On the weekend of 18/19 July, a most enjoyable time was had by seventeen 303 shooters when they competed for the “Fromelles” shoot for 2015. Local shooters were joined by travellers from Brisbane, North Coast, Killkevan, and NSW for the fun and comradery on offer.

The DDRC began a charity 303 shoot several years ago to augment the ANZAC shoot at North Arm, This year the club chose to incorporate the WW1 battle of Fromelles commemoration, after the Southern Downs RC were unable to continue after the inaugural “Fromelles” last year. It was run on the Dalby/Tara RC home range at Mt Pleasant just East of Dalby, which has a 500 metre SSAA range and a 900 yards QRA range on site, and was in support of the Toowoomba Hospice.

All shooting was done using a sling only for support, and four different classes were covered.

“As Issued” or “Service” - Any military rifle as issued and not necessarily a 303 calibre firearm.

“Modified 303” – Rifles with peep rear and post front sights as used for target rifle shooting prior to the introduction of 7.62.

“Super Modified 303” – A 303 with any sight combination. Scope, ring front, eagle eye, dioptre.

“RSL/Light Horse 303” – Any visiting veterans or RSL/LH members, and allowed to use a front rest and have a coach/mentor. Unfortunately no entries were received in this class.

The program included a 100 yards rapid-fire on the SSAA range as a pipe-opener on the Saturday afternoon, which was enjoyed by all and warmed up the old barrels. Then on Sunday three 7 shot ranges over 300, 500, and 600 yards. All scoring was “one-up” to emulate the old 303 sized bullseyes.

Trophies for the aggregate were embroidered “Fromelles” towels for each class, and a trophy for each range winner in each class. Runner-up medals were consolations for those second place-getters.

The aggregate results were interesting in that several reputations got a bit dinted, but this was not the case for Peter Richards from QMRC, who had a great day in Service Rifle and took out the day with 98.4, followed by Colin Hall also QMRC. Modified, hotly contested as usual, was won by Bob Bull from North Arm with three 34s in a 102.7, closely followed by Glenn Skipworth, QMRC, on 101.6. Super Modified was won by DDRC members Caleb Pearce on vees 91.5, from his father Terry on 91.3.

At 300 yards the Service class was won by Colin Hall with a 31.1, runner up being Peter Richards on the same score. The Modified was won by Bob Bull 34.3, with Doug Secombe second on 33.1. Super-mod was won by Caleb Pearce 32.1 in front of father Terry Pearce on 26.1.

500 yards in Service went to Peter Richards 35.3, followed by Rod Wood on 33.2. Modified was won by Glenn Skipworth 35.3, with Les Pedersen runner-up on 34.3. Super-mod was reversed with Terry Pearce on 33.0 and Caleb on 32.3.

600 yards service rifle also went to Peter Richards 32.0, and Ken Burrell next with 28.0. Modified was the old stager again Bob Bull with 34.2, followed by David Hatherell 34.1. Terry Pearce beat Caleb again with 32.2 from 27.1 in Super-mod.

The DDRC extends our heart-felt thanks to all competitors, and also to the helpers on the day, but especially those Dalby/Tara people who cooked, marked, and did untold work to get us through after a couple of DDRC blokes were held up by weather events. Thank you Cam, Julie, and Jan, your work was very appreciated.