Due to popular demand, more dates have been added to the Practical Firearms Training Program with the next a two-evening introductory course scheduled at the Springvale Range for July 3-4.
The course is aimed at new firearms users and has proven popular with the first course, held on June 2, completely booked out.
Four more dates were added to the course schedule with one each month including a course at Eagle Park.
“We are pleased with the overwhelming response to our first course,” said SSAA Victoria Assistant Manager Training and Education, Fady Khalife.
“It shows that people respect firearms and are keen to improve their knowledge and skills at a practical level.
“We will look at adding more dates depending on demand as we continue to develop programs for shooters at all levels and disciplines.
“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 PFTP 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.
Juniors (aged between 12 and 18) are also welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by an adult so it’s a great opportunity for parents to help their kids get involved with the shooting sports.
SSAA members receive a discount on the course fee and range fees, ammunition and targets are covered in the cost.
Adults: $120 SSAA member, $150 non member
Juniors (accompanied by a participating adult): $80 SSAA member, $100 non member
The six-hour course is run on either weeknights (6pm to 9pm on two consecutive nights) or weekends (one full day 9am to 4pm) and classes are kept small so more time is given for individual needs.
- July 3 and 4 (Springvale Range) 2 SPOTS REMAINING
- August 12 (Springvale Range)
- September 4 and 5 (Springvale Range)
- October 7 (Eagle Park)