CLUB NEWS - 2017

To all Members 

and families 

we wish you all a very Safe 

Happy New 2018 Year

all the best

from the 

QMRC Committee


May the peace

and joy that

Christmas brings..

always be with you 

and your family!

A Very Merry Christmas 

from QMRC Committee


Weapons Legislation 

(Lever Action Shotguns) Amendment Regulation 2017

A letter  QPS Letter for Lever Action Shotguns.docx  and a fact sheet  Qld Lever Action Shotgun Re-Categorisation Fact Sheet.docx relating to the re-categorisation of Lever Action Shotguns will be disseminated to all licensees in possession of a Lever Action Shotgun. These documents provide information relating to the new regulation and its impact on owners of Lever Action Firearms.  Should you have any further questions in relation to Lever Action Shotguns, 

please contact Weapons Licensing 

via email at 


via phone on 3015 7777

Weapons Legislation 

(Lever Action Shotguns) Amendment Regulation 2017



Jessica Crawford from Gympie Kilkivan made a clean sweep of C Grade at North ArmNorth Arm rifle range lived up to its challenging reputation for a big field of more than 70 shooters at the 2017 Club championship and Lilley District Open at Yandina.

Peter Richards QMRC was among the .303 enthusiasts at North Arm

There were some outstanding range scores but fluky winds and humid conditions proved a test for consistency across the weekend.

Ash Bidgood from Crows Nest-Goombungee missed a single bullseye at the shorter ranges to win the North Arm Open on Saturday, a point ahead of Shane Abood from Albert with Rodney Prayle from Maryborough a close third.


North Arm local Colin Cole and Cessnock visitor Rob Avery finished the Lilley District Shoot two shots down with Colin prevailing 16 centres to 15.

A third placing for Ashley Bidgood was enough to secure the Grand Aggregate with a six range score of 297 with 35 centres.

Murwillumbah’s Alan Cronk won the B Grade North Arm trophy and the Grand Aggregate while young Gympie shooter Jessica Crawford made a clean sweep of C Grade.

North Arm locals Denis Aarons and Dave Boreham dominated the strong F Standard and F Open scope events over the weekend.

Brisbane shooter Frans Knox finished with a trophy double in the F Target rifle scope event.

Peter Richards from the Qld Military Rifle Club showed his class in a .303 competition using a 100 year old Canadian Ross service rifle.


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Police close Australia’s ‘unsafe’ Olympic shooting training venue

NOVEMBER 11 2017 - 11:45AM

Police have closed large sections of the training venue of Australia's Olympic shooting team after an investigation found it was unsafe, projectiles were leaving the range, lead was "raining down" on buildings with people inside, and shooters were illegally using full metal jackets.

Victoria Police's Licensing and Regulation Division conducted the investigation after receiving a number of complaints about safety standards at the Melbourne International Shooting Club in Port Melbourne.

The venue, which includes 25-metre and 50-metre ranges, hosted shooting events at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and is the training venue for the Australian pistol shooting team ahead of the 2020 Olympic games.


Police have closed large sections of Melbourne International Shooting Club. Photo: Melbourne International Shooting Club (MISC) / Facebook

In a finding made public on Friday night, Acting Inspector Andrew Armstrong said the investigation found serious safety concerns and poor management by the committee of the Todd Road complex.

"I am not satisfied that the 25mt ranges are currently containing all shots sent down the range," Mr Armstrong said in the statement.  

"The current state of the ranges also makes them unsafe for range users and the general public and I therefore revoke the 25mt range approval 11 April 2016.

"Revocation of the range approval is effective immediately and will remain so until all safety concerns are addressed."

Investigators found lead on the roof of a demountable shed being used for administration. Statements given to police described led "raining down" on the tin roof.

The investigation found evidence shooters used ammunition above the allowed calibre, including full metal jackets.

It also found members of the club executive allowed unlicensed shooters to use the range without appropriate supervision. 

The regulator's report detailed a number of concerning incidents, including one in which a shooter was injured by a ricocheting shot. It said nothing was done to improve safety after that incident, nor after a recommendations provided to the club by the regulator in 2014. 

