How to Join - Cessnock Pistol Club

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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.

If you already have a pistol licence and wish to transfer to Cessnock Pistol Club then you can telephone the club on a Saturday between 10am and 1pm or make arrangements by email at You can download a membership application form.

How to become a member if you do not have a pistol licence
  1. To obtain a pistol licence you must complete a training program. Note that due to covid restrictions over the last 2 years there is currently a waiting list for the training. To register your interest you must download and complete the new shooter application form. Please direct any queries regarding training to
  2. Once you have completed and submitted the form you will be contacted to arrange at suitable time to attend the range and commence your training course under the supervision of one of our trainers. The cost is $15 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.
  3. If you wish to continue shooting once your course is complete you will need to apply to join the club by completing a membership application form and paying the membership fee.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. If your application is approved by Firearms Registry you will receive paperwork to take to the Roads & Maritime Services to receive your Probationary Licence.
  7. 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.
  8. 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: $330
  • Adult member (spouse of existing member): $175
  • Retired member: $175
  • Junior member: $75
Note fees are adjusted if joining mid year
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