Rendezvous at the range
Shoot goes off with a loud bang
BLACK POWDER SHOOTING: An appreciation of vintage guns, black powder and pre-1900 outfits were all part of the Easter rendezvous held at the Biggenden Rifle Range Complex.
The aim of the Australian Pre-1900 Rendezvous Association Inc (APRA) is to promote their sport in a safe manner, highlighting it as a family sport. Their motto is “safety”.
Participants dressed up and took part in black powder events on Saturday while further events on Sunday covered western action.
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.
Noel McLauchlan of Brisbane, who has been coming to Biggenden for 20 years, fired off his cannon, an American Civil War replica he made to half scale.
He said he was fully licensed and qualified to operate the small patriot cannon which was originally used in the 1860-65 American Civil War.
“It was aimed at the legs of marching soldiers,” he said.
“Their fellow soldiers would have to carry the wounded away keeping them occupied and not fighting the opposition.”
The cannon fires 1400 feet in a second.
Bundaberg’s John Sorrensen has been a member for five years.
“It is great to be trying something different,” he said.
“These weekends are good times and just fun.”
Formerly of Ireland and now Bundaberg, Adrian Doherty is a relative beginner to black powder.
“I am mostly a clay shooter,” Mr Doherty said.
“The weather is perfect and what a beautiful setting.”
Mr Doherty brought his wife and children along and they set up camp at the range for Easter.
President Allan Grant said the club was trying to carry on the best they could following the loss of original member George Harding who was tragically killed in an accident 18 months ago.
Those wishing to become involved in APRA on a local level are encouraged to come along to the Biggenden Rifle Range complex on the second Saturday of the month.
The club encourages any young shooters to get involved, including young women.
Mr Grant said the club would even help those interested to undertake the necessary courses to gain a firearm license.
LIVING THE DREAM: Noel McLauchlan, John Sorrensen, Rob Gray and Claude Coslovi are all hooked on black powder shooting. PHOTOS: ERICA MURREE
John Sorrensen shoots with a replica gun that was used by Ned Kelly.
The cannon fires at 1400ft per second.
Noel McLauchlan prepares to light the cannon he made.
The fuse is lit.
Adrian Doherty is a relative beginner to black powder.
Gin Gin’s Claude Coslovi aims for a target 300 metres away.
Ace shooter, Allan Grant took out the prize for the best grouping, getting three shoots closest together on a card.