Austrian Weapons License: Waffenführerschein & Waffenbesitzkarte
In this structured course, you will learn everything you need for the weapons handling license, called Waffenbesitzkarte, and gun ownership in Austria.
How long does the Waffenführerschein Course take?
The course can be completed within a day. It includes:
- approx. 2 hours of theoretical instruction (online).
- 1 questionnaire.
- approx. 1 hour of practical shooting.
- 1 Waffenführerschein document.
Am I Eligible for a Gun License?
First, to check if you are eligible:
- You fulfill the general requirements.
- You hold a passport in the EEA.
- You are at least 21 years of age.
- Beyond that, there are no special prerequisites!
If you hold a foreign passport outside the EEA/EU but have a valid residency permit, the Austrian government may still approve your request for a license, but this is at the sole discretion of the authorities.
If you are between 18 and 21, you may still own other types of firearms. Details are covered in the course.
What Steps are Required to get a Gun License?
To acquire a handgun in Austria, you basically need to prove that you will not endager anyone, i.e. be able to abide by the law, store your firearms and ammunition safely, handle your weapons correctly when shooting and being psychologically accountable.
If you are eligible, the requirements to posses a license are:
- Practical shooting training with handguns (pratical part of the Waffenführerschein).
- Knowledge of the Austrian weapons law (theoretical part of the Waffenführerschein).
- Psychological certification.
The latter is tested in a psychological exam conducted by licensed doctors. The costs are fixed by law and the same at all psychologists.
Where do I get the Gun License?
Once you have the Waffenführerschein (issued by us) and the psychological certification, then you can apply for a firearms license (Waffenbesitzkarte) with the local police.
If granted, you are allowed to buy (usually up to two) handguns in Austria.
I already have a License in another Country
Weapons laws in the EU are implemented on a national level. Licenses for Austria are only valid in Austria. Non-Austrian licenses are not valid in Austria. If you hold a foreign license, you will still need to acquire a valid license in Austria.
Our instructors will appreciate your practical experience and the course will be much easier for you.
I have Completed my Practical Shooting and would like to Upgrade to the Waffenführerschein
We’re honoured that you have enjoyed our courses so far.
In case you have concluded the Shooting Training, just add only the theoretical part of this course to your cart.
I need to Renew my Waffenführerschein
While this course is ideal for beginners, it is also mandatory for handgun owners to renew their practical and theoretical skills at regular intervals.
As a participant you will be able to receive a new Waffenführerschein or renew your existing one.
What will I learn about Gun Ownership in Austria?
In the theoretical and practical parts of the course, you will learn about:
- How to shoot.
- How to safely handle a gun.
- How to safely store a gun and ammo.
- How to safely transport a gun and ammo.
- Weapons law in Austria.
- Technical terms in regards to firearms and ammunition.
Practical Shooting Training with Pistol and/or Revolver
The hands-on part of the course: This is where things get more fun – learn to correctly handle and fire handguns.
What you will learn
- Shooting on the range up to 25 meters
- Safe handling
- Correct aiming with open sights
- Ergonomical shooting stances
- Loading, reloading
- Restoring safety after shooting
- Clearing stoppages
Where can I do the Weapons License Course?
We offer courses in Vienna and the surrounding areas.
The theoretical part can be done anywhere in the form of online e-learning.
Private lessons for individuals and groups are also available.
What to bring?
All materials will be supplied.
Included in the Booking
- Waffenführerschein document.
- Rental firearms.
- Rental ear muffs.
- Rental safety goggles.
- Up to 20 shots with handguns.
Gear to bring
Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather. We recommend Hosn. Most ranges have a roof but are in the open air.
Your Firearms Safety Instructors
Get to know our team on the main page for shooting trainings.
We are looking forward to a safe and rewarding course!