Council grant helps slash rifle club’s downtime
SHOOTING: The Southern Downs Rifle Club has received support from the Southern Downs Regional Council to assist in the purchase of a 1.5m (five foot) slasher through the SDRC Community Grants Program.
Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley attended the formal handing over of the slasher.
The club grounds at Risdon Range cover more than 15 hectares and the slasher is an essential piece of equipment to allow the members the ability to keep the grounds in good condition.
The rifle range at Risdon has been in existence since 1942 when American Soldiers built it for their training during the Second World War.
Since then it has been in constant use and is currently reputed to be one of the best ranges in Queensland.
There are 10 targets that can be used at any one time, and they regularly shoot at ranges from 300 yards to 600 yards.
The club is affiliated to the Queensland Rifle Association and there are regular inter-club competitions held at the range.
Generally they shoot at 300 yards on the first Sunday of each month, then 400 yards, 500 yards and 600 yards on subsequent weeks.
Anyone interested in trying long distance target shooting, even if they have never fired a rifle before, can contact treasurer/secretary Margaret Taylor on 4666 1018 or club captain Bob Tyllyer on email@example.com.
Even if prospective new members don't have a rifle, the club or a member can lend one.