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Fylde Coast Muzzle Loaders Society - Club News


Due to the continuing COVID-19 restrictions there is no AGM this year. However, membership fees should still be paid to the Treasurer, either by sending a cheque in the post or directly into the Club account.

The subscriptions for the coming year have remained the same as last year

A letter or email has been sent to each member with contact and account details.


Sorry to have to inform you all that we have decided to temporarily cancel all forthcoming shoots as a result of government guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19 virus.

It's not a decision that has been easy to make, but ALL planned shoots are now cancelled until further notice in order to a) reduce the chances of spreading the virus in the general population, and b) protect our members, many of whom should be self-isolating in any case.

UPDATE - as it is still not practical to run shoots safely, the cancellations will continue until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

2020 CALENDAR....

The new calendar can be found at the lower left of this page.


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.

The range will open at about 10:30am through to about 2:00pm or whenever we run out of shooters, whichever comes sooner.

Being an indoor range, 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
* .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.


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.


Please pick up whatever rubbish you can and take it away with you. And if you are raking the sand, please push it UPWARDS - it's a lot harder but if you don't it all ends in a heap at the bottom. The slope should match the white lines at each side of the backstop. Please use the path on the right-hand side of the range when walking down to the targets.

Do your bit - it isn't someone else's job to tidy up after you!


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.


If you are going to attend an Altcar shoot, a prior phone call to John C or Rob R would be appreciated - on days when the weather isn't good, the shoot may be cancelled and it would save a wasted journey if we knew who intended going and could pass the news around.


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 (or the FCMLS Secretary) 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

2020 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.