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