The Queensland Rifle Association has made its first property investment to build a new rifle range as part of a strategy to secure the long term future of target shooting.
In a historic move, the Association has signed off on the $1.3 million purchase of a 358 hectare rural block in Werths Road, Jondaryan where a purpose-built facility will be established for the Toowoomba-based Darling Downs Rifle Club.
Albert and Mungindi young guns duel at Warwick
The final prize meeting for the year attracted a hot field of Queensland and NSW rifle shooters to Warwick on Sunday with Shane Abood from Albert and District breaking through for a strong win.
Conditions were benign early with an electrical storm interruption late in the day during the Darling Downs Rifle Club event.
Shane and Mungindi shooter Ben Picton both finished with possible 30 bullseyes in the three match event over 500 and 600 yards, with Shane edging ahead with 17 centre bulls to 13.
Consistent young Jandowae shooter Brendan Parkins had a superior 19 centres, but had to settle for third placing after missing a bull at the last range.
North Arm shooters Des Voght and Peter Birch won B and C grades respectively.
Goondiwindi’s Michael Hieronymous posted the highest score in a strong F Standard scope class competition from B Grade, missing just three shots to finish with 177.14, ahead of A Grade winner Henk Doggen from Beaudesert on 177.11.
Gatton shooter David Reddan won the F Open scope class and Mark Fairbairn from Cannon Hill took out the F Target Rifle event.
The 303 branch of rifle-shooting has been steadily growing from near-death since the advent of 7.62mm, to the present when new life was breathed into it by Bob Bull who organised a series of annual 303 shoots at North Arm each April leading up to 2015, to honour the ANZACs, including his own father who was a cameleer in Palestine.
Narrabri young gun takes Goondi title
Young Narrabri shooter Andrew Wilson brought his world championship form to the Goondiwindi Border Prize Meeting at the weekend.
Andrew prevailed by a narrow margin after going head to head with North Arm Rifle Club member Colin Cole over two days of competition.
Both shooters missed just a single bullseye over seven ranges from 300 to 600 metres with Andrew hitting three more centre bulls to win 349.41 to 349.38.