Hatherell shoots to win
GYMPIE marksman David Hatherell coaxed a top score from his 1943 vintage .303 to win the popular North Arm Rifle Club Anzac shoot at Yandina on Sunday.
Hatherell shot a possible 150.14 on the modified scoring system.
He won the modified rifle division with a consistent display of shooting over 300, 400 and 500 yards with his Australian-made Lithgow rifle.
Hatherell said military rifles were regularly brought out for practice at the Gympie-Kilkivan Rifle Club.
He normally competes in F Standard scoped rifle events and was a winner at the last Open Prize Meeting at Wondai.
The North Arm .303 defending champion Brian Long from Pittsworth Rifle Club was on his way to another winning score until a trigger malfunction caused him to drop a shot to place second with an aggregate 149.20.
In a close competition, Les Pedersen from Darling Downs and Rob Rush from Ipswich were locked together in third place of 149.11.
Rod Wood from the Queensland Military Rifle Club in Brisbane won the Service Rifle division with a score of 149.15, just in front of fellow club member Nathan Fennessy on 148.11.
North Arm member Des Voght was third on 142.04.
Ken Thomas won the bench rest with a score of 149.07 and Ian Malcolm the Light Horse with 98.03.
Ipswich Rifle Club will host the next .303 competition event in June.