Days go off with a bang
A SENSE of humour, a love of vintage guns, black powder and pre-1900 outfits were all part of the weekend’s rendezvous held at the Biggenden Rifle Range Complex.
The Australian Pre-1900 Rendezvous Association Inc (APRA) participants dressed up and took part in black powder events on Saturday while Sunday covered western action.
“Overall it was a brilliant weekend, everyone goes home with a prize and someone wins the gate prize,” said Allan Grant.
There were various events like walk up shoot, team shoot where members take turns to shoot over all the targets, cap and ball shoot and pistol quick draw.
The only disappointment was Noel McLauchlan was called back to Brisbane and was unable to fire off his cannon, an American Civil War replica he had made to half scale.
The only female shooter, Heather Chamberlain, has always liked pistol shooting.
“I enjoyed archery until I wrecked my shoulder. Black powder was the next thing historically to archery,” she said.
For Caboolture’s Perry Jackson it was the first time he’d shot with a muzzle loader gun.
An archer, he bought along his bow and arrows to have a “play” with.
“I really don’t need another obsession,” he said.
“My parents say I was born many years too late as I like playing around with old things.”
Mr Jackson was impressed with the facilities, but more so the history of the club, which is more than 100-years-old.
“I was also impressed with the friendliness of the shooters, but unlike traditional archers, they don’t take themselves seriously.”
TIME TRAVEL: Travelling from various parts of Queensland for the annual Easter rendezvous at Biggenden were members of the Australian Pre-1900 Rendezvous Association Inc (APRA): Perry Jackson, Allan Grant, Cleve Wood and George Harding.