Scott Collier came second in the 25m Standard competition at the State Championships in 2021

July 19, 2022

South Burnett Regional Council’s 2022 Senior Sportsperson of the Year has a passion for target shooting.

Scott Collier, a local schoolteacher, is a keen member of the South Burnett Pistol Club, a qualified Range Officer and regularly competes at State-level shooting competitions.

He was belatedly presented with his Australia Day Award and Medal at the Council Chambers in Kingaroy on Tuesday after the original presentation, scheduled for January, was postponed due to COVID.

But Scott has also recently taken his interest in the sport to a new level, launching a free firearms classifieds website, www.allguns.com.au.

“AllGuns is aimed at bringing the shooting community together to advertise the safe and legal sale of firearms and accessories across Australia,” Scott told southburnett.com.au

“There is one main website that dominates the industry, most business advertisements on this popular website are predominantly from very large firearm dealers across Australia that can afford the time and expense of online advertising.

“By making my website free I hope to appeal to the masses and quickly develop a large audience base to try to promote online advertising and make it more accessible for small to medium businesses.”

He launched AllGuns without much publicity a few weeks ago and has already attracted more than 25,000 page views.

But he hopes this figure will grow, saying some of the most popular firearms classifieds websites in Australia collectively attract more than 500,000 views per month.

“Firearm owners have to disclose a number of personal details to have an item advertised and my system has additional layers of security that protect the privacy of each member,” he said.

“Not all firearms classified websites are actually located in Australia and users’ data is hosted in foreign countries.

“I have developed AllGuns around utilising local servers here in Australia.”

Scott said the process of selling a firearm in Australia varied from State to State, but the main shared consensus was having the serial number and license recorded, including a nominated firearms dealer to broker the transaction.

All shooters must be licensed, have an approved genuine reason and a permit to acquire from their State Weapons Licensing authority before they can take possession of any new firearms.

Scott said it was definitely a niche market but said the shooting community had responded very positively.

“We have several businesses across Australia that have taken up the opportunity to advertise with AllGuns, including Oakey business The Barn,” he said.

“It would be great if we see growth of AllGuns in the future to showcase and advertise local industry here in the South Burnett to the rest of Australia.”

Despite its name, the AllGuns website can also be used to advertise anything from camping, lighting, hunting, antiques, militaria and related shooting accessories.

Cr Kirstie Schumacher presented Scott Collier – and his young son Dean – with his Australia Day award and medal on Tuesday (Photo: SBRC)

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4 Responses to "Scott Aims At Online Market"

  1. Good on you Scott! anything to bolster acceptance of firearms in the community is more than welcome. Hope all goes well in the future.

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