Archive for 2022

Richard Lund’s Day

To some it is called “May Day” or just the 1st of May; but, to Roseville Rifle Club members, the 1st of May this year was “Richard Lund’s Day”. The rain clouds had finally parted and we enjoyed a barbeque lunch (indoors where the ground was solid) to celebrate the granting of Life Membership to our very own Richard Lund who has been a member of Roseville Rifle Club for 50 years.  Yes, that means he has been a member since 1972 – longer than some of our membership have been alive!

Richard LundAt the lunch there were speeches, a presentation, lots of congratulations, lots of stories and great food and wine.

Richard told us of the old WW2 vets that made up the RRC membership in the old days. He told us how our club has managed to avoid so many issues through good governance of the committee and contributions from all (not just individuals). We also got an insight into his professional life – a varied legal background that has meant he is not afraid of pushing back when required.

Richard told us lots of tidbits about the Hornsby range:

  • a bit of the history of the range and his involvement with getting a 50 year lease squared away (a lease being more important than a license);
  • how, years ago, we lost 1m to the Hospital due to bad fencing placement;
  • how the original plan was for “shared” parking with the hospital when we shot at 800m (that was when it was owned by the Commonwealth – alas that parking is not allowed now as it was never documented and the hospital has changed hands);
  • how the recent mound modifications mean the 800m firing point is now actually 800m from the targets;
  • he also explained the drainage issues which are affecting us now but that harken back to when the range was a tip.

Richard has, for many many years, been very involved in protecting the range for shooting usage – a service of his that so many may not be aware of. We all owe Richard our great thanks for this work. When you consider the loss of so many ranges in recent times – we are fortunate indeed to have certainty that our range can continue for the next 50 years – this is a testament to Richard’s involvement.

But it was not all backward looking – Richard told us of how he can now see the target better (new adjustable eyepiece on his rear sight) and his new larger tunnel. Yes, these small modifications are working – he scored 121.08 on Saturday!  We got an insight into his firearms collection, and we heard about pistol shooting too.

As we looked around the tables with old faces, new faces, and people that are moving on to new ventures, we could all realise the diversity that is the Roseville Rifle Club. Yet, for one moment in time, here we were celebrating Richard and his contribution to the life and continuity of the Roseville Rifle Club and the Hornsby Rifle range. Cheers and Congrats Richard from all your friends at RRC!

Janet Beale

Mudgee 100th Anniversary Invitational Prize Shoot, 1,000 yard challenge. Easter Long Weekend 16-17th April.

Mudgee Rifle Club held their 100th Anniversary Invitational Prize Shoot over the Easter long weekend at the picturesque Windermere Regional Shooting Complex just out of Mudgee. Roseville members Angus Martin and Phill Hodder attended and they both camped on the range. The weather for the entire weekend was perfect, with little wind and clear skies. Quite unusual for an Easter weekend.

The format was 3 stages of 2+10 @ 1000y on Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately there were only 8 competitors, comprising of 5 TR and 3 F Class. The club decided to only use one of the two ETs because of the low numbers and that system used was Konsberg.

Roseville’s own Angus Martin started the shoot posting an incredible 50.9! This proved to be the average score, as other TR shooters posted high 50’s also. Phill shot a 50.10, which he was very surprised and happy with!

The trend of very high 50’s recorded on each TR stage continued throughout the day, with some questioning the results/ET. But as everyone shot using the same target, all scores were kept. Phill finished the day only scoring one bullseye the entire day, the rest were center bulls! Final day scores were Phill 150.29, Angus Bell 150.27 and Angus Martin 150.26! F Class results were P Baskerville 174.12, V McAdam 172.8 and L Milton 166.6.

It was a quite night back at the campsite, with Angus going out for dinner with Chris and Sophia and Phill cooking on the camp stove. The night was very cold due to the lack of cloud cover and the morning presented itself with lots of fog and the local inquisitive cows and bulls roaming around the camping area and range. The fog lifted quite quickly and shooting started soon after 9.30am.

Scores remained high, with Angus scoring a perfect 50.10, Barb also recorded a perfect score with an amazing 7 super centers! Phill could only manage a 50.9!

There were discussions with the Mudgee club members, Angus Bell, and Chris Schwebel about the scores. It was finally worked out that the set-up configuration may have been wrongly set. With this ET system, you need to tell the system what frame size you are shooting on, small frame or large. They had inadvertently selected small. This meant that all shots were recorded closer to the center of the target than in reality. A decision was then made to use the Silver Mountain ET. Scores then became more realistic.

Angus and Phill followed with each scoring 46 and 49’s. Angus Bell showed the way shooting 49.6 and 50.9! Angus Bell won the day with 149.23, Phill 2nd with 145.19 and Angus Martin a close 3rd with 145.17.

Angus Bell won the 2 Day Ag with 299.50, followed by Phill 295.48 and Angus Martin 295.43! This shoot was very well run and the folks at Mudgee Rifle Club are a fantastic and friendly lot. It was a bit disappointing that not a lot of shooters attended, but hopefully the word will get around for next year.

