North Oxon Field Target Club

The club is situated in private woodland between the villages of Ardley and Somerton less than 2 miles west from Junction 10 of the M40. The area covers approximately 6 acres in total between 2 adjoining woods.


The club originated in late 2002 by a small group of air rifle enthusiasts with the intention of securing a private outdoor location where air rifle owners could meet and shoot, legally and safely and also compete in target competitions. In 2003, suitable woodlands were found and the ‘Bulldogs’ were formed.

Today, the club’s membership has grown and now offers a variety of shooting disciplines for all ages over 10 years old. All Air Rifle and/or Air Pistol owners are very welcome no matter what your shooting abilities are, ranging from beginners to experienced HFT / FT shooters and all those in-between.

General facilities

We offer Tea and Coffee for members and visitors. Toilet.

Shooting facilities

NOFTC uses 2 private woodlands, either side of the lane. The main wood is to the right of the lane (driving down) and contains a 55 yard Plinking range and a full 30 shot HFT / FT course. This is where we meet on Sundays.

The wood on the left side of the lane (driving down and opposite the footpath sign) is a Zeroing range with 3 static benches. This wood is available 24/7 strictly to full club members carrying membership photo ID .

For the beginner

If you have never used an airgun before or last used one many years ago and would like to try target shooting in a woodland setting, North Oxon FTC is the place for you ! You are welcome to come along by arrangement and see what we do and have a go yourself (after completing initial safety / induction briefings).  If you do not yet own your own rifle / pistol, the club has an assortment of club rifles and pistols that you can try out. There is a wealth of experience from existing club members who are only too happy to offer friendly guidance and advice at all levels.

For the ‘Back Garden Plinker’

Target shooting in woodland is great fun and a step up from garden plinking. It offers personal challenges to all. A good start is using our ‘Plinking’ range as somewhere different to hone your shooting skills and learn about HFT (Hunter Field Target)  or to try the other disciplines we offer and maybe enter club competitions. You will be made very welcome.

For the Experienced Air Gun Target Shooter

North Oxon FTC promotes summer and winter club Rifle and Pistol competitions for it’s members. The club is also affiliated to the Central Southern Field Target Association, where we and other clubs around the central south of England hold inter-club FT / HFT competitions.

Club Competitions – Disciplines available

  • Air Rifle FT & HFT (HFT in both Open and Spring Gun classes)
  • 10 metre Air Rifle Paper Target & ‘HFT’
  • 10 metre Air Pistol Paper Target & ‘HFT both Scoped / Red Dot and Open sights
  • Air Rifle Silhouettes
  • Vintage Air Rifle (Mostly for fun)
  • 25 yd Benchrest Rifle

The club also organises Junior club competitions from time to time.