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I’d like to try target shooting, what do I do?

If you’ve never tried shooting you may be thinking that it doesn’t offer that much variety. There’s a gun and a target, how different can that get? Actually, shooting offers a great deal of variety.

SSAA is the largest and most active/ comprehensive shooting organisation in Australia and manages more than 18 shooting competitions- commonly referred to as ‘disciplines’- at local, state, national and international levels. We cater to many different types of firearms, including shotguns, pistols, revolver and rifles in rimfire, centrefire, air and black powder configurations, as well as disciplines that combine several types of firearm categories.

Shooting is one of the few sports that encourages and caters for the participation of the young and old, males and females, able bodied and disabled. Sport shooting is also a family-oriented pastime and the SSAA recognises the importance of encouraging people of all ages into the recreation.

I’d like to try target shooting, what do I do?

The easiest way to find out if you like something is to try it for yourself.

Under the heading Disciplines you will find a short description of the different types of shooting competitions we offer.

Find a Club close to you here.

Give them a call and say you would like to give shooting a go, our clubs are always happy to introduce people to our sport. Our Clubs are run by volunteers and shooting is normally scheduled for weekends and perhaps one week night. Also most clubs hold regular open days or 'try shooting' sessions.

Check our Upcoming Events for details. 

Do I need a firearms licence to try shooting?

No, you will be given a complete safety briefing and will be under the direct supervision of a qualified Range Officer or experienced senior member. SSAA enforces a strict policy of safety first. All shooting competitions and practice events are conducted under the close supervision of qualified and experienced Range Officers.

What do I need to bring? 

A current Drivers Licence or similar Photo ID

What should I wear?

Enclosed shoes are a must. No bare feet, thongs or sandals allowed. Pants are preferable over skirts for practical reasons and no low cut tops (hot brass down your top hurts). Dress for the conditions as most events are held outdoors.

Do I need any safety equipment?

You will need earmuffs; safety glasses are also recommended. These will usually be provided for you by the club.

How much will it cost?

Depending on the club and the type of ammunition you are using it can vary but most clubs will give you try for free.

Are kids allowed to shoot?

Yes, however this is totally at the discretion of the Range Officer and Club. They must under the direct supervision of a licensed firearm holder and parent or guardian.

The SSAA encourages juniors to be involved in recreational shooting under the supervision of a licensed adult. We believe that participation in the shooting sports encourages a high level of discipline, responsibility and maturity in juniors. 

Is there anything else I need to know before having a go?

Alcohol is prohibited. Additionally, please do NOT consume prohibited drugs or medication that will impede your judgement before shooting. Anyone considered to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted on the range.

You MUST follow the instructions of the Range Officer at all times while on a SSAA WA Range, failure to do so will result in you being asked to leave.

I’ve had a go and loved it, what do I do now?

Congratulations, you have made a great decision! Join your club and see below for details on applying for your firearms licence, it may sound confusing but your club will guide you through this process.

Southern Districts Rifle Club Open Day 2017

Perth Lever Action Rifle Club Open Day 2017

Become a member

When you join SSAA you become part of Australia’s largest shooting organisation and join thousands of other people around the country in ensuring the future of the shooting sports.

As a member you’ll have access to shooting clubs, a national magazine and a great insurance package for your firearms at home and in the field along with lots of other great benefits.

Your membership gives us strength to lobby the State and Federal Governments on matters that affect our sport. The greater our membership, the more effective we are.