Newcastle Pistol Club range on show at open day 50th birthday celebrations

Newcastle Pistol Club's treasurer John Robinson and president Thistlethwayte at the club's 25-metre range.
Newcastle Pistol Club's treasurer John Robinson and president Thistlethwayte at the club's 25-metre range.

NEWCASTLE Pistol Club will open its doors this Saturday to show its facilities to residents and potential members.

The open day is to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary.

Treasurer John Robinson said the not-for-profit organisation was excited to give people a tour of its new facilities.

"We've put $125,000 over the past 12 months to upgrade to a pretty high standard," he said.

"So it's a chance for everyone to have a good look around."

The air-pistol range has been upgraded to an international level and the moving-target range to a national level, allowing the club to host more prestigious championship tournaments.

"There's more to it than just shooting a bit of paper," Mr Robinson said.

"There's about 10 different types of shooting and a lot of variety. There will be guides to take groups around to show off the facilities."

The Newcastle Pistol Club has more than 300 members and all workers are full-time volunteers.

They have members ranging in age from 12 to 85.

Mr Robinson said interested residents could apply for membership, but would have to go on a waiting list.

"There's fairly strict safety restrictions in place to get a pistol licence," he said.

"We have arrangements for people to come into the club as temporary members though."

The open day runs from noon to 2pm on Saturday at the club's premises, 54 Eldon Street, Waratah.

Newcastle Pistol Club road entrance into the quarry.

Newcastle Pistol Club road entrance into the quarry.

Newcastle Pistol Clubis in a quarry where stone was extracted for the Nobbys breakwall. This photo is thought to be taken at the turn of the century.

Newcastle Pistol Clubis in a quarry where stone was extracted for the Nobbys breakwall. This photo is thought to be taken at the turn of the century.

Newcastle Pistol Club second gate entrance.

Newcastle Pistol Club second gate entrance.

Newcastle Pistol Club 25-metre range.

Newcastle Pistol Club 25-metre range.

Newcastle Pistol Club practical range.

Newcastle Pistol Club practical range.

The mover at Newcastle Pistol Club's latest addition - a range with moving paper targets.

The mover at Newcastle Pistol Club's latest addition - a range with moving paper targets.

Newcastle Pistol Club's state-of-the art air pistol range.

Newcastle Pistol Club's state-of-the art air pistol range.

A paper target used on Newcastle Pistol Club's air pistol range.

A paper target used on Newcastle Pistol Club's air pistol range.

A range of air pistols in action by Newcastle Pistol Club members.

A range of air pistols in action by Newcastle Pistol Club members.

Newcastle Pistol Club's 50-metre silhouette range.

Newcastle Pistol Club's 50-metre silhouette range.

Close up of the silhouette targets at Newcastle Pistol Club.

Close up of the silhouette targets at Newcastle Pistol Club.

Newcastle Pistol Club treasurer John Robinson at the 25-metre range.

Newcastle Pistol Club treasurer John Robinson at the 25-metre range.

Newcastle Pistol Club's treasurer John Robinson and president Thistlethwayte at the club's 25-metre range.

Newcastle Pistol Club's treasurer John Robinson and president Thistlethwayte at the club's 25-metre range.

Newcastle Pistol Club's president Thistlethwayte and treasurer John Robinson at the club's 25-metre range.

Newcastle Pistol Club's president Thistlethwayte and treasurer John Robinson at the club's 25-metre range.

Newcastle Pistol Club's president Thistlethwayte and treasurer John Robinson at the club's 25-metre range.

Newcastle Pistol Club's president Thistlethwayte and treasurer John Robinson at the club's 25-metre range.

Some of the targets pistols used for competition at the Newcastle Pistol Club.

Some of the targets pistols used for competition at the Newcastle Pistol Club.

Four-time world Light Welterweight Champion Kostya Tszyu is an honorary member of the Newcastle Pistol Club.

Four-time world Light Welterweight Champion Kostya Tszyu is an honorary member of the Newcastle Pistol Club.