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Victorians on target at the silhouette nationals

Victorians on target at the silhouette nationals

A group of Victorian shooters travelled to Tasmania recently for the:

  • Lever Action Metallic Silhouette (LAS) Nats 21st – 25th March 2024 at SSAA Westbury Range.
  • Scoped Rifle Metallic Silhouette Nats (RMS) 29th Mar – 1st Apr at SSAA Tas State Range Runnymede.

For the LAS shoot the team consisted of

Mark Butler, Greg Norton, Mick Manini, Grace Manini 15YO (Open Junior) Sarah Manini 13YO (U15 Junior)

Grace and Sarah both learned to shoot in the Youth Traning Scheme at Springvale.

For Scoped RMS we had the same team with the addition of Colin Robinson

Lever action kicked off with a practice day on 21st for everyone to sight in and get their settings for the 3 different rifle classes being shot over the next 3 days, Rifle, Pistol Calibre Rifle and Smallbore rifle. This was an important day as there would be no sighting in sessions on the mornings of each shoot. The club provided a fantastic, cooked breakfast each morning and the weather gods smiled on us for the entirety with chilly mornings and beautiful sunny days.

A total of 37 Shooters representing all states except NT along with a 3 member NZ team were in attendance.

Rifle Cal – Open sights off hand to 200m

Mick Manini 2nd A grade with a total of 40

Sarah Manini 1st B Grade & 1st U15 Junior with 39

Grace Manini 2nd B Grade & 1st Open Junior with 38

Mark Butler (44) Greg Norton (49) both AAA grade out of the placings

Pistol Cartridge Rifle – Open sights off hand to 100m

Sarah Manini had a breakout day, shooting 55 to win A grade and a score that would have put her in first place in AA grade, she also took 1st place in U15 Juniors. Sarah had a long run of 17 Consecutive Pigs.  Grace Manini took first place in Open Juniors with a 36. Greg Norton (AAA) and Mark Butler (AAA) both had a 52 and Mick Manini (A) had a 37 to finish out of the placings in their respective grades.

Smallbore (22LR) – Open sights off hand to 100m

The Manini girls got off to a bad start with a rifle failure and both lost their first ten targets, other members of the team stepped in to share their rifles with the girls, Sarah sharing with club captain Mark Butler and Grace with Greg Norton. Grace ended up having a good day (42), taking out first place in A grade and open Juniors after a shoot off against a member of the NZ team. Grace shot 5/5 in the shoot off to make sure she couldn’t be beaten. Sarah ended the day 2nd in B grade and U15 Junior (36) but did shoot 10/10 Turkeys with Marks rifle, a feat many say has never happened before. Greg Norton (AAA) had a 57, Mark Butler (AAA) a 56 and Mick Manini (AA) a 37 to finish out of the placings in their respective grades.

Sarah took out the 3-gun title for U15 and Grace took out the 3-gun title for open juniors.

Sarah also won the Lightforce performance Lighting lucky shooter prize of a magnificent light bar.

Consistently shooting good but not winning scores put Mark Butler into 9th Place & Greg Norton into 8th position overall, a respectable effort amongst Australia’s top LAS Shooters

Scoped RMS Nationals

The scoped RMS nationals were held at the new Runnymede Tas State range with the silhouette range only finished a few days before the shoot, it was an absolute credit to the team that put it together.

Practice day on the Thursday was busy with most shooters needing to dial in 5 rifles for the proceeding days, with the added bonus that there would be a short sight in period on the morning of each shoot.

Day 1 Hunter Class, centrefire (to 500m off hand)

Sarah Manini had never shot centrefire before and decided the day before she might give it a go. Mick offering her $50 if she shot 10 as an incentive, but thinking, no way, never. Well just to prove dad wrong and take the $50, she shot 10 with Grace’ s little 6.5 Grendel, also winning B grade and U15 along the way.

Grace went in ungraded and shot her way into A grade with an 11 to take out Open Juniors

Greg Norton came away with a 3rd place in A grade with a 12.

Hunter Class Rimfire (to 100m offhand)

Greg Norton 1st in A Grade (18)

Grace Manini 1st in B Grade (18) and Open Junior

Sarah Manini 3rd B Grade (9) and U15 Junior

Day 2 – Centrefire (to 500m offhand)

Sarah decided an 80-shot centrefire match might be a little too much and opted for a day shopping in Hobart with mum while the rest of the team battled it out.

Mick Manini took 1st place in B grade (20)

Grace Manini took 1st place in A grade (35) after a shoot off against fellow Victorian team member Colin Robinson who took the Silver. Grace also taking out open Juniors

Greg Norton Ended the day with a 37 which was good enough to get the bronze in AA grade.

Greg & Grace both losing several targets due to using a 6.5 Grendel which was struggling on the day to knock over the rams at 500m.

Day 3 – Rimfire (to 100m offhand)

Today was a good day for the Victorian Team,

Sarah Manini shot a 42 to win A Grade and U15 Juniors,

Grace Manini was third in AA grade (45) after yet another shoot off, this time dropping her guard to be beaten by the NZ Captain Eric Clausen. Grace won open Juniors

Greg Norton shot a 53 to win the Silver in AAA grade and

Colin Robinson shot a 61 to win AAA grade and equal with the 2nd place getter in Masters grade.

Day 4 – Air rifle (to 45yards offhand)

Probably the Manini girls favourite event, but with more shooters in AA and AAA grades than any other, it was going to be a big ask, and true to form, both girls performed very well on the day, Grace shooting a PB of 57 to take 3rd in AAA grade  and 1st in Open Junior. Sarah a bit off her best, shooting 51 to take 2nd Place in AA grade and first in U15 Junior.

Colin Robinson (M) shot a 61 & Greg Norton (M) shot a 57 to finish just out of the placings in Masters  grade

Both girls also won the Aggregate medals in their respective age groups

Once again Greg Norton’s consistency placed him inside the top 10 with an 8th place in the 5-gun Aggregate (Overall Placings) a top effort shooting against Australia & NZ best. Well done.

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