MURWILLUMBAH Pistol Club secretary Jonathon Clough checks his grouping at the club?s pistol range. The club has an open day on
MURWILLUMBAH Pistol Club secretary Jonathon Clough checks his grouping at the club?s pistol range. The club has an open day on

Club targets new members who want a shot at sport

By BOB ANTHONY

EVER wondered if you would be a good shot?

Murwillumbah Pistol Club is holding an open day this Saturday to let people without a shooting licence see if they have an eye for the sport.

The open day is the only day of the year when non-members can use the range.

There are three different types of firearms which people can try, a .22 rifle, a .22 pistol and an air pistol, which operates like a slug gun.

According to club treasurer Pat Gospel, past open days have been extremely popular, serving as the club's major recruiting day for new members.

"At Murwillumbah we have experienced a steady growth in membership," Gospel said.

"It is a sport which really tests you against yourself with the aim ? no pun intended ? of being able to lower your individual handicap.

"Shooting is also a sport where men and women can compete against each other on even terms, and where disabled people can also line up against able-bodied shooters on the same range."

Gospel is a wheelchair athlete herself, and said the Murwillumbah club provided good wheelchair access to its four ranges.

There will be a number of different styles of shooting for people to experience, a 50m range, a rapid fire range, a 25m pistol range and an internal air pistol range.

"It's a sport for nearly all ages, with the youngest member of our club being 13 and our oldest 73," Gospel said.

Juniors are allowed to shoot from the age of 12, but will need parental consent and cannot obtain a firearm until the age of 18.

"One thing we teach at the club is firearm safety, which is a crucial component to learning how to handle these guns properly," Gospel said.

She said the sport was one of skill and concentration and competitors could progress all the way to the Olympics.

The club can provide firearms for a nominal fee.

The club holds regular shoots on Saturdays, Wednesday afternoons and on the first and third Sundays of each month.

Apart from intra-club competition, there are also two zone shoots, which attract clubs from Grafton to the Gold Coast.

On Saturday there will be five shoots at 8am, 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm and the cost is $20, which covers firearm hire and ammunition, a sausage sizzle and soft drink. You can even take your targets home to show friends or family how good or bad a shot you are.

For further information, contact Pat Gospel on (02) 6676 0278.



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