Another incident involved a "clear safety breach by a member of the board of management" which called into question "the safety standards being set at the club."

"I have concerns that the current board of management has been aware of a number of safety issues for some time and have not acted on those concerns," Mr Armstrong said.

Melbourne International Shooting Club was been contacted for comment.

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From :



The Commonwealth Games venue 

that's on target

A major test is on target at the shooting venue for next year's Commonwealth Games. But as international competitors are getting acquainted with the world-class site, there are concerns the Belmont range could be bulldozed when the competition is over.


From :




Buffet dinner and bar tab provided

 ( standard drinks only )

The function area is licensed, 

strictly NO BYO

Please RSVP to

no later than Monday 4th of December

Remember - Please advise us full

names of all family members

attending including your

children's ages.

We hope to see you there !


Saturday 11th November, 2017 is 

Armistice Day


Have you seen the LAFO website lately ???



From Saturday 28th October 


Wednesday 8th November,

The Commonwealth Shooting Federation (CSF) and Oceania Shooting Federation (OSF) Championships will be held on the Belmont Shooting Complex ranges.

This event will be an Operations Trial for this venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games for rifle, pistol, shotgun and fullbore shooting.


Access to Ranges during CSF/OSF Championships.  


During the competition period, there will be access to clubs, facilities, and ranges for members and spectators.


A checkpoint will be set up at the Old Cleveland Road entrance.  

Please stop at the checkpoint, where you will be asked if you are a club member/range user or a spectator.  

Members and range users will proceed to their range; 

and spectators will be required to park in the allocated area and will be transported to the competition area by shuttle bus.


If members are accessing the range during this period and the checkpoint is not set up, continue on to the range as usual.


Your patience is appreciated during this period which is an important part of the preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.








Friday 27th October 2017

at the Wynnum Manly Pigeon Club hut, Belmont range, commencing at 6.30pm

All existing Range Officers 

Saftey Officers 

MUST attend



10th October 2017

It's Labor's Fault!

The current Queensland Labor government wants to silence the voice of thousands of sporting shooters, hunters and farmers by moving lever action shotguns to a restrictive Category D. This opportunistic political posturing by Labor in wake of the recent tragic event in Las Vegas is a disgrace. Law abiding firearm owners are constantly being targeted by Labor and your voice is needed to fight back. Read Article HERE

What can I do?Email the Premier of Queensland Contact the Premier and Labor members and let them know your thoughts.Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk - Phone: (07) 3719 7000 / Email: Premier HERE Download full list of contacts HERE

Email the Leader of the Opposition
Contact the Leader of the Opposition and let them know you oppose Labor's ban.Hon Tim Nicholls - Phone: (07) 3838 6767 / Email: Hon Tim Nicholls HERE Download full list of contacts HERE

Email Katter's Australian Party 
Katter's Australian Party Party has vowed to move a disallowance motion in the parliament to overturn these bans. Send them a note of support.Hon Robbie Katter - Phone: (07) 4410 4100 / Email: Hon Robbie Katter HERE Download full list of contacts HERE

Your voice is needed.





Annual General Meeting

30th September 2017 

At 13:00

All members are urge to attend


Wynnum Manly Pigeon Club INC.   

club house on the Belmont shooting complex

President - Andrew Peatey

Vise President - Julian Padgett

Secretary - Brad Baumgart

Treasurer - John Buck

Club Captain - Peter Richards


Dear All

As you know the QMRC state pistol championships were conducted at the 50 meter range at the Belmont range complex today Friday the eighth of September.

A small dedicated band of handgunners were treated to magnificent early spring weather today which topped out at a very nice 27 deg C with just enough wind to stir up the powdered bulldust in the carpark.

The shoot was conducted in three details each of about fifty minutes each for the full 50 - 7 m 90 shot match.

The shooters were also treated to extra 9mm brass, high end Winchester, left behind by a unknown Government organisation - thanks as the tax payers getting something back.

