Fine con­di­tions at range

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle Dou­ble 400m Com­pe­ti­tion, in an ex­cit­ing bat­tle, was won by Ric Mis­chlewski with 95 points (out of 105) and 6 cen­tre­bulls over Neil Attwood 2nd on 94/4. Nor­bert Sch­midt took the F-Class Stan­dard Tar­get Ri­fle hon­ours with 117 points (out of 126) and 2 su­per­centre bullseyes. Last Satur­day was hu­mid and calm on the range af­ter early morn­ing show­ers, with a mild mi­rage pre­sent­ing, ini­tially, fair con­di­tions for Tar­get Ri­fle shoot­ers in a Dou­ble 400m Com­pe­ti­tion. In the first 400 me­tre match Neil Attwood opened the Full- bore Tar­get Ri­fle ( 308 cal., peep- sight, man­u­ally­sup­ported) com­pe­ti­tion with a 5-point bulls­eye as his first sighter; un­for­tu­nately, as so of­ten hap­pens, he fol­lowed that with a 3-point ‘bird’ forc­ing him to cut them both. He opened his ac­count with another 5-point bulls­eye and fol­lowed that up with a fine cen­tre-bull, but de­spite four more 5- point­ers, in­clud­ing two su­per­centre-bulls, he sprin­kled in three 4- point ’ in­ners’ to close with a re­spectable but, dis­ap­point­ing 47 points (of a pos­si­ble 50, this 10-shot match) and 4 cen­tre-bulls. Ric Mis­chlewski fol­lowed, and, be­liev­ing he could do bet­ter with his new-for-him, in­ter­na­tional-com­pe­ti­tion-forged Tar­get Ri­fle, also de­cided to cut his two sighters af­ter pulling a cen­tre-bull fol­lowed by a frus­trat­ing 4-point ‘in­ner’. Look­ing like he had made the cor­rect call, he opened with a bulls­eye and a cen­tre- bull, fol­lowed by a doubtin­duc­ing 4- point ‘ in­ner’, but then another fine 5-point cen­tre-bull. Un­for­tu­nately it was all down hill from there, for a 3-point ‘bird’ on his next pull sucked the oxy­gen out of his match, and de­spite three more 5-point­ers in his fi­nal five shots, he fin­ished with two 4-point­ers to close with a very dis­ap­point­ing 45/3, hand­ing the match win to Neil Attwood. Nor­bert Sch­midt opened the F-Class Stan­dard Tar­get Ri­fle cat­e­gory with two fine 6-point cen­tre-bulls. How­ever with the mi­rage start­ing to dance he could not find the ‘‘up­per-cen­tre’’, and con­tin­ued with a string of cen­tre­bulls in­ter­spersed with two 5-point bullseyes; frus­trat­ingly, he closed with two fur­ther 5-point­ers to post a dis­ap­point­ing, for him, 56 points (out of 60 this 10-shot match, for F-Class) with, sur­pris­ingly, no su­per-cen­tres, none-the-less tak­ing the match win for the cat­e­gory. Cruick­shank and Schild again coached lo­cal visi­tors. In the sec­ond 400 me­tre match Attwood again opened for Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle. He opened with another 4-point ‘in­ner’, and went on to shoot an up-and-down round that in­cluded just four 5-point bullseyes and a clos­ing score of a sur­pris­ing 47 points (out of 55, this 11-shot match) with no cen­tre- bulls. Mis­chlewski fol­lowed, and rec­og­niz­ing that Attwood had left the door ajar, he cut his first sighter a 4-point ‘in­ner’, and car­ried his sec­ond a 5-point bulls­eye. Fight­ing both the el­e­ments and for in­tense con­cen­tra­tion he too was up-and­down, but de­spite a 3-point ‘bird’ on his sec­ond-last pull, he made seven more 5-point­ers, in­clud­ing three fine cen­tre-bulls, to stamp his name au­thor­i­ta­tively on the match, with 50 points with 3 cen­tres. Nor­bert Sch­midt’s sec­ond range for F-Class Tar­get Ri­fle saw him main­tain his per­cent­age and, though he dropped five points, he found the cen­tre-bull six times to close with a win­ning score of 61 points (out of 66 this 11-shot match, for F-Class) with 2 su­per­centre bullseyes.

Pic­ture: STEVE CRUICK­SHANK

FULL BORE: Ric Mis­chlewski took the hon­ours

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