The 2015 National Lever Action Championships were held in Canberra on the Majura Range over the October long weekend. Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Western Australia were all well represented and Tasmania lined up in the Teams event.
Saturday was the Rimfire match where .22 Long Rifle and .22 Magnums are used with peep sights. The results for this category have been very close in recent years, but this time the winner was well ahead of a tight group in the minor placings. Steve Hurley, from WA, came away as the Open Rimfire Champion, with Jim Buckley, of NSW, taking silver and Darren Moy, from Queensland, securing bronze.
The National Centrefire match took place on Sunday and again the weather was amazing with warm, pleasant, sunny conditions, which was the case for the duration of the championships. A variety of lever-action centrefires were used, all fitted with peep sights. This year the top three placings were filled by competitors from WA. Gold again went to Hurley, silver to Murray Wills and bronze to Mick McDonnell.
Monday saw the old lever guns come out for the Classic Calibre match, all fitted with traditional open sights. The course of fire is set to replicate time-honoured hunting with many animal contour targets over various distances featuring numerous shooting positions that you would use in the field. The Open Classic Champion was Don Chesworth, from NSW, with silver going to Hurley and bronze to Buckley. In all of these events the ladies class, along with the juniors, enjoyed healthy participation as well as all the grades from AAA to C.
The 2-Gun competition was fought out through all classes and is calculated by combining each shooter’s individual total score from the Rimfire and Centrefire matches. This resulted in another success for Hurley. Second was fellow Western Australian McDonnell with New South Wales’ Buckley third.
The 3-Gun competition is where each competitor’s individual Rimfire, Centrefire and Classic match scores are combined to determine the National Lever Action Champion. This year the award went to WA’s Hurley. Second was the consistent Buckley and third was McDonnell.
One final match was the State teams. This consists of groups of four from each state and four different targets, one for each competitor, with the individual scores combined to obtain the total. This year, as has been the case for many recent meetings, gold went to WA. Silver was claimed by NSW and Tasmania took the bronze.
A huge thank you to the members of the ACT Branch for their support and hard work to prepare and run the 2015 National Lever Action Championships.
by SSAA Lever Action National Discipline Chairman Darren Moy