How to Join

To shoot at the Melbourne International Shooting Club (MISC) there are a number of formalities that need to be completed. While the process may seem daunting at first it is a relatively simple process and the club will guide you through the various steps.

The first step is to join the club. In order to do this you can lodge an application which will be considered at the next committee meeting. Once your membership is approved you will receive a membership pack in the post and you will be contacted by the club to arrange a time for your induction sessions. When you have completed these sessions, you may apply for a target pistol licence and then purchase a target pistol.

Joining the Club

MISC membership is subject to the rules and policies of the club. All memberships are subject to Committee approval.

The following is the steps involved in joining the club.

You must contact the secretary via email and book an appointment for a Wednesday evening to come down for an informal interview with 2 committee members. On request, you will be shown the facilities on that night.

If you decide to join and the application is accepted by the committee, you will be booked on the next Orientation Day & Safety course’s held at the club.

All questions regarding membership will be answered on the Wednesday evening.

Membership Fees and Costs

There are no daily range fees as these are covered by your membership fee. Costs for targets and ammunition for 50 shots start from around $2 for air pistol; $5 for .22 cal and $15 for .38 cal. Handguns start at around $800 for a good quality used .22 or .38 handgun, and rifles for around $1000 but you can spend a lot more.

The club membership commences on 01 May, and is valid until 30 April.  A monthly pro-rata membership fee structure applies for new members joining throughout the year. Fees may be paid by cash, credit card or cheque. 

Application Process

Your application will be considered at the next available committee meeting (held monthly). Membership commences from the date that committee approval has been granted.

1. Book appointment to visit the club on a Wednesday evening with the club Secretary or Membership Manager.
2. If membership is accepted lodge application & pay applicable fees with club Manager.
3. New members will be booked into the next available safety course.


You will need to first apply for a provisional licence. You need to hold this licence for a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year during which time you must complete a minimum of 6 approved competition shoots. A pistol cannot be purchased on a provisional licence. You can download the provisional licence application from the link below of from the Victoria Police website.

Provisional Handgun Licence Application Form

As part of a obtaining your provisional licence you must attend a safety course. This can be organised by the club and are usually run on the 1st Sunday of the month from 9am – 4pm.Once you have completed the Safety course, you will receive a safety course certificate, and this certificate must be attached when you need to lodge your application. The club will talk you through the various requirements and the application procedure during your safety course.

Licensed members transferring from other clubs

Other members transferring from other external clubs are welcome. As a matter of club policy, a letter of introduction from the member’s existing club secretary will be required, prior to joining unless introduced by our own members.

Purchasing a Handgun

You cannot purchase a handgun on a provisional licence.

While on your provisional licence you will be allowed to use the various club pistols to complete your required number of shoots and to familiarise yourself with different types of pistols. When you have acquired your full licence the club will assist you with advice on purchasing your first handgun.

Once being a fully liciensed member. You are eligible to apply to purchase a handgun.   In your first 6 months of being a Fully licensed member, you are only able to purchase an air pistol or a .22 rimfire pistol. You must fill in a Purchase to Acquire (PTA) form, and it must be signed off by an authorised club representative. For your first pistol there will be an approximate wait of 30 days for your PTA permit from Licencing Regulation Division (LRD). Once obtained, you are able to go to your nominated dealer to purchase your first handgun (air pistol or .22)

As policy and procedures change from time to time for purchasing a handgun, it is suggested that you visit the LRD website at Victoria Police for the latest information.  To get further information on what you can purchase and how, it is best that you contact a Victoria Police representative from LRD on the following phone number 1300 651 645

An LRD representative should be able to answer all your queries in purchasing a handgun. Alternatively, you can contact LRD by emailing them at the following email address: