Eidsvold locked and loaded for Qld cham­pi­onship

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

OLD SCHOOL: Ip­swich shooter Bri­anna Fitzger­ald fires a re­pro­duc­tion .45 cal­i­bre muz­zle-loaded ri­fle dur­ing com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this year.

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