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Gun clubs in Canberra?

By ASV - 6 August 2010 13

Hi Rioters.

I have recently been playing around with the idea of learning to shoot for both pleasure and competition.

I’ve heard there are a couple of gun clubs around Canberra.

Where’s the best place to go to learn the basics of shooting from scratch?

What’s Your opinion?


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13 Responses to
Gun clubs in Canberra?
DBCooper 7:53 pm 06 Aug 10

.22’s are OK……….But.. Look into 3-Gun.

I’m not really sure if they have it in Oz? I think pleasure might already be banned in the Nannystate? Guess you could ask the rangemaster…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EShuG_jKPQ8

Holden Caulfield 2:53 pm 06 Aug 10

“I have recently been playing around with the idea of learning to shoot for both pleasure and competition.”

I bet you say that to all the girls.

Furry Jesus 2:04 pm 06 Aug 10

Shooting for pleasure?

Me no fry 1:49 pm 06 Aug 10

It’s not widely known, but the grassy areas on the slopes of new Parliament House are open to all to use as a target range, as the slopes provide a safe backdrop.

If you run out of paper targets just ask the security guards if they have any posters of current prominent politicians you can use – but be sure to wave your gun around when you ask so they know you’re a real target shooter and not some weird political junkie after free posters.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:49 pm 06 Aug 10

artuoui said :

Get a Spud gun – you can practice in your backyard and you’re not likely to do yourself too much damage. But you’ll have to add your own ‘BANG’s.

My neighbour went down that path, except it sounds like he’s gone for an air rifle rather than a spud gun.

Postalgeek 1:27 pm 06 Aug 10

+1 for Bevan at Fyshwick Firearms. Very obliging and polite gentleman to deal with, and no question is too stupid for him.

artuoui 1:01 pm 06 Aug 10

Get a Spud gun – you can practice in your backyard and you’re not likely to do yourself too much damage. But you’ll have to add your own ‘BANG’s.

zig 12:44 pm 06 Aug 10

A firearms safety course is a necessity for any beginning shooter. No one wants to be anywhere near a shooter with poor firearms safety discipline.
You’ll need to do an accredidated firearms safety course as part of the licencing process. Bevan at Fyshwick Firearms runs them regularly, he also assists with licence requirements. http://www.fyshwickfirearms.com.au/

Trunking symbols 12:12 pm 06 Aug 10

p1 said :

I’ve heard you can practice in Hughes.

… or at Bunnings.

troll-sniffer 12:06 pm 06 Aug 10

Depending on your level of risk-tolerance you could start out at the Charnie Tavern and arrange a purchase, then slip over to the back of Dunlop and sight it in on some fence posts, then when you reckon you’ve got it sighted in slip over to Dunrossil Drive and ping a few golf balls off the greens at the old Royal.

No worries if you’re real quick.

hellspice 11:21 am 06 Aug 10

go to the AFP gun registry and grab the forms, it will be a good 3 months before you own your own rifle

neanderthalsis 10:50 am 06 Aug 10

There is the ACT Sporting Shooters Association and the Canberra rifle Club. Both are in Majura on Hector Macintosh Gr, just off Majura Drive near the federal Hwy overpass.

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They have an open day once a year hwere you can try a lot of the varying types of guns, but you have missed the 2010 one.

Best bet would be to head out to the range on Sunday morning between 9 & 12 and talk to the range control officer.

There are a range of disciplines that you can participate in depending on what you’re interested in. I’d recommend Field Rifle (rimfire) and indoor air rifle for a beginner. They have club guns available and the ammunition is cheap.

Check out the SSAA ACT website or just ask if you have any questions.

p1 10:12 am 06 Aug 10

I’ve heard you can practice in Hughes.

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