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
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.