As the shoot concluded and the dust settled from the dryer than dead dingo's you know what bullet catcher; the winners were awarded their medals in the following order:

Standard class - battle/carry pistols

1st 715 Peter R. - 830/900 Sig P49 9mm

2nd Micheal B. - 788/900 1911 38 super

3rd John T. - 636/900 92FS 9mm

Open class - match guns 

1st 715 Peter R. - 792/900 Sig P226 9mm

2nd Micheal B. - 734/900 AMT 30M1

3rd Allan S. - 402/900 STI 38 super

 Other competitors scores:

James A. - 582/900 Taurus 9mm

Colin H. - 566/900 Styer M9A1 9mm

Aaron M. - 535/900 Glock 17 9mm

Aaron C. - 319/900 Sig 320

Thanks to all the competitors how traveled from near and far and hope you enjoyed the competition and the renewal of old friendships and new friendships made.


Peter Richards




Annual General Meeting

30th September 2017

From 13:00


Wynnum Manly Pigeon Club INC.   

club house on the Belmont shooting complex

Dear Member,

Your club’s Annual General Meeting will be held as indicated above, We urge you to attend if possible.

11.3 At the annual general meeting of the club, all the members of the Management Committee, and any Sub-Committees, for the time being shall retire from office, but shall be eligible upon nomination for re-election or re-appointment.

11.4.b The NEW 2018 QMRC Management Committee nominations is in writing and signed by the proposer has been lodged with the QMRC Secretary:

President - Andrew Peatey

Vise President - Julian Padgett

Secretary - Brad Baumgart

Treasurer - John Buck

Club Captain - Peter Richards

11.4.a  Any member of the cub shall be at liberty to nominate any member to serve as an officer of the Management Committee.

11.4.b  The nomination, which shall be in writing and signed by the proposer shall be lodged with the Secretary before the 15 of September 2017 via email or post.

If you are unable to attending and wish to vote via instrument proxy please contact the QMRC Secretary ASAP via email for a offical register numbered QMRC proxy form.

24.7  The instrument appointing a proxy shall be in writing, in the common or usual form under the hand of the appointor.  

24.9  The instrument appointing a proxy shall be deposited with the QMRC Secretary prior to close of business 15th of September 2017 via email or post.

Brad Baumgart

QMRC Secretary 

20 August 2017

Annual General Meeting - 2017




Feeney v Qld Police Service - Possession of Category H - Loose Cannon

13 August 2017

Feeney v Qld Police Service (Weapons Licensing Branch) 2017 QCAT 203 is the latest in a line of cases dealing with the vexed question of possession of Category H licences by either farmers or those assisting farmers with pest extermination.   

A number of people have spoken to me about the decision as though it represents something new.  It does not.  I can only imagine that the people who viewed it as being something new were responding to the decision on a visceral level, and I can understand why.

Lt Col Feeney (Ret)(‘F’) completed national service in 1959, undertook a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968, and remained in the Army Reserve until he reached the mandatory retirement age for reservists of his rank- 50 year of age.

During his considerable service with the Army Reserve and Army in Vietnam, one would assume that F would have received a great deal of training with a service pistol, even although unlike rifle training, pistol training in the ADF, tends to be on more of an ‘as needed’ nature.

Such training would have been supplemented by that found in his local pistol club.

Also, unlike the British Army during Victorian times, and into the earlier part of the 20th Century, the Australian Army promotes very much on ability, and, having reached the level of Lieut Colonel, one could assume that F’s possession of a firearm would not pose any risk to the community.

Infact, many would agree with me that the Lieut Colonel. Who I genuinely thank for his service, and doff my hat to and salute, has well and truly earned the right to possess a pistol.

This is not however the matter for consideration in this case.

The question here is whether F meets the ‘business or employment’ requirement of his licence.  Business is defined in Schedule 2 of the Act to mean a business carried on under the authority of the licence. See also s11 & s 13(5).

Upon retirement from the reserve, F established a company called Professional Vermin Control and Training Pty Ltd (‘PVCT’).  Since formation in 1997 it has provided vermin control for the rural community on about 5-6 times a year.

