Category H Sports Shooters Licence - Northern Territory


A Category H Sports Shooters licence authorises the holder to possess and use only Category H firearms for the purpose of sports shooting at an approved firearms range.

Prescribed category H firearms are:

(a)Category H firearms that comply with the following:
(i) the calibre of the firearm does not exceed .38" unless the firearm is for use in a specially accredited discipline, in which case the calibre may exceed .38" but must not exceed .45";
(ii) if the firearm is self-loading, the barrel length is not less than 120mm;
(iii) if the firearm is a revolver or a single-shot pistol, the barrel length is not less than 100mm;
(iv) the shot capacity of the firearm does not exceed 10 rounds;

(b) black powder or muzzle loading pistols;

(c) cap and ball percussion revolvers;

(d) highly specialised target pistols.

A Permit to use Category H Firearms under Supervision for Sports Shooting is required for 3 months before you can apply for the full Category H Sports Shooters Licence.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

The applicant must be a natural person, and must be at least 18 years of age.

A person may apply for a category H sports shooter's licence if the person:
(a) is a shooting member of an approved firearms club;
(b) has satisfactorily completed a firearm safety training course; and
(c) holds, and has held for at least 3 months, a permit to use category H firearms under supervision for sports shooting.


5 years.



Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1997 Northern Territory

Administering agency

Northern Territory Police, Fire & Emergency Services

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Officer in Charge, Firearms Policy & Records Unit

Operating address: Peter McAulay Centre
McMillans Road
Berrimah NT 0828
Mailing address: PO Box 39764
Winnellie NT 0821
Phone: 0889223543
Fax: 0889223540
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