of the club written on the back.

If your pass is due to expire before you can get to Altcar, post it to Range Control with your two photos (name, address and club name on the back of one), along with a covering letter, and they should prepare a new pass and hold it at Range Control until your next visit. Obviously, don't abuse this system by asking for a pass and then not picking it up for months.

If you leave the club, or if you have an expired Altcar pass, please cut it in two and return the pieces to Range Control at Altcar.

Fylde Coast Muzzle Loaders Society - Random Safety Tips

Fylde Coast Muzzle Loaders Society - Shooting Calendar

2022 Shooting Calendar (PDF)

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Fylde Coast Muzzle Loaders Society - Lost and Found

Accidentally left something behind at the Range? Click here to see if another member has picked it up.

Fylde Coast Muzzle Loaders Society - Competitions

You can find out more about the competitions held at the Club (and the current results) here in the Competitions page.

Fylde Coast Muzzle Loaders Society - MarketPlace

Looking for something in particular, or to sell something? Take a look in the MarketPlace!

Fylde Coast Muzzle Loaders Society - Lost, Stolen and Found

Click here to view the current Stolen, Lost and Found Firearms List in order to help the Police.