Members and guests welcome to attend.
- 9.00am fourth Sunday from May to September winter attire, check Club Calendar for summer months program, December is cancelled due to heat and Christmas
Edwardian Section - Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What guns to bring?
A. Any safe, side-by-side cartridge gun, hammer or hammerless, black powder or nitro from the period spanning 1870-1940. From a Hollis to a Holland, a Birmingham to a London “best”, all are welcome. Post 1940 side-by-side guns are fine, but an older and more interesting gun is preferred. Under-and-over or semi-automatic guns are not used.
Q. What to wear?
A. Everyone is encouraged to make a reasonable attempt at wearing period dress as typical of the Edwardian Period. The basic look of outdoor sporting attire can be as simple as a flat cap, long sleeve shirt, tie, leather shoes and light weight long pants (no jeans).
For Gentlemen, plus twos or plus fours with knee length shooting socks will add to the look. For Ladies, a full-length skirt offering mobility, coupled with a linen blouse and waistcoat will be elegant and practical.
The full Tweed shooting suit is usually too hot except for the coldest winter days in Brisbane.
Sporting and leisure clothing of the day had more freedom and mobility, as both Ladies and Gentlemen participated in Croquet, Tennis, Cycling, Golf and Shooting. Most of what you need can be purchased from charity second-hand shops, or on-line retailers.
Q. What is the shooting style?
A. The spirit of the event is based on an Edwardian era game shoot in the English style or Village Fare Style. It aims to be fun, relaxing and different from any other shooting competitions.
Edwardian Section – Competition Details
Location: SSAA Brisbane Branch, 292 Mount Petrie Rd, Belmon QLD 4153.
Date: 4th Sunday of each month during the cooler months (May to September).
Targets: A variety of simulated English Game birds.
Contact Details: Check the current SSAA Brisbane Range Directory, for the current Section Captain contact details.
Competition Culture: The Edwardian section is a social competition. Of course safety is serious, but it's more about an appreciation of English style guns and attire from the Edwardian era.
Members and guests welcome to attend.
- 9.00am on the third Saturday of the month
Frequently asked questions
Q. What is farmgun?
A. The word farmgun is a slang term used to describe any non-elite or cheap shotgun that you would find hanging over the farmhouse mantlepiece.
Q. What is the Farmgun Section?
A. The farmgun section is a fun clay-target competition at the Brisbane Branch of the SSAA, where the competitors use basic and inexpensive shotguns. It operates under the SSAA Shotgun rule book as a SSAA Sporting Clays course of fire.
Q. Which shotguns are used?
A. Some of the common shotguns used are:
Single barrel (break action, bolt action or lever action)
Double barrel, side by side (single trigger or double trigger)
Q Can I use an under and over or semi-automatic shotgun?
A. No. You are welcome to use your under and over or semi-automatic shotgun in the afternoon practice session after lunch, but not in the morning competition session.
Q What if I don’t have a farmgun?
A. Come along anyway. As long as you are respectful to other people’s gear, there is a good chance that someone will be happy to lend you one.
Q Why should I compete in the farmgun section, compared to the other clay-target sections?
A. Some of the attractions are:
Inexpensive start-up (retail second-hand farmgun from $90 to $150)
Variety of layouts and targets
Supportive fun atmosphere, with encouragement and coaching
- 7.00am - Setup crew start
- 8.00am - Sign on counter open
- 9.00am - Early squad kicks-off
- 10.00am - Sign on counter closed (but you can sign on at main range and bring your receipt as proof)
- 11.00am - Ladies and Coaching squad kicks-off
- 12.30pm - Competition squads complete
- 1.00pm - Social practice using fixed traps if anyone interested (BYO targets and range officers)
- 5.00pm - All shooting complete
A variety of skeet and trap stations, based on 25 targets.
The November competition is the Clem Sorohan Memorial shoot. A Sporting Clays like layout is used, based on 30 targets
Check the current SSAA Brisbane Range Directory, for the current Section Captains contact details.
The farmgun section is a fun competition. Of course safety is serious, but outside of safety, the competition has a light and friendly atmosphere.
Things to Note
- The 11.00am time slot is reserved for a Ladies' competition, or anyone who would like coaching in a non rushed environment.
- We celebrate Winter Solstice in the June Competition, and stay back for a meal and night around the camp fire.
- We share a meal, followed by a night shoot in the December competition.
New competitors (particularly ladies and juniors) are welcome. Both new and experienced competitors walk and compete in the same squad. For new shooters of clay-targets, it’s common to start slow, before being competitive. It’s important to focus on the fun side, and let the scores slowly improve as you gain experience and your confidence grows. Farmgun provides that kind of environment.
