Pistol in Action

An Alpine target pistol course. Large view at link.

Pistol Grip
thumbs forward

The four index points of the proper grip on an autoloading pistol are:
1 Web of firing hand meets tang of pistol.
2 Bases of both thumbs mate closely.
3 Support hand trigger finger makes contact with trigger guard.
4 Contact point of the firing thumb on the support thumb.

Claude Werner

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Pistol: How to Get Started

Alpine holds pistol matches on Saturday afternoons at Anzac Range. ALL participants in pistol matches must download, understand, and strictly follow Alpine’s Pistol Rules and safety procedures. (Note: Alpine pistol matches follow Alpine/NSWSA protocols. Do not expect other clubs or peak bodies to automatically recognise your Alpine qualifications.)

The requirements for pistol shooting and pistol licensing are different from those for rifles. If you would like to attend an Alpine pistol match, kindly email before Friday to let us know you are coming.

For times and instructions, please carefully read the section below that applies to you. (If you have a longarms licence but no pistol licence, please read the “No NSW pistol licence” section below.)

I DO NOT HAVE A NSW PISTOL LICENCE (Category H)

If you have no pistol licence, you must arrange to shoot with us in advance. Pistol beginners may take part ONLY in Service Pistol events. These start at 2.30 p.m. in the Horseshoe Range. You may have to wait a short time for a slot and a supervisor. If pistol events on a given Saturday are closed to unlicensed shooters, the events will be marked “no P650s” in the Calendar.

ALL SHOOTERS WHO DO NOT HAVE A NSW PISTOL LICENCE NEED TO BRING:

  • A completed P650 form (download here). YOU MUST BRING A COMPLETED P650 FORM EVERY TIME YOU SHOOT until you have your pistol licence
  • Photo ID (driver’s licence, passport, or Australian government-issued photo ID)
  • The fee of $65 ($35 range fee, plus $30 for pistol hire and ammunition).
    P650 shooters doing two shooting sessions on the same day (e.g., rifle AND pistol) pay a discounted fee of $95 total.
    We regret that Alpine cannot currently process card payments, so please bring cash.

If you want to apply for your pistol licence, the steps are set out below. If you wish to get a rifle licence as well, see the Rifle page for details.

I HAVE A NSW PISTOL LICENCE (Category H)

You are welcome to join us. Come to the Horseshoe Range at 1 p.m. Show your licence, sign the attendance register, and pay the daily range fee ($35 for licensed visitors, which includes rifle shooting if desired). If you have your own pistol, please bring a holster, magazine pouches and a suitable belt. Let us know beforehand if you will need to hire a pistol or buy ammunition. Ask about prices when you email.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A PISTOL LICENCE

  • STEP 1: Ask the Firearms Registry for a licence application form via this link, and bring it to the club.

  • STEP 2: Complete a firearms (pistol) safety training course over two Saturdays, plus a short practical and written test. The test costs $30 and is based on the Alpine Pistol Safety Handbook. Please contact the club (alpinehtsc [at] icloud.com) to book your course date/s and request a copy of the handbook.
  • STEP 3: Join the club (see RIFLE page for details). If you do not have a NSW longarms licence, you must provide the Club with two written references from people who know you well, stating that you are a fit and proper person to use and own high-calibre pistols, and that you are not subject to any reason for licence refusal (listed here under “Refusals”).

  • STEP 4: Send to the Firearms Registry your completed licence application form with the signed test results and confirmation that you have completed the instruction course and been accepted for Alpine membership.
  • STEP 5: If your application is approved (this can take two months or more), you will receive a probationary pistol licence. To progress to a full licence, you must maintain your club membership and meet the attendance requirements (explained in this Firearms Registry fact Sheet).
  • You can download a fact sheet on target pistol (Category H) licences here. For more info, see the Firearms Registry FAQ page.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT HOW TO JOIN ALPINE

... including the application process, the types of membership available, and the many benefits of Club membership, please see the Rifle page, and talk to us at the range!