Southern Downs Rifle Club members after the Christmas Shoot at Risdon Range.
Southern Downs Rifle Club members after the Christmas Shoot at Risdon Range. Gerard Walsh

Rifle club shoots weekly and wants more members

SHOOTING: The Southern Downs Rifle Club shoots 51 Sundays of the year at Risdon Range.

There has been shooting on the rifle range at Risdon since 1942 after it was built and first used as a training base for American troops in the Second World War.

Five of the original hoists used to lift targets are still in place and the other five have just been replaced by the volunteer work of club president David Norman.

The club meets at 7.30am each Sunday for registration and then it is first shots at 8am.

Club members shoot from the 300-yard (274m) range on the first Sunday of each month, then 400 yards (366m) on the second Sunday, 500 yards (457m) on the third Sunday and 600 yards (549m) on the fourth Sunday.

When there is a fifth Sunday, they have a fun shoot.

The club is affiliated with the Queensland Rifle Association and each shooter has 25 shots a week. They have two sighters and 11 shots and then another two sighters and 10 shots.

One of the fun events is a fly shoot when shooters aim for a cardboard fly attached to the targets. All are welcome to watch and can even sign up if they have a licence. There is no shoot this Sunday.



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