Andrew Mayfield, Bruce Daniel and Steve MinnikinAndrew Mayfield, Bruce Daniel and Steve MinnikinLong range rifle shooting in Queensland is set to enter a new era with the installation of 12 high tech electronic targets at Belmont Range in Brisbane.

A syndicate of four Belmont-based rifle clubs was successful in obtaining a $100,000 grant from the State Government towards the cost of the new targets which will be used at ranges from 300 to 1000 yards.

The path of the bullet is captured by electronic sensors and the result relayed by wifi to a monitor screen beside the shooter on the range. The technology eliminates the need for manual lowering of targets for scoring and patching.

 

The Mariners, Natives, Pacific and University Clubs combined to make a successful funding application to the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing.

 

The contract to purchase the targets for a total cost of more than $160,000 was signed by club representatives and Bruce Daniel from the manufacturer HEX Systems in Brisbane on July 24. The targets are expected to be installed by October and will be used for regular weekly shooting on the Duncan Range.

The Member for Chatsworth Steve Minnikin was on hand for the ceremony and praised the initiative of the four clubs. He took a keen interest in the technology and said he was looking forward to trying his hand on the electronic targets once they were operational.

Queensland Rifle Association President Andrew Mayfield said he believed that over time, electronic targets would be the prevailing system is use at clubs across the State.

Hardware and software improvements were continuing to occur daily.

“We are grateful for the Queensland Government’s massive support to make this electronic target set-up at Belmont possible,” Mr Mayfield said.

Andrew Mayfield, Bruce Daniel and Steve Minnikin MPAndrew Mayfield, Bruce Daniel and Steve Minnikin MP  
 Andrew Mayfield, Bruce Daniel HEX Systems and Steve Minnikin MPAndrew Mayfield, Bruce Daniel HEX Systems and Steve Minnikin MP  
 Bruce Daniel HEX Systems, John Menzel Natives, Steve Minnikin MP and Andrew MayfieldBruce Daniel HEX Systems, John Menzel Natives, Steve Minnikin MP and Andrew Mayfield  
 Bruce Daniel HEX Systems with Steve Minnikin MPBruce Daniel HEX Systems with Steve Minnikin MP  
 John Menzel Natives, Andrew Mayfield, John Caske Natives, Bruce Daniel HEX Systems, John Johnstone University, and Steve Minnikin MPJohn Menzel Natives, Andrew Mayfield, John Caske Natives, Bruce Daniel HEX Systems, John Johnstone University, and Steve Minnikin MP  
 Member for Chatsworth Steve Minnikin checks the target on the Belmont rangeMember for Chatsworth Steve Minnikin checks the target on the Belmont range  
 Steve Minnikin checks the target watched by Andrew Mayfield and Bruce Daniel HEX SystemsSteve Minnikin checks the target watched by Andrew Mayfield and Bruce Daniel HEX Systems