MEMBERSHIP

INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

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HOW TO JOIN

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OWNING PISTOLS

EXISTING LICENSED PISTOL SHOOTERS

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COACHING

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CLUB RULES

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RANGE RULES

INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

Shooting is a very inclusive sport, open to people of all ages and abilities (+12 years).

Men and women can compete alongside each other, or in separate competitions, depending on the match.

Shooting sports offer you the chance to be your best and to compete at the highest level.

Being involved in a shooting club is much more than just time spent firing a gun. There is a great social atmosphere, both here at Melton Pistol Club and at the clubs that we visit around the country throughout the year.

It is up to you what you get out of your membership and the sport. You can visit the range every month or practice almost every day of the week on your own (as long as you have someone age 12 or above with you while on the range. This is done for safety reasons). You can also compete regularly in the weekly Club Competitions and attend Open Competitions held at Clubs around Victoria and major competitions, such as Victorian Championships and National Championships.

Legally, juniors are from the age of 12 to 18 years of age, the club will NOT be responsible for them and they should always be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian whilst at the pistol club. If no parent or guardian is present during their time at the club they will not be permitted to stay. 

Joining process:

New members are welcome at Melton Pistol Club if you are interested in joining, you should contact our Secretary and arrange a time to look over the range. From there, we can advise on how to book your fingerprint appointment with Victoria Police, your National Police Check and Provisional Handgun License Application and handgun safety course. New members are invited to an induction and training course, where they learn the basics of shooting.

During the first six months, whilst on a Provisional Handgun License, you are not permitted to purchase or own Handguns. Members can borrow club guns on Saturdays and Sundays. After 6 months, providing attendance and competition requirements have been met, new members can normally apply for a full handgun licence. They can then purchase their own firearms.

PLEASE NOTE: YOUR FIRST PISTOL CANNOT BE A 9MM OR GREATER SEMI AUTOMATIC.

MELTON PISTOL CLUB IS NOT THE PLACE FOR PEOPLE WHO JUST WANT TO OWN A HANDGUN !!!

We are a competitive shooting club. New members are offered advice and coaching for all aspects of competitive shooting. We are a club for people that want to enjoy the sport of shooting, to socialise with like minded people and to be the best they can be at their chosen sport.

 

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MELTON PISTOL CLUB NEW MEMBER PROCESS:

  1. Completed applications (including 2 completed applications, 2 passport photos, police check, references, provisional handgun licence application and completed club safety test) and the appropriate fees are presented to the Committee.
     

  2. The joining fee is $50 plus pro-rata membership fees to June 30. New members joining in May or June pay to June 30 the following year.
     

  3. If successful, the applicant is notified. If unsuccessful, monies are refunded.
     

  4. Until their provisional licence is received, all shooting will be under NORI (Notice of Receiving Instruction) form. A maximum of 13 NORI’s are permitted (in a persons life time)..
     

  5. New members will be introduced to pistol shooting via air pistol. When Committee is satisfied that the new member is safe and proficient in the use of an air pistol their “white card” will be endorsed. They can then move onto the use of .22 pistols. Once found to be safe and proficient in the use of the .22 pistol they must be tested. If they have passed this stage then their “white card” can be endorsed for .22 and they can move onto centre fire pistols if they wish. The same “white card” procedure for centre fire pistols ensues.
     

  6. During the first 6 months at the Club new members must pass the Police Safety Test, which is carried out at the Club at no charge. The Police Safety Tests are currently conducted on the last Saturday and Sunday of each month.  During this time, new members will be under the supervision of Club Committee Members and nominated persons.
     

  7. After 6 month’s membership, new members can apply for their full pistol licence. They must have completed the appropriate safety tests and competed in a minimum of 5 club competitions. The full licence should be supported by a senior club member who has mentored/coached that member and can vouch for that member.
     

  8. Upon gaining their full licence new members can apply for their first pistol. This application must be made to Committee.
     