While farmers were charged a fee for service, the fee was designed to cover costs and not make a profit. Formal contracts were also not used – agreement with a farmer usually just taking the form of a hand shake.

F also spent time working on a property called Keggabilla- this work was unpaid, although he was allowed to agist 12 head of cattle.  There was no evidence on income earned from this.

F maintained from his experience, that use of a handgun is the only safe firearm to be used to destroy an animal in close or confined spaces. Rifles are calibrated for taking long shots, and are overly powerful, and difficult to use at short range.

Where feral pigs have been trapped, guidelines mandate that they should be shot from inside and not through the trap- thus the muzzle must be inside the trap.  There would also be a high risk of over penetration if the pig was shot with a rifle.

F was first issued with a cat H licence for sports and target purposes in August 1997.  One year later it was endorsed so as to enable its use in the destruction of animals in the conduct of a business of occupation.

Police submitted s11 and s13(5) require an occupational requirement for possession.

F submitted s11 defines parameters of genuine reasons. S13 is subservient to s11 and does not limit its operation. Submits word ‘occupational’ be read broadly and not be limited to paid employment.

S13(5) talks about necessity of a weapon in the applicant’s business or employment. 

Macquarie Dictionary defines ‘to be in business’ as ‘to earn a living from a commercial activity’.

Hope v Bathurst City Council (1980) HCA 144- High Court- commercial enterprise- commercial enterprise- carrying on- suggests repetition of activity for profit.

Wilson v Qld Police Service (2010) QCAT 347 – Equine Chiropractor. 4-5 times a year for two weeks went to farm to muster cattle and cull pests. Consideration of habitual employment. Payment in kind not actual payment in money as one would expect for professional shooter / musterer.  Tribunal view needed a commercial relationship to qualify applicant to meet occupational requirement for a weapon.

F obtained advice from Weapons Licensing Branch to develop a suitable structure. Use of handgun from register 30 days 2014, 16 days 2015 and 1 day 2016.

In Cseke v Qld Police (Weapons Licensing Branch) (2005) QCA 466 firearm had not seen recent use-Cseke had not worked with animals for three years not on point to argue potential for use exists and need might arise in future. 

I have always found the ratio decidendi in Cseke v Qld Police (Weapons Licensing Branch) (2005) QCA 466 to be a curious one. As most Police Officers spend their entire career without ever drawing their service pistol at anything more than a target during a lifetime of Policing.

Observation by Tribunal that the Company was a not for profit operation, and there seemed to be little difference between pre-incorporation operation and post incorporation operation.

 Relationship of F with Stiller are like the equine chiropractor and property owner in Wilson- namely a relationship of a casual nature that is friendship based.

Unable to conclude involvement in PVCT or work on Keggabilla provides an occupational requirement for a concealed firearm as required by 11© of the Act.

Lesson- if you want to justify a handgun for primary production purposes in Queensland, expect to meet stringent commercial standards also document and be able to prove your ‘need’ for it.

Simon Munslow

National Firearms Lawyer
P: (02) 6299 9690
M: 0427 280 962

Simon Munslow is a lawyer who has a lifelong interest in shooting, having acquired his first firearm at the age of nine, and has had an active interest in firearms law since writing a thesis on the topic over thirty years ago at University.Simon Munslow practices extensively in Firearms Law matters throughout Australia.

He is a regular contributor to the Australian Sporting Shooter magazine’s website on Firearms law matters, has published articles on firearms reviews and firearms law, and occasionally is asked to comment in the broader media on firearms matters.

This article is written for general information only and does not constitute advice. He can assist you with:

Criminal law & Administrative law and in particular that related to Firearms

• All firearms, weapons and game charges• Avoiding & setting aside Apprehended Violence Orders• Possession of unregistered firearms• Unsafe transportation & storage matters• Applications for prohibited weapons• License Appeals• Freedom of Information / Government Public Access matters• Importation & Customs problems• Advices & opinions related to Firearms law matters



QRA Duncan series matches

QRA Duncan series - 16th & 16th of

The QRA Duncan series matches which were conducted on the Duncan range at the Belmont shooting complex over the period Tuesady Wednesday 15/16 Aug 17. For the third year running the QRA has included 303 chambered rifles with blade sights to fire concurrently with the full bore and F class disciplines at their Duncan and Queens series.

