Focus on families

The wide range of shooting disciplines offers a safe, fun and unique sport that presents a challenge for people of all ages and abilities. But it’s also a great family sport to be involved with!! Just ask husband and wife duo Matt and Belynda, and their 12-year-old son Scott, who all compete in Western Action. 

Matt first began shooting at about 12 years of age, the same age his son is now, and has been participating in various disciplines for the last 30 years. Despite starting out primarily as a hunter, Matt soon found the thrill of competition in target matches. Asked whether he encouraged Belynda to take up the sport, Matt says yes, but adds, “as soon as she worked out how much fun it was, you couldn’t stop her!”

Belynda has been shooting for nine years, and would like to see more women and juniors involved in the shooting sports. She says the key to getting more people interested is for branches and clubs to host more open days and encourage women and juniors to take part. And that’s what SSAA NSW is all about: encouraging people to come and try out the sport. Because there’s just no telling where our next Olympic champions could come from.

When asked who the better shooter was between her and her husband, Belynda said that although that title currently rests with Matt, she is constantly improving and hopes one day to catch up.

The youngest shooter in the family is 12-year-old Scott, who has been eagerly waiting for his chance to shoot alongside his parents. Despite spending considerable time watching his dad at the range, Scott was only recently able to apply for his permit and has relished the opportunity to participate with his parents. He says he really enjoys Western Action events because he can look and feel like a real cowboy while taking part.

So next time you head off to the range consider asking your other family members if they want to join you. Who knows where it might take you and your family? If you and your family enjoy taking part in shooting activities together, please let us know as we hope to make this a regular feature on the SSAA NSW website.

SSAA NSW offers discounts on family memberships. For more information visit our Membership information page


SSAA Wagga prepare for busy August !!

Members of SSAA Wagga Branch are getting set for a HUGE month with two upcoming events to be held in August.

The first event, the annual Murrumbidgee Muster, kicks off this weekend August 4th and 5th at the SSAA Big Springs Rifle Range. Running over two days the Muster is sure to draw a big crowd.

And later in the month SSAA Wagga will also host the 2012 Blue Heeler Classic. Saturday will consist of the 300m Fly sponsored by Power Ammo while the 500m Fly Event will take place on Sunday.

For more information about either of these events please check out SSAA Wagga Upcoming Events

If you would like to find out how to get started in the safe, fun and unique range of shooting sports download a SSAA Membership application today.

SSAA NSW congratulates New South Wales Rifle Association

SSAA NSW warmly congratulates the New South Wales Rifle Association on their victory against the Commonwealth Government in their fight for ANZAC Rifle Range at Malabar.

However it is important to stress that the NSWRA had a very different licence with the Federal Government to the one held by SSAA NSW.

SSAA NSW explored all avenues in a bid to remain on the Range, and are still actively working with the Federal Government for a solution to the lack of Range facilities for our members in the Sydney basin.

Today's judgement can only assist SSAA NSW in their negotiations.

SSAA SHOT Expo 2012 - Visitor Survey

The 2012 SSAA SHOT Expo was our most successful event ever - with 10,689 people attending the three day event.

Along with the largest number of visitors ever we also had the highest number of exhibitors ever, the highest number of booths ever and the largest amount of floorspace ever.

It was a great event, but we know we can still improve ...

That's why we have created a short 2 minute survey to ask people who attended SSAA SHOT Expo 2012 to give their feedback.

So if you attended SSAA SHOT Expo in 2012 and want to pass on your comments so that we can set the bar even higher again in 2014, please click the link below and let us know what we did well, and what we can do better in two years time.

And thanks again for your support of the safe, fun and unique range of shooting sports and outdoor lifestyle activities that were on show at SSAA SHOT Expo 2012.

SSAA NSW Youth Camp - Tilterweira Station Sept 22-30

If you are between 14-17 years of age and are interested in learning more about hunting, why not sign up for the next SSAA NSW Youth Camp at Tilterweira Station.  

Located three hours west of Bourke, NSW, Tilterweira is a rare mix of outback beauty and excellent hunting opportunities.

Adult volunteers are also required to ensure the success of this event. Duties will include providing assistance with camping, cooking, presentations and supervision.

Participants and volunteers will be transported to and from Tilterweira Station by bus.

Any junior interested in attending the Camp, and adult members who are available to volunteer their time, should request an information pack from SSAA NSW on
02 8889 0400 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Places are strictly limited so you will have to act quickly to avoid disappointment.

Download SSAA NSW Standard Branch Constitution here

NSW Shooter now online

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