South Coast Fly Championships

The weekend of 12-13 October saw SSAA NSW Batemans Bay Branch host the South Coast 200m and 500m Fly Championships. To set the scene we had almost 300mm of rain and gale force winds on teh Wednesday and Thursday before the event and snow blocked roads around Goulburn and the Blue Mountains. Some competitiors were stuck in snow and didn't arrive until after midnight on Friday and unfortunately some others couldn't make it at all. But those who were able to make the trip were greeted with a weekend of great competition.

The difficult weather conditions kept competitors on their game.

There were 32 total entries for the 500m event on Saturday (13 heavy guns and 19 light guns) and 18 entries for the 200m rimfire on Sunday.

Centrefire highlights include a new range record best target shot by Michael Bell in light gun with a -58.04. Michael also achieved 7 flies in the match which is another record.

Rimfire highlights included Les Fraser shooting a new Australian record small group which has been confirmed at 1.045" and Barry Tucker winning in difficult conditions with the lowest winning score we have seen in the last couple of years at 193 with one fly. Second place was a tie between Anthony Hall and Glen Seaman with the position going to Glen on a count back.

Outright placings for the 500m centrefire:

1st      Michael Bell 271.07
2nd     Anthony Hall 242.04
3rd      Dave Groves 226.01

Heavy Gun

1st      Dave Groves 226.01
2nd     Glen Seaman 224.02
3rd      Les Fraser 218.06

Small Group - Glen Seaman 2.157
Best target - Glen Seaman 57.02

Light Gun

1st     Michael Bell 271.07
2nd    Anthony Hall 242.04
3rd     Mick Easton 213.02

Small Group - Michael Bell 1.219
Best Target - Michael Bell 58.04

Overall Two Gun

1st     Anthony Hall 428.06
2nd    Glen Seaman 410.04
3rd     Les Fraser 401.06

Junior - Tori Colls 304.01


1st      Barry Tucker 193.01
2nd     Glen Seaman 186.02
3rd      Anthony Hall 186.02

Small Group - Les Fraser 1.045"
Best Target - Glen Seaman 49.01
Junior - Emily Seaman 184.01

Tori Colls was the best placed Junior with a total of 136.

The organisers would like to thank Pete van Meurs for taking the role of scorer for the weekend. The Batemans Bay club did a great job of hosting, with first class canteen facilities and volunteers.

Firearms Consultative Committee pays dividends

The NSW Government had sought to impose major new restrictions on law abiding firearm owners and dealerships however members of the Firearms Consultative Committee stood firm and said “not on our watch.”

SSAA NSW Executive Director Diana Melham says that SSAA NSW push to establish the committee has already paid dividends for licensed, law abiding, firearm owners in NSW.

“Without the oversight of this Committee who knows the kind of changes the NSW Government would seek to impose on firearm owners in this State,” said Ms Melham.

“Thankfully licensed, law abiding, firearm owners now have a seat at the table when the Government wants to discuss firearms legislation and we will be telling them to focus on criminals with illegal guns – not licensed shooters.”

Ms Melham says that the NSW Government has now called for input from shooting groups into the five year review of the Firearm Regulations 2006 and SSAA NSW will be making a submission on behalf of the almost 44,000 members in the State.

“SSAA NSW has set up an internal Regulation Review committee to make recommendations to the Government and has previously called for submissions. Today we are again calling on Branches and individual members to provide input to ensure SSAA NSWs submission represents the views of the breadth of our membership.”

“This is the chance for licensed, law abiding, firearm owners to have their say on the legislation that governs our sport,” said Ms Melham.

Click here to read our Media Release about the Firearms Consultative Committee

NSW Government to review Firearms Regulation 2006

At a recent meeting of the NSW Government’s Firearms Consultative Committee, it was announced the five year review of
the Firearms Regulation 2006 had commenced.

This review will give law abiding firearm owners the opportunity to make submissions to the NSW Government on behalf of our sport. You can view the current Firearms Regulation 2006 at the
NSW Parliament's website.