2022 Victorian Queens, Bendigo

While Sydney passed its mean annual rainfall of 1213mm, just over three months into the year and, with the Hornsby complex closed yet again due to rain, we had five RRC members in dry, dusty Bendigo to compete in the Victorian Queens and Leadup events.

Due to the F-Class state teams event in the preceding days the top F-Class shooters from around the country were present. In the Queen’s, there were over 212 competitors (138 in F-Class, 71 in TR, 3 in SH) that started.  A rare occurrence where TR was outnumbered by F-Class by nearly 2:1. The “COVID Queens”? Possibly. There was some attrition over the period as people tested positive or were close contacts. But the event went ahead.

For those not savvy with the Bendigo Wellsford Rifle range:

  • Bendigo uses paper targets, not electronic – so yes there were some challenges with the marking.
  • There are trees surrounding the range so the side flags are not always telling the whole truth. The flags down the middle of the range help, but they often don’t agree with each other – we hear “oh you were caught in the ‘washing machine’”. The butt’s flag is useful, except when it isn’t. The mirage is changeable, rather a lot, or it can be non-existent. So with all flags pointing in same direction how do you get a random 4 (a bird) out the opposite side? With all flags down, little mirage and the butts flag pointing down, how is it that you get a 4 (a bird) after a string of centres? It is Bendigo and it feels like for some shooters the markers must use a random number generator or just roll dice “here you go – let’s make that a 3”. But some do master it, like Duncan Davies in TRA who took out the Queens without dropping a point.
  • The event was not squadded so, with 12 on your board, it could be 90-120 minutes between shooters of the same discipline shooting at a particular distance. The scores at some distances reflected the diversity of start times and resulting variable conditions.
  • All distances are in yards and the competition was shot from 500yds (457 meters) to 1000yds (914 meters).

Without going into too many details, below we list the highlights of the 5 days where RRC members excelled:

  • Mark Buchanan (TRA) was the standout success from RRC. In the Leadup Mark scored 50-5 at 500, 50-8 at 500. He was 11th in Leadup out of 34 in TRA. Then in the Queens he scored 50-4 at 500, 50-7 at 500, 49-5 at 800, 50-4 at 900, 50-4 at 900, 49-6 at 1000. He was 6th on day 3, 7th in the Queens, 9th in the Grand Aggregate. Overall, Mark scored 97.98% for the Leadup, 98.74% for the Queens.
  • Tim Walter (TRB) – his notable scores were 49-3 at 500, 49-2 at 500, 48-3 at 500, 49-3 at 600. Overall, Tim scored 88.25% for the Leadup but did not finish the Queens.
  • Alan Patrick (FTR) – did not shoot the Leadup, but in the Queens his best scores were 60-5 at 500, 60-2 at 500, 59-3 at 600, 58-7 at 900. Alan was 5th on day 1 of the Queens out of a field of 33, and scored 96.81% for the Queens.
  • Eva Patrick (FTR) – across the Leadup and the Queens, Eva nailed the 500 yd distance scoring 58-3 at 500, 59-5 at 500, 60-7 at 500. Eva scored 93.76% for the Leadup, and 94.90% for the Queens.
  • Janet Beale (FTR) – her notable scores were 58-4 at 500, 60-6 at 500, 58-5 at 600. On day 1 of the Leadup she was 5th out of a field of 26. In the Queens, her best achievements were 59-5 at 500, 59-5 at 500, 59-4 at 800. Janet scored 94.90% for the Leadup and 95.32% for the Queens.

Congrats to our RRC members that bravely ventured to Bendigo. You each achieved something notable on a very challenging range. Special congrats to Mark for his badge winning placing in TRA.

Janet Beale

2022 F-Class National teams match

The Nationals F-Class Teams competition was due to be held in Canberra in 2021 but due to COVID lockdown it was rescheduled. Thus, it was Bendigo in 2022 that hosted the F-Class National teams match. From RRC we had 2 participants – Alan Patrick (well supported by Eva) in the NSW FTR team and Janet Beale in the NSW F-Standard team.

Despite the rain in Sydney that has kept us all off the ranges for a good part of the last 5-6 weeks, at Wellsford Range in Bendigo, it was dry and dusty with some occasional cloud cover and lots of mirage.

The NSW FTR team came 2nd on day 1 (2+20 at 1000 yds) and 2nd on day 2 (2+15 at each of 800yds, 900yds and 1000yds). At the end of the competition NSW FTR came 2nd over the 2-day event one single point behind the winners (SA) and one point ahead of 3rd place (QLD). A very tight competition indeed! Our RRC rep on the team (Alan Patrick) was the 2nd highest shooter in his team at 1000yds on day 1 and in day 2 detail 1 at 800 yds he scored a phenomenal 90-8. Well done Alan!!

The NSW F-Standard team came 4th on day 1 (ranges as above) and 3rd on day 2 (ranges as above) and coming 4th overall. Our RRC rep on the team (Janet Beale) was the top scorer in her team, and the top scorer on day 2 across all F-Standard teams. Also in day 2 detail 1 at 800 yds she scored a phenomenal 90-9. Well done Janet!!