  9. Please email the club on secretary@meltonpistolclub.com for the full membership information package.

 

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COST

Male, female, adult, junior, are all catered for, and there is no discrimination or segregation during club activities. The minimum age is 12, and the membership fees are determined by the categories below;

All Melton Pistol Club Membership Fees are due on the 30th June each year

 

Your MPC membership fee also includes your VAPA membership fee for the new 12 month

 

Your membership fee will be one of the following

 

Type of Membership

Main Member - $422.00

Spouse of Member - $297.00

Pensioner - $358.70

Pensioners Spouse - $252.45

Dual Member (Member of another VAPA Club) - $315.00

Dual Member (Spouse) - $190.00

First Child of Member (Under 18) - $182.00

Subsequent children of Member (Under 18) - $150.00

Junior Under 18 -$264.00

 

Please ensure your membership fees are paid before the 30th June each year.

A one off $50.00 Joining Fee Applies to the above figures

New members who join after July pay pro rata membership fees to June 30 the following year.

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OWNING PISTOLS - What you need to know!

Provisional General Category Handgun Licence Application:

 

To become eligible to apply for a full licence you need to have participated in club activities for a minimum of six months, during this time you will need a provisional licence.

 

Handgun Target Shooting Licence Application:

 

To be eligible to apply for a “Handgun Target Shooting Licence” you must;

 

  • Have been a member of the club for at least six months.

  • Have your fingerprints on file with the Police,

  • Have completed the club “Handgun Safety Course".

  • Have completed the police approved “Handgun Safety Course”.

  • Have “safely participated in at least five approved matches”.

 

Only after you have satisfied all of the above points will committee consider if you are eligible to own a handgun.

 

Permit To Acquire applications:

 

In the first six months of your Handgun Target Shooting Licence the Firearms Act only allows you to acquire one of the following options;

 

  • an air pistol, or

  • a rimfire handgun, or

  • a Centrefire handgun, or

  • a black powder handgun, or

  • an air pistol and a rimfire handgun, or

  • an air pistol and a Centrefire handgun, or

  • an air pistol and a black powder handgun, or

  • a rimfire handgun and a black powder handgun, or

  • a Centrefire handgun and a black powder handgun, or

  • an air pistol, a rimfire handgun and a black powder handgun, or

  • an air pistol, a Centrefire handgun and a black powder handgun.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

MELTON PISTOL CLUB WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO OBTAIN A 9MM OR LARGER CALIBRE SEMI-AUTOMATIC CENTRE FIRE HANDGUN AS YOUR FIRST PISTOL.

 

Application forms are available from the Club or downloaded from the Victoria Police Website. This form together with a “V.A.P.A. Form 3” (available from the club) should be completed and submitted to the Club Secretary.

 

The Club Secretary will then arrange for your safe to be inspected by a member of the Club Committee. All applications must be considered by the Club Committee before being endorsed and forwarded to the Licensing Services Division of the Victoria Police.

 

Club requirements:

 

To purchase a pistol you must have competed in at least 3 matches, one of which must be in the type of pistol you wish to purchase.

Example: if you competed in 1 Air Pistol, 1 Rapid Fire, 1 Standard Pistol you cannot purchase a centre-fire pistol.

 

If the first pistol you wish to purchase is a centre-fire pistol, then one extra centre-fire competition must be shot.

 

If you are applying for a “service / practical” semi-automatic centre-fire pistol (e.g.: 9mm) you will have to complete a safety course of instruction conducted by the CRO or authorised delegate.

 

All pistol applications will be passed through the committee of management meeting held on the second Saturday of each month. All fully completed applications must be handed to the secretary or delegate no later than 4.00pm on the Saturday prior to the meeting.

All applications are subject to: Attendances, Competitions shot etc.

 

Approved Safes:

 

Victorian law requires that all handguns must be stored in a safekeeping facility when not in use. The basic definition of a safe is a container made out of a minimum of 6 mm mild steel, fitted with a five-lever (safe-type) lock and internal hinges or hinge.

