Father and son take aim for shooting titles
SIX years ago John Black took his son Robert to the Grafton Rifle Club for his first, official taste of range shooting.
Fast forward to present day and the father and son duo are on the verge of representing NSW at national competitions.
“Dad used to be in to it a while ago,” Robert said.
“He really wanted to get back into it, so when I was old enough, I got a minor's permit and went and hung out with dad at the rifle club.”
The Seeland's pair have travelled far and wide to take their rifles to representative level, with Robert touring to Sydney and Lyndhurst to trial for the NSW under-25 State team and John making his way to Dubbo to practice with the NSW open 'F' class squad.
The epic journeys have worked so far, with Robert to test his sights at the national team matches and the Queensland Rifle Association event in Belmont.
However, John will travel to Dubbo with the pressure of still needing to impress the 'F' class selectors this weekend.
“That's what these things are all about, competing at the highest level,” John said.
“If you can't perform then you're out. That's the name of the game.”
Both John and Robert shoot a variation of the .308 rifle and when on the range, family ties are left at home.
“We both like our shooting,” John said.
“There's a little bit of rivalry there, he's always telling me when I've done something wrong.”