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Becoming a member

Please read this section carefully.

You MUST have a current New Zealand A Category Firearms License to join Auckland Pistol Club.

How to join


Complete the following steps. Membership applications are completed online. A copy is received by the secretary and training officer. Membership applications are considered once a month by the committee at it's regular meeting typically on the second Wednesday of each month.  

Click here to complete the online  Membership Application Form - Complete all sections on the form, there are three items that need to be uploaded to the form: a copy of your firearms license, a copy of a passport style photograph for your club ID card, and for new members the FM1 form. Make sure you have these ready as files to attach before you begin completing the form. If you can't attach them or need to send them separately they can be emailed to

Click here to download the FM1 Form - Complete all sections and sign. Scan or photograph the form and upload it to your membership application.  Your FM1 number will be assigned by the club secretary when processing your application.

The digital photograph of yourself that you provide with your membership application should be a head-shot only, on a neutral background, similar to a passport photo, but you can take your own with a good camera and good lighting. Remember to smile.  

During the membership process the treasurer will advise you of the club account into which you will need to pay your membership fees and you will be invoiced for the correct amount. The fee is $300 a year for a typical adult membership. This price is less if you are under 21 years, or over 60 years, or the family member of an existing club member. 



After you become a probationary member


After your probationary membership application has been approved, you will be issued with your club ID badge, a sign in token and your own Training Manual. The Training Manual has further information about the club and provides a record of your training progress.


As a new club-member under the law you must undergo a 6 month minimum training period before you can apply for a pistol endorsement on your firearms license. You must make 12 training sessions during this initial 6 months. You are advised to commit to the process and have the time available to do this when you apply for membership otherwise your probationary period may be extended.  

Please note that all membership approvals are initially for 12 month probationary membership regardless of experience.


During your initial 6 months as a member at APC (for members working towards a B'endorsement) you must make 12 attendances at the club and meet all training requirements.  Your membership may be cancelled at any time without notice during this period and your current membership fees refunded if you are found not to be a good fit for the club environment. 


Failing to meet either of the attendance or training requirements during this time may result in your probationary period being extended by a further 6 months.

During you 6 month initial training period you must complete 12 shoots, recorded in your training manual before applying for your B endorsement (Pistol License).

To book in for Training, please go to the Training Roster link off the home page where you'll find details of when training sessions are on, and a web form to book in.  Please bring proof of payment to your training.

This will be a printed receipt of payment, sent to you by the Treasurer of Auckland Pistol Club.

Please note: Training is only available to members of the Auckland Pistol Club.


Applying for your pistol license


When applying to the APC committee for the clubs endorsement of your application for a pistol license you need to be able satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have a current New Zealand firearms license [submit scanned copy]

  • Have been a member of the New Zealand Pistol Association (NZPA) for a minimum of 6 months [ie: been a member of APC for 6 months]

  • Have completed 12 recorded shoots in your training manual [submit a scanned copy of the sign off sheet in your training manual]

  • Have sat and passed the NZPA Safety test and Club Range Officers test [submit scanned copy of signoff sheet]

The Training Officer will assist in submitting your application to the Committee for approval.



Maintaining your pistol license


Please be aware that there is an ongoing commitment to having a pistol license in New Zealand.

Obtaining your B endorsement (Pistol License) is only part of the process.

The only lawful purpose to own a pistol in New Zealand is to shoot it competitively, so in order to retain your license, you must continue to attend a minimum of 12 shoots per year and to remain a financial member of a Pistol Club (and thereby PNZ).  Your 12 attendance shoots can be made up of shoots recorded at APC as part of our regular weekend club matches or interclub matches at other clubs, or regional or national matches recorded at other clubs. These attendance shoots are recorded by you and countersigned by a witness on your annual 'shooter diary' page. This page is submitted to the club secretary prior to the end of the clubs financial year. 




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