Brisbane shooter Barry Helzinger and SSAA branch officer Steven Kasper at the International Rimfire Benchrest state championships.
Brisbane shooter Barry Helzinger and SSAA branch officer Steven Kasper at the International Rimfire Benchrest state championships.

Tricky day on bench

WHEN Barry Helzinger heads to Warwick for a Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA) event he expects tricky conditions down the side of a large hill at Risdon Range.

Helzinger was one of 35 shooters who attended the International Rimfire Benchrest state championships on Saturday and Sunday.

“In shooting you can have the best rifle and best ammunition, but you are fighting against nature; there are few perfect scores,” Helzinger said.

While some might suggest Risdon Range is protected from the elements by a large hill/mountain to the west, Helzinger said the position and Warwick weather usually made shooting tricky.

Even though he once shot an Australian record 745.57/750 for shooting under artificial lights in Brisbane, he said Risdon Range “was a challenge”.

International Rimfire Benchrest shooting under the SSAA is relatively new in Australia, as the weekend state championships were the first held.

But Helzinger has also shot a similar discipline under Rimfire Benchrest Australia. Both disciplines have similar targets, are out of 25 and there are unlimited sighters which means shooters can re-sight their guns as conditions change.

Armidale shooter Joy Harrison has competed in rimfire benchrest for Australia in Italy and said her shooting on Saturday was lousy.

“Bullets are like toothpaste, once you put it out there you can’t put it back,” she said.

“Even though I am competing against other shooters, there is a lot of personal satisfaction in doing well against yourself.”

The grand aggregate was won by Mitchell Tallar, 16, of Tamworth. Warwick shooter John Cook was fifth in the grand aggregate with 1442.42 and Greg Roulston 7th.

Winners

Grand aggregate – Mitchell Tallar 1473.59.

Saturday competition – Mitchell Tallar 738.30.

Sunday competition – John Patzwald 736.27.



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