Firstly, it must be pointed out that if you want to experience shooting or the club events you are welcome to attend one or two as a guest without being a member. If you wish to do this, check out the shooting programme on the Members Page and either turn up to an event or use the Contacts Page to speak to someone about it.
If you wish to join the club, there are a number of steps you need to undertake. These are summarised below. The full process can be confusing to the unitiated, so if you have problems with understanding the different requirements or wish to speak to someone about becoming a member, go to the Contacts Page and email the Club Secretary.
Below, you will find a summary of the steps required to get a firearms license. For a fully detailed version, including a description of all the categories and alternatives, you can follow this link to the SSAA site. Also, here's a link to the SAPOL firearms pages for general reference.
If you do not have a valid South Australian firearms license you will need to get one. The full process does take time, so start it going as early as you can. There are a number of ordered stages involved;
Firstly, you need to attend a Police station and make an application for the license. Don't forget to take along 100 points of identification. As part of the application you will need to know which class/s of firearm you want to use and for which purpose it/they will be put. You can select more than one of each, but it's wise to read up on the alternatives by following the SSAA link in the paragraphs above. If you choose incorrectly you will have to get the license altered, which is time consuming and involves a fee. Following your application, SAPOL Firearms Branch will do a background check to see if you are a fit and proper person.
If the security check is satisfactory, the Firearms Branch will send you a letter describing what type of training you require. This is generally in the form of a one day long TAFE based training course. The course includes both theory and a written test plus practical sessions involving shooting various firearms. You will find details of these courses by following this link, TAFE Firearms Safety Course details and fees
If you only intend shooting rimfire or handguns on the club range, it is possible to organise your training through the club, but contact the club secretary first to discuss this limited option. Bear in mind that if you choose this method, you will not be able to use your firearms anywhere other than at the club range nor for any purpose other than target shooting.
Once you have completed your training the Firearms Branch will send you a 'data-card' that requires you to visit a suitable facility (such as the GPO) to have a digital photo taken. You will need to supply 100 points of identification and pay a fee.
Sometime later you will receive your photo-license via the mail, supposedly within 28 days. However the good news is that when you had the photo taken, a receipt was issued that acts as an interim license. You can use this to facilitate purchases of firearms and to join the club.
Note, there are regulations about when and how you can purchase firearms, especially handguns. Click here to visit the SAPOL site for details
Note, there are fees at just about every point in this process. Click here to visit the SAPOL fee schedule
Should you wish to use your firearms for hunting, you will need to apply for a hunting permit from the Department of Environment and Heritage. Click here for a printable pdf of this form, which includes the fee structure.
IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A LICENSE BUT IT IS NOT MARKED FOR CLUB USE OR THE RIGHT TYPE OF FIREARM
If your license is not marked 1 = club use, you will need to have it altered by SAPOL Firearms Branch. This will mean visiting a Police branch and making application to alter your license. There is a fee and you will need to have another license photo taken so it can be re-issued. This takes time, so the earlier you initiate this process the better. Similarly, if you don't have the right Class for the type of firearm you wish to shoot marked on your license, typically A, B or H, you will need to have this altered.
Remember, if you are confused or in doubt, cheer yourself up with the knowledge that many of the existing members have been through this process and come out the other end sane. And of course you can always contact the club secretary via the contact page for help.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO BECOME A MEMBER
A VALID SOUTH AUSTRALIAN FIREARMS LICENSE with purpose of use = 1 and the appropriate category of firearm marked on it, typically A, B or H. If you want to know more about getting a license see the link opposite.
SSAA MEMBERSHIP. The Monarto Metallic Silhouette Rifle Club is affiliated with the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, the SSAA. You will need to be a member of the SSAA to be a member of the MMSRC. There are many benefits to being a member of the SSAA, so you should consider joining regardless of your application to Monarto. Note, you do not have to hold a firearms license to apply for SSAA membership, therefore you can apply for your Monarto club membership at the same time as you make application to the SSAA. But remember, Monarto club membership will not be granted until your SSAA membership is in hand.
FILL IN THE APPLICATION PAPERWORK. There are three sets of forms to fill in, membership, referees and probationary member forms. Click these links for a printable pdf of each form, or you can contact the club secretary for a membership pack.
COMPLETE A PERIOD AS A PROBATIONARY MEMBER. After you lodge your application with Monarto, and all the appropriate checks have come up good, the club will make you a probationary member. You will be required to attend and compete in at least three official shoots over a period of six months before you will graduate to full membership. During this period the club will be providing you with training specific to the Monarto range and types of shoots carried out there. You will be expected to pass an exam, testing this training.