“Dads Army” rifle top scores at Yandina

Peter Richards from QMRC with his trophy for top score in the Service Rife competition at Yandina on Sunday.Peter Richards from QMRC with his trophy for top score in the Service Rife competition at Yandina on Sunday.

An impressive 18 bulls in 20 shots from a “Dads Army” rifle gave Peter Richards top honours at the ANZAC .303 Memorial Shoot at Yandina on Sunday.

Peter, from Ipswich, was part of a strong Queensland Military Rifle Club contingent taking part in the popular annual event which was shortened to two ranges when rain set in during the day.

About 40 shooters gathered on the Sunshine Coast for the contest hosted by the North Arm Rifle Club which will celebrate its centenary later this year.

Peter won the service rifle trophy and posted the overall top score, 98 with 11 centre bulls, using a modified scoring system.

His British P14 rifle was made under contract in the USA during 1916-17. Despite a manufacturing run of more than a million rifles, he said they were never used by front line troops, but handed out en masse to the Home Guard.

 

 

 

Darling Downs shooter Les Pedersen won the competition for modified service rifles from the event organiser Bob Bull with Dave Hatherell from Gympie-Kilkivan taking out the scope class.

 

The competition was strongly supported by Sunshine Coast and hinterland RSL Clubs.

Bob Bull said next year’s ANZAC Centenary event will be a two-day shoot to be staged on April 18 and 19.

 

North Arm .303 results

Service Rifle: 1 Peter Richards, QMRC, 98.11, 2 Nathan Fennessy, QMRC, 98.5, 3 Rod Wood, QMRC, 94.6.

Modified Service Rifle: 1 Les Pedersen, Darling Downs, 92.5, 2 Bob Bull, North Arm, 91.5, 3 Doug Seccombe, QMRC, 89.2.

Service Rifle Scope: 1 Dave Hatherell, Gympie-Kilkivan, 92.10, 2 Grant Larsen, 85.5, 3 Terry Pearce, 82.02.

RSL Competition: 1 Kevin Duddy, 88.2, 2 George Sedgewick, 86.4, 3 Vicky Kosovich, 83.2.

 


The Queensland Military Rifle Club was well represented at the .303 shoot at Yandina on Sunday with members winning several trophies.The Queensland Military Rifle Club was well represented at the .303 shoot at Yandina on Sunday with members winning several trophies.
Vern Johnston is all concentration on the 400 yard mound at the ANZAC Memorial .303 shoot at North Arm on Sunday.  Vern was a member of the Tewantin-Noosa RSL team.Vern Johnston is all concentration on the 400 yard mound at the ANZAC Memorial .303 shoot at North Arm on Sunday. Vern was a member of the Tewantin-Noosa RSL team.  
North Arm members Andrew McArthur and Stephen Schroder at the .303 shoot held at Yandina on Sunday.North Arm members Andrew McArthur and Stephen Schroder at the .303 shoot held at Yandina on Sunday.  
   
   
 Colin Hall from the Queensland Military Rifle Club with one of the oldest rifles in the ANZAC Memorial shoot at Yandina on Sunday. His Ross Mark 3 rifle saw active service on board the dreadnought HMS Canada.Colin Hall from the Queensland Military Rifle Club with one of the oldest rifles in the ANZAC Memorial shoot at Yandina on Sunday. His Ross Mark 3 rifle saw active service on board the dreadnought HMS Canada.Glen Jones from North Arm chats with Brian Wright, Beerwah, at the .303 ANZAC Memorial shoot on Sunday.Glen Jones from North Arm chats with Brian Wright, Beerwah, at the .303 ANZAC Memorial shoot on Sunday.  
Des Voght from North Arm congratulates Darling Downs shooter Les Pedersen on winning the Modified Service Rifle trophy at Yandina.Des Voght from North Arm congratulates Darling Downs shooter Les Pedersen on winning the Modified Service Rifle trophy at Yandina.Vicky Kosovich shot for the Tewantin-Noosa RSL team in the .303 event at Yandina on Sunday.Vicky Kosovich shot for the Tewantin-Noosa RSL team in the .303 event at Yandina on Sunday.  
 Carol Smith from Doonan was among the competitors in the .303 shoot hosted by North Arm Rifle Club at Yandina.Carol Smith from Doonan was among the competitors in the .303 shoot hosted by North Arm Rifle Club at Yandina.