Melbourne International Shooting Club is located at 120 Todd Road, Fisherman’s Bend, Victoria between the Go-Cart Track and GMH Gate 7.
Melbourne International Shooting Club (MISC) was formed in 1955. Members were not only challenged by this new sport but by some interesting and different terrains, including the Brunswick Refuse Site. Since that time the club has grown and eventually moved to its present site at Fisherman’s Bend in the late 1970’s.
MISC has been at the forefront of developing Target Shooting as a safe, family orientated sport with members attaining State, National and International success. Further embracing these ideals, a partnership was formed with Essendon Rifle Club in mid 1996 to expand and diversify club activities with numerous members attaining state, national and international success.
MISC is an approved international standard shooting complex and is affiliated with international and national sporting associations and governing bodies. MISC provides a unique opportunity for sports people and families to participate in Olympic and International target pistol and small-bore rifle disciplines. It was the venue of choice for the 2005 Deaflympics & Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Shooting Events.
The club’s location is just 4km from the Melbourne CBD making it readily accessible to shooters from all districts. The club boasts modern state-of-the-art shooting facilities, with ample off-road car parking.
A brief history
Target shooting with rifles and pistols – and with bows and crossbows before the invention of firearms – is one of the oldest and most popular sports. Target shooting is an Olympic sport that has been on the program of the Modern Olympic Games (since 1896) and is also included in the Commonwealth Games.
Even though this is a relatively new sport in Australia, our shooters are competing with increased success in the various international events and have won a number of medals at Olympic and Commonwealth Games as well as at World Championships.
In 1955 pistol shooting was recognised as a sport in Victoria and the Melbourne Pistol Club was formed. Because of the Melbourne Olympic Games, the law in Victoria was changed to allow the ownership of target pistols. At that time the Olympic program contained only two pistol events whereas there are now five events included.
The original Melbourne Pistol Club was split into smaller clubs with the Victorian Amateur Pistol Association [VAPA] formed as the governing administrative body of pistol shooting in this state.
Melbourne Pistol Club combined with the Springvale International Shooting Club to form Melbourne International Shooting Club (MISC) and commenced building the current facilities at Port Melbourne in 1976 to cater for both pistol and small-bore rifle shooting.
The purchase of the site in 1992 ensured continuity and security of tenure necessary for our future and for the continued development and improvement of the six acres of land for the benefit of our members. Since 1994 small-bore rifle shooting has also been included in the main shooting activities of the club, and several of our international representatives have used the club as their training base.
The club is affiliated with several umbrella bodies which are:
– Victorian Amateur Pistol Association [VAPA];
– Target Rifle Victoria [TRV]; and
– International Practical Shooting Confederation Australia [IPSC].
These associations cater for people interested in International Shooting Sport Federation [ISSF] small-bore rifle shooting or pistol shooting, and practical pistol shooting. A few of our members participate in modern pentathlon and use our facility to train for the shooting component of this event.
The club has a policy of continuous improvement to upgrade its facilities, and was the venue for the pistol and rifle shooting at the 2006 Commonwealth Games with several members representing Australia at this event. We now have an international standard facility and one of the very best in the country.