KEEN SHOOTER: Murray Reck prepares for a round of shooting at the Southern Downs Rifle Club at Risdon Range.
KEEN SHOOTER: Murray Reck prepares for a round of shooting at the Southern Downs Rifle Club at Risdon Range. Gerard Walsh

Brothers in three shooting clubs across the Downs

RIFLE SHOOTING: Murray Reck is one of three brothers who shoot at three different ranges on the Darling Downs.

Murray lives in Toowoomba but is a member of the Pratten club. His brother Clynton Reck from Grantham is a member of the Southern Downs Rifle Club and brother Daryl Reck is a member of the Crows Nest/Goombungee Rifle Club.

On New Year's Eve, Murray and Daryl shot in the fly shoot on the 600-yard mound at the Southern Downs club at Risdon Range.

A boilermaker by trade, Daryl made and donated a trophy in the shape of a fly for the shoot on Sunday.

Murray said despite all three brothers being members of different clubs, they regularly supported events at the three clubs.

"I shot from 500 yards at a mid-week shoot at Pratten which attracted 10 shooters on Wednesday,” he said.

Murray said he grew up in the Lockyer Valley and learnt to shoot at an early age.

"When the gun laws came in two decades ago, it made all three of us more determined to enjoy and promote our sport.

"It is a safe sport with strict rules and there is great camaraderie between the shooters. When a young member joins a shooting club, we instil in them the safety aspects and discipline good shooting requires.

"We all enjoy the challenge of precision long-range shooting.”

While Risdon Range is home to the Southern Downs Rifle Club, Warwick SSAA branch and Southern Downs Pistol Club, there is also regular action at the Warwick Clay Target Club in Rosenthal Rd, Warwick Pistol Club in Rosehill Rd, Pratten Rifle Club and Cherrabah Shooting Clays.

The Southern Downs Rifle Club will shoot at 8am Sunday at Risdon Range from the 300-yard mound for the combined F Class and military rifle shoot. Each week of the month, the club goes up 100 yards from 300-yard shoots on the first Sunday to 600-yard shoots on the fourth Sunday

Sign on at 7.30am Sunday, information from secretary Margaret Taylor on 46661018.



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