ANZAC shoot a Crawford family affair
The popular 2017 ANZAC memorial rifle shoot at North Arm proved to be a family affair for the Crawfords from Gympie-Kilkivan.
There was some outstanding marksmanship from the .303 rifle devotees who tackled the annual event over 300, 400 and 500 yard ranges using a modified scoring system.
Bob Crawford shooting with a 1943 Australian-made Lithgow rifle hit every bullseye for a possible 150 with 12 centre bulls to win the modified service rifle class by a shot from Glenn Skipworth of the Queensland Military Rifle Club who finished with 149.16
Due to ongoing site works (weekdays), if members wish to use the Zero Range, please phone the QRA to check that it is open.
North Arm scope shooter blitzes Gatton
A possible 30 bullseyes by experienced scope shooter Dave Boreham was the highlight of a successful Gatton Rifle Club prize meeting held on Sunday, March 12.
Dave, from North Arm Club on the Sunshine Coast, blitzed the F Open class field in the three-range event to score the maximum 180 with 15 shots in the centre bull.
A strong field of 50 shooters lined up at 600 yards twice and finished at 500 yards in conditions which challenged many competitors.
In a sign of the growing popularity of scope rifles, the two F class events outnumbered traditional open sight rifles on the range almost two to one.
The F Standard scope class which attracted most competitors was shot in two grades.
North Arm shooter Colin Cole powered through the shimmering heat to win the first rifle shooting competition of the year held at Crows Nest on February 11 and 12.
Colin missed just one bullseye over three ranges at 500 and 600 yards for an aggregate score of 149 with 18 centres.
He beat a top class field from southern and central Queensland and northern NSW under oppressive conditions with enough fluky breeze to be challenging.
Biloela visitor Charles Arrowsmith was a close second two shots down and also with 18 centre bulls. Natives competitor Kim O’Loghlen, was third, 2 shots down with 11 centres.
Crows Nest member John Gilliland won the B Grade aggregate and Gatton shooter Gerard Loughran the C Grade.
There was strong competition in scope rifle classes with North Arm’s Denis Aarons prevailing in F Open and Dave