Fine conditions at range
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.
FULL BORE: Ric Mischlewski took the honours