Knox plays down ICORE title defence
GRAFTON pistol shooter Jason Knox is not getting too carried away with being the two-time State champion in one of the sport's new disciplines in Australia, ICORE.
Knox recently defended his NSW title at the national titles held at the Grafton range. But the shooter downplayed the performance.
"I was only the highest scoring NSW shooter at the titles, which is why I won the title," he said.
"There were others who had better scores than me. They just came from other states."
Knox said ICORE (International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts), like many shooting innovations, came from USA.
"While it's relatively new in Australia, it's big in America where it's been going for about 25 years," Knox said. "It's a discipline which combines shooting at both static and moving targets, which makes it more interesting as well."
In fact Knox, who initially favoured semi-automatic pistol events, has become somewhat of a convert to the revolver style of pistol shooting.
"Our club (Grafton) held the first state title and I thought I would give it a go," he said.
"I was a bit surprised how much I enjoyed it. I haven't always been a fan of revolver shooting."
He said shooting a revolver was different to the semi-automatic weapons.
"It's got a longer pull on the trigger," he said. "You squeeze the trigger and the hammer comes all the way back before it fires.
"And the revolver doesn't have the same capacity of ammunition that a semi-automatic with a magazine does."
But Knox said this does not stop experts with revolvers achieving some remarkable shooting feats.
"Really good revolver shoots can match semi-automatics for speed, but it takes a lifetime of practice to get there," he said.
ICORE looks here to stay in Australia with next year's titles to attract an international contingent.