The Full Story
On Monday February 3, 1992, a decision was made to open the SSAA Jindabyne Branch, which would serve to protect the privilege of the individual to own a firearm for recreation purposes. Mr Kim Weston, a local landholder, provided the land via lease and has since been a strong supporter of the club.
The inaugural general meeting was held on 20 May 1992. At that time there were 52 registered members. The current membership exceeds 230, from all walks of life.
At the time the range was started, only a paddock existed. The facilities have been continuously improved and developed over the years with support of members and SSAA NSW grant funding. There are now 14 bays with concrete benches under a covered firing line. Numerous sheds and covered areas providing a basic kitchen facility and an amenities block constructed with the assistance of a grant from NSW Sport and Recreation.
The range is 500m with stop butts at 100, 200, 300, 375 and 500m. Numerous external organisation including NSW Police, Department of Corrections and National Parks and Wildlife Service use the range to train and gain accreditation for their members.
In May 1994 a motion was carried to change the name from SSAA Jindabyne to SSAA Snowy River to better reflect the membership and location of the range.
In recent times the Snowy River Pistol Club joined the range and as of May 2022 has merged with SSAA SRB as a Branch Pistol Club.
SSAA (NSW) Snowy River Branch has always been a strong club. Although small, it frequently has representation at national, state and regional competitions with members often placing in the trophies.