Indoor gun club opening

John Taylor at Halifax Airgun Club
John Taylor at Halifax Airgun Club

Businessman John Taylor opens the district’s first indoor airgun club on Sunday.

Halifax Airgun Club is based in an old mill at the Phoebe Lane Industrial Estate, Siddal.

On the ground floor there are five 10-metre hand-cranked target lanes and on the first floor, seven 30-metre lanes with spinning targets.

Mr Taylor has had a long interest in air rifles and said there were many people in Calderdale with air rifles and limited opportunities to use them.

He hopes his club will deter people from using air rifles where they shouldn’t and help educate people around their use.

Air weapons are unlicensed and readily available to buy by the over-18s.

Mr Taylor said there were no objections to his plans from the police or the council when he applied for change-of-use at the mill which has been empty for many years.

“I’m providing a place for people to attend without membership,” he said.

“There will be notices about air gun law and what people can and can’t do.”

Anyone bringing an airgun into the premises will have to test it to ensure it doesn’t breach the 12 foot-pounds of pressure legally allowed.

Mr Taylor, who also runs a safety clothing business, said: “The feedback I’ve had so far has been very good. Gun safety will be paramount.”

Opening hours are 10 am to 6 pm weekends and 5.30 pm to 10 pm midweek.