SSAA Coffs Harbour Branch


Dairyville Range Coffs Harbour

21ST & 22ND October 2017

Nominations Fees IRB $50-00 Per Day

Junior nominations half price

Pre: Nomination by 10th October

Late entries may or may not be accepted and late entry fee will apply.

Advise if sharing flags and/or equipment and with whom

Bring your current Firearms Licence and SSAA Membership Card

Weigh in at 7:00am for a 7:30am start.

Practice available 20th October 2017

Accommodation: Coastal Bay Motel Ph 02-66526044 (for best deal advise that you are a SSAA member)

Range Facilities: Club house, toilets showers and BBQ. Camping on range permitted (please advise beforehand).

Catered breakfast (6am) & lunch, tea, coffee is included.

Nominations through Benchrest Bulletin.

Enquiries: Dave Billinghurst 0418 478 160

Or Email

Wet Weather

Just a reminder to members with all the rain locally to check your safes for excess moisture maybe whack in a new moisture absorber, check under the silicone socks and apply a fresh coat of oil to your prized possessions.

Keep them beautiful ;0)


2017 NSW State Hunter Titles

OK so the 2017 NSW State Hunter Titles start on Saturday with the Rimfire light rifle Championships the Sunday will see the hotly contested heavy rimfire then Monday and Tuesday will see the light and heavy centerfire competition, we have some local shooters going well in the lead up to this shoot so fingers crossed boys.

To all local and visiting shooters good luck and enjoy the weekend.

A Massive Thanks to HQ Concrete

IMG_9771As you may have seen work has commenced on new reloading benches and a new reloading area, behind the scenes work started on this in 2014 with the committee working toward Council Approval and appropriation of funds to complete such a project. Last week the old mower shed was removed and the formwork done for the foundations of the new shed which will cover a 15 x 15 metre area. We would like to extend a massive thank you to HQ Concrete who delivered about 13 cubic metres of concrete at no charge for the retaining wall and shed foundations. We would like to encourage any members doing works to consider HQ when ordering concrete as this kind of generosity is awesome.

We ask members to be patient during further works as the main building wont be erected until May and after the State Hunter championship.IMG_9773 IMG_9772

Range Officers – clarification

There has been some confusion from members about who can and cannot be a range officer (R/O) at our range, and questions as to why an R/O from another branch cannot R/O at our range.


The answer is simple really, each separate range has what are called “Standing Orders” these are individual to each range and outline the rules of operation, FAR (Firearms Registry) also implies strict calibre, discipline conditions and range templates on each range, again these are unique to each range. With that in mind it would be difficult to expect an R/O from a different range to be converse with our rules and take command of the range, in fact its prohibited. In some cases an experienced R/O from another club can be called on to assist with the clearing of rifles etc but this would only occur under the direct supervision of the Range Captain at the time.

Coffs Harbour Range operations are run by what we call Key Holding R/O’s these people volunteer their time as Range Officers and are rostered on year to year, these are the only Range Officers who have access to the range so in order to shoot outside calendar shooting times you need to have a Key Holding Range Officer present, that officer will contact the committee prior to the day who will then post a shoot in progress notification on our website. There are no exceptions to this.

Anyone wishing to be an R/O can complete our training course followed by practical assessment over 3 shoots to qualify. Previous Range Officers wishing to transfer to our range may only need to attend a theory session depending on previous experience.

There is some more reading on this topic below on the SSAA NSW website.

RANGE CLOSED – Rimfire Nationals this week

96663875From today the range will be closed to regular shooting as we are once again hosting the Australian National Rimfire titles, Wednesday the 8th is light rifle Thursday heavy rifle, Friday heavy rifle with IRB Saturday and Sunday.

Coffs SSAA welcomes shooters from all over Australia to our beautiful range good luck and good shooting.

Muzzle brake baffles

IMG_9608Shown here almost done, our new range baffles will be used to cushion some of the impact of shooters utilising muzzle brakes at the range, they are 70mm thick core filled insulation, these will be mandatory and placed either side of the shooter to minimise the effect on others using the range. When there are no muzzle brakes on the they could also be useful as a divider between rimfire and centerfire shooters they may help there as well.