 

If the unit’s weight is less than 150kg then it must be secured to a wall, floor or other substantial structure. If secured to a floor or wall, a steel backing plate of reasonable size must be fitted so that the securing bolts cannot be forced out of the floor or wall.

 

Securing bolts should be a minimum of 3/8 (10mm) and at least 4 should be fitted. The recommended way is to drill the backing plate, insert the bolts and arc-weld the bolt heads to the backing plate. This allows the nuts to be in the safe and prevents any external tampering. If secured to concrete, a minimum of 4 dyna bolts of similar dimension are required.

 

Safes such as sold by some hardware chains may not suitable for storing pistols. The locking and hinge mechanisms fitted to some of these safes are not sturdy or pick-proof enough to meet the above requirements. Approved types of safes are sold by most gun-dealers.

Handgun Licence Renewals:

 

Handgun licences are currently issued for three years. The application must be endorsed by the Club Secretary or nominated Committee Officer.

Change of Address:

 

If you have a Handgun Licence, or a Shooters Licence you MUST notify the “LICENSING AND REGULATION DIVISION” within 7 days. Your safe may be inspected by the police at your new residence.

 

This is a condition on your licence and cannot be done by the Secretary. Failure to do this could result in the confiscation of your firearms as you have contravened the licence condition.

 

YOU MUST ALSO NOTIFY THE CLUB SECRETARY IN WRITING WITHIN 14 DAYS. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS

 

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COACHING

There are many factors involved in producing a good shot.

The following tips are very basic for precision shooting and provided to get you on the right track.

THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS TO SEEK THE ADVICE OF AN "AUTHORISED CLUB INSTRUCTOR" OR AN EXPERIENCED CLUB MEMBER.


Things to be aware OF to improve your pistol shooting of are:

 

Your Grip:

  • Holding the firearm in your non-shooting hand, spread your shooting hand and push the "V" between the thumb and forefinger into the grip, as high as possible.

  • Your grip on the firearm should be like a firm handshake, do not "Strangle" or "Choke" the firearm.

  • Trigger finger should be clear of the grip as much as possible.

  • The trigger should be squeezed straight back, with the pressure on the first half of the pad of the finger.


Your Stance:

  • The feet should be shoulder-width apart and parallel.

  • The non-shooting arm should be secured close to the body.

  • Stance should be straight with the head held upright.

  • The elbow and wrist of the shooting arm should be straight.

  • Eyes in line with the sights.

 

Sights:

  • The top of the front sight should be level with the top of the rear sight.

  • The front sight should be centred in the notch of the rear sight.

  • Hold the sights approx halfway between the bottom of the black centre of the target and the bottom of the target.

  • Focus on the front sight only.

 

Your Breathing:

  • As the firearm is lifted to the top of the target, take in a slightly more than average breath.

  • As the sights are lowered into the white aiming area release a little of the breath and hold until the shot breaks.

 

Your Trigger Control:

  • Start to apply trigger pressure as soon as the sights come down into the white aiming area of the target.

  • The trigger finger continues to apply steady pressure while the shooter concentrates on the sight picture. Wait for the shot to break.

  • If the shot does not break within eight to ten seconds, lower the pistol, relax and breathe, then try again.

 

Your Follow Through:

  • As the shot breaks, continue to focus on the sight picture for a couple of seconds.

  • After recoil the sights will return to the position held before the release of the shot, hold this sight picture one or two seconds before lowering the handgun.

  • If you were watching the sights when the shot broke, you should be able to "call the shot".

 

For Further information please click the link to download             >>>  “Training for Target Pistol Shooters”
 

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EXISTING LICENSED PISTOL SHOOTERS

Transferring Into Melton Pistol Club Or Already Licensed Pistol Shooter?

 

How To Join Melton Pistol Club

 

If you already have a Victorian General Category Handgun Licence and are a member of another approved handgun club,

 

  • Complete the Membership Application form.

