Shoot a success

HIDDEN in the hills off the Pacific Highway, pistol shooters from across Australia's eastern seaboard were lining up their targets at 'one of the best country ranges on the east coast'.

More than 100 shooters descended on the Grafton Pistol Club to compete in the prestigious NSW Practical Pistol State Titles last weekend, with many competitors rating the Clarence Valley range among the world's best.

“We had shooters who had competed at world shoots and then they come to little old Grafton and say our range is world class,” Grafton Pistol Club president Robert Tucker said.

“It really boosts the ego.”

Tucker said the enormous popularity of the event had forced the club to turn a lot of competitors away.

“One hundred and thirty one shooters is the biggest number of shooters competing at a match that I've ever heard of,” Tucker said.

“It was pretty special to get such a quality match.”

Pistol shooters from NSW, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria competed in 15 challenging stages across eight ranges over the two-day competition.

“It was very, very disciplined ... you have to be accurate and under time,” Tucker said.

“It's a mind game, the calmer you are the better you shoot.

“The winners don't miss and are very quick.”

Tucker said planning for the titles had begun nearly a year ago with extra reinforcements called in from surrounding clubs to lend a hand.

“We had to go through all the ropes ... we had to get somebody in Canada to sign off on the planning,” he said.

“We had people from the Coffs Harbour club helping us construct the stages.

“For the last four months I've been here practically every day.”



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