Getting into clay target shooting can often seem a little daunting, but staff and members of Brisbane Gun Club can assist you throughout this process.
If you decide that clay target shooting is something you are interested in pursuing, the next step is to enrol in the required “Course in Firearms Safety (30989QLD)”. This course serves as a prerequisite to applying for a firearms licence. Brisbane Gun Club holds the course on a monthly basis and bookings can be made by phoning the club.
Firearms licence applications stipulate that you need a “genuine reason” to apply for a licence. Brisbane Gun Club has made this even easier for you because if you join as a member on the same day you complete your course, you will receive a $20 discount on your membership.
Brisbane Gun Club is affiliated with the Australian Clay Target Association (ACTA), which acts as the governing body for clay target shooting in Australia. As an affiliated club, Brisbane Gun Club requires visitors to the club to join as a member after their third visit, as stipulated by the ACTA.
After you send in your application for a firearms licence, it may take some time to receive your licence. In the interim, club employees and members will be more than happy to supervise your shooting.
Once you have received your licence you will be able to shoot unsupervised by hiring a club gun. Brisbane Gun Club recommends that as members start to become more involved in clay target shooting, it is best to buy an entry-level shotgun. Plenty of advice will be offered by staff and club members because buying your first firearm can seem quite confusing, but if you do a little bit of research and set a budget, you will be able to settle on something suitable.
Other equipment required for regular clay target shooting includes hearing protection, glasses and a jacket or pouch to hold shotgun shells.