Ren­dezvous at the range

Shoot goes off with a loud bang

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

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.

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