Sydney Rifle Club

Frequently Asked Questions




 

 

 

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Where and when does Sydney Rifle Club Meet?

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What shooting disciplines are Sydney Rifle Club involved in?

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I am a beginner and don't have a licence. How do I get an opportunity to shoot?

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I have a NSW Firearms Licence. How do I get an opportunity to shoot?

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What equipment do I need for Fullbore shooting?

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What equipment do I need for F-class Standard shooting?

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Tell me about scoring.

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We'll be using electronic targets today and my rifle is not zeroed. What now?

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Will I be hurt by the recoil?

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I would like to arrange for company staff to have a day at the range. Do you cater for corporate groups?









 

 

 

 

 






Where and when does Sydney Rifle Club Meet?

We meet most Saturdays at the Anzac Range at the end of Franklin Street, Malabar. Our clubhouse is at the rightmost end of Block D, which is the block closest to the 800 metre range.

Aerial view

Visitors are welcome. The clubhouse is open before 1230hrs and after 1645hrs; members will be on the range between those times.

As targets are allocated to range users on the shooting day itself, it is not possible to predict where on the mound the club members will be.

The Club can be contacted by email.








What shooting disciplines are Sydney Rifle Club involved in?

Fullbore (open sights) and F-Class Standard (scoped rifle).

Each week we shoot at a different distance, which varies from 300m to 800m in 100m increments.

All shooting is done in single-shot mode, ie. the use of rifle magazines is prohibited on the range.


Club practice (fullbore): 2 stages to be fired. 2 sighters + 10 scoring shots per stage. Maximum possible score: 100

Club practice (F-class): 2 stages to be fired. 2 sighters + 10 scoring shots per stage. Maximum possible score: 120


We shoot Fullbore and F-Class Standard Grade competitions under the auspices of the Metropolitan District Rifle Association. Grade shoots typically take place every 5 to 6 weeks and the scores are aggregated through the shooting year.

Fullbore MDRA grade competition: 2 sighters + 14 scoring shots. Maximum possible score: 70

F-Class Standard MDRA grade competition: 2 sighters + 15 scoring shots. Maximum possible score: 90



Notes:
a. Practice scores are used for the internal club competition.
b. If there is range time left after everyone has finished, members who want to do some informal shooting can do so.








I am a beginner and don't have a licence. How do I get an opportunity to shoot?

1. Visit the club before 1230 or after 1645 on Saturdays and speak to Greg or Terry. Between those hours the clubhouse is likely to be closed and all members at the range.

2. Bring photo ID with you.

3. Complete a Declaration - Range Use by Unlicensed Persons form (P650). If you are in compliance with the conditions in the P650 fact sheet for the possession and use of firearms (i.e. if all the answers in Section B are “NO”) you may shoot.

4. A Fullbore rifle can be made available for your use, but it is not kept on-site and you have to let the club know several days in advance that you'll need it.

5. Bring hearing protection with you (or borrow a set from the club).

6. Check the range programme to ensure that the range day has not been pre-empted by a prize meeting or Grade competition.








I have a NSW Firearms Licence. How do I get an opportunity to shoot?

1. Visit the club before 1230 or after 1645 on Saturdays and speak to Greg or Terry. Between those hours the clubhouse is likely to be closed and all members at the range.

2. You must have your licence with you.

3. Be aware that only calibres up to 8mm are allowed on the range, and that range rules do not permit the use of magazines (i.e. your rifle may have one but you may not use it).

4. Check the range programme to ensure that the range day has not been pre-empted by a prize meeting or Grade competition.

5. Bring hearing protection and any shooting gear that you may need.




 



What equipment do I need for Fullbore shooting?

1. A rifle (.308 or .223 calibre) conforming to Fullbore Match Rifle rules.

2. Ammunition conforming to Fullbore Match Rifle rules.

3. Single-point or Double-point sling.

4. Shooting mitt/glove.

5. Hearing protection.

6. Spotting scope.

7. Hat.

8. Shooting mat.

9. Shooting jacket.

10. Wet weather gear.




What equipment do I need for F-Class Standard shooting?

1. A rifle (.308 or .223 calibre) conforming to F-Class Standard rules.

2. Ammunition conforming to F-Class Standard (same as Fullbore Match Rifle) rules.

3. A riflescope that can cope with up to 28 minutes of elevation adjustment.

4. A bipod or front sandbag.

5. A rear sandbag (optional).

6. Hearing protection.

7. Hat.

8. Shooting mat.

9. Wet weather gear.




Tell me about scoring.

The marker in the butts will indicate your score by holding a wand over the corners or centre of the target.

Score

Name

Wand position

2

Outer

Top left

3

Magpie

Top right

4

Inner

Bottom left

5

Bulls eye

Bottom right

V (fullbore)

6 (F-class)

Center bull / V-bull


Centre, sometimes covering the bulls eye, red face of wand showing


6.1 (F-class only)

Supercentre

Right side of target, centerline, red face of wand showing

0

Missed target or scoring area on target

Waving all over the place.



Scoring pegs are placed in the target to indicate the bullet hole.

Score

Scoring peg colour

Supercentre (F-class only)

White

V bull / Centre bull

Red or Orange

Bulls eye

White

Everything else

Red or Orange








We'll be using electronic targets today and my rifle is not zeroed. What now?

If the sensors on the target are damaged by a stray shot, the target will be taken out of service for the entire shooting day for costly repairs (a new set of sensors currently costs $120). In order to minimize the chances of this happening, the following protocol1 has been trialled at the first Grade Shoot using electronic targets this year (December 2010):

a. get someone to spot for you.

b. select an unoccupied target bay -- i.e. one with no target mounted in it -- and fire at the centre of the patch of exposed soil (which will be nearly round with constant wear).

c. adjust the sights as necessary, using the soil splashback as a guide.

On Grade days you are allowed exactly two sighting shots at the target but an unlimited number of shots into an empty target bay, so if you even suspect that your zero is out, do the splashback exercise first.

It is recommended that you follow this protocol on normal club practice days as well.



1 subject to change.








Will I be hurt by the recoil?

In the Fullbore discipline, you will be wearing a padded shooting jacket and using a sling to help you support the rifle with your non-shooting hand. If the jacket fits properly and the sling is adjusted correctly the rifle butt rests snugly against your shoulder, and the recoil will feel like a sharp push. This will not hurt. (If the rifle butt is off your shoulder as you fire the recoil will feel like a sharp punch).

In the F-class discipline, the recoil is largely absorbed by the bipod and rear sandbag as well as your shoulder. The use of a shooting jacket is optional but rare. Care must be taken in the initial mounting of the riflescope to minimise the likelihood of the scope's eyepiece recoiling into your face.

Users of .223 Rem calibre will experience less recoil than users of .308 Win calibre.






I would like to arrange for company staff to have a day at the range. Do you cater for corporate groups?

We are unfortunately unable to accomodate corporate groups or large groups of visitors at this time.






Last update: 12 December 2010
Page created: 30 April 2010