The weekend of March 22 and 23 saw 36 assorted muzzleloaders converge on the Perth Muzzle Loading Club for Part 1 of this year’s Western Australian Muzzleloading State Titles. It was the last week end of a long hot summer, with the temperature on both days edging towards the mid 30s and hardly any wind to upset the shooters.
Part 1 of the WA Championships covers pistols, revolvers, muskets, shotguns and cannon, with three types of ignition: matchlock, flintlock and percussion. Breechloading black powder rifles were also shot for the first time using specialised American targets.
For a change, the hot favourites did not sweep all before them and there was a good sprinkling of the medals with new hotshots and many shooters winning their first state medals.
The star of the weekend was Kerwin Bee with five gold medals, followed by Geoff Price and Barry Duckett with four gold each. Three shooters, David Cocking, Kevin Brice and first-time winner Jonathan Harris, each won three gold medals.
Saturday was full on with 11 events that went according to plan from 8am until just before 5pm. Sunday was a little bit different as the four breechloading black powder rifle events took far longer than expected. After an excellent barbecue and with the two shotgun events still to be shot, most of the shooters were verging on shattered (or at least suitably tired) and the conditions were getting rather hot. It was therefore unanimously decided to postpone the shotgun events until the following Saturday morning, which were completed in far less trying conditions.
Some very good scores were posted overall, but the most amazing result was in the breechloading rifle event, 200m Bench Rest, where there was just one point between first and second, and another one point between second and third. Hotshot Justen McGowan only managed a solitary gold, but took away four silvers and six bronze medals. Shotgun favourite Leo Laden crashed to be third in both the percussion and flintlock events.
Thank you to Peter Norgard and Rick Denniston who were chief range officers, and to Jonathan Harris for all his scoring and other computer magic. Other helpers included Frank Della and Derek Clamesia. Thank you everyone for yet another very successful State Titles.
|25m CL1 Revolver||25m CL2 Pistol||Pistol/Revolver trophy|
|CL3 Precision Pistol/Revolver||25m Firelock Pistol|
|Kerwin Bee||86.1||81||167||1||Geoff Price||83.1||1||Barry Duckett||83||1|
|Geoff Price||91||65||156||2||Kerwin Bee||78||2||Kerwin Bee||81||2|
|Justen McGowan||88||68||156||3||David Cocking||75||3||Justen McGowan||79||3|
|David Cocking||81.1||69||150||4||Barry Duckett||70||4||Geoff Price||76||4|
|Leo Laden||85.1||63||148||5||Peter Norgard||65||5||Bill Longworth||75||5|
|Barry Duckett||86||62||148||6||Kevin Brice||62||6||David Cocking||72||6|
|Calvin Sheppard||88||39||127||7||Bill Longworth||50||7||Terry Weston||69||7|
|Bill Longworth||71||48||119||8||Terry Weston||49||8||Kevin Brice||54||8|
|Kevin Brice||71||47||118||9||Leo Laden||48||9||Leo Laden||46||9|
|Michael Gibbs||49||0||49||10||Peter Norgard||46||9|
|25m Cartridge Pistol||50m Offhand Musket|
|Name||15 minute||5 minute||Agg||Rank||Name||Firelock||Rank||Name||Open||Rank|
|Kerwin Bee||82||83||165||1||Kevin Brice||70||1||Geoff Price||85||1|
|Justen McGowan||82.1||81||163||2||Peter Norgard||67||2||Kevin Brice||80||2|
|Barry Duckett||87.1||75||162||3||Leo Laden||67||3||Justen McGowan||78||3|
|Kevin Brice||80||78||158||4||Justen McGowan||62||4||Peter Norgard||76||4|
|Terry Weston||71||73||144||5||Kerwin Bee||50||5||Keith McKay||76||4|
|Peter Norgard||47||47||94||6||Keith McKay||35||6||Jonathan Harris||75||6|
|Leo Laden||37||53||90||7||Leo Laden||68||7|
|Geoff Price||76||0||76||8||Kerwin Bee||64||8|
|Percussion Shotgun||Flintlock Shotgun||25m Canon|
|Kevin Brice||20||1||Justen McGowan||16||1||Geoff Price||95.2||1|
|Justen McGowan||17||2||Geoff Price||11||2||Leo Laden||88||2|
|Leo Laden||15||3||Leo Laden||10||3||Kerwin Bee||80||3|
|Geoff Price||14||4||Keith McKay||3||4||Peter Norgard||67||4|
|Name||50m Offhand||Rank||Name||100m Offhand||100m Bench Rest||200m Bench Rest||Agg||Rank|
|Michael Gibbs||89||1||Jonathan Harris||79||208||198||485||1|
|Frank Turner||86||2||Greg Kilsby||64||219||196||479||2|
|Jonathan Harris||77||3||Keith McKay||17||194||197||408||3|
|Greg Kilsby||74||4||Michael Gibbs||0||154||194||348||4|
|Keith McKay||71||5||Frank Turner||61||181||0||242||5|