Eidsvold locked and loaded for Qld championship
SHOOTING: The forgotten art of muzzleloading is back with a bang this weekend as Eidsvold plays host to the state titles of the niche shooting discipline.
Queensland’s best black powder marksmen will descend on the North Burnett for the unique competition, to be held Saturday and Sunday at the Eidsvold range.
A dozen shooters – some travelling from as far as Townsville, Brisbane and even NSW (yes, really) – will test their aim with muzzle-loaded rifles, pistols and shotguns.
The ancient technology is two centuries old but the firearms used in competition today are replicas and reproductions made to original specifications.
Sharpshooters line up 6cm by 6cm paper targets and with a rifle are deadly accurate up to 200m.
Queensland chairman Des Prowse said muzzleloaders shared an affinity for antique guns.
“A lot of people are interested in old cars, furniture and art – for us it’s firearms,” he said.
“You load them just like people did hundreds of years ago.
“The majority of us shoot other disciplines too but this is something different and it’s more challenging than modern rifles.”
Eidsvold range officer John Summers said he hoped the event would attract curious onlookers.
“I don’t shoot them myself but it’s really interesting to watch the black powder rifles,” Summers said.
“These big events are a lot of work but they bring a bit of excitement.
“We’ve got 140 or so registered members but just a dozen active shooters so we’re only a small club.
“The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia is divided into zones and all the big shoots get spread around.”
OLD SCHOOL: Ipswich shooter Brianna Fitzgerald fires a reproduction .45 calibre muzzle-loaded rifle during competition earlier this year.