Shooters take on termites

A NEW type of shoot is being held by the Gympie Smallbore Rifle and Silhouette Club for the first time tomorrow night.

The new shooting competition will be a fly shoot – an event growing in popularity in both Australia and overseas.

Competitors will be shooting at an A4 target dotted with 20 insects. Instead of flies, termites are the insect of choice.

The termites are 25mm long and scores are calculated based on the part of the termite that is hit.

A range of 50 metres will be used and the time allotted for 20 shots in three minutes.

A sighting termite will also be on the target in the top right corner while shooting is off the bench with eight shooters competing in each detail.

Silhouette Rifles sighted in to 50 metres will be available for hire but any bolt action rifle may be used.

Those wishing to use their own rifle will need to arrive at 6pm to sight in ahead of the competition beginning at 6.30pm.

Meanwhile, a number of prizes will be up for grabs as an added incentive to encourage shooters to get involved.

First place will receive a prize valued at $100 while the first place junior will receive a $100 voucher. There will also be an encouragement prize of a book on shooting.

Cost of participation is $10 and this includes a sausage sizzle.

Rifle hire and ammunition are at additional cost but shooters are welcome to bring their own registered rifle and ammunition.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Laurie or Michelle Aberdein on 5484 1242. Alternatively, Brian Cooper can be contacted on 5483 1632.

The Gympie Smallbore Rifle and Silhouette Club is located on Banks Pocket Road.

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