The process to become a member is easy. Go to ‘The Membership Process’ page on the SSPC ACT website and read through all the information, which explains what you need to do and paperwork you need to provide.

There is a process for existing ‘H’ Class Firearms Licence holders, and one for those who don’t already have an ‘H’ Class Firearms Licence.

If you wish to become a member of SSPC ACT, please contact the New Member Coordinator.

The New Members Coordinator conducts Orientation Tours on the 2nd Saturday of each month beginning at 12.30 pm at the Main SSPC ACT Club House. If you would like to be part of the Orientation Tour then contact the New Member Coordinator advising them of your interest, so they don’t start without you.

Yes – go to ‘The Membership Process’ on the SSPC ACT website for further details.

The process for obtaining your ‘H’ Class Firearms Licence depends on which state or territory you reside in. While there are some similarities between the processes for ACT and NSW residents, there are also a number of differences.

Both ACT and NSW residents need to first become a member of an authorised pistol club like SSPC ACT and then undertake a ‘H’ Class Safety Handling Course which is done at SSPC ACT for SSPC ACT members.

Visit your state or territory Firearms Registry to familiarise yourself with the current requirements and application process that is relevant to you.

ACT Policing – Firearms

NSW Police Force – Firearms Registry

If it is still unclear then contact the New Member Coordinator.

On average it can take between 12–15 months to be issued a full ‘H’ Class Firearms Licence. Obtaining your ‘H’ Class Firearms Licence is not a hard process, but it is lengthy.

Go to ‘The Training Process’ page on the SSPC ACT website to understand the process.

You cannot own a ‘H’ Class Firearm for the first six months and until you have finished your initial training, which must be certified by the Chief Instructor or an Accredited Training Instructor.

Once you have completed the initial training and the six months has finished you can apply to acquire an ‘H’ Class Firearm as a Probationary Pistol Licence (PPL) holder, with the following restrictions.

ACT

Either:

  • 1 x pistol of not more than 5.6 mm calibre and 1 x air pistol of not more than 4.5 mm calibre; or
  • 1 x centre-fire pistol and 1 x air pistol of not more than 4.5 mm calibre.

NSW

During the second six months of the PPL you may acquire no more than two pistols, any one of which is:

  • a centrefire pistol; or
  • a rimfire pistol with a calibre of no more than .22 inch; or
  • an air pistol with a calibre of no more than .177 inch; or
  • a black powder pistol.

As a NSW PPL holder, you must not process a centrefire and rimfire pistol at the same time.

Once you have your full ‘H’ Class Firearms Licence these restrictions no longer apply.

Go to ‘Member Area’ for instructions. Also ensure you visit your state or territory Firearms Registry to obtain further information on the specific restrictions and requirements for purchasing a pistol which are relevant to you.

Yes. Each Discipline has pistols that you can use. Contact the relevant Discipline Coordinator to discuss and organise.

New Members: Once you have been accepted as a member, the Treasurer will email you an invoice and instructions on how to finalise your membership. The initial amount you will pay depends on what time of the year you join, as membership is from July to June (the financial year).

Current Members: At the beginning of each financial year, the Secretary will email members to inform them their membership payments are due. The email will include an invoice and instructions on how to pay the renewal amount.

NSW and the ACT have very similar pistol storage and transportation requirements. Go to ‘New Member Information’ page located under Resources for the relevant requirements applicable for the state or territory you reside in.

Yes. It doesn’t matter what state or territory you reside in; you must abide by the relevant firearms legislation and regulations for the state or territory that you are travelling through.

Head to the ‘New Member Information’ page located under Resources on the website to find out the requirements.

Yes. Go to the ‘Contact Us’ page on the SSPC ACT website to find the relevant contact who can answer your questions or address your concerns.

No. ACT Legislation surrounding Non-Licenced people using Firearms without the adequate and required training is very restrictive. Contact the SSPC ACT Secretary for further information.

Yes, if there is an Instructor present to supervisor you handling and using a pistol for the first 6 months. You as a Probationary Pistol Licence holder in the first 6 months are not permitted under any circumstance to handle or use a pistol without an Instructor present.

ACT Firearms Legislation has strict rules and guideline as to who can handle and use a pistol in the ACT. To obtain a better understanding of the rules go to ACT Policing – Firearms.

Very Safe. At SSPC ACT and all other Pistol Clubs around Australia safety is the Number 1 priority. The training you undertake along with supervision and the rule and regulations surrounding shooting sports is recognised as one of the safest individual sport in Australia.

No. If you do not already hold a Firearms Licence you can solely obtain just your ‘H’ Class Firearms Licence. SSPC ACT is an accredited and authorised Pistol Club, so to become a member and obtain your firearms licence go to ‘The Membership Process’ page on the website.

None. After you become a member of SSPC ACT and you can do that by go to ‘The Membership Process’ page on the website. After becoming a member you will undertake a Safety Handling Course as part of the requirement under ACT and NSW Legislation to obtain your ‘H’ Class Firearms Licence.

Go to ‘The Training Process’ page on the SSPC ACT website to obtain an understanding of the training requirements.