The Australian contingent put in an impressive showing at the 2014 International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) World Championships at the Oklahoma City Gun Club. The SSAA team of Michael Arden (Victoria), Greg Dawson (NSW), Cheyne Fischer (ACT) and Russell Mowles (Queensland) competed at the IHMSA event in late July together and individually.
For the team event, they clinched second spot, finishing just two targets behind the United States, but ahead of Paraguay, who came third. Some great results were achieved individually too, with Fischer and Arden wrapping up an Australian one-two in the Big Bore Production section. It was the fifth year in succession that Australia has had a champion in one or more categories.
The World Championships are all 80-shot matches, with targets set out to 200m for Big Bore. Chickens are at 50m, pigs 100m, turkeys 150m and rams 200m. Both Fischer and Arden notched 80 shots out of 80, but it was Fischer who won the shoot-off. Moyles landed fifth spot in this category. However, Arden made amends by carrying off titles in Big Bore Standing, Big Bore 3-Gun Aggregate and Big Bore 4-Gun Aggregate.
He was also runner-up in Small Bore Production and Big Bore Revolver. Fischer earned second spot in the Small Bore Revolver and was third in Big Bore Revolver. In Small Bore contests, targets are set out to 100m. Chicken sights are at 25m, pigs 50m, turkeys 75m and rams 100m.
Other notable performances saw Dawson come home third in Field Pistol Production, while he was seventh in Production Any Sight Aggregate. Mowles picked up seventh spot in the Big Bore 4-Gun Aggregate.
South Australia’s Barry Whitford travelled to the Championships despite not being involved in the team competition. He performed respectably to snare sixth position in the Big Bore and eighth in the Big Bore Unlimited Any Sight.
The 2015 IHMSA World Championships are to be held at the Los Angeles Silhouette Club from July 10-17.
by SSAA Handgun Metallic Silhouette National Discipline Chairman Russell Mowles