The QMRC dominated all trophies and the grand aggregate with first and second badges going to Peter Richards and David Hatherall respectively.

Conditions and weather for the two days of the Duncan match were almost perfect with a gentle left to right breeze for the first two distances, 300/500 yards, allowing good elevations and windage settings confirmed. With good firm scores being recorded  on the QRA/NRAA standard full bore targets with shooters' firing some rifles, all in 303 British chambers, over one hundred years old the double 600 yard serials reminded all shooters just how challenging iron sight shooting is at medium distances especially with all rifles required to have 'blade' foresight's as apposed to 'rings' as permitted on full bore rifles. 

At the conclusion of the four shoots per competitor many lessons were learnt and all enjoyed the day with the wind providing enough variation to make each shot a challenge at the double 600 yards.

The second and final day of the Duncan saw the firing commencing at 900 yards, yes 900 yards, for those who doubt the 303 rifle can be accurate when fired prone with just a sling for support and iron sights were proven wrong. 

The final distance match was the 1000 yard ten shot match which is the ultimate challenge for all riflemen at Belmont. With the wind conditions being erratic 'fish tail' from the first shot all competitors faced conditions that tested and in some cases exceeded their current skill levels.  All reported that the experience of 1000 yard shooting is amazing to prove to the full bore shooters how good their 303 s are.

Consider this: the rises in elevation in minutes of angle from Peter Richards' Canadian Ross mark 3 are (bare in mind point of aim being an area hold below the aiming mark):

300 - 500 = 11 min

500 - 600 = 4 1/2 min

600 - 900 = 24 min

900 - 1000 = 6 min

A total elevation rise of 48 minutes - if fired at 100 meters the group would be 1220 mm high.

The choice of projectile and load combination varied little with 'Bullet Factory HPFB','Seira Match Kings BTHP' and 'Hornaday BTFMJ' 174 grain projectiles being blasted down range with stout loads of ADI 2208 between 39 and 42.5 grains.

The rifles being used were also varied with 40 % of the field confidently fielding No1 Mk3 configured to range rifles as were the next 40 % using No4 s the odd rifle was the Canadian Ross mark 3 of Peter Richards with it's standard 30 inch barrel which enabled him to get closer to the target at each distance.

Notable achievements and scores of the  QMRC members:

Colin Hall 2nd at 1000 yards day two - 32.1;

Rod Wood - 500 3rd 43.2, second 600 2nd 42.1; 

David Hatherall 300 1st 43.1, 500 2nd 44.1, 600 1st 44.0, 600 3rd 40, 900 1st 41, 1000 3rd 31.1

Peter Richards 500 1st 44.1 (on count back), 600 2nd 43, 600 1st 47.6, 1000 1st 42.2

The Duncan match overall scores for the 303 matches:

QRA badge # 1 - Peter Richards QMRC 252

QRA badge # 2 - David Hatherall QMRC 243

QRA badge # 3 - Jim Breeze (Southern Downs rifle club) 222

A special thanks must go to Jim Breeze who as a QRA Board member sponsored and continues to the the one of the main pillars of the 303 shooting movement in QLD many thanks from all the competitors.

By Peter Richards



ASRA Queensland State Service Rifle


On the 8th, 9th and 10th of September 2017 QMRC will be hosting the 

ASRA Queensland State Service Rifle Championships. 

This is an open event and all clubs and licenced shooters are welcome to attend.



QMRC - 2017 MidYear Shoot


NATIONAL Firearms Amnesty 1 July - 30 September 2017

2017 National Firearms Amnesty

A National Firearms Amnesty will operate for a period of three (3) months, commencing 1 July to 30 September, 2017.

This means any person, including licence holders, will have the ability to register or surrender unregistered firearms to a firearms dealer or police station without fear of prosecution. 

Further, during the firearms amnesty the costs associated with registering a firearm will be waived, meaning, persons wishing to register unregistered firearms will not be charged any permit to acquire fee to register the unregistered firearm.