No Roseville members were in the NSW F-Open team.

RRC is proud of our F-Class NSW team reps and we look forward to 2024 when the competition will be in Canberra and we hope to see our f-class members nominate to represent our state.

The 2021 NSW Queens

The 2021 NSW Queens scheduled for Sept 2021 was postponed to Jan 2022 due to COVID-19 lockdown in September.  Despite the COVID-19 Omicron troubles (virus circulating everywhere) the event went ahead with masks and “social distancing” visible. But it was hot under masks and, as an outdoor sport, most mask wearing was ditched as the days went on.

The field was large with over 130 competitors across the 5 disciplines, however, there were some notable withdrawals due to COVID-19 and it felt like fewer interstate participants due to travel complications.

But what an event! NSW dispensed with the “easy” early ranges…the leadup was 6 details of 10 shots at 500m x2, 600m x2, 700m and 800m….the Queens was 10 details at 500m x2, 600m x2, 700m x2 and 800m x4. Going clean with a high centre count was what was required at every range as Mitch Bailey (Holsworthy RC) proved, winning the Queens with 500-78 (which is not dropping a point and averaging nearly 8 centres at each detail).

Weather was sunny for each of the 5 days with the breeze coming across the water and onto the shore consistently (most of the time) – you still had to watch for “drop offs” and on day 2 we had “pick ups” to contend with in the afternoon. Then we were all surprised by what we found on day 3. At 800m first range the flags were totally limp. Nothing. Nada. But that was 2 to 3 minutes of wind – NOT KIDDING – unbelievable but that is the windage we had on our scopes/sights. And there was no mirage either at that particular range/detail. Hard to read when there are no indications.

Before we go into the details, note that unfortunately Angus Martin had COVID-19 so was unable to attend and some RRC members were not able to be there for the whole 5 days….but we did have a good cross section of people from RRC representing Target Rifle A & B Grades and FTR.

NAME Discipline Leadup Position Queens Position Grand Aggregate Position Comment
Adam Beale TR: A Grade 17 10 11 Queens Badge Winner!! Grand Aggregate Badge Winner!! Was also auctioned off in the Calcutta to Albert Van Wyk.
Mark Buchanan TR: A Grade 16 31 19
Phill Hodder TR: A Grade N/A N/A N/A Competed only on some days
Adrian Bonanni TR: A Grade N/A N/A N/A Competed only on some days
Sam Houston TR: B Grade 6 7 5
Tim Walter TR: B Grade N/A 16 N/A
Alan Patrick FTR N/A 3 N/A Queens Badge Winner!!
Janet Beale FTR 3 6 3
Eva Patrick FTR N/A 12 N/A Fault with equipment impacting her 1st 800m detail and ultimate score

Phil Hodder, Adam Beale, Eva Patrick and Mark Buchanan each pulled off an astounding possible with 9 centres (50-9 or 60-9) but didn’t earn a range prize. Similar story for Sam Houston and Janet Beale  who each pulled off a 50-8 or 60-8 without a range prize.

Congrats to Adam and Alan who both came home with Queens Badges in their disciplines! RRC is very proud of you both!

Janet Beale

CWDRA Open Championship 2022

Attendees

TR F-Class
Mark Buchanan Christian Le Moy
Phill Hodder Ross Webb
Andrew Martin
Angus Martin
Sam Houston
Tim Walters

Ross Webb setup camp early and awaited our arrival, unfortunately the big C got in the way and Adrian could not make the trip.
Phill Hodder shot on Saturday at Hornsby and before we knew it was ringing us from Lithgow well on his way.
Tim travelled solo on Sun a big trip for one day
Sam &Chris travelled together on Sun (Sam did most of the driving while Chris slept)
Mark, Andrew and Angus travelled up on Sun together.

Congrats to all attending Rosevilleans almost a quarter of all entries!

32 entries in total during CoVid Times – including 8 from RRC.
Congratulations Ben Em’s and the team for such an excellent OPM well organised and run.

Conditions:

Hot & Steamy – with tricky winds and plenty of Cows to shoot over the top of.

Results:

Sam won each range and the aggregate in TR B with aggregate of 146.13. An excellent effort well done mate.
Andrew got second in each range, and aggregate in TR B. Another excellent effort
Angus finished with a possible 50.6 – the only possible from a Rosevillean during the day. Very nice Angus well done.

Prizes:

The prize ceremony was fast and efficient which travellers were happy with. Only prizes for first place in ranges/ aggs which meant folks could get on the road sooner for the long trip home.
Sam took home a stack of great prizes including – Camp Chair, Charcoal BBQ, LED Rechargeable Spotlight, and a Dash Cam
F Class
Christian Le Moy
Ross Webb

Full results at https://www.results.nraa.com.au/central-west-district-rifle-association-open-championship-2022-nsw-results/

Sam, Phill and Chris.