Welcome to C.D.P.C

Cranbourne Dandenong Pistol Club Inc. (C.D.P.C), formerly Dandenong Pistol Club Inc. is an incorporated body and has been in existence since 1956. It is one of the oldest pistol clubs in Victoria and was formed so that a team could be fielded in the Melbourne Olympic Games. Our club is run by a group of hardworking volunteers that ensure that the club runs efficiently and promotes a safe, friendly and sociable environment.

The range is approved to operate by Victoria Police. Our club consists of three approved ranges that can be used for rim fire, air and centre fire pistols and .22 calibre rifles.
CDPC runs competitions on a weekly basis for three disciplines; IPSC (Practical Shooting), ISSF (Olympic Disciplines) and Single Action “Cowboy” shooting. Refer to ‘Disciplines’ section for more information.
Persons interested in joining the club are encouraged to make contact with the Club Secretary by phone or e-mail. [email protected]

Mail to:

Post Box 3031

Frankston East 3199


IPSC, Practical shooting,, is a shooting sport where the competitors try to unite the three principles of precision, power, and speed, by using a firearm of a certain minimum power factor to score as many points as possible during the shortest amount of time (or sometimes within a set maximum time). While scoring systems vary between organizations, each measures the time of which the course is completed, with penalties for inaccurate shooting. The courses are called “stages” and are shot individually by the shooters. Usually, the shooter must move and shoot from several positions, fire under or over obstacles and in other unfamiliar positions. There are no standard exercises or set arrangement of the targets, and the courses are often designed so that the shooter must be inventive, and therefore the solutions of exercises sometimes vary between shooters.

The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) is the world’s largest shooting sport association and the largest and oldest within practical shooting. Founded in 1976, the IPSC nowadays affiliates over 100 regions from Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.[1] Competitions are held with pistolrevolverrifle, and shotgun, and the competitors are divided into different divisions based on firearm and equipment features. While everyone in a division competes in the Overall category, there are also separate awards for the categories Lady (female competitors), Super Junior (under 16 years), Junior (under 21 years), Senior (over 50 years), and Super Senior (over 60 years).

IPSC’s activities include international regulation of the sport by approving firearms and equipment for various divisions, administering competition rules and education of range officials (referees) through the International Range Officers Association who are responsible for conducting matches safely, fair and according to the rules. IPSC organizes the World Championships called the Handgun World ShootRifle World Shoot, and Shotgun World Shoot with three-year intervals for each discipline.

Cranbourne-Dandenong Pistol Club run an IPSC match almost every week!

Does this interest you?

Then please contact us for more at [email protected]


CDPC holds several pistol competitions and one rifle comp on ranges 1 and 2. On Range 1&2 all competitions are at 25m on remote controlled turning targets.

ISSF Competitions

  1. 25m competition
    1. Is open to both centre fire semi autos and revolvers up to .38 calibre and .22 rim fire semi autos and revolvers.
      1. Both calibres are run simultaneously.
      2. This competition is run up to world championship levels.
    2. The actual shoot is broken into two distinct parts using two different targets.
    3. Part 1 consists of 3 groups of 10 shots with 5 shots being fired followed by a reload under RO supervision.
      1. The shooter has 5 minutes to accurately shoot 5 shots from a free standing single handed position.
      2. The target is 500mm in diameter and marked from 1 outside to 10 at the bulls eye which is 50mm in diameter. The target face is white with a black section starting at the 7 ring.
    4. Part 2 consists of another 30 shots fired as a rapid fire stage for each individual shot.
      1. The shooter has 3 seconds to raise his arm from a 45 degree angle and fire.
      2. The sequence of this section is controlled by an RO and uses timed turning targets with a dwell time ie targets closed for 7 seconds.
  • The target is 500mm in diameter and marked from 5 outside to 10 at the bull which is 100mm in diameter. The target face is all black.

  1. Standard Pistol
    1. Is an event for .22LR calibre semi autos and revolvers only.
      1. This competition is run up to world championship levels.
    2. The shoot is broken into three timed stages.
      1. Stage 1, 20 shots shot in 2 group of of 10  with a reload under RO supervision after 5 shots. 5 shots fired in 150 seconds.
      2. Stage 2, 20 shots shot in 2 group of of 10 with a reload under RO supervision after 5 shots. 5 shots fired in 20 seconds.
      3. Stage 3, 20 shots shot in 2 group of of 10 with a reload after 5 shots under RO supervision. 5 shots fired in 10 seconds.
  1. The target is 500mm in diameter and marked from 1 outside to 10 at the bulls eye which is 50mm in diameter. The target face is white with a black section starting at the 7 ring.
  1. Classic Pistol
    1. Is an event for classic handguns of .38 to .45 calibre breech loading and in production up to 1955. These pistols should have no significant modifications.
    2. The competition is run the same as the 25 meter Centre Fire / .22 comp as described above but with 2 groups of 10 in stage one and 20 shots in stage 2.
    3. This comp is run separately to the 25m comp.
    4. This is an Australian specific competition.

.22 Rifle Competition

  1. Cranbourne has defined its own .22 rifle comp shot with .22LR Standard rounds only.
  2. 50 rounds are used at 25m on specifically designed targets.
  3. Shooters can use scopes or iron sights.
  4. 25 shots are fired from a standing supported position, 5 shots at 5 bulls eye targets.
    1. These targets are marked 1 to 5 with the outside ring at 90mm diameter and the bulls eye at 20mm diameter.
    2. 15 shots are fired standing unsupported at one bulls eye target
      1. This target is marked 1 to 10 with the outside ring at 200mm diameter and the bulls eye at 40mm diameter.
    3. 5 shots are fired from a standing unsupported position at each of 3 feral animal silhouettes
      1. The silhouettes have score lines rated from 1 (outside) to 10 m(centre) which follow the contours of the particular animal and its optimum humane kill shot.
    4. There is no set sequence and no set time limit on this competition.

Single Action Shooting

Cowboy Action matches requires four guns, typically the guns of the ‘Old West’; two revolvers, a shotgun, and a rifle chambered in a centre fire revolver calibre. All Cowboy Action handguns must be “single-action”, meaning that the hammer must be manually cocked before each shot can be fired.

Our aim is to preserve, promote and respect the skills, traditions and the pioneering spirit and endeavour to dress the part, use the appropriate competition tools and respect the traditions of the Old West.

Join the ever growing number of folk across the globe that are part of a worldwide fraternity in pursuit of competitive achievement, learning and maintaining skills lost with the advent of modern technology. And above all the camaraderie and social interaction with likeminded folk having an interest in the Old West and pioneering days.

It is a timed sport in which shooters compete for prestige on a course of different shooting stages. Each scenario, or stage, as they are called, features an array of situations, many based on famous incidents or movies scenes, in which the shooters must test their mettle against steel targets.