Please take the time to read through the current regulations and if you have any feedback please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SSAA NSW will have a strong voice in this Review after successfully lobbying for, and being invited to join, the Firearms Consultative Committee earlier this year.

We believe the Government’s focus needs to be on criminals committing crimes with illegal guns, and not licensed, law abiding firearm owners who are participating in a sport they enjoy.

And an Olympic sport at that.

SSAA NSW will keep our Members updated on this important matter and provide further feedback opportunities throughout the review process, so please check this website regularly and don't forget to sign up for our E-News alerts


Range Officers

Most members attend their local range from time to time to enjoy their favourite shooting discipline, whether
it’s rifle, shotgun or pistol at a formal event or just casual practice. While the love of shooting and the challenge of the sport keep them coming back for more, the average shooter is probably not even aware of the fact that they would not be able to do so if it wasn’t for a small band of volunteers called Range Officers.

Range Officers have the vital role of ensuring the safety of all users of the Range, while at the same time ensuring that all the Range Approval conditions set by the NSW Firearms Registry are being met.

The NSW Shooter recently caught up with Keith Highfield who is a long serving Range Officer at Silverdale and SSAA NSW Training Co-ordinator Mitch Newbery to talk about the importance of Range Officers.

NSW Shooter– Keith, when did you first put your hand up to be a Range Officer ??

KH - 1984

NSW Shooter–What are your responsibilities as a Range Officer ??

KH - Keeping an eye on all visitors from the moment they arrive at the range to ensure all safety requirements are met.  Watching along the firing line that shooters are obeying range rules on safety matters such as at this particular range, using front and rear bags that ensure their fired projectiles do not go outside the firing range area.  At cease fires each hour ensuring that the rifles are removed from the benches in a safe condition and put into the racks and are not touched during the cease fire.  It is not clear to many shooters that each range has different rules and requirements for a variety of reasons and that what is OK at one range is not necessarily OK at another rifle range, at times this needs to be explained to shooters. 

NSW Shooter– Mitch, from the viewpoint of SSAA NSW, how important are Range Officers to the sport of shooting ??

MN – Without Range Officers, we wouldn’t be able to open our Ranges. They are essential to the sport.

NSW Shooter– Why ??

MN - Most members are blissfully unaware that each range must conform to the conditions on the Range Approval granted by the NSW Police Firearms Registry which includes things such as calibre restrictions, types of competitions/events that may be conducted and type of projectiles allowed just to name a few. These conditions may change from range to range due to various reasons. Each range must be run in accordance with the Branch Range Standing Orders to ensure its safe and efficient running. All competitions held must be run to the approved rules and in a correct manner. These are things that a Range Officer quietly ensures happen without anyone even noticing.

NSW Shooter– Keith, what do you enjoy about your job as a Range Officer ??

KH - The pleasure of giving something back to the sport I have always enjoyed. It should be clear to all that if the ranges had to use paid range officers this sport would be prohibitively expensive.  You also have the opportunity of seeing all the latest and best equipment close up and talking to successful hunters, enthusiastic and also novice target shooters, also competition shooters and helping anyone who needs it.

NSW Shooter– So what would you say to someone who has considered becoming a Range Officer but hasn’t quite got around to it ??

KH – No sport can be successful without volunteers.

NSW Shooter– Mitch, what is SSAA NSW doing to encourage more people to become Range Officers ??

MN - Many SSAA Branches now run the SSAA Range Officer course as the need arises, and it seems that quite a number of members are putting up their hands to help our sport by becoming Range Officers.

NSW Shooter – And how can people get involved ??

MN - . If you feel that you would be good Range Officer material and would like to volunteer some of your time to help on your range or in your discipline, you should contact your Range/Discipline Captain or SSAA Branch committee – I’m sure that they would love a hand

Thanks to Keith and Mitch for taking part, and to all the Range Officers out there who tirelessly help promote the safe, fun and unique range of shooting sports.


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