About Us

A Brief History
In May 1994, some residents at Nelson Bay gathered to discuss forming a Pistol Club.

In 1995, the council approved of a site to be included in the sporting fields for this purpose and in March 1996, the land owner gave approval and a Certificate was granted from the Environment Protection Authority.

An innaugural meeting was then held on the 2nd of April 1996, and was addressed by Rob Boucher of the NSW APA and subsequently permission was given by Newcastle Pistol Club for Nelson Bay Pistol Club members to utilize their ranges for club organised shoots. For a few years, the then captain Leighton Woods, who sadly passed away in 2013, attended twice weekly with members for this purpose.

In February 1998, an interview was arranged with the then Minister for Lands, Richard Amery, in an endeavour to obtain a lease at a “peppercorn rate”. However, in another meeting with the Lands Dept, it was necessary to apply for lease and in that year the Club was incorporated.

Also during this time, negotiations were in progress in regard to native title and with the support of the Worimi and Maaingal people, and the help of the Lands Department, the Club was able to obtain a lease directly.

Volunteers working to build the range

To date, Government Grants in excess of $80,000 have been received through the Sports and Recreation Department which has enabled the club to construct an amenities building, office and the ranges with voluntary work by the club members.

At present, the club has over 150 members.

There is also a Collectors Club which meets twice a year and is run by Neill Gillott. For more information on the Collectors Club or collecting in general please contact the Club Secretary.

The club has conducted work to improve the club facilities throughout the years and this continues as we upgrade and maintain the premises.

We currently have four operational ranges .

Our Fourth and Newest Range Dedicated to Action Shooting Disciplines