Pistol shooting is an inclusive sport that does not require a high level of fitness, and is therefore suited to people of all ages and abilities. Shooters at the Gosford District Pistol Club (GDPC) have the option of participating just in club matches or, if the desire takes them, also competing at interclub, state, national and international levels.
The GDPC welcomes those wishing to try the sport of pistol shooting. If you are unsure as to whether you may enjoy the sport, you can always participate in a trial shoot to determine your level of interest.
Try Shooting Program
This is a simple program whereby you contact the Club to express your interest, fill out a P650 form, undertake some basic safety training provided by the Club and are then permitted to fire a pistol under supervision.
Joining the GDPC
To join the GDPC, contact the Club Secretary who will advise you to download and fill out the Application Form and send it to him. Once your application has been approved by the Club Committee you will be required to pay your annual membership fees, which includes a Capitation fee to the New South Wales Amateur Pistol Association (NSWAPA).
Having paid your fees, you will then be provided with a Club Member Number and a NSWAPA membership card. You can also then commence the process of applying to the Firearms Registry (FAR) for your Probationary Pistol Licence (PPL), which will include the requirement to complete Pistol Safe Handling Training (provided by the Club).
Once you have obtained your PPL you will have a period of six months in which to complete your Pistol Firearms Safety Training Course and participate in at least three Club shoots. You may then apply for Permits To Acquire (PTA) up to two of your own pistols, with certain restrictions.
Within the 28 days prior to the expiry of your PPL you must then apply to the FAR for a full licence after which you are permitted to apply for PTA for additional pistols in accordance with NSW Firearms Regulations.
The process is explained in detail in the Beginners Guide.
It is important to note that you must be of good character to obtain a firearms licence. Although traffic infringements are not a problem, anyone with criminal convictions or who is the subject of Violence Orders within the preceding 10 years is highly unlikely to receive approval. Police checks will be conducted by the FAR.