Cherrabah gives it both barrels over the weekend
OVER 280 sporting shooters converged on Cherrabah over the weekend to take part in a simulated field sporting clays competition.
The competition, held over Friday, Saturday and Sunday brought in people from all over the state to make use of the excellent shooting range facilities at Cherrabah.
Sunshine Coast shooter, Graeme Frankling said he was part of a group that comes to this event every year.
“There’s about 15 of us, and we come and make a big weekend of it,” he said.
“The event goes over Saturday and Sunday, but we’ve added Friday and Monday to that.
“This comp used to happen out at Millmerran and we started out there but now come here, it’s great fun.
“Most of us are from the Sunny Coast, but we’ve got blokes here from Charters Towers, one from Tassie, one’s flown in from Victoria to take part.”
Mr Frankling said the shoot was a simulated field event where shooters fire on moving clay targets, which simulate instances a shooter might find in the field.
“There are about 12 stands here this weekend, with varying degrees of difficulty and all of the groups move to each one in turn.
“There are about six shooters to a group and a round, which is 25 targets, and that takes about two hours.
“You’ve got targets being flung straight up into the air, some come from behind you, others go across in front of you so there’s a whole range of varying degrees of difficulty.
“There’s one stand where the target rolls along the ground about 10 metres in front of you, from left to right.
“It’s going really slowly and messes with your head, while others give you barely any reaction time.”
Mr Frankling said he started shooting as a kid.
“We used to shoot at school for sport,” he said.
“I grew up in Wangarratta and back in those days we were allowed to use a five shot automatic rifle, so I’d just jump on the school bus with the rifle and ammo in the morning.
“Things have changed a bit since then.
“I’m using a 12 gauge shotgun today, double barrelled.”
Qualifying sessions began on Friday to determine in which grade shooters would be placed.
Mr Frankling said his Friday score was good enough to sit him in A grade.
“But none of our guys have ever really been good enough to go for the main prizes and trophies, so we award our own, within the group,” he said.
“We found a cup and I mounted it on a bit of wood, and the best shooter from our group for the weekend takes that home.
“It’s a bit of fun.”