Any person 12 years or older may apply to become a member of Cessnock Pistol Club. Persons under 18 years of age are classified as Junior Members and can shoot under supervision.
Please note there are a number of reasons why NSW Firearms Registry will refuse to grant a firearms licence. Refer to FAQ on the NSW Firearms Registry website. You should check this before applying to become a member.
How to become a member of Cessnock Pistol Club
- Contact the club to arrange a time to attend the range and complete your paperwork. You can telephone the club on a Saturday between 10am and 1pm or make arrangements by email.
- Visit the range at the agreed time and complete a P650 Form (the form can be downloaded here). This will allow you to try pistol shooting and commence your safe handling course under the supervision of one of our trainers for a period of one month. The cost is $10 per visit. You will need to bring photo ID such as a driver's licence, passport etc. If you are under 18 years of age you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and provide a copy of your birth certificate. The parent or guardian will also be required to provide photo ID.
- If you wish to continue shooting you will need to apply to join the club by completing a membership application form (download here) and paying the membership fee.
- Once you have been accepted as a member you will need to apply for a Probationary Licence (or Minors permit if you are under 18 years of age) by contacting Firearms Registry.
- Once you have completed 4 safe handling training sessions with one of our approved trainers, the club will submit your application for a Probationary Licence together with a Safe Handling Certificate.
- If your application is approved by Firearms Registry you will receive paperwork to take to the Roads & Maritime Services to receive your Probationary Licence.
- Once you have received your Probationary Licence you must provide a copy to the Club Secretary who will advise you of the requirements you must meet during your probationary period.
- The Probationary Licence period is 12 months. You must shoot 3 matches within the first 6 months of getting your Probationary Licence.
An entrance fee is payable when you join, which is currently:
- Adult: $100
- Juniors: $50
Only one entrance fee is payable per family
Annual memberships fees are due in October each year, and are currently as follows:
- Adult member: $300
- Adult member (spouse of existing member): $160
- Retired member: $160
- Junior member: $70
Note fees are adjusted if joining mid year