SPORTING SHOOTERS' ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA

BRISBANE BRANCH

Farmgun

Members and guests welcome to attend.

  • 9.00am on the third Saturday of the month

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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)
.410 bore
Black powder

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

Timetable

  • 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

Targets

A variety of skeet and trap stations, based on 25 targets.

Special Competitions

The November competition is the Clem Sorohan Memorial shoot. A Sporting Clays like layout is used, based on 30 targets

Contact Details

Check the current SSAA Brisbane Range Directory, for the current Section Captains contact details.

Competition Culture

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.

General Information

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 Field

Low/High Field Shotgun Competition

This exciting shotgun event takes place on the 1st Saturday of each month with sign on from 0930hrs and the first squad to begin shooting at 1000hrs. The competition to be completed by 1600hrs.

To operate a decent competition the option to shoot four rounds (100) of targets is offered. Each round of targets costs $7 and the appropriate range fee will apply.

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 addition there will be a Low Field shooting evening competition held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evening of each month. The sign on for this being 1830hrs and the shoot to commence at 1900hrs. Two rounds of Low Field to be shot with all completion to be completed by 2100hrs. 

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.

You may sign on at the shotgun range office, or at the range office. If you sign on at the range office you must present your receipt to the shoot captain at the shotgun office.

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 First and Third Thursday of every month.

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Shotgun - Nights

Shotgun - Nights permits the use of any smoothbore shotgun up to 12-gauge to shoot clay targets.

  • 7.00pm first Friday of every month

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Skeet

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

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Sporting Clays

Competition is held twice each month starting

  • 9.00am third Sunday of the month
  • 7.00pm third Wednesday of the month

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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)

Competitions

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

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)

Costs

  • 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.

Sign on

  • 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.

Range Safety Video

Please watch this safety video before visiting our range.

training video

Range Hours

Monday to Thursday: 1pm-5pm

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 8am-5pm

Range closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day & half Anzac Day

Public Holidays Excluding Mondays: 8am-5pm

Office Open: Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm

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