Happy New Year! At the last AGM the members and Committee present resolved to focus it's efforts on training members in competitive pistol shooting with a focus on Action Shooting events such as Service Pistol and IPSC.
This will allow, current and future members, who have no holster accreditation to compete in unrestricted Club Service Pistol Competitions and provide the means to develop skills towards holster accreditation required for action style shooting matches and a pathway to IPSC accreditation in the future.
These competitions will allow all our members to compete for both Service Pistol and IPSC Club Silverware at the end of the year and provide the competitive environment aligned with our objectives.
The Service Pistol competition will be open to all members using either .22 or centre fire calibre pistols and each competition will consist of 66 rounds of ammunition. Restricted Service Pistol Matches have calibre restrictions and requirements and members will be encouraged to purchase a suitable centre fire firearm for holster accreditation, which would allow you to compete at Service Pistol Matches at other clubs in the future. The Discipline Coordinator will be Greg Goldsmith.
As a result of this change in focus, the activities on the Centre Bay will change from the current plinking to Club Service Match Competitions. The transition will occur over the next 2 months and be fully in place by March 2022.
There will be a limited session allocated each month for the zeroing / chronograph/ testing and the training of new shooters, further information on this will be provided in due course. Should you have any questions, please feel free to discuss this with me or any member of the Committee whilst we are at the range.
Jan 2 , 2022
Range Payments are now made online due to the withdrawl of the Contactless Payments Terminal. When you receive confirmation of your Range Booking, please proceed to the Payments page and process payment, prior to attending the Range.
Members, who enter the containers will need to wear a mask and this also applies to any member entering the Clubhouse.
The Horseshoe Range has re-opened , but you will need to make a booking for a slot to shoot IPSC or for a static bay position. You must also review the Clubs Covid - 19 Safety Plan and ensure that you have not visited a listed Hot Spot which can be found further down this page.
1. Completing the Range Booking Form online.
2. Getting a confirmation email confirming your slot
3. If you don’t get confirmation you don’t have a slot and you must not come to the range
4. Don’t arrive early or late or without a booking
5. You must show you membership card at the gate, where security will note some detail and count you in and then out of the facility as limits apply. A lost card will cost $6.50 to replace if you can’t find yours.
We are in the process of going cashless to reduce contact and this has a price what will be reflected in slight increases in fees and cost of consumables/ammunition.
If we do not have this in place in time, then exact money only will be accepted and no change will be available.
ie range fees will be $20 and $27 for a packet of 9mm ammunition ( club guns only).
The range area in total allocated to us, has a maximum number of 20 persons, with 10 per area.
We will have time slots for 9:30 through 10:40 and 10:45 through 12.
The 5 minute gap is to ensure you have left the range and that the shooting tables have been cleaned before the next group if any.
This will be every second week only, no Sundays openings are available at this time.
You will be required to either set up if you are part of the first group or pack up if you are park of the second group.
Range supervision for each group will come from your group of 10. The 20 people on the range include the people to run the range as well.
The range opens for shooting at 9:30am unless otherwise advertised so Group 1 should be at the range before 9am and signed in and able to participate in set up activities within your group of 10.
Group 2 should arrive at the range close to the slot time after 10:30am and park inside the gate of the horseshoe and remain in car. Person who finish early in group 1 may be required to marshal people for the second group as required.
Tables with ‘stand here stickers’ will be placed at appropriate locations to ensure you comply with 1.5M physical distancing taking into consideration the 1 person per 4 square meters rule as applied across the firing line for static shooting. In the case of static shooting, 5 firers will shoot in the centre bay from the group of 10, 5 will wait and 2 person will need to supervise the range across the groups of 5. The purpose of all this is to facilitate tracing of who was near whom and at what time should a case emerge within the Club. Area Capacity signs and physical distancing sign will be erected.
If the processes looks or feels to complicated for you or you don’t like the processes, then I suggest you wait till physical distancing rules change as advised by both NSW Health Minister and NSW Sport Minister. We might not see any relaxation for some time of physical distancing.
Loan guns from the Club is a bit tricky as we can’t effectively clean the firearm between users.
This means that it can only be booked out to one person and priority will be given to those new members who have to complete mandatory shoots prior to obtaining a full licence. Choices may be limited.
The exact details of the firearm and who it was book out to will be recorded for the day in the firearm register. The firearm after use will be bagged and returned to storage for 2 weeks after use.
We need to Physical Distance, Disinfect and Record details for tracing. The Club can be fined many thousands of dollars should we not follow processes that comply with Covid-19 health orders.
Please review the Covid 19 Safety Plan below and understand on how the range will operate going forward and do not attend if you have visited a listed hotspot.
If you have questions post them to me via Facebook so that other can see the question and answer if I have not been clear enough.
Return to Shooting – COVID-19 Safety Pl
• Display conditions of entry – consider displaying the maximum number of people allowed in each area at a clear place of entry.
• Ensure the total number of people in a range complex does not exceed 1 person per 4 square metres including range staff.
• The maximum number of people permitted on an individual shooting range is 20 people excluding range staff, but not exceeding 1 person per 4 square metres including range staff –
whichever is the lesser.
Under no circumstances is there permitted to be more than 1 person per 4 square metres either on a portion of a range complex or the whole complex.
• Reduce crowding where possible and promote physical distancing with markers on the floor, including where people would normally queue.
• Chairs/seating may need to be removed to accommodate social distancing.
• Ensure there is adequate hand sanitiser around the facility and hand wash in the wash rooms.
• Provide visual aids above hand wash basins to support effective hand washing.
All Member’s Responsibility
• If you have visited Victoria in the 14 days prior to attending the venue, do not attend the range.
• If you are feeling unwell, have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone affected by COVID-19, OR attended one of the reported cased locations listed on the
NSW Health Website (see attached) do not attend the range. https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates
• The club has the right to insist that anyone with these symptoms leave the premises.
• Spectators should not attend the range.
• Bring your own pen to sign in.
• On arrival at the range, hand sanitise before signing in.
• Members are required to maintain social distancing rules. (1.5m or 1 person per 4 sq m).
• Change rooms should not be used – you are encouraged to change/shower at home where possible.
• Adopt good hygiene practices.
• Members are required to thoroughly wash their hands at the completion of their time at the range.
• Shooting bays to be wiped down at the completion of competition.
• Reduce sharing of equipment where practical and ensure these are cleaned with detergent and disinfectant between use.
• No club shooting mats will be available, so each member will need to bring their own if they require one.
• During competitions, all competitors will score, record and patch their own targets (using own pen). Patches to be dispensed before the start of shooting.
If during ISSF matches, the competitor experiences a malfunction, the competitor will raise their hand and under supervision of the Range Officer, clear the malfunction themselves.
• Only every second bay can be used on the range.
• Canteen to remain closed, so members will need to bring their own food/water if required.
• Please read and take notice of any safety signs regarding COVID-19.
COVID-19 Record Keeping to include:
• Name, mobile number or email address for everyone attending the range.
• Records to be stored confidentially and securely.
Latest COVID-19 case locations in NSW (check the website regularly) click on the link below: