Shoot-off de­cides na­tional ti­tle

The Side-by-side Na­tional hosted by Bendigo Field & Game Aus­tralia on April 24 came down to a thrilling shoot-off be­tween Matt Har­ris-spencer and David Smith.

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A to­tal of 138 shoot­ers par­tic­i­pated (both SXS and O/U) with Matt Har­ris-spencer pre­vail­ing in the shoot-off.

Bendigo FGA pres­i­dent Ross Dun­stan, who pulled out an un­cle's old side-by-side and used it for the first time in com­pe­ti­tion, said the event was a real chal­lenge for most clay tar­get shoot­ers.

"It is to­tally dif­fer­ent, I used an old side-by­side that was my un­cle's gun, and it feels like a foreign ob­ject," he said.

"The sight pic­ture is com­pletely dif­fer­ent to an un­der-and-over; you don't of­ten see the tar­get break be­cause a bar­rel is in the way."

Matt Har­ris-spencer, a Port Phillip FGA mem­ber, shot 90 of 100 and shot a pos­si­ble along the way to reach the shoot-off.

"The shoot-off tar­gets were re­ally quite dif­fi­cult but the win­ner shot ex­tremely well," Ross said.

While some com­peti­tors use newer shot­guns adapted for clay tar­get, many were there to in­dulge in nostal­gia, at­trac­tive old shot­guns, and a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge.

"A lot of peo­ple just go out to en­joy the day," Ross said.

The event was spon­sored by Gb/cor­sivia.

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