North Sydney Smallbore & Air Rifle Club Inc. is a 50m Target Rifle shooting club, on the Hornsby Rifle Range, Sydney, Australia.

Update 24/3/20: Due to the government COVID-19 directive on indoor sporting venues, NSSBARC is closed for until further notice. We will update this site once we have new information. 


Small bore rifle shooting has a long competitive history. It is one of the oldest of the modern Olympic sports, it is included in the Commonwealth Games and in the World Championships, conducted by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).

Within Australia, there are State and National championships. Small bore shooting is usually featured in the Masters Games program. At the elite level separate events are conducted for men and for women, but at club level competition is completely open and men and women compete against each other.

For more details on Small bore shooting in Australia, go to the Target Rifle Australia website (see the Links page).

Disciplines: All small bore rifle shooting at our club is carried out over a distance of 50 metres.

At present, the most popular small bore rifle disciplines currently being shot at our range are prone and benchrest although other small bore rifle disciplines are able to be accommodated if they are permitted under the conditions of our range licence.

In addition to small bore rifle events, we accommodate approved Air Rifle disciplines including ISSF 10m and Air Rifle Metallic Silhouette practice in .177 and .22 Calibre.

As with all forms of target shooting, the safety rules are strictly enforced and our number 1 priority.

Target Rifles: The small bore target rifle weighs about 5 kg and is a single shot, bolt action rifle firing subsonic .22 calibre cartridges.  We also use ISSF target air rifles (6ft lbs energy) and Field target air rifles (12ft lbs energy) in .177 caliber.

Legal requirements: The Club has accredited officials licensed to conduct firearms safety training and tests. These are conducted by our club officials on an individual basis.

Want to try shooting?

North Sydney Smallbore and Air Rifle Club offer sessions where you can try shooting without requiring a licence.

  • The next try-shooting session will be on Sunday 10/05/20. Bookings are essential, enquire now to secure your place.
  • Bookings must be made by emailing enquiries@northsydneysmallbore.org.au

Club Operating Times

The operation times for this club are:

  • Members: Tuesday and Friday evening: 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm, Sunday mornings 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
  • Good Friday/Christmas Day/Boxing Day: no shooting
  • Anzac Day: no shooting until after 1.00 pm

Juniors: Children (12 – 18 years of age) intending to shoot must be accompanied by parent/guardian who have their photo ID with them, (this can be Driver’s Licence or Passport).