Com­pe­ti­tion on tar­get

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

RAIN could not dampen shoot­ers’ spir­its at the Mun­dub­bera Small Bore Ri­fle Shield Shoot.

Com­pe­ti­tion went down to the wire with Barry Sturgess and John Pep­prell in a shoot-off to claim top prize.

Pep­prell’s steady hand saw him earn top shooter for the day, beat­ing out not only Sturgess but more than 40 shoot­ers.

The South Kolan shooter at­trib­uted his win to train­ing and luck on the day.

Pep­prell, 66, has been shoot­ing for 50 years and trains on a ri­fle range at home twice a week.

“I was hop­ing to win, but I al­ways en­joy a com­pe­ti­tion whether I win or lose,” he said.

“At a big shoot there are al­ways five or six other shoot­ers you have to keep your eye on and an un­ex­pected ring-in.”

Pep­prell said he al­ways en­joyed com­pet­ing in Mun­dub­bera and made the two-hour trip for the good sports­man­ship and friendly at­mos­phere.

Mun­dub­bera Small Bore Ri­fle Club pres­i­dent Bill Slack was pleased with the turnout.

The fa­cil­i­ties were se­verely dam­aged in the 2013 floods and have un­der­gone a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment.

“It’s an ill wind that doesn’t do some good,” Slack said.

“It is a good set-up and we have in­cor­po­rated ideas from other fa­cil­i­ties into the re­fur­bish­ment.

“It is ex­actly what you would want in a shoot­ing com­plex.”

Slack said more than 50 shoot­ers usu­ally at­tended the shield shoot, but num­bers were down due to clash­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

The na­tion­als were be­ing held in Ade­laide and had at­tracted com­peti­tors who usu­ally come to Mun­dub­bera.

Eyes

Shoot­ers must de­ter­mine which is their dom­i­nant eye and look through the scope with that eye. Left-handed shoot­ers who dis­cover they are right-eye dom­i­nant usu­ally con­vert to be­ing right-handed shoot­ers.

Ri­fle

In sil­hou­ette shoot­ing, a .22 rim fire sport­ing ri­fle is used. Sport­ing ri­fles are not as ac­cu­rate as tar­get ri­fles.

Prone Po­si­tion

Shoot­ers po­si­tion them­selves in such a way to elim­i­nate the big­gest per­cent­age of their pulses in con­tact with the ri­fle. If right handed, the shooter sup­ports the ri­fle with their two el­bows, body and right shoul­der. A sling is used to help sup­port the ri­fle. The sling is placed mid­way on the left arm; it is im­por­tant that the sling is not cut­ting off circulation of the artery be­cause this will af­fect the still­ness of the ri­fle. The left leg is in line with the spine and the right knee is an­gled so that it re­ceives the most pres­sure on the mat. The di­aphragm and chest should not be in con­tact with the ground. When aim­ing, the shooter should re­po­si­tion them­selves and not force the bar­rel in the di­rec­tion of the tar­get.

Heart

Keep your heart­beat slow. Where the ri­fle touches the body it should not be in con­tact with any pulse points — such as in the hand, shoul­der, or arm — be­cause this will af­fect the steadi­ness of the ri­fle and ac­cu­racy of the shot.

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

Ch­eryl Does­sel keeps her cool to win the C grade com­pe­ti­tion at the Shield Shoot.

Thomas Cook and Ge­off Stephen­son rise to the chal­lenge.

Ri­ley Ham­mel­swang is on tar­get to come third in the C grade com­pe­ti­tion.

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