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August 2013 Edition

How are we enjoying the winter so far? Has it been cold enough for everyone?  Makes shooting a little difficult if it is so cold your trigger finger goes numb! We officially only have a couple of weeks of winter left, lets hope that the weather picks up and gives us a nice warm spring.

Our outdoor convenor Julie Holcombe has been in Torino, Italy competing in the World Masters Games, and she was talented enough to take out the gold medal for ladies prone over 50 category, well done to Julie!  There is a small number of Victorians over there at the moment, we hope to have a small report with some photos to share in our next edition.

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2013 Congress

TRV Congress was held in Kilmore on Saturday the 15th of June.  The local CWA girls provided some nice sandwiches and a good hot cuppa before congress kicked off. A good representation from our affiliated clubs attended. Your new TRV council consists of the following;

President - Mike Jarrad
Vice President - Richard Lightfoot
Treasurer - Lindsay Braybon
Secretary - Chris Lott
Councillor 1 - Sue Lott
Councillor 2 - Rod Izard
Councillor 3 - Jeff Newham

A motion was passed to make all TRV competitions run over the calendar year. This means the Master Marksman and Sharp Shooter series can now run from 1st of January through to 31st of December.  Making a new year a new start to the shooting season.

Something Interesting...
Have you seen the new ISSF iPad Magazine?  Please take the time to check out the blurb on you-tube from this link

Has your club applied for the sporting uniforms grant? The government is offering up to $1000 to support local clubs in getting sporting uniforms. The grant closes on the 29th of August, for more info please click here

Do you read the TRA EMag?  It is very interesting and informative, please click here to read the latest issue.

Have you found any good shooting sites worth sharing with others?  If so please email them to and I will add them to the next newsletter.  Meanwhile, check these out;

Target Talk
World Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest Association
No Power, No Problem!
We all know our friends from the south west are really keen shooters. During a recent competition in Portland there was a power outage, but it takes more than that to stop these people from shooting, amazing how bright car headlights can be when needed!

Upcoming events:

Shepparton Annual Prize Meeting
Saturday 24th August, 50m Prone(MM) and 50m Bench(SS), Air Rifle. Also a special 3x40 event shot on Friday 23rd of August, starting at 2pm. There is also a special Air Rifle supported event, shot on the Saturday.
For more info click here.

Numurkah Annual Prize Meeting
Sunday 25th August, 50m Prone(MM) and 50m Bench(SS), Air Rifle
For more info click here

Glenelg Prize Meeting
Saturday 7th September, 50m Prone(MM) and 50m Bench(SS)
For more info click here

Hamilton Prize Meeting
Sunday 8th September, 50m Prone(MM) and 50m Bench(SS)
For more info click here

TRV Training Camp
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of September, held at MISC
For more info please check the website closer to the date

Warren Potent and Graham Lawler Round 5
Sunday 15th of July, shot at MISC, 9am Start.
$75 Prize to the top handicap score in prone
$75 Prize to the top handicap score in air

Canberra Open Prize Meeting
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd September, 20m Prone, 50m Prone, 50m Bench, 3x20, Air
For more info click here

Kyabram Prize Meeting
Saturday 28th September, 50m Prone(MM), 50m RBA (3 x 25 shot RBA Targets)
Sunday 29th September, 50m Bench(SS)
For more info click here

State Championships Part 2 (Wangaratta)

