Shooters warm up for comp
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.