  • Include a copy of your current General Category Handgun Licence.

  • Include a “letter of referral” from your existing club.

  • All prospective members are required to complete the MPC Handgun Safety Awareness Course.

 

If you already have an Australian interstate handgun licence,

 

  • Complete the Membership Application form.

  • Include a copy of your current Handgun Licence.

  • Include a “letter of referral” from your existing club.

  • Advise Victoria Police, Licensing & Regulation Division that you intend transferring into Victoria, and confirm current registry requirements.

 

This can be done by:

 

All interstate prospective members are required to complete the OPC Handgun Safety Awareness Course.

 

Please email the club on secretary@meltonpistolclub.com for the membership inquiries.

 

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CLUB RULES & PROCEDURES

It is a requirement that all Melton Pistol Club members should know and observe the Clubs Rules and Procedures.

 

All members should download and read the Clubs Rules.

 

Click the link to download the Club Rules             >>> “Melton Pistol Club Rules”

 

RANGE RULES

It is a requirement that Club members should know and observe the following Melton Pistol Club Range Rules:

 

Range Officers:

 

Club Range Officers provide their service and expertise on an honorary basis. They are responsible for all safety on the range. You must obey all instructions from them immediately, and you are requested to assist them whenever necessary. Careless or unsafe practices with firearms will not be tolerated.

 

ANY INFRINGEMENT OF SAFETY RULES COULD AND WILL RESULT IN THE TERMINATION OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP

 

 

  1. The RED FLAG must be raised before shooting commences. It is the responsibility of the FIRST person intending to shoot to raise the flag. The flag is kept in the target shed in range 2. On Saturday get the permission of the senior duty person before doing so, at any other time check that all ranges are clear before doing so.

  2. Magnum loads and jacketed ammunition are not permitted unless approval is received from the President or Chief Range Officer or a person delegated by the above prior to the intended activity taking place.

  3. Centrefire long arms may only be used with sub-sonic ammunition (less than 1,100 fps) unless approval is received from the President or Chief Range Officer or a person delegated by the above prior to the intended activity taking place.

  4. In any event of mishandling of firearms or misconduct, any person witnessing such occurrence must report it immediately to the Chief Range Officer or a Committee Member, who will then take immediate action and report it to the Committee of Management. (Incident report forms available on notice board).

  5. Holstered (EMPTY) pistols may be worn outside the ranges, or going from one range to another only when the competition of the day includes the use of a holster.

  6. No unauthorised person is to tamper with or adjust range equipment, i.e. timers, air equipment, motors, compressors, welder, chronograph, power saw etc. Also, no club tools are to be taken off club premises without the permission of the President or Secretary.

  7. The club chronograph is only to be used by experienced members. If you need to chronograph loads, ask a Committee Member to appoint a person to help you.

  8. When the 6 month probationary period is over you may apply to the Committee or nominated person to obtain a range key to enable you to shoot midweek. The current deposit is $50.00 per key.

  9. Eye and ear protection must be worn by all competitors, range staff and spectators in all ranges.

  10. A duty roster is prepared by the committee of management and ALL members are required to perform their duties as determined by the duty roster person. Failure to attend rostered duties will incur a fine and re-rostering. If the member fails to attend the second rostering they will have their membership terminated and the police notified that they are no longer members of the club.

  11. Any member who violates range safety rules may be suspended by the committee until satisfactory completion of a safety examination.

  12. Malfunctioned .22 ammunition is to be placed in the receptacles provided in each range. It is not to be thrown in the rubbish bins or in the grass on the ranges. If you are using club Centrefire ammunition take it back to the duty officer, if you are using you own Centrefire ammunition take it home and dispose of it safely.

  13. Any member who brings a visitor to the range is totally responsible for the action of that visitor.

  14. No person is to handle firearms after they have consumed alcohol.

  15. Alcohol is NOT PERMITTED on any ranges. Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs WILL NOT be permitted onto the ranges.

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