Days go off with a bang

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

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.

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