Wangaratta hosted the TRV State Championships part two in late June.
As you can see from the above photo the morning had a cool, frosty start to it, but of course the upside to that is the windflags were perfectly still.  We were not 100% sure if that was due to no wind or the flags frozen in place! Wangaratta again did a superb job as host and the range was up to its usual excellent standard. Benalla's Janine Chick popped up and decided to have a plink at the 20m prone, and quite a plink she had, producing the winning score of 597.40, two points clear of her closest rival. Annette Rowe continued her winning streak at bench to take out the 20m bench section on the Saturday with a very respectable 582.19, two points ahead of fellow MISC shooter Patrick Wolfe. Albury's Phil Deegan was only two centres behind Patrick to finish third. The 20m champion of club champions match was shot on the Saturday afternoon, and again Janine Chick proved too good for Oakleigh's Mike Jarrad, pipping the president by six centres to score 397.28 and win the prone section. MCC's Richard Lightfoot really turned up the heat in the 20m bench rest champion of club champions match, Richard had a comfortable win with a brilliant score of 391.08, Shepparton's Gerhard Maya came in second with 386.09.
The TRV Presentation dinner was held at the club on the Saturday night, and the club was decorated and looked an absolute treat on the night. This year a slightly different format was tried with the trophy steward Val McCready spending many hours placing all awards into bags for each club to take home. This saved a lot of time handing out a lot of awards, so only the major prizes and pennant shields were officially presented. There was even time for a few rounds of trivia during the night.
Sunday saw the 50m component shot, with Leongatha's "Dark Horse" Dan Croatto taking out the honours in 50m prone with a score of 588.27. Janine Chick and Chris Lott were on the same score, but Chris gained two extra centres to place him in second place. Patrick Wolfe produced some rather fine bench shooting on Sunday to win the 50m section with a brilliant score of 599.50, Lancefield's Max Joiner was only four centres behind Patrick to finish second with 599.46. Annette Rowe had to settle for a very unusual third place, I guess she thought she should let the boys have a win every now and then!
Janine Chick was victorious in the prone aggregate of the two days, a clear two points ahead of Shepparton's Chris Lott. Annette Rowe took out the bench rest aggregate of the both the days, one point ahead of Patrick Wolfe.
For a full list of results click here
For the full gallery of photos click here

Portland Prize Meeting

Portland held it's annual competition consisting of the Portland prize meeting on Saturday and the Merv Friend 600
on the Sunday. The weather on Saturday presented some nice challenges with wind twitching at varied rates making it quite difficult to pick your shots! A large number of shooters enjoyed a really nice meal at the local "Mac's" pub on Saturday night, then fronted up for the Merv Friend 600 on Sunday, by this time the wind had subdued considerably, but was still creating some challenges for all. Oakleigh's Mike Jarrad must have had the best wind reading skills in the prone contingent of shooters, as he came out on top to pip Shepparton's Chris Lott by four centres, Mike scored 1176.59 to Chris's 1176.55. Local Portland shooter David Coupe came in 3rd position with a score of 1165.43.
It was Shepparton club in the first and second places for the bench rest competition, with Gerhard Maya taking out the honours with a brilliant score of 1195.77, Ern Mulcahy had to settle for second place with his score of 1191.75.  Port Fairy's Trevor Clapp came in third with his score of 1190.70.
As usual Colin Reeves manned the kitchen for the weekend and there was no shortage of good food and a yarn with Colin around. Portland club once again did a fantastic job hosting their competition and a great weekend was enjoyed by all.
For a full list of results click here

West Wyalong Prize Meeting

A small number of Victorians headed to West Wyalong over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of July. This competition is a very relaxed and enjoyable one, with 20m, 50m and 90m prone and bench, as well as air rifle and 3x20 matches being held. While Shepparton's Sue Lott was the only Victorian to actually win a first place award, John Denton, Kev Corneliusen, Chris Lott all shared a number of second and third places. A nice meal was shared at the local RSL club on the Saturday night, with a few lively stories shared between the Victorians and NSW shooters.
For a full list of results click here

Frankston Training Camp

A very special thanks to Mike Chmiel for the following write up and photos!

The second of TRV’s training camps for 2013 was hosted at Frankston Peninsula Target Rifle Club over the weekend of 20-21 July. I’d found the previous camps very useful so had reserved the weekend long in advance. Apart from the chance to spend some solid time training, I was also looking forward to visit Frankston for the first time. John Hopkins from the Eltham Smallbore & Air Rifle Club stepped in to preside over coaching the prone and 3P shooters for the chilly two days. His presentation on Saturday morning addressed the fundamentals of position shooting and focused on the basics for prone before everyone braved the cold outside. We were blessed with calm conditions for most of the day – something I certainly appreciated since I shoot indoors at 20m most of the year.

The informal structure to the weekend was a departure from previous training camps, but suited me fine on my first visit to Frankston. John spent much of his time chatting to shooters one on one rather than conducting group exercises and this meant that we were all able to do our own things.

