Becoming a member of the Sporting Shooters Pistol Club ACT Inc.

The process of becoming a member is pretty much the same, whether you are licensed or not.

If you already have a Category H (Handgun) licence, and are a current or recent member of another approved club:

1.    Obtain a National Police Check certificate (information is on the ACT or NSW Firearms Registry pages)

2.    Obtain a letter from an official at your present or most recent club stating that you are (or have recently been) a financial member and an active shooter in good standing with that club

3.    Obtain two referee reports that state you are of good character

4.    Find your membership card for the Sporting Shooter’s Association Australia Inc. (if you are not a member then you need to join and obtain that card – see the SSAA website

5.    Fill out the SSPC Membership Application Form, including the declaration form. 

6.    See the fees payable information on our website

7.    Check again that you have ALL the documentation required – your membership cannot be accepted unless you have it all

8.    Come to one of our monthly meetings with the paperwork above plus your ACT or NSW drivers licence, introduce yourself to the committee and your application for membership will then be processed

9.    Arrange a safe handling session with the Chief Instructor

10. You can choose to pay membership fees on the night (cheques preferred) or you can receive an invoice for membership fees from the Treasurer

11. Once your fees have been paid you will be a financial member of SSPC ACT and can enjoy our facilities and comradeship.

If you do not hold a Category H (Handgun) licence and wish to train with us to achieve one:

1.    Read the information on the website about what the training process involves and check that you can commit to that process

2.    Obtain a National Police Check certificate (information is on the ACT or NSW Firearms Registry pages)

3.    Obtain two referee reports that state you are of good character

4.    If you aren’t already a member of the Sporting Shooter’s Association Australia Inc. you’ll need to join that association and receive an SSAA number (see the SSAA website)

5.    Fill out the SSPC Membership Application Form from our website, including the declaration form. 

6.    See the fees payable information on our website

7.    Check again that you have ALL the documentation required – your membership cannot be accepted unless you have it all

8.    Come to one of our monthly meetings with the paperwork above plus your ACT or NSW drivers licence, introduce yourself to the committee and your application for membership will then be processed

9.    You can choose to pay membership fees on the night (cheques preferred) or you can receive an invoice for membership fees from the Treasurer

10. Once your fees have been paid you will be a financial member of SSPC ACT and can arrange for your training to commence.  Our Chief Instructor will be at the meeting when you join and confirm a place for you on the first available course.

11. If you live in NSW, arrange for a safe handling session with the Chief Instructor to be able to apply for your Probationary Pistol licence.

The Training Process

Once you have been accepted as a member and paid your fees, you can start training.  This involves twelve sessions over six months.  The regulations regarding firearms training require the training to be completed in six months, so you should be prepared to make this a priority.  If you don’t complete the training in the six month period, you may need to start all over again.

The first stage requires you to attend four sessions on the first four Sunday mornings of each month.  These must be attended sequentially, as each one builds on the experience of the last.

(There is a slight variation here for NSW residents, who must attend the first session to complete a Safe Handling Certificate, then apply for a NSW Probationary Pistol licence.  Once the NSW Probationary Licence is received, you then start your training.  Note that there may be a 4-6 week delay from completing the Safe Handling Certificate to receiving the Probationary Licence.  SSPC is unable to commence the 12 training sessions for NSW members until they have their Probationary License.)

After the first four sessions have been completed you are required to attend seven sessions across most of the different shooting disciplines offered by the club (i.e. Action, Air Pistol, Field Pistol, ISSF, Metallic Silhouette, Practical/IPSC, Service and 25yd Service).  These are held at different times and different days so you will need to arrange your own timetable in discussion various coordinators (contact details on each Discipline Page).

When you have completed all of these 11 sessions you demonstrate what you have learned in an exam which is conducted as the 12th session and, on passing, the club will recommend that you be issued with a Category H firearm licence.  Once you have that licence you can be supported in an application to possess your first pistol.

Arranging Your Training Rotations

After completing the first four modules of the training course you are required to attend seven sessions across the different shooting disciplines offered by the club   These are held at different times and different days so you will need to arrange your own timetable in discussion with the various coordinators

Air Pistol: third Tuesday each month, 1630-1830 contact coord_air@sspcact.org.au

Black Powder: no rotations offered 

NRA Action: contact coord_action@sspcact.org.au

Field Pistol:  contact  coord_field@sspcact.org.au

ISSF: first Saturday 1030 contact coord_issf@sspcact.org.au

Practical/IPSC third Sunday 1000-1300 contact coord_ipsc@sspcact.org.au

Metallic Silhouette contact coord_silh@sspcact.org.au

Service: second Saturday 1000 contact coord_service@sspcact.org.au

25yd Service: fourth Saturday 0830-1200 contact coord_25yd@sspcact.org.au

Australian Federal Police Resources

A listing of some of the relevant forms available on the Australian Federal Police website:

Licence Information

Information and commonly asked questions about firearms licencing in the ACT.

Licence & Permit Fees

A list of the fees and charges associated with firearms licencing and permits.

Firearm Categories

A list of firearm categories as defined by the AFP.

Firearm Storage

Information regarding the safe storage of firearms within the ACT.