R LICENCE TESTING
Many shooters are not aware that the R-Licence is still available in NSW for
recreational hunting in gazetted State Forests. The R-Licence is now administered
by the Department of Primary Industry (DPI). The DPI has subsequently authorised
various hunting clubs (AHO's) to conduct R-Licence accreditation testing.
Newcastle District Hunting Club (NDHC) is an accredited AHO and has volunteered
to conduct R-Licence accreditation testing and the Longarm (A+B) firearms safety
course at the Hunter Valley Arms & Militaria Fair.
The cost of the R-Licence accreditation test is $15.00.
No booking is required for R-Licence testing as courses will be run all day on both days of the fair.
Bookings are essential for A+B safety testing as numbers will be strictly limited.
Testing will be conducted at the venue at the following times:-
Saturday, 9:30am; 11:30am; 2:00pm and Sunday, 9:30am; 11:30am; 2:00pm.
The cost of the Longarm (A+B) Safety Course is $55 for adults. Junior licence applicants are free.
Membership of Newcastle District Hunting Club is available at the Fair.
Bookings can be made by contacting NDHC Secretary by email: email@example.com or
Use the weblink on the Exhibitors Page, or contact the Secretary on 0412-913373.
VISITING FROM OUTSIDE THE AREA ? Need tourist information ?
~ Why not have a short break and make a weekend of it !! ~
Maitland is centrally located to many of the attractions of the Hunter Valley Region
including some which may be of direct interest to patrons of the Hunter Valley Arms Fair
Visit the Maitland Tourist Information Centre for accommodation options and explore
Morpeth Historic Village www.morpethhuntervalley.com.au/
Australian Army Infantry Museum at Singleton (about 45 mins from Maitland) www.infantrymuseum.com.au
Fort Scratchley Historic Site at Newcastle (about 30 mins from Maitland) www.fortscratchley.com.au
Fighter World at RAAF Williamtown (about 30 mins from Maitland) www.fighterworld.com.au
And Maitland is less than 30 mins from the famous Hunter Valley Wine Country for fabulous food & wine.
Various collector groups and organisations will have a presence and a number of individuals
will display their collections of memorabilia. The fair is strongly supported by the Antique Arms
Collectors Society of Australia, who will mount an excellent display of vintage weapons.
Persons interested in weapons, of all sorts, should discuss their interests with the AACS
representatives and consider joining the Society (the biggest in Australia).
Visit their website at: www.antiquearmssociety.org.au/
The promoters gratefully acknowledge the input of the Antique Arms Collectors Society
and Mr Harvey Facer for the use of many of the photographs which appear on this website.
Harvey took these photos at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 HVAF.
NSW POLICE ~ Firearms Registry ~ will be attending
Police Firearms Registry attended the 2016 Hunter Valley Arms Fair and have been invited to
attend the 2017 Arms Fair. We have been very lucky to have FR attend the last two HVAFs.
In 2016 Registry sent two (2) experienced representatives to liaise with the public and dealers
on matters relating to licences, permits, storage, security and compliance obligations.
In 2016 the services provided were:-
~Facts sheets, blank PTA's (P562) & applications and some services will be available.
~Registry staff, at the Arms Fair, will accept , for processing, completed Permits to Acquire
but PTA's will not be 'issued' at the Fair.
~'First time' Shooter's Licence Applications were accepted for processing providing all the documentation is complete and the applicant has already completed the Firearms Safety Awareness Course.
~Enquiries relating to Registry services, applications and requirements.
The Winchester Arms Collectors Association
a sub group of the Antique Arms Collectors Society of Australia
A group of dedicated Winchester collectors had asked to mount a display
of vintage Winchester rifles, loading gear and associated collectables that would
have included some of the best examples of early Winchesters in Australia.
Unfortunately due to the change of date of the HVAF they will be unable to display at this year's arms fair but expect to have a representative there on
Saturday 23rd September.
Contact: Peter Richards
OLD WEST GUNS
11 Link Road,
Kundabung NSW 2441
Photo slide show may take a few minutes to download dependent on your internet speed.
