Shoot­ers warm up for comp

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle Dou­ble 500m Com­pe­ti­tion was won by Neil Attwood with an ex­cel­lent 103 points (out of 105) and 5 cen­tre-bulls while Nor­bert Sch­midt took the F-Class Stan­dard Tar­get Ri­fle hon­ours with 115 points (out of 126) and three su­per-cen­tre bullseyes.

Last Satur­day was warm, clear and calm on the range, with a mod­er­ate mi­rage, pre­sent­ing ex­cel­lent con­di­tions for Tar­get Ri­fle shoot­ers in a Dou­ble 500m Com­pe­ti­tion.

In the first 500 me­tre match Neil Attwood opened the Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle (308 cal., peep-sight, man­u­ally-sup­ported) com­pe­ti­tion with a 4-point ‘‘in­ner’’ fol­lowed by a 5-point bulls­eye as his sighters. Cut­ting the first, he car­ried the sec­ond and, with in­creas­ing con­fi­dence as the mi­rage eased, he went on to shoot a per­fect range of ten 5-point­ers, in­clud­ing two cen­tre-bulls, to record his first ever ‘‘Pos­si­ble’’ with an out­stand­ing score of 50 points (of a pos­si­ble 50, this 10-shot match) and 2 cen­tre­bulls.

Lo­cal fish­er­man Adam, a novice to the sport of long-range tar­get shoot­ing but hav­ing re­cently ac­quired his own full-bore tar­get ri­fle, took the mound for a full match. Two 4-point in­ners as sight­ing shots were quite re­spectable, but an­tic­i­pat­ing bet­ter, they were cut. He opened with two more 4-point­ers, and though he dropped in a 3-point ‘‘bird’’ on his 4th pull, he shot a cred­itable round of 4s and 5s, in­clud­ing three fine bullseyes, to close with a very re­spectable 42/0, hand­ing the match win to Neil Attwood.

Nor­bert Sch­midt opened the F-Class Stan­dard Tar­get Ri­fle (308 cal., tele­scoped and bi­pod-sup­ported) cat­e­gory with a 5-point bulls­eye and a 6-point su­per-cen­tre bulls­eye. Cut­ting the first, he then pulled a very fine string of six more 6-point­ers, in­clud­ing one more su­per-cen­tre and five cen­tre-bulls. Two 5-point­ers in his last three shots di­min­ished what had been an elec­tric start, but he fin­ished with a none-the-less ex­cel­lent 58 points (out of 60 this 10-shot match, for F-Class) with 2 su­per-cen­tres, tak­ing the match win for the cat­e­gory.

In the sec­ond 500 me­tre match Attwood again opened for Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle. Con­di­tions had im­proved marginally as the mi­rage faded away, and, in ev­i­dence, he pulled a cen­tre-bull and a bulls­eye as his sight­ing shots. Car­ry­ing th­ese, he set about achiev­ing a sec­ond ‘‘Pos­si­ble’’, and man­aged seven more 5-point­ers, in­clud­ing two cen­tre-bulls to fin­ish, in a fine shoot. Un­for­tu­nately an in­ner on his 5th and another 4-pointer on his 8th put paid to that dream, but he closed with another im­pres­sive score just the same, to take the match win with 53 points (out of 55, this 11-shot match) with 3 cen­tre-bulls.

Nor­bert Sch­midt’s sec­ond range for F-Class Tar­get Ri­fle saw him strug­gle un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally due to a change of am­mu­ni­tion, and his two 5-point sighters were a bad omen of things to come.

Cut­ting them in the hope of some­thing bet­ter, he then pulled seven more 5-point­ers in­ter­spersed with a 4-point ‘‘in­ner’’ and only three 6-point­ers, in­clud­ing just one su­per-cen­tre, to close with a dis­ap­point­ing 57 points (out of 66 this 11-shot match, for F-Class) with 1 su­per-cen­tre bulls­eye.

The Club meets ev­ery Satur­day at 1pm at the Moss­man & Dis­trict Ri­fle Club Range mid-way be­tween Port and Moss­man, and visi­tors are al­ways wel­come.

How­ever, note that the club will be shoot­ing away next weekend.

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