Frequently Asked Questions
Bathurst Rifle Range is open for Long Range Target Shooting most Saturdays from 1:00PM.
A full schedule of days we shoot & at which range can be found in the BRC Program.
Well, it is possible to get a rough sight-in at 300 yards (our shortest firing point) but you would need to check the BRC Program to see which Saturdays we are shooting from 300 yards.
Your best option to sight-in your rifle/s would be at the SSAA range which has targets at 25, 50, 75 & 100 metres.
The SSAA range is located right next to our range and is open Mondays & Wednesdays from around 2:30PM.
Well, the first thing you need to do is decide what you need your firearms licence for, (i.e. Genuine Reason... recreational hunting/vermin control, sport/target shooting, collecting, etc.) all the information you need can be found on the Firearms Registry website.
Once you know your Genuine Reason/s you should then apply for membership with the appropriate club. For example, Bathurst Rifle Club is primarily a Long Range Target Shooting club. We compete at Bathurst Rifle Range most Saturdays, with firing points from 300 to 900 yards. So if your Genuine Reason is Target Shooting and you're interested in Long Range Target Shooting, then membership of Bathurst Rifle Club is likely to suit your needs.
To obtain your licence for Target Rifle shooting you should follow the steps below....
- Obtain a pre-printed licence application form by contacting the Firearms Registry Customer Service on 1300 362 562.
- Contact Graham on 0401 317 196 to book in for the Firearms Safety Training Course required for new licence applications. Further details on preparing for the course can be found in these FAQs.
Yes, we do have an authorized Safety Training Instructor to carry out the course required for new licence applications for Category A and B firearms licence. Courses will be held between 10:00AM & 1:00PM Saturdays BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Please contact Graham on 0401 317 196 for an appointment.
You should download (or otherwise obtain) the Firearms (Longarms) Users Guide and study this guide in preparation for the course.
The standard course fee of $70.00 applies or $35.00 for Minor's Permit (12 to 17 years of age).
Prior to booking the course you should ensure that the address on your Photo ID (i.e. Driver Licence) is the same as the address you will have on your Firearms Licence Application. Please contact Graham if you have further questions or wish to discuss this course further.
The first thing you should do if you're looking to join BRC is come to the range any Saturday we are scheduled to shoot (see BRC Program) and talk to the Members and Captain to see whether BRC is the right club for you and the shooting discipline you are interested in.
(During this period you can shoot without a firearms licence under certain conditions.)
Membership is not just a matter of completing a form and paying the fees. All new applications are subject to the approval of the club captain, therefore we require potential members to come and shoot with us for 2 or 3 weeks prior to submitting a membership application.
This isn't because we're unfriendly or a closed group, it's simply that we don't see any reason for potential members to waste their money on membership fees just to find it isn't what they were looking for.
Yes, visitors are welcome to come and try Long Range Full-bore Target Shooting.
If you don’t have a suitable rifle yourself, we have a couple of club rifles available for visitors at a minimal fee (around $40 including range fees & ammo).
The shortest distance we shoot is 300 yards, which would be the recommended range to try out for the first time.
You can see when we shoot and at what distance by viewing our Program.