Vaughan Stockwell, of Brisbane, takes aim during a preparation shoot for this weekend’s NSW Championships to be held by the Grafton Pistol Club.
Vaughan Stockwell, of Brisbane, takes aim during a preparation shoot for this weekend’s NSW Championships to be held by the Grafton Pistol Club. JOJO NEWBY

Gun titles a blast for spectators

ABOUT 120 of the finest practical pistol shooters from all over Australia are about to converge in Grafton this weekend for the NSWAPA IPSC State Titles, hosted by the Grafton Pistol Club.

IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) is a fast-growing sport, founded in 1976, and is conducted worldwide.

The highly regulated competition to be held here needed to be submitted to the USA for official sanctioning before the event could be conducted.

“This match forms part of the selection process for the National Titles in Melbourne,” match director Robert Tucker said.

“It’s taken us almost four months to get everything just right for this match. The venue here is first-class, widely recognised as the number one country range in Australia.

“With the eight ranges set up, with 12 totally unique scenarios, the standard will be extremely demanding.

“We have 120 competitors in six squads, and look forward to a really challenging shoot.

“It looks as if the weather will be ideal, showing off Grafton at its very best.”

Competition starts at 8.30am on Saturday and concludes mid-afternoon on Sunday, when the NSW State Titles trophies will be presented.

“Visitors are more than welcome, free of charge, as long as they bring along hearing protection, sunglasses and a sunhat,” Tucker said.

“It’s truly unique family entertainment. Members of the Club will be more than happy to explain what’s going on.

“This match promises to be a fascinating and spectacular event rarely experienced in the country.”

The Grafton Pistol Club can be found at 30 Old Lilypool Road, Bom Bom. From the South Grafton crossroads, travel South on the Pacific Highway. Just past the Centenary Drive intersection, turn right into Lilypool Road, then simply follow the signs.

For further information, contact Tucker on 0418 666 210.



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