Photos from the 2014/15 Hunter Valley Arms & Militaria Fair
In 2016 well known Civil War enthusiast, Peter Jervis staged a display of his civil war collectables.
At the 2017 Arms Fair Peter will display his fine collection of American Wild West collectables including saddles, harness and period firearms.
Complementing his collection are reproduction items, many constructed by Peter himself, to give a true appreciation of the life of a cowboy during this turbulent period of American history.
As a service to our patrons a mobile ATM facility will be provided, onsite, for your convenience,
by Newcastle based company Amalgamated Cash Services.
The organisers do not service this facility nor extract any commissions from it's use.
Thornton Brigade of the NSW Rural Fire Service will again be canvassing for support from the
patrons of the Hunter Valley Arms Fair. They will conduct a gold coin bucket collection at the front
door but will be grateful for any small change or notes you can spare.
The RFS perform a very valuable role in country NSW and seldom get the recognition they deserve.
With 2017/18 being tipped to be a dry summer it won't be long before these volunteers will be in
action for our mutual benefit. Spare 'em a gold coin. They'll use it wisely.
Maitland will host a variety of local, NSW and interstate exhibitors who will offer a range of antique and modern longarms and handguns from vintage flintlocks to the latest models plus militaria and period collectables.
Clubs and organisations will be on hand to discuss membership and compliance issues.
Reloading equipment, gun cases, scopes, mounts, cleaning supplies, target accessories and quality books will all be available.
Custom knives, sharpening stones, archery equipment, tactical torches, hiking and bushwalking gear will also be for sale.
Patrons can be assured of a wide variety of products and services on offer.
PURCHASING FIREARMS AT THE HUNTER VALLEY ARMS & MILITARIA FAIR
All firearms, ammunition and knife sales are subject to current NSW Laws and Regulations.
No 'Cat C' or 'Cat D' firearms or prohibited items will be on display or for sale.
You will be required to produce your licence before you may inspect a firearm. If you wish to purchase a firearm that requires registration, and assuming you already have the appropriate licence, you will need a Permit to Acquire from the NSW Firearms Registry. The permit may be obtained prior to the Arms Fair OR you can arrange with the dealer to hold the firearm until you obtain your permit. A deposit may be required.
Dealers are happy to assist customers with the necessary protocols of purchasing.
Many 'local' dealers can assist with the transfer of registration from interstate dealers to NSW dealers allowing buyers to pick up their purchase from a 'local' business. A fee may apply.
If you do not have a licence the Dealer can advise on the procedure to apply for a licence or direct you to one of the attending clubs who will be happy to advise you and may help you obtain a licence.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO GET IN.
Admission: Adults ~ $10, Family 2 adults + children under 16 ~ $18
Children under 16: free if accompanied by an adult.
Adult 2nd day pass ~ available Saturday only on exit ~ additional $5 ~ Photo ID required ~ Conditions apply
Saturday 9:00am 'til 4:30pm ~ Sunday 9:00am 'til 3:30pm
Why does it cost to get in?
In line with the community's expectations the security of firearms is paramount and the organisers and NSW Police treat this very seriously. Security measures and armed guards are in place for the entire duration of the Arms Fair. These measures are very expensive and the cost is apportioned between the exhibitors and the patrons alike.
BRINGING ITEMS INTO THE ARMS FAIR ~ It's simple ~ Get it checked in ~ get a receipt (photo)
Please be aware that you will be asked to declare items of personal property that are on your person when you entry the Arms Fair. The organisers would prefer that you do not bring torches, pocket knives/multi-tools, firearm parts or accessories etc. into the arms fair. (It is forbidden to bring ammunition into the arms fair.)
BUT ~ Any items you may wish to bring in MUST be sighted by Security and receipted. (A photo receipt may be used.)
Want to bring in a firearm? This can be done but must be organised BEFORE the fair.
Proof of registration will be required. Conditions apply.
All items purchased at the fair must be receipted by the exhibitor. Receipts will be checked and scanners will be in use by Security at the exit.
~and MILITARIA COLLECTABLES~