Crows Nest winner Colin Cole from North ArmCrows Nest winner Colin Cole from North ArmNorth 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

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The Board of Directors, members, management and staff of Queensland Rifle Association extend their heartiest congratulations to John “Johnno” Johnstone on his award of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours List.


Rodney Prayle



North Arm winner Ashley Bidgood Crows NewsNorth Arm winner Ashley Bidgood Crows NewsAshley scores trophy double at North Arm shoot

Some of the most challenging wind conditions played havoc with scores at the North Arm Rifle Club and Lilley District Prize Shoot at Yandina, the last Open event for 2016.

Swirling gusts had shooters constantly cranking their sights in an often vain attempt to try and stay on target with even the best challenged to stay on top.

Ashley Bidgood from Crows Nest scored a competition double, taking out the Lilley Open and the two day aggregate in a close tussle all weekend with local member Colin Cole who secured the North Arm Open trophy.

The six-range winning aggregate with 11 missed bulls posted by Ashley reflected just how tough conditions were, making slow progress for the big field of 80 competitors at the two-day event on October 29 and 30.

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The Third Billy Sing Marksman Shoot, was held at the Clermont Rifle Range on the 1st and 2nd October 2016.

Saturday morning saw a very cold start with 3.8 degree temperature, warming up over the weekend to 36 degree on Sunday afternoon.

The competition was shot over 8 Ranges 2 X 300m, 4 X 600m, 2 X 700m.

Reading wind and mirage changes with only one wind flag half way along each range, proved extremely challenging.

Shooters travelled from Bundaberg and Mackay, and enjoyed a very competitive event along with wonderful meals, and friendship.

Great thanks must go to the sponsors of the Billy Sing Marksman Shoot, Glencore Coal and Clermont Butchery.

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