Big month for shoot­ers at Monto range

Af­ter a good run of events, Monto Ri­fle Club is now set­tling into a com­fort­able groove to see out the year

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie

SHOOT­ING: Monto Ri­fle Club was quite com­fort­able with the suc­cess of its July sweep­stakes shoot.

About 50 shoot­ers at­tended, the high­est the club has had.

Af­ter the sweep­stakes, things are wind­ing down for the club, which went on hia­tus at the be­gin­ning of the year to deal with up­dated fir­ing rights and has had a num­ber of works done in the in­terim.

Club sec­re­tary He­len Schimke said the im­prove­ments to the club­house and the ad­di­tion of an ex­tra tar­get went a long way to­wards mak­ing the sweep suc­cess­ful.

She said the cal­i­bre of par­tic­i­pants was very high, with some shoot­ers in the state and Aus­tralian teams, one shooter be­ing a world cham­pion long dis­tance shooter and an­other hold­ing the world record for Palma shoot­ing.

Mild con­di­tions and no rain un­til af­ter the shoot­ing also helped.

Queens­land Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion in­struc­tor Andrew McKil­lop came down from Bund­aberg at the week­end for a safety course and stuck around the next day for the shoot, say­ing he liked the Monto range.

“They were shoot­ing here this morn­ing. I al­ways get an op­por­tu­nity to come and shoot with a lo­cal club if I can,” McKil­lop said.

“Have a look up the range, the flags aren’t do­ing much – it’s like shoot­ing in a wind tun­nel, which makes life easy.”

Firearm safety cour­ses

are reg­u­larly held at the club

McKil­lop said most of the at­ten­dees were from the lo­cal area, ex­cept a cou­ple who trav­elled from in­ter­state.

“We started run­ning these cour­ses 12 or 18 months ago and we do them ev­ery three or four months,” McKil­lop said.

“We go through reg­u­la­tions rel­a­tive to what they can and can’t have, code of con­duct, reg­u­la­tions and safe han­dling where they do a live fir­ing on the range.”

Safety course live shoot­ings are done at short range and, ac­cord­ing to McKil­lop, most new shoot­ers don’t im­me­di­ately start up sport shoot­ing.

The Monto Ri­fle Club ap­pears to be grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, judg­ing by the high turnout of shoot­ers at the sweep.

Club cap­tain Be­van Goschnick was happy with how things were go­ing but said he was look­ing for­ward to things calm­ing down.

“We’ll have a Christ­mas shoot in the last week­end of Novem­ber,” he said.

WIND TUN­NEL: Andrew McKil­lop came down to Monto for a safety les­son and won the shoot on Sun­day. PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

Shane Fitz­patrick and Ji­rayu (Ne­ung) Araya shoot­ing prone.

Cap­tain Be­van Goschnick.

Works have fin­ished for now on the Monto Ri­fle Club.

Ray Wat­son lines up a shot.

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