Top guns right on the target
WA’s top guns did not wilt at the Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette State Titles over the Easter weekend.
While the Pilbara’s hot and windy welcome took its toll on rifles and overall scores, the State’s best shooters from Perth and Albany showed the locals how it was done.
Perth Lever Action Rifle Club member Murray Wills won the two-gun trophy for the highest pistol and rifle cartridge scores, and shared the three-gun top gong for highest aggregate with Albany Lever Action Rifle Club member Kim Knapp.
The meet was held over three days at the Hedland Sporting Shooters Club.
With 10 competitors from down south and 11 locals, rifle cartridge kicked off the event, followed by pistol cartridge and the popular rimfire.
There were many frustrating moments in lever action silhouette, especially during the less powerful .22 rimfire event, when tail shots spun their targets but they refused to hit the dirt.
By the end of the meet, the visitors had swept most of the top-tier awards, but Hedland shooters were not disgraced. Wills won the master rifle event as the only entrant, but also the AAA pistol, and placed third in AAA rimfire.
Kim Knapp won the AAA rifle, placed second in AAA rimfire, and third in AAA pistol.
Bill Mutch from Perth, won the AAA rimfire, and came second in AAA rifle and AAA pistol.
HSSC president Nesbit Anderson won the AA rifle with a score that would have placed him second in the AAA class.
Other local standouts were Cairn Green, A rifle and A pistol winner, Chris Lefroy, who won A rimfire and came second in A rifle, and Ron Wynn, who won B rifle and was third in A pistol.
Dianne Nicholls came third in the A rimfire and B rifle, David Briggs came second in A pistol, and Peter Nichols took third place in the A rifle.
Hedland shooter Warren Goodfield won B pistol and placed second in B rifle and B rimfire, while Reid Davies won B rimfire and placed third in B pistol.
Margaret Davies came second in the B pistol and Terrance Horne was third in B rimfire.
Phil Murray, Pete Nicholls and Di Nicholls at the Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette.