New to Shooting?

What Are The Differences ?

There are a lot of activities we offer at the Bowral Pistol Club. ISSF Matches, Service Pistol, Single Action, Metallic Silhouette, SSAA Rifle Shooting and lots more – Read our guide to discover the differences in our wonderful sport.

Established in 1971

Welcome to

Bowral Pistol Club

Bowral Pistol Club was established in 1971 and moved to its current location in Belanglo State Forest in the late 1980s.

The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse will be your first area you will visit for members and visitors to sign in and will be your main meeting area. All information needed will be found in the clubhouse and is also the area where visitors fees need to be paid. The scores box and any notices are also posted here.

The Ranges

Our facilities consist of six ranges: Four 25m Ranges used for ISSF, IPSC, Service and Black Powder Matches; a 100m Metallic Silhouette Range and a Single Action Range.

Camping Facilities

The range features facilities to camp overnight in a heated bunkhouse with toilets and showers and also features parking for caravans and motor homes during major events e.g. State Championships etc.

The Lifeblood Of Our Club

Our Members

We have about 170 Members and while past and present Members of the Club have represented Australia internationally, the majority of Members enjoy shooting at more moderate levels of the sport. We cater for every skill level with the emphasis on safe shooting.

Every Skill Level

We can cater for first time shooters, probationary shooters, noxious shooters all the way up to experienced shooters.

Safety Is Number One

Safety is a high priority at our range and is taken very seriously. We have a number of rules and regulations that must be heard to at all times. For example, ear and eye protection is a priority. These rules and regulations are displayed in the clubhouse noticeboard.

Award Winning Members

Our members have represented Australia at events such as the IMSSU World Championship, the European Championship, Oceania and the Bianchi Cup.

The Southern HIghlands Is Our Home

The Club & The Community

The Bowral Pistol Club is well supported by local Council Members of Wingecarribee Council and state representative.

Interested In Pistol Shooting?

Come Along To Visit

Vistors are always welcome to come and see what we do. Shooting is primarily on Sundays and Wednesdays but it is recommended that you check with the Club Secretary before attending the Range.

What's Available At Bowral Pistol Club

Different Styles Of Shooting We Offer

As our range approval is rated at NATO pistol, shooters can not exceed a muzzle velocity of 1500 ft/sec. We can use on our range up to 12mm/45 calibre.

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ISSF

The main International Shooting Sport Federation matches are the Rimfire (.22) Standard Pistol Match and the Rimfire and Centrefire Sports Pistol Match. Matches are shot at 25m and have two parts.

The first is a precision component and the second a turning target component where the targets are turned towards the shooter for a short fixed time and then turned away.

ISSF Matches are shot every Wednesday from 10am and on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Contact Peter Harris on 0438 851 009.

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Service Pistol Match

The main Service Pistol Match shot at Belanglo is the 25m Service Match. Pistols used for the Match are short barrelled centrfire revolvers, typically .38 or 357M calibre.

The Match requires shooters to fire a sequence of shots in various positions (lying, sitting, kneeling and standing) at different ranges (from 8 to 25m), shooting against the clock.

Service Pistol Matches are shot on the 1st Sundays of each month. Contact Tomo Mazar on 0418 455 185.

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Single Action

Single Action Shooting requires shooters to use the guns of the Old West - single action Colt Style Revolvers, Lever Action Rifles and Shotguns. Shooters are expected to dress in the style of the Old West and to take on shooting names reminiscent of the period.

Matches are scored on speed and accuracy. Shooting at steel plates, typically some 10 - 20 m away, the shooter is required to use each of their four guns as fast as possible, in prescribed sequence, with severe penalties for misses.

Single Action shooting takes place on the 1st Sunday of each month. Contact Hank Dykstra on 0418 248 693.

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Metallic Silhouette

Metallic Silhouette is a series of matches which involves shooting metal cutouts of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams cut to various scales and set at varying distances from the competitor, depending on the specific match.

All the matches at Bowral Pistol Club are 40 shot matches. The matches can be shot from the standing, prone or creedmore positions.

Metallic Silhouette shooting takes place on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Contact Peter Carter on 02 4261 7598

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IPSC

In IPSC (Practical Shooting) a variety of target types are used (paper, steel, stationary and moving, scoring targets and penalty targets) There is no set way these targets are arranged or how many targets are used in a match.

The competition organiser creates a number of 'stages' to create a shooting challenge that competitors have to solve as accurately and as quickly as possible.

IPSC shooting takes place on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Contact Garry White on 0415 654 463.

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Air Pistol

Air pistol shooting provides a convenient entry point to the sport of shooting for many and is a wonderful training for live fire shooting.

Matches are shot in accord with the rules of the Amateur Pistol Association and consist of 60 shots for men and 40 shots for women, at targets set at 10m.

Air Pistol shooting takes place on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Contact Hank Dykstra on 0418 248 693.

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Black Powder Pistols

Black powder pistols are shot at Belanglo on the first Wednesday of each month. Either the International Match or a full 40 shot match is completed.

The matches are shot in accordance the rules of the Amateur Pistol Association and have a number of categories to suit different pistol types.

The most popular pistol for these matches is however, the Ruger Old Army Revolver, a .45 calibre pistol.

For more information about this discipline, please contact the office on 02 4862 1313.

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Rifle Shooting

As the name suggests we are primarily a pistol club, but we are approved by the NSW Firearms Registry for rifle shooting and are affiliated to the Sporting Shooters Association for this purpose.

Lever action rifles are an integral part of the Single Action shooting sport where they are used in conjunction with single action pistols and shotguns.

We have bench rest facilities on two of the bays on our 100m Metallic Silhouette Range.

For more information about this discipline, please contact the office on 02 4862 1313.

Please Note

Invitation Only

Vistitors wanting to use our range would be on invitation only, contacting the club by email or phone.

Safety Is Our Priority

Shooting –

A Family Sport

Pistol shooting is an enjoyable and safe family sport, open to people from 12 years of age onward.  The sport is very safety conscious and strictly controlled by Law.

Information sheets on the owning and storing of guns are available on the NSW Firearms Registry website below.

Latest News & Bulletins

Notice Board

New Discipline

Bowral Pistol Club has been approved to shoot a new discipline, Wild Bunch 911 will be held the saturday afternoon prior to the scheduled Single action shoot. if you have any interest in this please contact Hank – 0418 248 693

Safe Handling Courses


We have introduced a $30.00 fee to new members obtaining a safe handling course, these will need to be booked in advance. To book a safe handling course contact Peter Harris: 0438 851 009 or the office on 4862 1313 or email: info@bowralpistolclub.net 

Club Guns


If you require the use of club guns for a scheduled event, we ask that you contact Peter Harris on 0438 851 009 so he can arrange for the club guns to be brought out to the range.

New Scorer for 2017

Bowral Pistol Club would like to welcome Peter Harris as our new Scorer for 2017. Peter has been a dedicated member for many years and a range officer on most disciplines.

Jacketed Ammunition

All rifle shooting is to be with lead projectiles only. NO JACKETED AMMUNITION of any type is permitted. NOTE: Ranges 3, 4, 5 & 6 only use up to .38 calibre. 

Air Pistol Shooting

Air pistol shooting will be carried out at Belanglo on Range 7, which is now dedicated to Air pistol only. Air pistol can be shot any weekend as it won’t conflict with any other shooting event.