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.
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.