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Range Development Documents

The following is the current Range Development Manual:

Pistol New Zealand Range Manual (PNZ Range Manual a Guide to Planning & Construction of shooting Range 1st June 2018)
Steel Target Safe Use Guide (Updated January 2020)

Recertifications and New Ranges

Any enquiries on recertifications and new range development should be sent to the PNZ Executive Officer.

Range Inspector Contacts

If you don’t have the contact details for your club’s Range Inspector, contact the PNZ Executive Officer.

Incident Report Form

THIS form needs to be used and sent to Pistol New Zealand if an incident requiring medical attention, at the Range or in a Medical facility occurs.

This form should be located at your range. This, historically, has been the club’s First Aid Kit.

New Zealand Police Shooting Range Manual

This can be seen on the NZ Police website HERE



To help the clubs and shooting ranges operators understand what this means for them, and start to prepare for the application, we have updated the following on the Police website:



If you are interested in becoming a shooting Range Inspector, contact the PNZ Executive Officer

The following information outlines the requirements required by the NZ Police to become a Shooting Range Inspector.

The role

The role of the voluntary Shooting Range Inspector (SRI) is to carry out inspections of shooting ranges (ranges) at the request of Shooting Range Operators (SRO). SRIs work independently and as such are not Police employees or contractors.

SRIs work against clear operational standards to ensure that the range meets the certification requirements stated in the Arms Legislation Act 2020, Part 6 –Shooting Clubs and Ranges and is compliant with the minimum acceptable requirements detailed in the Police Shooting Range Manual. This is to ensure the range is fit for purpose and all safety protocols have been considered.

As an important step in the range certification process, the SRI must be mindful of maintaining quality, consistency, and legislative correctness in their assessments.

Why have SRIs?

Operators of shooting ranges, shooting organisations, and shooting clubs, and in some cases, individual shooting range operators, have a responsibility to ensure land that is used as a shooting range is safe for that purpose.

A shooting range must be inspected by an accredited SRI recognised by Police, prior to the SRO submitting their application to Police for Shooting Range Certification.

Background and skills of an SRI

SRIs come with a knowledge of range planning, design and construction and/or experience within the shooting environment as an avid shooter either within or outside one of the recognised shooting disciplines. SRIs may have an interest in a specific discipline although the training covers all shooting disciplines.

An SRI should be an individual who has the ability to communicate effectively, apply a consistent approach and have the ability to build a relationship with the SRO, based on mutual respect.

While working closely with SROs, the SRI must be able to maintain sufficient independence to ensure that their professional judgement and integrity (along with the integrity of the certification system) is maintained.

Publishing of accredited SRI details

Details of all SRIs accredited by Police need to be available to the community via a website. This is to enable Shooting Range Operators the opportunity to contact and negotiate their services and to help ensure that only accredited individuals are selected for this work.

Certification requirements

Police are providing 3 day Shooting Range Inspector courses across the country over the coming year (2022), to ensure there are sufficient inspectors to meet the needs of Shooting Range Operators.

The course comprises of pre-learning, teaching and assessment modules. The formal assessment modules are conducted post-course as formative and summative assessments at home locations.

Ongoing training, additional to the 3-day Shooting Range Inspector course, will be provided to maintain competency.  A Recognised Prior Learning programme is available to individuals who already hold the relevant experience and skills sets.

Accreditation is for a period of 4 years.


To be selected for the SRI course, the trainee:

  • must have a current Firearms Licence
  • should have current or past membership of a shooting discipline, business or club or be sponsored by an existing shooting discipline (desirable)
  • should have a desire and long-time commitment to provide the inspection services
  • should be prepared to provide inspection services for all SROs irrespective of shooting discipline (desirable)


Other skills needed:

  • previous qualification / training / experience as a SRI or range officer
  • competency at basic mathematics and geometry
  • competency in computer literacy (MS Word, email)
  • competency in basic map reading and navigation
  • preferred competency in the use of a GPS, Laser Rangefinder, Clinometer, Prismatic Compass, Protractor, knowledge of Milliradians (Military)
  • competency in formal report writing of a technical nature/subject





To log in you must be a registered member of PNZ, through a MEMBER CLUB

MEMBERS ONLY can send login inquiries HERE

If you need to change your personal details, like your address, this should be done through the members details change form HERE, NOT THIS WEBSITE