Points of Interest

 

History

 

Club Established 19 April 1972.

Range Site Approved: 24 August 1972.

Melton Pistol Club Inc. was established in 1972 by some gentlemen who enjoyed the sport of shooting and wanted a challenge for their talent, pistol shooting did this. 

Initially there were three members, but this grew very rapidly and at the peak of our membership there was 135 members in total, we currently have approximately 105 members including women, children (over the age of 12 and accompanied by either a parent or legal guardian), business people, teachers, tradespeople, and those who have retired but still want to stay active .

The land the Melton Pistol Club currently occupies was originally farm land that was donated by Jack Hurley, a local and distinguished farmer in the area. Since the clubs humble beginnings back in 1972 it has grown to be one of the largest pistol clubs in Victoria. The land the club is situated on is divided between Melton Council and Southern Rural Water and is leased back from both these stakeholders.

From our humble beginnings of shooting in an open air facility, members and council have made extensive improvements to the site with the erection of club rooms, indoor ranges, toilets, fencing, water storage and signage around the perimeter fencing. 

In partnership with the Shire of Melton, the Melton Pistol Club Inc. has had in excess of $1,500,000 in improvements in the past few years including new clubrooms and 3 indoor ranges .

The club has always been financially independent. 

The council proposed that the facility was to be relocated several times but feasibility studies showed that it would be too expensive to uproot the club to a new location, so the administrators of the time decided that the best place for the club was at its present location and a  lease was signed by both parties. 

With regard to public safety, the current laws regarding firearm usage on ranges is quite comprehensive and any breaches are dealt with severely by the police, and the Melton Pistol Club committee.

As far as safety is concerned the Melton Pistol Club Inc has never had any incident occurring at any stage of the clubs existence (1972 til present). 

Pistol shooting is one of the safest sports any person can participate in as the regulations regarding the sport are very strict and all safety procedures are adhered to quite strictly. 

We have had a number of council employees, Rotary Club, scouts and secondary school students participate at the club for team bonding sessions, and the time spent at the club was enjoyed by all who participated even though some have never held a firearm before. 

It is also a sport where a person of any age (juniors must be 12 years of age or older and be supervised by a handgun licensed adult  and their parent or legal guardian at all times) may participate (we have members in their eighties still shooting and enjoying it. Members are required to undertake a club safety course and pass written and practical assessment before they are allowed to handle a firearm and must also pass a police safety course held at the club by our police approved qualified instructors who themselves have had to undergo rigorous training.

The Melton Pistol Club Inc. has had many female and  junior members throughout its existence and some have represented Victoria in state and national championships while others have gone on to achieve the ultimate in competition, the Olympic Games.

There are not many sports that cater for the whole family, but Pistol Shooting is one of those sports.  The legal minimum age is 12 for juniors, but do not let this deter you from letting them join. Juniors have to develop a high degree of self discipline and responsibility to earn the trust of fellow club members. At club level, juniors are not segregated and participate along with mum and dad, and probably even grandpa or grandma. There is no maximum age (we have numerous pensioners in the club, and members in their 80's), and strength and fitness are not an important consideration at club level (there are quite a few disabled shooters)