I’ve come to expect the unexpected shooting on unfamiliar ranges and Frankston was no different. The lighting and feel of the range took some getting used to and I made some small changes to my equipment to suit - noting them for the future in my shooting diary on John’s advice. After a very mixed 12 months shooting and a recent change in rifles, I wanted to continue some work I had started at my home range in Kyneton in May this year. I spent most of my morning paying close attention to exactly how the rifle moved rather than obsessing over where the shot landed. The idea here was to verify that I was building my position correctly and consistently each firing cycle. It’s an enlightening exercise for anyone who hasn’t tried it.

Before I knew it the distracting aromas from the BBQ had drifted in with the breeze and caught my attention. An unfortunate omission from my diary at a previous training camp was that it’s actually very difficult to shoot straight after eating too much! Through my over indulgence I’d also stuffed my afternoon’s shooting but I didn’t mind terribly because there was an interesting plan afoot for the evening.

I’m sure everyone reading will identify with the befuddlement stemming from a wayward shot “out there” when everything else seemed spot on. I’d experienced this very thing a number of times over the preceding few months after shooting with some very cheap rounds. To date I have bought and shot two cases of Eley Club for 20m training and competition, but I was never convinced the second was as consistent as the first. Both were purchased with fingers crossed and the same applied to the few bricks of Match I’ve used. There really is only one way to eliminate that game of chance – seek out the right stuff for your rifle and shoot it. Twentieth century gun scribe and white-man-hunter, Townsend Whelen, famously concluded that “only accurate rifles are interesting”. The flip side is that inaccurate rifles are frustrating (as well as some other unmentionable things starting with ‘f’). Frankston club member Dean Romanoff (who runs Ammunition Galore) had agreed to perform some batch trials with my rifle on his dedicated test rig to reduce that uncertainty. I’ve always been a believer in using the best gear I can afford and the intention here was to identify a couple of suitable loads for training and outdoor competition respectively.

I doubt that any of the ammunition makers ever set out to make their cheaper lines of product worse than they need be, but when compared to the top end offerings they certainly aren’t as good. Somewhere during the manufacturing process variation can creep in – sometimes due to a single issue or a combination of factors. Either way, the outcome is ammunition that does not always go where you point it. Accordingly it’s often packaged up and sold as lower grade training or club ammo while the more tightly controlled stuff goes into premium packaging with a higher price tag. Interestingly, the maxim ‘you get what you pay for’ applies only in part here regarding ammunition. Just forking out for a case of Eley’s finest doesn’t guarantee it will win matches for you. It might well do so (not mentioning any names here James) but testing is still warranted considering the extra cost of high end ammo. Mean velocities and dimensional differences from batch to batch all influence a rifle’s baseline preferences and quite often a rifle still won’t perform at its optimum. Benchrest shooters have understood this for years - as have experienced prone shooters – so will test numerous batches of premium ammunition before selecting one to buy in bulk. Some shooters on various national teams even take their rifles overseas specifically to test with the ammunition makers in person. Stepping back to my reality here as a B grade 50m shooter wanting to improve, I was pleased to have my first opportunity to test with Dean before purchasing two cases from him. 

We were fortunate that evening because conditions were very steady with little wind showing on the flags. Dean’s test rig was a clever contraption which secured the rifle in its stock, sights and all, to a massive concrete bench. My rifle was fastened to it using the accessory rail where the hand stop would normally live. To replicate the dynamics when shooting from the shoulder, the rig featured a variable recoil mechanism controlled by a small pneumatic ram. Actual point of impact was not important here so long as we hit the paper downrange. What we were looking for were tight groups of 5 shots. Since we had near perfect conditions Dean was able to run the process very quickly.

