Open day at Childers shoot­ing clays

Open day held at the Childers Sport­ing Clays Club

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

IT WAS safety first for all that stepped out onto the range at the Childers Pis­tol and Ri­fle club last week­end.

The free open day at the Sport­ing Clays Club was to en­cour­age fam­i­lies to visit the range and to have a go at shoot­ing clay pi­geons.

The small group of shoot­ing enthusiasts took ad­van­tage of the open day to in­spect the fa­cil­i­ties and to try their hand at clay shoot­ing.

The in­tim­i­dat­ing crack as the shot­gun echoed across the range didn’t stop the first timers from hit­ting the tar­get.

Mem­ber of the Childers Sport­ing Clays Roy Ha­mann said the club was keen for new mem­bers, es­pe­cially ju­niors.

“The size of the tar­gets, speed and an­gles of flight are vari­able, sport­ing clays are chal­leng­ing and a great sport to par­tic­i­pate in,” Mr Ha­mann said.

“Sport­ing Clays is safe and a great so­cial at­mos­phere,” he said.

In­ter­ested shoot­ers do not need to be li­censed and club mem­bers can as­sist be­gin­ners with ini­tial in­struc­tion in gun safety and help with coach­ing shoot­ers as they shoot a round of sport­ing clays.

In re­cent months the Childers Pis­tol and Ri­fle Club has seen im­prove­ments in the club fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a pur­pose-built in­door air pis­tol range.

The club is home to par­a­lympian Chris Pitt and ju­nior world cham­pion Hansi Hum­mer, an Isis High stu­dent.

Mr Ha­mann said it was safety first and en­cour­aged ju­niors to give it a go.

“The club has pro­duced many great shoot­ers and we are en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to be a part,” he said.

The Hor­ton shoot­ing range on Bootharh Rd, wel­comes new­com­ers whether you are a li­cenced shooter or wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the sport for the first time.

You do not need to hold a Queens­land gun li­cence to shoot at the club range.

To try your hand at the Childers Sport­ing Clay tar­get shoot­ing visit their web­site for more in­for­ma­tion childer­ss­port­ing­clays.org.au

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBUN250916SHOTGUN05

SAFETY FIRST: Mitchell Ha­mann.

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