Club takes aim on 50 years

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

The Wa­gin Gun Club cel­e­brated its 50th birth­day on Satur­day, invit­ing mem­bers from across the years to re­turn to the club for a shoot.

Orig­i­nally es­tab­lish­ing them­selves on a farm west of Wa­gin in 1968, the club then moved to coun­cil-owned land in 1971 be­fore fi­nally re­sid­ing at its present home just north of Wa­gin air­field in 1974.

Formed by English­man and duck shooter Tony Jack­son, the club served as a place for both farm­ers and towns­peo­ple who en­joyed the sport of shoot­ing.

In the 1960s and 70s the club al­lowed mem­bers to pre­pare for the duck shoot­ing sea­son, while also pro­vid­ing new shoot­ers with the ap­pro­pri­ate safety skills.

Now the club serves as a chal­lenge, host­ing an­nual com­pe­ti­tions in Feb­ru­ary that av­er­age 90 par­tic­i­pants from across the State.

The an­nual event even had as many as 137 peo­ple in the 90s and has at­tracted shoot­ers from the East­ern States.

Nu­mer­ous shoot­ers have rep­re­sented WA over the years in­clud­ing cur­rent mem­ber San­dra Mof­fatt, while Katan­ning’s Tim Cat­tling is the world vet­er­ans cham­pion and a fre­quent vis­i­tor to the club.

Mem­bers in­sist shoot­ing is a so­cial sport that pro­motes ca­ma­raderie with some par­tic­i­pants as young as 11 years old while oth­ers con­tinue un­til they are 90.

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Wa­gin Gun Club mem­bers Pas Car­bone, Jim West, Garry, Ken and Clin­ton Smith .

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