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NSW Police Pistol Club Inc

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President: Grahame Ross – ross1gra@police.nsw.gov.au

Vice President: Gary Thompson

Secretary: Phil Oswald – wookey511@bigpond.com

Treasurer: Richard Leuken

 

The New South Wales Police Pistol Club was formed in 1955 by the then Inspector Norm Marchant, who was attached to the C.I.B.  Shooting first began in a disused railway tunnel at Wynyard Station, the initial membership being about 60 Police.  The large membership at that time was more that likely due to the fact that there were no Departmental Pistol Practices, or any other form of instruction practices were held on two nights per week to allow each member to participate.

Later the Club moved to the Range in the basement of the C.I.B. building Cnr of Smith and Campbell Streets, Surry Hills in fact taking up residence before the official opening, where it remained until 1989 when the Range in the Sydney Police Centre opened and the Club moved into this larger facility.

In the initial stages the main matches contested were Rapid Fire, Centre Fire and Free Pistol all these competitions were run under civilian rules.  No member of the Club had a personal firearm as this was not permitted under the Act at that time.  Members were able to borrow several .22 Calibre pistols from the Police Armoury, but the fact that N.S.W. laws would not permit ownership placed our shooters behind the rest of Australia.  When N.S.W. Laws fell into line with the other states, the standard of competition rose dramatically.

The Annual Police and Services Pistol Championships were first held in Brisbane in 1963, these Championships were the brainchild of Sergeant Tom O’Hallorin of the Victoria Police Force.  The shoot was based on the American Combat Pistol Match, and in all 16 shooters attended the first Championship.  The states represented were New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.  The New South Wales team borrowed a single pistol from the Police Armoury, along with some untested re-loads and this pistol was shared by all members.  The scores of the team were not so good due to this and at 50 metres most of the shots fell into the 1 and 2 rings of the target.

The second Championships were held in Sydney at the Narrabeen Sports Complex, however in those days there was nothing there except vacant land.  The range was constructed the day before the shoot and dismantled the day after. As the years progressed the competition was changed from a single day 90 round match, to a two day 180 round aggregate.  This change was made because many teams travelled large distances to compete, and two days shooting made the trip more worthwhile.  Later the Armed Services and a Civilian category were added.

Today the New South Wales Police Pistol Club Incorporated has had two National Champions, retired Superintendent Bob Sutherland unfortunately now deceased and Mark Conway.  Bob who retired to Tasmania won the Golden Gun at the Police and Services National Championships on three occasions and Mark on two.

This Club is one of the smallest in the State present membership in 2010 is 44 made up of Police and Customs officers both serving and retired, but it is one of the oldest.  Records at the Firearms Registry are no longer available but it would appear that Sydney Pistol Club was formed at or about the same time.  The main matches promoted by the club today are Service Pistol both Police and Civilian rules and Action Pistol.

CLUB FACILITIES TODAY

As a member of the New South Wales Police Pistol Club Incorporated you may shoot at any approved range in the state of New South Wales and any other State as a visitor, providing you comply with any local rules and conditions that may apply.

The Club has the use of the Range at the Sydney Police Centre, practices are conducted at the Sydney Police Centre Range on Sunday’s.

There are two Model 686 Smith & Wesson Revolvers at the Sydney Range which are available to all Club members for practice.  Ammunition must be supplied by you; it can be purchased from the Club at very competitive prices if you do not want to reload it yourself.

Phil Oswald

Secretary/Scorer

 

Calendar of Events

21st March – NSW Police Games, Blacktown.

November (Date TBC) – APSM (Nationals), Adelaide.

November (Date TBC) – Annual General Meeting, Moorebank, NSW.

 

Club Membership Fee: $150.00 per person per annum.

 

Website address for the NSW Police Pistol Club – http://sites.google.com/site/nswppc/home

 



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