Testing commenced with a clean barrel and some of the very cheap CCI Standard Velocity I had been using as a stop-gap measure for the last few months during the recoil observations mentioned above. More than anything I was curious to see what it could do. This sub $4.50 per packet ammo had allowed me to shoot a number of 100s in between some pretty awful cards too. The fact that the best and second worst groups of the day were both shot with cheap and nasty CCI Standard Velocity simply highlights the need to perform testing. Take a moment to remember that any combination of rifle and ammunition which can’t consistently hold a group smaller than 15mm centre to centre is going to lose points rapidly, irrespective of shooter effort or still conditions. We tested SK Standard Plus, SK Rifle Match, RWS Rifle Match, RWS R50, Federal Premium Match (R50) and Eley Tenex. It didn’t take long to reveal that my rifle didn’t play well with any of the SK. What was really interesting was seeing how much better James Daly’s Anschutz shot with those same SK batches than my FWB 2700 had done. Tenex was impressive, but no more so than R50 or Federal’s own repackaged R50. RWS Rifle Match was surprisingly close to the R50 groups but produced the occasional shot away from an otherwise tight pattern. My decision was pretty simple – Federal Premium Match was hundreds of dollars cheaper per case than RWS R50 or Tenex, and the difference would go towards 5000 rounds of RWS Rifle Match for training and 20m comps. James settled on a batch of Tenex and some SK Rifle Match for his needs over the next 12 months and home we went.
Sunday’s turnout was better than the previous day and we were lucky to find spare bays on the range. However, the weather had kicked in and we were all faced with cold and blustery conditions. Dean was running further testing with other shooters that day. In contrast to our lucky run the night before, he had to study the flags and trees around the range carefully for the right time to fire each shot. I spent most of the day playing around with sight shading to compensate for wind – something I definitely need more practice with. John ran a match in the afternoon for those who wanted to shoot one and I continued doing my own thing. Dean also had his travelling box of tricks containing adjustable irises, levels and sight blocks for those interested.

I’ve now attended four of these training camps around the state, and every one of them has been a great experience. They provide the opportunity to chat with other shooters and try different things without the pressure of competition. Most importantly they help shooters establish what they need to prioritise in their private training sessions. We all reach a point where we need some outside input to refine what we do so the access to qualified coaches through these camps is invaluable. For anyone looking to improve their game rather than keep slinging lead at the wall I wholeheartedly recommend making the time to attend one. I’d like to thank TRV and the Frankston club for organising and hosting the camp, John Hopkins for providing his time, and Dean for his help testing.

Wangaratta Prize Meeting

Wangaratta held it's annual prize meeting on the 3rd and 4th of August. This is one

of the few competitions that have 20m prone, 3x20, air rifle, and 50m bench rest events all on the one weekend. This year the weather was considerably warmer than usual, and the wind was generally readable. The 3x20 match started the weekend, with the first shots being fired at 8:30am, there was also a 50m bench match fired at the same time. Shepparton's Sue Lott surprised no one winning the 3x20 match, I guess all her years of high level shooting are still paying dividends. Traralgon's Brendan Maginn and Lancefield's Max Joiner had quite a battle in the 50m bench match, both men only missing three ten's for the match, but it was Brendan who collected one extra centre than Max to take out the first place with a score of 597.47. Next the 20m prone match was shot and it was our Australian Prone champion James Daly who stole the honours with his score of 597.31, Mike Jarrad had to settle for second place only a mere one point behind James with 596.31. Zac Sirianni also performed well at 20m prone, Zac started with a blistering 199.8 on his first cards, this was this highest score shot out of everyone in the first detail. Sunday saw some interesting conditions, the first detail had calmer conditions, while the second and third saw a progressively increased wind and light variations. Shepparton's Chris Lott was lucky enough to finish in first place, followed by Kyneton's James Daly and Mike Jarrad in third place. Sunday's 50m bench match was dominated by Lancefield, with Max Joiner shooting a brilliant score of 598.46 to comfortably take out first place, with his fellow club member Rodger Brooks behind him in second place with a score of 594.40. Traralgon's William Maginn came in third with 593.38.
Shepparton's Sue Lott won the air rifle match, but this time local Wangaratta junior shooter Sam Foster was closing the gap finishing only 6 points behind Sue with his score of 572.
For a full list of results click here
For the full gallery of photos click here

Electronic Target

Recently I purchased a Sius HS10 Electronic target, I thought I would share my experience with everyone.

