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Add some history of the club need a paragraph, example from orroroo club neet to replace with our own. The Port Pirie Pistol and Rifle Club was first formed in 1958. Permission was granted for the rifle range to be situated on crown land adjacent to East Terrace where it still is today.
Prior to the turn of the century when the backstop was built, allfiring was directed at a metal plate on a stick with a marker held in the air. The marker stood behind a wooden shield.
Rifles used in those days were of .45 caliber. Cartridges were loaded with black powder and were shot from 200 yards. When the Lee Enfield rifle was introduced (.303 caliber), accuracy was greatly increased, even though the sighting of the rifles was vastly different from todayâs ring sights and 1/3 degree calibrations for wind and elevation on the 7.62mm rifles. Early sights consisted of a peak foresight and the rear sight was a bar on which a centre line in white. Calibrations of approximately 5 degrees of wind on either side where marked and the elevation was controlled by raising a bar on a slide.
Rifle shooting at Orroroo consists of 300, 400, 500, 600, 700 yards.
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Benchrest shooting is a shooting sport discipline in which high-precision rifles are shot at paper targets. The rifles ride on a front and rear rest (which may or may not be joined depending on the rules of a particular competition) sitting on a table or bench, hence the name “benchrest”. The shooter simply sits at the bench, in distinction to other shooting disciplines, where the shooter holds and aims the rifle without the benefit of a rest. The post-Civil War era “double rest” rifles were one early form of “benchrest” rifles.
Benchrest shooters are notoriously detail-oriented and constantly trying to further the accuracy potential of the rifle through experimentation. Nearly all benchrest rifles are custom-made . Nearly all shooters in centerfire competition handload their ammunition in order to tune it perfectly to their rifle. In contrast, handloading ammunition is strictly prohibited by the rules for rimfire benchrest competitions.
The 50 meter free pistol, provides the purest precision shooting among the pistol events, and is one of the oldest shooting types.
The pistol used must be in caliber .22 Long Rifle ammunition, may only be loaded with one round at a time, and have conventional “open” or “iron” sights. It must also be held and operated by one hand, and not supported by any other part of the shooter’s body. Apart from that, there are practically no rules for the pistol, there are no restrictions on size and weight.Â
The course of fire is 60 shots within a maximum time of two hours. The target is the same as in 25 metre center-fire pistol, and with double the distance this explains the lower result level.
SERVICE PISTOL andÂ SERVICE PISTOL UNRESTRICTED
The Match is exactly the same for both, with the only difference being that in Service Pistol Unrestricted, the match is not shot from the holster, and there are no minimum load restrictions. The match comprises 90 shots, at varying distances from 50 yards to 7 yards, with variations in grip (both hands vs single hand, left vs right hand).
As well, there are different shooting positions, ranging from the prone position, sitting or kneeling, using the strong hand and the weak hand, shooting behind a barricade with support for the shooting hand, shooting totally unsupported and firing shots with one hand only. Times for the various stages are also different, from 165 seconds to fire 24 shots at 50 yards to 15 seconds to fire twelve shots at 7 yards.
To participate you must be over the age of 14 years and a firearms license is NOT required.Â No matter whether you are male or female or young or old, you will find shooting to be a wonderful sport quite different to what you may expect.
Unlike many other sports, there are very few physical limitations to participating.Â Shooting is fun and challenging. Once you attend just one shoot you will realise what you have been missing – a great sport, and lots of fun!