Come and Try’s are held on the First Saturday of each Month
What is small bore target rifle shooting?
Small-bore rifle shooting is a traditional sport where shooters, shoot lying down, kneeling or standing at targets that are 50 metres away. Our club traditionally prefer to shoot laying down. We also cater for shooters who are interested in shooting "Air Rifles" which are conducted on a 10 metre range.
The sport is mostly about technique and training. It does not focus on firearms. Firearms are only one of the many tools that a shooter uses to hit the target. Our rifles are single shot .22 calibre target rifles. Hunting rifles generally are not suitable. We also use .177 calibre single shot air rifles.
Generaly, our sighting system does not use telescopic sights. We use modern aperture sights. Basically our target is a large round black circle that we centre in the apertures of our sights. We make adjustments to our sights to compensate for changes in wind strength and direction during the shoot.
We also have a number of shooters within our club that use a bench to steady the rifle and sit at the bench instead of laying down. This style of shooting is called "Bench Rest". Bench rest shooters either use a teleoscopic sights or aperture sight from a seated postion.
Where are we?
We are one of the several rifle clubs that share the Belmont Shooting Complex, Brisbane we shoot at the Brisbane International Shooting Centre on the Jim Smith Range. Go to our Come and Try page for more details and a Map on the Contacts page. Please NOTE:- We are located in the same complex as "Paramount Targetsports" as shown on Google Maps
Who is it suited for?
Men and women, young and old. Our sport does not separate age categories or gender. Very few sports see teenage competitors up against people in their 80's. Ours does regularly. We are not a generic gun club. We are purely a small bore target rifle club. We take our sport seriously. Small bore rifle shooting is more about reading the wind, controlling your breathing and mental focus than it is about the equipment.
What does it cost?
At Brisbane Small bore Rifle Club typical Saturday shoots cost $15 for club members - in range fees and ammunition ranging from $9.00 to $25.00 per box of 50, depending the type of ammunition you purchase. Affiliated club members pay the same as our club members.
Annual membership fees range between $130.00 and $50.00 depending on a number of factors. See membership fees page for details of 2019 fee structure.
Brisbane Small Bore Rifle Club owns several club rifles and equipment that new shooters can use indefinitely. Longer term most shooters choose to purchase all of their own equipment.
A basic setup of second hand gear including a second hand rifle can cost around $1,800. At the other end of the spectrum one a shooter could spend $15,000 on their equipment if they were really keen. To be competitive in this sport, top end equipment is not required. There are numerous factors that affect scores other than the cost of the equipment.
When do you shoot?
Brisbane Small Bore Rifle Club, shoots every Saturday of the month on the Jim SmithRange from late January until mid December. We meet at our clubhouse at around 07:30 am for a 08:00 am start. Shooting finishes around 10:30 am (depending on the number of shooters on the day and the discretion of the Range Officer).
Partners, family and friends are all welcome to watch or join in. We are a very family oriented bunch and love when everyone shows up.
Can I come and have a go?
Yes. New shooters are welcome to come and have a go. We hold "Come & Try's" (CAT's) the first Saturday of each month. We will assign you an experienced mentor who will provide you with safety training and will coach you through your entire shoot. To organise a first shoot or if you just want to have a look, email us. You do need to contact us prior to showing up (Go to our contacts page for details ). We need time to organise your mentor and equipment. Location:- Go to our contacts page for details and a Map. Start time for 'Come and Try" is 9:30 am (we get going as fast as possible, there is a bit of paper to do before we start so we like new shooters to get to the club at 9:15am). Cost:- $40.00 per person, all equipment and coaching supplied (Sorry Cash Only - you can use a bank transfer before hand or transfer on the day ).
We do not allow the General Public to come to the range and shoot unless they have attended a “Come and Try Day first. We do allow come and try shooters to return and shoot with our club (they pay normal club rates $15.00 plus ammunition of three weeks, then it increases to $40.00 per shoot unless they have joined our club).
More information on Come and Try days on the come and try section of the web page.
Licensing in QLD?
To shoot with Brisbane Small Bore Rifle Club you do not need to have a QLD firearms License as you will be supervised by qualified range officers. However, most new shooters want to obtain a licence to allow themselves to purchase ammunition and their first rifle, etc.
The Queensland Rifle Association at Belmont runs safety courses required before applying for a shooters licence (ph 07 3843 5371).
In QLD the requirements to obtain a shooters licence are;
1. Have a genuine reason for a licence. Being a financial member of a Target Rifle Club is sufficient reason.
2. Complete a safety training course (such as the one offered by the QRA).
3. Make your application through the QLD Weapons Licensing branch of the QLD Police.
Brisbane Small Bore Rifle Club will guide you in this process as needed.
What competitions are available?
Individually within the club we compete against each other weekly as well as various competitions held at the range and other locations.