Majura Pistol Club (SSAA ACT) passed the test with flying colors when it hosted the SSAA National Target Pistol Championships for the first time in September 2016. The Canberra-based SSAA venue was breaking new ground with the event that encompassed a format, which the bulk of those who took part were only familiar with at virtual learner status. In fact, some of the members from the host club were trying the ins and outs as an initiation and made a fine fist of things.
The challenge was taken on with gusto by competitors who arrived from five separate states to put on a great display of shooting. One of the stand-out performances came from Kendall Summers, of Queensland’s SSAA Fraser Coast, who claimed a national record with a tally of 256.03 that enabled him to finish as front-runner in the Any Revolver category.
Kendall was also part of the Queensland trio that came out as winners in the State Teams match. Along with his wife Susan Summers and Greg Riemer, the line-up notched 1864.34 to edge out the South Australian personnel of Janet Hoskin, Gary Paterson and Ben Lemmey. The SA combination clocked a score of 1593.04. In third position was the ACT threesome of Julian Young, Dave True and Phil Silson, who totalled 929.02 in their respective disciplines.
Paterson is a member of Port Bouvard club in Western Australia, but as the sole Sandgroper entrant filled a guest spot amid the SA ranks. In the individual stakes, Paterson stole the honours in four groupings. He was the top shooter in M9, 6-Gun, Distinguished Revolver and International Rimfire Mayleigh.
Another outstanding performer was David Colvin, of SSAA Springvale, who registered leading marks in the Any Centrefire Pistol 900 and NTSM 1800 matches.
SSAA ACT Secretary and Majura Pistol Club President Jo King played a major role in bringing the competition to the range and had been involved in months of painstaking discussions with Greg Riemer, the SSAA Target Pistol National Discipline Chairman. Jo paid tribute to the efforts of the shooters, both locals and those from interstate, who provided such an impressive spectacle for the landmark occasion. “The Majura Pistol Club has included SSAA Target Pistol as one of their regular matches for about two years but this was the first sanctioned national event that we had held,” she said. “The weather wasn’t the best but there was a real spirit of camaraderie and all the members from the various clubs were able to compare notes about various aspects. In the end, it was a very enjoyable weekend.”
The club is already planning to hold a 2017 Target Pistol Championship.