In Queensland, there are four (4) options available regarding the surrendering or registering unregistered firearms in their possession.  These options are:

  • Registering the firearm to an existing firearms licence (subject to the categories and conditions of the licence);
  • Surrendering the firearm at a firearms dealer for commercial sale;
  • Surrendering a firearm at a firearms dealer or police station for safekeeping, pending the issue of a firearms licence; or 
  • Surrendering a firearm at a firearms dealer or police station for destruction.

Click here for further information relating to the firearms amnesty.



We are now up to Version 4 with the 

2017 QMRC Shoot Calendar,

Please click on the link belew for your copy,



Each year your Club membership expires on the 30th of June.

You are now invited to renew your membership for the coming year.

Please complete and return the membership renewal forms with payment, for processing.


Hearing Test

A Hearing Test screening bus will be located at the SSAA Brisbane range on the 28thth and 29 June 2017, from 8.00am.  

There is no cost for the test.  

Anyone is welcome to attend the bus.  

If you would like to book a time, please telephone our office during office hours Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm, to book a time slot.  

The test takes less than 10 minutes.


G’Day mate

I'd like to sale revolver accessories I'm disposing of

Peter Crane 

Ph 0409 084 008

License 10102873

QMRC Member 


Solvent Trap



15 - 16 July 2017

15 - 16 July 2017


2017.6.3 Bundaberg-Burnett-PM

Please clink here for more information



Storing small arms ammunition

If you’re a shooter, you must comply with relevant legislation and meet your duty of care regarding storing small arms ammunition. 

Small arms ammunition refers to ammunition for a firearm, including primers (cap type) used for reloading the ammunition for a shotgun and any firearm with a calibre no more than 25.4mm. 

How to store the ammunition

You must store small arms ammunition (SAA) in either its original packaging, or packaging or containers designed to protect the ammunition individually either:

  • in a secure container
  • on a shelf that unauthorised people can’t access.

Secure containers

A secure container is a spark-proof container that’s kept closed at all times except when the SAA is placed in or removed from the packaging or container. A spark from an external source can’t enter the secure container when it’s stored and not being handled. (This doesn’t apply to steel packaging or containers.)

Ice-cream containers, take away food containers, glass jars with screw lids, plastic bags with zip-lock seals, coffee tins and similar containers are not acceptable as secure containers. You may use them as inner packaging inside a secure container for storage.

More than 10,000 safety cartridges

If you store more than 10,000 safety cartridges in a secured area, you must display a classification sign (class 1.4S) for the cartridges you’re storing. The Australian Standard AS 2187 defines a safety cartridge as ‘a cartridge for small arms weapons or industrial tools which are explosives of Classification Code 1.4S’. A drill, dummy or inert round or cartridge is not a safety cartridge.

The classification sign—at least 100mm square—must be attached as follows:

  • if on a drawer—on the outward-facing surface of the drawer
  • if on a cabinet—on the exterior surface of the cabinet
  • if on a cupboard—on the exterior surface of the cupboard
  • if in a room or other enclosure—at each entrance to the room or enclosure

Classification sign (class 1.4S)

outdoor 100mm X 100mm with Magnet back

For Sale - $2.50 each 

plus $1.00 postage 

Email below for more information 

16th May 2017


North Arm ANNUAL 303 MATCH

ANZAC shoot a Crawford family affair

The popular 2017 ANZAC memorial rifle shoot at North Arm proved to be a family affair for the Crawfords from Gympie-Kilkivan.

There was some outstanding marksmanship from the .303 rifle devotees who tackled the annual event over 300, 400 and 500 yard ranges using a modified scoring system.

Bob Crawford shooting with a 1943 Australian-made Lithgow rifle hit every bullseye for a possible 150 with 12 centre bulls to win the modified service rifle class by a shot from Glenn Skipworth of the Queensland Military Rifle Club who finished with 149.16


Peter Richards and Glenn Skipworth QMRC

Young Riley Crawford, in his first year of competition shooting, used a 1944 English BSA Shirley rifle to win the scoped service rifle class with 148.14 including possibles at 400 and 500 yards.

