Subiaco Rifle Club targets new members in Pinjar

Colin Dodds at the City of Subiaco Rifle Club in Pinjar. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d491581
Colin Dodds at the City of Subiaco Rifle Club in Pinjar. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d491581

A NORTHERN suburbs gun club is looking for more members to join its family-friendly outfit.

The City of Subiaco Rifle Club relocated to Pinjar after a change in Commonwealth policy obliged it to vacate the Swanbourne Rifle Range in late 2015.

Publicity officer Merv Concanen said the club, which had been based at Swanbourne for more than 100 years, had seen member numbers drop since relocating to the purpose-built rifle range.

Publicity officer Merv Concanen and president Neil Carver.

Mr Concanen said membership was open to people aged 15 or older who were interested in target rifle shooting in the “mentally stimulating shooting sport” that was “arguably the safest of all sports”.

“The Subiaco club prides itself on being a family friendly social outfit whilst retaining a good standard of competition,” he said.

“Safety is paramount – all shooting is conducted under the control of qualified range officers,” he said.

“New members are given one-on-one training by experienced members.”

Anna, Betty and Tony from City of Subiaco Rifle Club.

Mr Concanen said club rifles were available for visitors and new members received help to buy their own equipment.

“A police firearms certificate must be obtained to purchase and hold a rifle in WA,” he said.

“Security for the storage of equipment is strict.”

Pinjar Rifle Range.

Shooting takes place most Saturdays from 1.30pm and the club holds weekly range competitions as well as social events.

Colin Dodds and Chris Andrews.

“Our competitions consists of traditional military target shooting using iron peep sights, and the new concept F class incorporating a rest and telescopic sights,” Mr Concanen said.

“F class whilst not as physically demanding still poses a great degree of concentration including wind judgment and trigger control.”

Call Merv or Betty on 9387 3527 or 0411 748 341 for more information.