Thank you for your interest in the Aurora Gun Club. Information about the club, our facilities and disciplines is available on the website. Aurora Gun Club is an inclusive, family-oriented indoor club. The AGC is a HAND GUN club. If you are looking for a place to shoot rifles or shotguns, we aren’t the right club for you. If you are interested in joining our club your focus should be interested in shooting hand guns indoors.
The Membership Application Process
Step One: Complete the Pre-application Questionnaire
There are a number of mandatory fields in this form and some that are optional. Please keep in mind that the more information you are willing to share, the better we can get to know you. We do NOT screen potential members on the basis of race, country of origin, age, religion, gender, political views, sexual orientation or any other such factor.
After you submit your pre-application form, you will be notified if you have been selected for advancement to the interview stage. Regrettably, less than one in ten applicants can be considered for membership due to our intake constraints.
Step Two: Pre-Application Interview (for successful applicants only)
For successful pre-application candidates, this is our opportunity to get to know you on a face to face basis, and discuss more details about your background, and what your goals of joining the club are. It’s also your chance to ask us questions, see the facility and get a better sense of the club.
Interviews are scheduled on Thursday evenings with a member of our membership team. Interviews last about thirty minutes.
Step Three: Complete and return the membership application form (for those offered membership only)
Once we receive the completed electronic copy of your application (this is NOT the pre-application form), we will schedule you for a safety course. Generally our courses will be filled on a “first approved, first scheduled” basis, however, some factors may impact how quickly your course is scheduled. Currently the wait time is between 2-6 months.
Step Four: Attend and complete the Club Level Safety Course, pay membership fees, join the CSSA
Courses are held at the Aurora Gun Club on the 4th Sunday of the month from 9am - 12 noon. The first portion of the course will be classroom based and will review safety learned in the PAL coursed as well as rules and safety specific to our club. The second portion of the course will focus on hands-on safety training in the range, under the direct supervision of a Range Officer.
By the end of the practical session, participants must successfully demonstrate they can safely handle, load, and unload a firearm as well as listen and follow the Range Officers directions.
Participants must bring with them: External ear protection (ear muffs) and safety glasses.
Prior to being confirmed for a safety course, participants are required to pay the pro-rated annual dues of $365 ($415 for families) plus $39.55 safety course fee. You will be advised of the total amount due when you are offered a spot in a specific safety course.
All applicants must also become members of the Canadian Sport Shooting Association. To become a member, please visit their website at https://cssa-cila.org/membership/
Step 4: Complete twelve (12) probationary shoots
Step 5: Pay one-time initiation fee
Once you have completed the probationary requirements, payment of the club initiation fee of $300 will be due. Please note: this is a one-time initiation fee that is in addition to your annual dues. If you complete your probation in the same year that you start at the club, you will be paying the pro-rated annual dues (full year @ $365) plus safety course fee of $39.55 plus the one-time initiation fee of $300. Therefore, you should be comfortable with a cost of up to $705 in your first year, depending on when you join us.
Q: What is the cost to be a member of Aurora Gun Club?
A: A one-time fee of $300 is payable when becoming a full member of the club. Each year, including your first year, annual dues of $365 ($415 for families) are due. Your first year this fee will be prorated based on the number of months left in the calendar year.
Q: I am a member at another handgun club. Can I skip the club level safety course and probationary shoots?
A: For the safety of everyone, all new members must complete both the safety course and probationary shoots.
Q: How long will I wait to become a member?
A: Only successful applicants will be given a safety course date. We do not have a wait list. The current wait time for a safety course is between 2-6 months. This time will vary depending on the number of applicants and time of year. We don’t typically run courses over the summer or in December.
The length of time to become a full member also depends upon how quickly the probationary shoots are completed. Should a probationary member attend each week both the Thursday and Sunday sessions, this portion could be completed within 6 weeks.
Q: How much money will it cost me to take up this as a hobby?
A: In addition to the cost of annual fees, you should have the ability and desire to sustain the costs of participation in the sport. To participate at the club after your probation has ended, you will need access to a hand gun (either your own or by attending with another member). Most members choose to purchase at least one gun and many have several in different calibers and styles. Hand guns can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, depending on what you choose. Ammunition for .22 is about $14 per 100 rounds, and 9mm costs approximately $28 for 50 rounds (ammunition costs vary based on quantity, brand and quality). It’s important to ensure that you are able to cover the costs of shooting before joining the club. We want you to get full value from joining the club!
To begin your membership application process, please download the attached Pre-Application Membership Questionnaire and email in an electronic format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that applications hand written will not be accepted.