His sister Jessica, shooting a 1921 Lithgow, improved with every range to win the modified rifle at 500 yards with a possible 50.4.

North Arm local Des Voght was a clear winner in the unmodified service rifle class with an aggregate score of 139.7. He competed with a 1942 USA-made Savage rifle.

The competition organiser Bob Bull finished strongly with two possibles for a score of 146.8 in the modified rifle class.

QMRC members Adam Hanley and Iaan McMillan

Service Rifle winner Des Voght North Arm

From QRA website -

13th May 2017



Have you seen the LAFO website lately ?


It's that time again when the QMRC & QRA calendra are updated with Version 3 becuae of range changes.

Changes for the midyear chmps include 'cutting' the Friday Vintage SR match and replacing the Standard service rifle format matches to the conduct of the MBS 60 shot match. 

16th May 2017


Firearms can harm your hearing

Hearing damage costs Australia billions.  It reduces our quality of life. And it’s totally preventable.  Every other English-speaking country allows the use of suppressors.  Some even promote it; for good reason.

Centrefire pistols and rifles generate noises from 150 to 170 decibels.  Without any protection, hearing damage is guaranteed.  Sound moderators shave maybe 30 decibels off what is a VERY loud noise.  Hearing protection is still required for users – they just get a bit less hearing damage.

But the Gun Police prefer hearing damage for you

There is virtually no use of suppressors to facilitate crimes in countries that permit suppressors.  But there’s still just something about suppressors that the Gun Police hate. (The Gun Police are the firearms registry, not the ordinary hard-working plod.)  Australian Border Force hates it too.  A West Australian lawyer reports today on Facebook:

In the last 48 hours I have got a spate of calls from shooters who are being raided by Australian Border Force officers who  are armed with search warrants and copies of private emails from the shooters ordering from overseas “solvent traps.” The ABF takes the view that these are in reality silencers and to import them is a Commonwealth offence.

Before anyone accuses us of criticising the Gun Police unfairly because “the law” doesn’t allow suppressors, we’d like to point out that Victoria and NSW allow suppressors to some extent.  When we asked the Police in Victoria and NSW for the criteria or procedures by which they evaluate applications to own suppressors, we were met with extremely  frosty refusals.  One staff member from Victoria Police Licensing & Registration decision said, “Why do you want access to our procedures?  Our procedures are private and not open to the public.  You asking me for these is like me asking you for the processes you use in your private business.”

In Queensland, Weapons Licensing Branch has refused a formal application by a pest controller to use suppressors when destroying animals trapped in a regional town, even though they clearly have the power to issue an exemption that would allow the pest controller to use a suppressor.

It is the rabid anti-suppressor culture of the Gun Police (those  police that license firearms and whisper in politician’s ears) that puts us in this situation.

Do you have an experience seeking permission to use suppressors?  Get in touch on Facebook or through the contact page on this site.



They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Tuesday 25/04/2017


18 - 19 MARCH 2017


 The NEW QMRC Results website

A new website has been delivered that will calculate and store the weekly rifle competition results, as well as manage handicaps and shield scoring. The website replaces an old Windows XP dbase3 system and brings the club up to date with current technology.


You can access the site at


Everyone is able to see the results of every rifle match starting from 2017 and going forward.


However, as a club member you also have the ability to login to the site and then you will be able to view:


  • A filtered list of events that only shows the events you have competed in
  • A detailed history of your handicap (including a graph), so that you can track how your shooting is improving!


If you would like to gain access to login to the website, please send an email to results@qmrc with your club number and name and you will receive your login details via return email.





QMRC will be conducting a RO & SO course on 

Friday 24th of February  2017

at the Wynnum Manly Pigeon Club hut, Belmont range, commencing at 6.30pm

FREE for all QMRC members with a Concealable Firarms Licence

The course will consist of :

— Friday night theory session,  

— Following the theory session student must complete several practical range control sessions on QMRC pistol shoot days within 12 months.

