Newcomers to firearms have the opportunity to learn fundamental skills and safety practices thanks to a practical course developed by SSAA Victoria.
The Basic Firearms Safety Course is a comprehensive one-day program designed to instil best practice and basic knowledge into new or intermediate firearms users.
The course is designed for people wanting to get their firearms licence or those who already have one but want to improve their skills.
Participants do not require a licence because it will be supervised by experienced range officers and instructors who will teach the fundamentals of safety and marksmanship.
For those who have recently obtained a licence, this is an extension of the compulsory police course and includes actual firearms use.
Topics covered in the BFSC include:
- Risk control and basic firearms safety practices.
- Safe storage, transportation and handling.
- Types of firearms, major parts and actions.
- Ammunition anatomy including cartidges and shells.
- Firing techniques and procedures.
- Firearms maintenance.
- Sighting-in procedures.
- Range shooting practice.
The fee for the course is $120, which will cover ammunition and targets. Classes are kept small so more time is given for individual needs.