Joining the Club

New members are introduced to the Club through a training program lasting three months. There are three intakes each year, in February, May and August.

Applications

Download the Membership Application Form (PDF). This application must include two written personal character references from people who have known you for at least two years - NOT people you work with or close relatives. The references must be addressed to St Ives Pistol Club and not "to whom it may concern". After hours contact phone numbers for referees are required.

Applications for membership are not automatically accepted. Applicants must be of good character and reputation, and either hold or be eligible to hold a Firearms Licence. NSW Police do not usually grant a licence where the applicant has a prior criminal conviction or is the subject of any order relating to violence or firearms.

You will need to have been in contact with our Membership Officer and had your paperwork approved before attending the Intake Induction Night.  There are strictly limited slots available in each intake; if you should turn up to an Induction night without prior approval of your application, you will NOT be accepted for that intake.

Time Commitment

The training program involves a commitment to attend each of the three Sunday seminars AND attendance for seven separate Saturdays over the three months for pistol practice sessions and complete matches. If this will be difficult for you to commit to due to work, study or family commitments - please consider very carefully whether you will be able to complete the course of training required for the club's approval needed to get a full pistol licence.

Restrictions on the granting of Firearms Licences

The NSW Firearms Registry (FAR) enforces a variety of reasons for refusing the granting of a firearms licence. These include any offences relating to drugs, violence or firearms. Refer to NSW FAR FAQ for more details.

If you are subject to any of these then you will not be granted a licence and so there is no point in you seeking to join the Club and going through the induction process. If you are not sure, then contact FAR in the first instance to enquire about your eligibility.

Membership Fees

Membership fees for new members must be paid prior to or at the induction night.

Juniors

Juniors are accepted from 12 years of age provided they have parental approval and will be adequately supervised. The Membership Application Form includes a Parental Consent Form which must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian if a junior is applying

Transferring from another club

Members of other pistol clubs in NSW, interstate or overseas may be accepted into the Club without having to complete the training program. However, all new members must undergo a safety test prior to being permitted to shoot.