The Bridgeport Rifle Club is a private club. Any member, in good standing, is free to use the Club facility whenever they like unless there is a scheduled event or range closure. There are several events and activities held throughout the year that are open to non-members. These events and activities are a great way to learn more about the Club and begin the process of becoming a member.

Membership into the Bridgeport Rifle Club is open year round and there currently is no waiting list. Anyone seeking membership is invited to review the membership process and work on completing the requirements.

Please read through all of the information below and visit the Frequently Asked Questions section before sending an inquiry.

Most questions can be answered with the information provided on this website. To inquire about membership, or if you need additional information, please email us at

Club Requirements

In order to become a member of the Bridgeport Rifle Club a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a sponsor who is a BRC member in good standing for at least one year. If you do not know a BRC member, you will be assigned a mentor who will guide you through the application process and either be your sponsor or assign you a sponsor.

  2. Hold a valid Connecticut State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers (Pistol Permit)

  3. Be be a US citizen

  4. Be a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA)

  5. Pass the State of CT Criminal History Record Background Search

  6. Successfully complete the BRC Safety and Orientation Class

  7. Fire three (3) safety shoots during either the Wednesday Night Pistol League or other approved safety shoots under the supervision of a BRC range officer to show your competency with a handgun

  8. Receive final approval of the BRC Board of Directors

The current annual dues are $215* for Senior members and $107.50* for Associate members (must be the spouse or domestic partner of a Senior member). The initiation fee is $300* and the CT Criminal History Record Background Search is $36. There is no initiation fee for Associate members.

         * plus 10% CT Dues Tax

Classes of Membership

The Bridgeport Rifle Club recognizes three different classes of membership. The classes are as follows:

  • Senior Member – All senior members shall be citizens of the United States and be at least 21 years of age. All senior members must be recommended by a sponsor and the Membership Committee and voted upon by the Board of Directors.

  • Associate Members – An Associate member shall be a spouse or domestic partner of any senior member or life member in good standing. An Associate member must meet all the qualifications for senior membership and pay one half the amount of dues of a senior member. An Associate member shall not be required to pay an initiation fee. An Associate member shall have all the responsibilities, right and privileges of a Senior member except the right to vote on any matter submitted to a vote of the membership.

  • Junior Members – This category is open, without discrimination, to any boy or girl at least ten years of age and less than twenty-one years of age who is sponsored by a Voting Member in good standing. Junior members will have limited privileges and will not be issued an access card to the Club. A Senior, Life or Associate member must accompany and supervise a Junior member while on Club property and/or shooting.