Warwick Pistol Club member to compete in America
SHOOTING: Warwick Pistol Club member Nigel Gordon is the current action pistol national champion and eyeing off a fourth trip to America with the Australian team in May.
Gordon was a service match winner at the February Open Shoot at the Warwick Pistol Club at the weekend but it is in action match where he excells.
Last year, he won the gold medal for action match at the nationals in Darwin.
"I shot a possible 1920 to win by two points,” he said.
He is part of the Australian team of four open shooters and two ladies heading to America to compete in the Bianchi Cup at Columbia, Missouri.
On his first three trips to America, Gordon has a best individually of third.
"The aim this year is to finish in the top 10 for a start,” he said.
"We won the teams event on my first trip to America and it would be good to win the teams event again and place in the top 10 in the individual.”
Action match is a combination of speed and accuracy.
"It is a fairly quick match but you have to shoot accurately as well. It is challenging and I enjoy it as it is a faster moving match.”
Gordon has been shooting for the past 24 years carrying on a family tradition started by his father Trevor, a multiple national medallist in Australian Police Services Matches.
He has been a member of the Warwick club since he was 13.
Gordon hasn't practiced for a while but said the more practice, the better you shoot.
"The year I came third in the Bianchi Cup, I shot every week or two in the months leading up to the cup,” he said.
At world level, he has a best of seventh in action match in championships shooting at Tennessee.
Cook the best
BRISBANE shooter Barry Cook was overall winner in service pistol after recording four first placings at the Warwick Pistol Club February Open Shoot.
The weekend shoot which started at lunchtime Friday attracted 62 shooters.
Club captain Bob Campbell said numbers were a little less than expected due to the hot weather.
"We had a few go home on Sunday before they had finished all their events,” he said.
"The next major shoot will be an action match shoot on March 12 at the range at which Australian representative Nigel Gordon will be the favourite. We are hoping for 20 to 25 shooters.”
The heat didn't damage the hopes of Warwick shooters with Greg Morris recording four placings, including two wins and Stewart Brett three placings.
Max Constable from the Warwick club had two first placings and his mother Janelle Constable recorded two placings.
Prospective shooters welcome to air pistol each Thursday night at 7pm at the range in Rosehill Rd and at a club competition at 9am each Sunday.
Standard pistol: A grade 3rd Stewart Brett; B grade 1st Graham Gow, 3rd Russell Murray; C grade 3rd Janelle Constable.
Centrefire: A grade 2nd Stewart Brett; B grade 2nd Janelle Constable, 3rd Russell Murray/Bob Campbell, C grade 1st Greg Morris, 3rd Ted Bott.
Men's air pistol: A grade 3rd Stewart Brett; B grade 1st Greg Morris.
Men's sport pistol: D grade 3rd Ross Dossetto.
Women's A pistol: B grade 2nd Janelle Constable, C grade 2nd Lorraine Murray.
Junior sport pistol: C grade 1st Max Constable (broke into B grade).
Junior men's air pistol: C grade 1st Max Constable.
Service match: B grade 1st Nigel Gordon; C grade 2nd Trevor Gordon; D grade 2nd Bob Campbell.
Black powder 50m: C grade 1st Greg Morris.
Black powder 25m: B grade 3rd Greg Morris.