Joining Whangārei Pistol Club

If you wish to join the Whangarei Pistol Club, please contact via email the Club Secretary.

There are two Membership Intakes per year. January and July. You can visit the Club before January and July to see if you want to join!

If you have not got your A licence you will need to apply for this. Go to to start the process.

Once the Club has accepted your Application for Membership,  your six month probation period starts.  Our Training Officer will contact you to start training. Training Days are predominantly held on Saturdays.  On Sundays you may join in with the members so that you may practice what you have learnt – Sunday’s participation goes towards completing the required 12 Club Shoots within the first 6 month probation period.

You are required to complete 12 club shoots within the first 6 month period. Upon achieving your B Endorsement it will be 12 club shoots per 12 months.

Training will include a 4 stage basic training programme with the Club Trainer, covering

  • Range Safety
  • Safe Pistol Handling
  • Range Commands
  • Live Fire Exercise

You will also complete a Range Officer Test and Safety Test. This is included in the training period for the first 6 months.  All B Endorsement holders have completed a Range Officer Test and Safety Test.

You now need to put your training into practice on the range under the supervision of a Range Officer, you have to show you can run a live range safely.

You may participate on Club Days. We have 5 shooting disciplines available –  Speed Steel, Service Pistol, IPSC, Action Pistol and ISSF.  Try them all out!

You may use a Club gun under the strict supervision of a Qualified Range Officer B License holder. You may remove a pistol out of its bag, load a pistol, fire a pistol, general firearm handling, loading magazines and the use of range commands and safety.

At the end of your six month probation period if all of the above has been passed and signed off you may apply for your B licence (pistol) which means you need to ask the Club Secretary or the Club President to put your application for a (B) licence endorsement forward to the Club Committee at the next club meeting.

If it is passed you then take the endorsement and $ which you pay at the post office to the Whangarei Police Station. (You cannot own or buy a pistol until your licence is sent to you from the NZ Police).

NOTE: This may take up to 12 months from the time you started to the time you receive your licence.

You may be turned down for a B licence (pistol)  if the Training Officer, Range Officers or the Club Committee does not think you are safe with a pistol or ready to own a pistol.

You may talk to the Training Officer about what you can do to obtain a B Licence. It may be you need more time with a pistol or to work on safety.