Shooters overcome difficult conditions
DESPITE high temperatures and gale force winds, three new national records were shot at the NSW rimfire championships.
THE Coffs Harbour branch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia hosted championships for custom and standard rifles at its Dairyville range on the weekend.
Difficult conditions set the stage for shooters in the Custom rifles on Saturday over 50 metres and 100 yards, strong winds flattening tents and wind indicators lying on the ground compounding problems but two shooters managed to set three new national records.
Local shooter Hiro Davis was unfazed and with steady determination engaged in a superb display of precision shooting at 50 metres with Grant Kime, Medowie and current champion Lee McGrann, Sydney.
Davis won the event with a range measured aggregate of .5536 and set a possible new national record which has yet to be ratified.
Kime was next with .6456 followed by McGrann .7004 and Kime also shot the smallest group of .101 which was excellent in the difficult conditions.
Hiro Davis had his sights set on victory in the 100 yard event and led from the start to finish winning with .7558 followed by Nick Catlan (Queensland), .8324 and Trevor Whittaker (Mandalong) .8896.
Megan Wheeler, Armidale, nearly the prize medal for the smallest group in hand on relay (D) with a .403 but best friend Joy Harrison shot a winning .366 on relay (E) and set a possible new national record, which also has to be ratified. The custom rifles grand aggregate 50 metres and 100 yards in a win to Hiro Davis with an aggregate of .6547 which is a new national record.
Next was Grant Kime 7908 followed by Lee McGrann .8869.
Conditions were rough on Sunday for the standard rifles with a slight drop in temperature but with gale force winds prevailing.
Local shooter Peter Fleming won the 50 metres with a .9656 followed by Barry Nichols, Seaham, .9764 and Grant Kime .9920 while Barry Nichols shot the smallest group of .153.Barry Duncan from West Wyalong, won the 100 yards with a .9712 followed by John Cook (Queensland) 1.0130 and Neville Kime 1.0504.
Barry Nichols again shot the smallest group of .484.
The standard rifles grand aggregate over 50 metres and 100 yards resulted in a win to Grant Kime 1.0649 from John Cook 1.0863 and Barry Duncan 1.1200.
A junior encouragement trophy was awarded Kaycee Orchard, for her good efforts shooting an aggregate of 1.9664.
The prestigious event of the championship, the two-gun grand aggregate and top ten for custom and standard rifles was won by Grant Kime. 9279 followed by Barry Duncan 1.013, Lee McGrann 1.030, Peter Fleming 1.0925, Barry Nichols 1.0981, John Cook 1.1005, Neville Kime 1.1274, Ed McGrann 1.1408, Richard Drozdowski 1.1783 and Trevor Whittaker 1.2148.