Location: Corner Windsor Avenue and Totness Avenue
Postal Address: P.O. Box 176 Hahndorf 5245
About the Club
Nestled in the lush Adelaide Hills in South Australia, just 3km from the historic town of Hahndorf, sits one of Australiaís longest running shooting clubs – the Hahndorf Rifle Club. Established in 1864, the club was inducted into the SSAA as a branch in 2006. Throughout the years, it has continued to carry on the German ring-target tradition, albeit with a few modifications due to modern technology. However, technology isnít the only thing that has changed – membership during the first few years was a mere two and sixpence (about 25 cents).
The club, which spans three centuries, is the only remaining German ring-target club in the Southern hemisphere that conducts an annual Koenigschiessen – or Kingshoot. The Kingshoot is the highlight of the clubís calendar and is an open event held between Christmas and New Year. It is restricted to non-telescopic rifles over 180m on the German ring-target. Club historian Brian Hennig says, “The winner of this historic event is expected to place a medal of precious metal of his or her design onto the existing Apron of Medals, which dates back to 1864.”
Substantial prizes of money and goods are awarded to Kingshoot participants. Past Olympic competitors Norm Rule and Yvonne Hill are just two of the many shooters to have placed medals on the apron. Last year, a new record of wins took place when Neville Jones, the unofficial new King, obtained his 10th title, exceeding the long-held record of nine wins by Norm Rule.
The club’s traditions, correspondence, records, and finances are maintained by Club President Frank Bruno-Bossio, Vice President Mark Whittle, Secretary Craig Ferris and Treasurer of 40 years, Dean Keen.
Membership of the club stands at a healthy 50 shooters, 10 per cent of whom are female shooters. However, Club Secretary Craig Ferris hopes that by promoting the sport and advertising the club with the local council, the SSAA and in the local shops that this number and the clubís demographic will grow.
The facility consists of a comfortable clubhouse canteen, toilet block, a 50m sighting-in range, 100-yard rimfire range and a 200-yard centrefire range. All shooting bays are undercover, allowing for year-round action.
What do we shoot
- Disciplines shot at the Hahndorf Rifle Club include 100-yard rimfire (.22LR only) and 200-yard centrefire, including black powder (any calibres). Rifles vary from standard hunting rifles to target rifles.
When do we shoot
- Shooting takes place every Saturday, with gates opening at noon and competitions starting at 1pm. Rimfire and centrefire competitions are alternated, with centrefire shot on the first and third Saturdays.