Snail Mail Address:
Buffalo Target Shooters Association
PO Box 394
300, 8120 Beddington Blvd NW
Calgary Alberta T3K 2A8
Please click on the questions below to get the answers to the most frequently asked questions we get.
BTSA RANGE QUESTIONS
Where does BTSA shoot?
What is available at the BTSA range facilities at Homestead?
Can I go out to the range anytime I want to shoot once I’m a member?
How do I get access?
What about guest access?
What can I shoot at Homestead?
What type of firearms can I shoot on the Jungle Run?
What about all the other ranges at the Homestead Shooting Facility – can I use them?
How do I volunteer to help with the BTSA?
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS
How do I sign up for membership in BTSA?
What’s the cost for membership?
How do I submit my membership application and dues?
I’m really anxious to get shooting/I need this membership so I can buy/transport a restricted firearm. How long will it take until I get my membership card?
How long is my membership good for?
How can I contact the BTSA?
BTSA is the steward of the “Action Range” facilities at the APRA Homestead Shooting Facility at Sibbald Flats (K-country). This facility includes a 100/200-metre range, two 50-metre ranges and a walking trail range. See the Ranges page for more information.
We have some great facilities in place at the Homestead Shooting Facility at Sibbald. These new ranges are located between the current Fullbore range and the public rifle range. These facilities are composed of a convertible 100/200 metre range, two new 50 metre handgun ranges and a “jungle run” walking trail for use during action shooting events. The ranges are templated, to varying degrees, for handgun, centrefire rifle, horizontal shotgun and black powder firearms.
Access to this range is controlled by a locked gate and access is limited to those members of BTSA who have successfully completed the necessary steps to be provided with access. Once you have access, yes, you can use the range on a drop-in basis. Of course drop-in access needs to fit around our various scheduled events which are posted on the the calendar of events here. Please read all the range rules pertaining to the Homestead range facilities.
To get access you must successfully complete a range orientation, and a range orientation exam. Range orientations are scheduled for several times through the year. The BTSA executive reviews and has final discretion over approval of range access. Failure to comply with all BTSA and APRA policies and range rules may result loss of range access.
As a member of BTSA you can bring a guest to the ranges. You are responsible for the behaviour and safety of those guests. You may bring a person as a guest only once. If that same person wants to use the range again, they must get their own membership. Guests must complete a range guest pass and pay a $5 guest fee to cover National Firearms Association (NFA) insurance. This fee, and the completed guest pass, which is good only for a single day, must be submitted to BTSA. BTSA members intending to use the Homestead facilities need to pre-pay purchase a booklet of guest passes, as all range users must have their membership, or guest pass, visible at all times when on the ranges. Send an email to email@example.com to arrange a time to get your passes. These passes are not a revenue-generator for the club. The $5 guest pass fee flows straight through BTSA and APRA to the NFA. This is why there is a one-visit per individual, per life-time, limit.
Each range is templated for different firearms, and has rules to ensure safe use of the ranges for all range users. This means no centrefire rifle on the Jungle Run, for example. Check out the Range Configurations page for more information about the facilities.
The primary purpose of this range is for handgun. Acceptable firearms are ONLY those chambered in any handgun calibre, .22 LR rifles and horizontal shotgun. Target placement is critical. DO NOT SHOOT THE TREES.
You are welcome, of course, to use the public rifle and shotgun ranges, but BTSA members are allowed to use ONLY the BTSA Actions Ranges (100/200, 50 E/W and the Jungle Run). Membership in BTSA does NOT allow BTSA members to use the old Pistol Bay (Pistol Bay 1) or any other facilities at Homestead, outside of organized events specified for those ranges where we have received authorization to do so from the member group in charge of those other range facilities – such as our Wednesday night Hunter Group.
Thanks for asking. We always need volunteers for everything from range cleanup day to our Children’s Hospital Foundation Charity Shoot and other events we organize through the year. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your interest in volunteering.
You need to complete our membership_application_form, and submit it with suitable payment back to us. Read the form carefully to make sure you provide all the necessary information and submit payment in the correct amount and format, to the correct email or mailing address. Incomplete or misdirected forms will be rejected. We will send you your membership card upon approval of your application and when your payment clears.
Membership dues for BTSA also requires annual membership in the Alberta Provincial Rifle Association (APRA).
If you are already a current year member of APRA through another club, you will need to prove that other membership and then you only need to submit the BTSA annual dues (plus any donation you might like to make to support club activities).
First time, or lapsed, members will also need to pay a $100 range improvement fee, put in place by the APRA. We also offer individual and family memberships, which carry different rates. The Membership application form explains the fees you’ll need to pay to meet your requirements.
BTSA now accepts membership applications electronically as well as by mail. Dues can also be paid via electronic funds/email transfer (EMT), though we continue to accept dues by mail. People applying for new membership in the BTSA must submit their payment via EMT, money order or certified cheque. No exceptions. Renewing members can simply provide a cheque if paying by mail.
Please allow between four and six weeks for receipt of your membership card, but note that we almost always turn things around much, much quicker than that, especially if you submit your fully complete membership application electronically and the correct dues amount via EMT.
BTSA memberships are issued on an annual basis, with the membership period running from January 1 to December 31 each year. All memberships expired on December 31. There is no pro-rated membership. However, if you are a new member joining BTSA after October 1 in any year, you will get a membership valid for the balance of the current year AND for the following year.
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