— A number of supervised & unsupervised practice range control sessions on QMRC pistol shoot days within 12 months.




Please QMRC is asking all members to read this document carefully and bring up questions to


1st Feb 2017

G’day mate,

Have you seen the new JOKE for 2017 yet?

This is the real True Story

After GCA ban the Adler A110 they are going to go after how many firearms we own!

GCA have already been given this victory and now have set another low level act of stating they want a restriction on how many we own.



Becuase the Brisbane weather is extrem this time of year, the very hot and extreme heat conditions could place people at a great risk of heat-related illnesses. 

This is why the QMRC club competitions will be held at 09:00

Other QMRC members wishing to NOT compete 

in the days club competition, 

Can now shoot on the far left lanes while the club competitions is being carrired out.

The QMRC  Range Officers of the day will apoint a 

QMRC Safety Officer to over see the lanes.


To  Senator Pauline Hanson,

Many of our Members are extremely annoyed (to say the least) regarding the following threat to someone who obviously has a Firearms Licence.

This needs to be challenged to the relevant authorities in that the thin edge of the wedge seems to be getting much wider day by day.

We all know what the end game is all about, and that is to take away our guns on any pretence, and this is one of them.




As part of the Commonwealth Games upgrades, the main Entrance at the Belmont Shooting Complex at 1485 Old Cleveland Road is currently closed until 23rd of January 2017.

Therefore you will need to enter the Mount Petrie Road entrance, please see site plan below.



The QMRC 2017 Shoot Calendar has been updated to Ver. 2


Queensland gun owners have LNP in sights over law changes

Members of the Gympie Smallbore Rifle and Silhouette Club are up in arms over potential changes to the state’s gun laws. Picture: Lachie Millard

GUN owners are warning the LNP it could lose rural seats to One Nation and Katter’s Australian Party at the next state election if it doesn’t block looming gun law changes.

The Palaszczuk Government will introduce legislation to reclassify shotguns, including the seven-shot, lever-action Adler, as part of an accord between the Commonwealth and the states.

Labor will need the support of the Opposition or at least three of the five crossbenchers to pass the changes.

Ron Owen, owner of Owen Guns in Gympie, says the mood is ripe for a political insurgency if guns are subjected to more restrictions. Picture: Lachie Millard

KAP MPs Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth have vowed to stop the laws, and they hope the Opposition and at least one crossbench colleague will help them.

Polling obtained by The Sunday Mail has found 72 per cent of those surveyed disagreed with the notion that gun laws were too restrictive, while 78 of those who identified as LNP voters did not agree it should be easier to buy guns and ammunition.

Ron Owen, who owns Owen Guns in Gympie, said the mood was ripe for a political insurgency if guns were subjected to more restrictions.

MPs Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth have vowed to stop legislation being introduced by the State Government to reclassify shotguns. Picture: Claudia Baxter

He said that if the LNP didn’t support KAP, then One Nation, the shooters’ party or the Liberal Democrats would take lots of seats off them at the next election. He pointed to a host of seats swinging westward behind Brisbane – taking in Toowoomba and tracking north through the Burnett behind Gympie and Maryborough – that he said were ripe for the picking.

Many disgruntled rural Queenslanders were aware that a growing bureaucratic army of up to 300 people were processing firearm registration and regulation in this state, he said.

“I think you would find many Queenslanders would prefer the money spent employing those people would be better spent on policing.’’

Then prime minister John Howard – wearing what appears to be a bulletproof vest – confronts a hostile gun rally in Victoria about changes to gun laws following the Port Arthur massacre of 1996.

The LNP has launched its own online petition to gauge opinion on the issue before making a final decision.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls has said he was prepared to tell his federal Coalition colleagues to “bugger off” on the issue and block the changes should rural Queenslanders oppose the new restrictions.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government would fight to ensure that gun laws were not weakened.

“What John Howard did following the Port Arthur massacre 20 years ago was right,” she said.

“Our nation is safer. Queenslanders deserve the same protections as every other Australian.”

QLD News

Michael Madigan,, The Sunday Mail (Qld)

January 8, 2017 12:00am





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