Low/High Field Shotgun Competition
This exciting shotgun event takes place on the 1st Saturday of each month with sign on from 0930hrs. The competition to be completed by 1600hrs and 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month with sign on from 1830hrs. The competition to be completed by 2100hrs
To operate a decent competition the option to shoot up to four rounds (100) of targets. Each round of targets costs $7.50 plus the appropriate range fee. You must sign on and pay the relevant fees at the Main Range Office and present your receipt to the shoot captain at the shotgun office.
The Competition is open to all licenced shooters and new/unlicensed shooters are welcome to join in. There are experienced shooters in attendance that are always willing to help new shooters and beginners.
Grading of shooters can be performed and grading cards will be available for those wanting them. To keep your grading current your card must be handed to the shoot captain at the start of the shoot.
Any type/calibre of shotgun from 12g to .410 may be used providing all licence requirements are complied with. If you do not have a shotgun and can respect other people’s property one could be made available to you on the day.
In general, the Low Field sport is shot using five stations on either side of the trap house.
Three targets are shot from each station on the left side of the trap house and two targets are shot from each station on the right side of the trap house.
Targets are thrown over an arc of 44 degrees at various elevations, providing a rich variety of targets.
Shooters may use two shots per target if required.
The High Field component of the competition is shot utilising the tower mounted trap which is elevated to approximately 10m above the ground. The shooting takes place in the same manner as the Low Field event with five stations either side of the tower.
For High Field the targets are thrown over a 44 degree arc but at fixed elevation, simulating high pass game shooting.
The competition takes place at the shotgun range of the Sporting Shooters Association Brisbane located within the Belmont Shooting Complex with the entrance on Mount Petrie Road.
All SSAA firearms handling and safety rules apply in regard to footwear, hearing and eye protection.
Please note that NO SHOT LARGER than number 7 size is permitted to be used on the shotgun range/layout, as per Range Approval.
- HIGH/LOW FIELD 9:30am First Saturday of every month.
- LOW FIELD 6:30pm Second and Fourth Thursday of every month
Skeet shooting is shot over nine shooting pads positioned in a semicircle between a high tower trap 3m above ground on one side and a low trap at ground level on the other side. The flight and speed of the targets is fixed, but as shooters move around the shooting pads, they are presented with a variety of single and double targets at different angles.
- 9.00am second Sunday of every month
Competition is held twice each month starting
- 9.00am third Sunday of the month
- 7.00pm third Wednesday of the month
What is Sporting Clays?
Sporting clays is one of the fastest growing clay target shooting events conducted word wide. Targets are set to simulate hunting type situations. (Springing teal, running rabbits, driven grouse, landing ducks to name a few). Whilst participating on a SSAA range, SSAA competition rules apply.
How and when are events run?
SSAA Brisbane conducts a sporting clays event on the third Sunday of each month starting at 9.00am and are generally finished by 3.30pm. It is set up and shot from 5 different stands around the clubs shotgun range. Each stand consists of 5 targets, 3 single targets shot double barrel (2 shots each) and 1 pair (1 shot each). Targets are a mixture of right and left crossers as well as out goers and incomers. Extremely good use is made of our tower and permanent trap fixtures as well as 14 mobile traps. Various coloured and size targets are used (Red, Orange, Green, White, and Yellow). Three rounds of 25 targets are shot on the day (75 targets in total)
Throughout the year several competitions are conducted where trophies are presented to the winners. SSAA National Grading System is used in all competitions (AA, A, B, C and Junior).
- June: Presidents Cup
- July: Annual Side by Side Shoot
- September: Cyril Dewhurst Memorial Shoot
- October: Clem Sorohan Memorial Shoot
- December: Combined Christmas shoot and trophy presentation
Range safety is managed by qualified Range Officer’s who have successfully completed training courses and have been accredited by SSAA Brisbane range management. Whilst on the range you will be required to take safety directions from the duty Range Officer. The Section Shoot Captain coordinates all activities.
What do you need to participate?
To shoot sporting clays you will need to have a 12, 16, 20, 28 gauge or .410 calibre shot gun capable of firing 2 shells, a shooting jacket or bag to carry cartridges in, hearing and eye protection. SSAA range rules also make it mandatory to wear covered in shoes. Shot shells size 6, 7, 7.5, 8 or 9 only are allowed on the range for safety reasons. Loads from 24 gram up to 32gram loads (7/8oz, 1oz & 1 1/8oz)
- Adults - $33.00 18 years and over
- Pensioners - $30.00 Must show Pension Card
- Juniors - $15.00 11 years to 17 years
- Brisbane members with range pass - $23.00
- The costs cover the range user fee and targets.
- Licensed Shooters - To sign on you will need to have your relevant state shooters licence, membership cards are these are required to be shown when signing the Range Register. Competition score cards are completed and signed after each event.
- Unlicensed Shooters - There is provision for unlicensed shooters to participate and you will need to produce current photo id and complete a “form 33” when signing the range register. Unlicensed shooters will be accompanied by one of our Range Officers at all times whilst shooting.