I decided on the HS10 model, this one was cheaper in price as it is a hybrid machine. This means it uses both the new laser technology as well as the older acoustic technology to determine the location of the projectile as it passes through the target. Basically if the shot is within the 7 ring at 50m the lasers will detect the projectile, and if the shot is outside the 7 ring the microphones will detect the projectile as it pierces through the rubber (50m) or vinyl (10m).  The HS10 target has no moving parts at all, this is another advantage over some of the other systems. The target requires a 240volt connection which is a bit of a drawback as you need power at both the target and firing point (to run the laptop). There is also a cable which runs from the electronic target back to the laptop.  I actually purchased an extra cable as I had a trench dug on the 50m range and buried the cable in some 32mm electrical conduit. The extra cable I have ran out in our 10m range.
In the case of using this target at 10m a vinyl target face is stretched over four holding pins on the back of the electronic target, this vinyl target face has the correct size hole in the centre which you then aim at. The HS10 electronic target also has LED lamps down each side of the target, these illuminate the vinyl target face. As the pellet passes through the hole in the centre (this is the same as hitting the black on paper targets) the lasers detect the pellet and the shot is displayed on your laptop. If you have a bit of a Barry Crocker of a shot and miss the black, then the pellet pierces through the vinyl, five small microphones on the backside of the target will then pick the sound of the pellet piercing the vinyl and the shot will be displayed on your laptop. So if you are consistently hitting the black at 10m, the target has absolutely no consumables, and even if you miss the vinyl tends to close the hole over, so I am pretty sure you would have to miss a lot of times before needing to change the vinyl target face.
When using the target at 50m, a large protective steel plate sits in front of the target, another vinyl target face is stretched out and attached to the front of this steel plate. Now a piece of rubber is positioned on the back of the target where the 10m vinyl target face goes, this is again only required to detect any shot outside about the 7 ring at 50m. One draw back that I have found after shooting at 50m for a while now is that the rubber gets shot out in the middle. This causes light to come in, and after a while it will affect you sight picture. To get around this I have built a small bullet catcher that sits behind the target, this catcher has some steel on an angle to deflect the bullet into some sand below it, and is completely covered in, so this way no light comes in from the back of the electronic target, and the sight picture is fine.
As mentioned there are no consumables if you are keeping every shot within the 7 ring at 50m, so I believe this would be a very accurate and economical solution for bench shooters particularly.
I purchased the target without any of the recommended enclosure or steel protective plate (required for 50m only), this was to save weight and consequently freight charges from Switzerland. The HS10 target cost me $2700 delivered, this included the target, some 10m vinyl faces, 50m vinyl faces, rubber backers for 50m, and another rubber mat to stop splash back at 50m. I also placed a second order with Sius, which I purchased 5 extra rubber membranes for 50m (in hindsight I think it will take me a very long time to use these) and the extra cable for air rifle (as I buried the other cable on the 50m range), this cost me another $200, unfortunately a lot of that was shipping costs. I had the steel plate required for 50m made for $100, and my brother made the supporting frame. Again I had two frames made, one for 10m and one for 50m. So my total cost was around $3100, this was complete setup for 10m and 50m, the only extra thing you would require is a laptop.

The software is quite simple to use, the system comes with a USB controller which is all you need to select and start a match, also to change from sighters to match. Each match is printed to a pdf, or you can export it to a csv file to open in excel. I am quite happy with the target, and I believe the accuracy and quality of it to be well worth the price tag.

Check out the HS10 at the Sius Website (you may even recognise a photo of a Victorian shooter) by clicking here

5 Minutes With..

Name:  Rod Izard
Club/s you are/have been a member of? 
Wangaratta and Benalla

How did you get started in shooting?
It's all Graham Bickerdike's fault ! He forced me into target shooting back in the early 1980's
What disciplines do you shoot?
Started shooting prone (would like to still be doing so) but there came a choice - bench or give the game away -  I now shoot bench.
How often do you shoot? 
Try to shoot at least weekly. ( or is that weakly ???)
Greatest achievement?
20 metre State Champion 2012 Stawell

Most memorable moment?
Would be a toss up between second place 50 metre State Champoinship and actually getting a Title in the same year (2012)
What is the furthest you have travelled to compete?
West Wyalong in the north and Portland down south.

What do you enjoy most about the sport?
The CHALLENGE !!!!! Winning is nice but the challenge is the ultimate.

Would you swap bread for bullets?
They would need to be a long way better than the bullets we are getting these days !!!!!


Once the basic techniques have been mastered, the factor of mental control assumes extreme importance. At the highest level, about 90% of a shooters attention and effort must be directed towards this area. The improving shooter can, and should be, training to develop these and other aspects of MENTAL CONTROL.
Bring your 100 eye with you each time you shoot.


John Hopkins
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