Penmaen Ucha Rifle Range
Penmaen Ucha rifle range was created in about 1900 for
the use of Yeomanry troops training for the Boer War (1899-1902).
It saw its most intense period of activity in the First
World War as a general military rifle range, and it was
also used in the Second world War.
The 1st World War earthworks which include the firing
positions, machinery and mechanical target butts are very
well-preserved. However, the view from the firing positions
to the targets is obscured by a stand of coniferous woodland.
The surviving remnants of the range consist of a 500m
Gallery Range of a type designed in 1909. They consist
of target frames that can be raised and lowered on a wheel
and chain system. The target operators would have sheltered
behind the constructed bank which protected them from stray
shots. The targets consisted of canvas stretched over a
wooden frame, which could in turn be slotted into the target
frame. When the targets were raised they would appear above
the protective bank. The targets would be re-used by pasting
canvas strips over the bullet holes.
At the beginning of the war, the target frames cost £6
17s 6d but by 1919 they would have cost over 1.5 times
Penmaen Ucha Firing Positions