TOP SHOT: Shane Jones gets some practice in before today's shoot at the Gympie smallbore range.
TOP SHOT: Shane Jones gets some practice in before today's shoot at the Gympie smallbore range. Renee Albrecht

Crack shots will aim high

SHOOTING: Gympie will play host to some of Australia's most elite shooters today when they converge on the Gympie Smallbore Rifle and Silhouette Club for the 50m prone and benchrest state titles.

With over 40 competitors expected, the level of competition will be high.

Gympie smallbore's Shane Jones said the event will see some of the best marksman around showcasing their skill.

"You need to have a lot of patience and concentration,” he said.

"You have to be very precise and teach your body not to move at all basically.”

It's a skill set that not everybody can possess, and aids the shooter in placing 60 rounds on a target not much bigger than a ten cent piece from 50m away.

The event will see two categories: a prone shoot where competitors are on the ground supporting their rifle individually, and a benchrest shoot where the rifle is placed on a level bench and elevated off the ground.

Both disciplines are difficult to master and athletes only have 60 shots to score as high as possible.

The event will start at 9am today at the Gympie Smallbore Rifle and Silhouette Club off Banks Pocket Rd, Gympie.

If you are interested in the sport, the club meet every Wednesday and Friday.

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