Coffs Harbour Rifle Club, with a membership of 200 (as of July 2017), is the largest club in the NSW Rifle Association. The club caters for the following target shooting disciplines: Fullbore, Service rifle, F-Class and Field Class. Field Class, being the most popular, has both centrefire and rimfire events.
Fullbore: rifles are single shot precision target rifles in .308 cal. They have aperture rear sights and post or tubular front sights. They are shot in the prone position only.
Service Rifle: any military rifle up to 8mm calibre. The rifle and sights must be ‘as issued’.
F-Class: any rifle up to 8mm calibre. Any barrel, stock and sights are permitted, as is any type of front rest. Rear rest being a sand bag/bags or the shooter’s hand or arm They are shot in the prone position only.
Field Class centrefire: sporting/hunting type rifles up to 8mm calibre. Any sights are permitted and a 5-round capacity is required.
Field Class rimfire: sporting/hunting type rifles in .22 calibre. Any sights are permitted and a 5-round capacity is required.
The rimfire range on Howard St. lies 100m past Coffs Racing Club on the right. This 50m range is leased and is for .22 calibre rimfire rifles using only standard velocity or sub-sonic ammunition. Magnums are not permitted here. The range only caters for Field Class competitions and is only open on Wednesday nights with shooting commencing at 6pm.
The centrefire range is at Dairyville and is owned outright by the club. The 80 acre shooting complex has a rimfire range with shooting mounds at 30m, 60m and 90m. The main range has shooting mounds at 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 500m and 600m. This range caters for all shooting disciplines as mentioned above. Part of the range is leased to the Coffs Harbour SSAA club.
Service and Field
This is the most popular competition, held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month starting at 9am. This is for Service rifles and Field Class centrefire rifles. Shooting is from the standing position at 100m, sitting position at 200m and prone at 300m. Note: Field Class rimfire rifles may also be used at the 100m events.
The course of fire is as follows:
- 2 sighters – one 20-second exposure of the target for each shot. These 2 shots are not scored.
- 5 shots FORCED APPLICATION – one 20-second exposure of the target for each shot.
- 5 shots TRAIN FIRE – one 60-second exposure of the target for all 5 shots.
- 5 shots RAPID FIRE – one 30-second exposure of the target for all 5 shots.
- 5 shots SNAP – one shot at each exposure of the target. Target will be up for 3 seconds only and down for between 5 and 10 seconds.
These events are held on the 4th Saturday of each month starting at 12.30pm. These shoots are for Fullbore, Service Rifle, F-Class and Field Class centrefire rifles. Shooting is from the prone position only at distances of 300m, 400m, 500m and 600m.
The course of fire is:
- 20 shots in your own time, with a maximum of 45 seconds to fire each shot.
A range fee (being the club’s income) is payable to shoot at any club competition. Adults are $5 and juniors (under 21) are $2.