Locals at State pistol competition

THREE Naracoorte Pistol Club members ventured to Loxton to compete in the State Black Powder Pistol Titles on July 5.

Black powder pistol shooting is a fun and challenging event using handgun technology designed in the 1860s. 

Some of the equipment used would not look out of place on an old cowboy movie set! The pistols do not have modern bullets but fire round lead balls of 36 to 44 calibre. 

Dean Ludwig (left), his son David and fellow Naracoorte Pistol Club member Gavin Kluske competed at the State Black Powder Pistol Club Titles earlier this month.

Dean Ludwig (left), his son David and fellow Naracoorte Pistol Club member Gavin Kluske competed at the State Black Powder Pistol Club Titles earlier this month.

A small charge of black gunpowder is carefully measured into each cylinder of the gun followed by the lead ball which is pressed in by hand. Finally a percussion cap is fitted to each cylinder and the gun is ready for use. 

The Black Powder Pistol events are conducted by the SA Revolver and Pistol Association (SARPA) and are run under strict national rules from Pistol Australia.

Dean Ludwig, David Ludwig and Gavin Kluske have recently reintroduced the event at the Naracoorte Pistol Club and during the last 12 months had gained enough skills to nominate for the State titles. 

David competed in both the C and D grade class and Gavin and Dean in D grade.

After a hearty breakfast put on by the Loxton Pistol Club, competition started. 

All events are shot single handed, standing, unsupported. 

The first event was the 25m precision match with a total of 20 shots over a 48-minute time limit.

The 50m precision event followed firing 40 rounds over the more challenging distance with a two hour time limit.

The final event was the 25m rapid fire event where another 20 rounds are fired with the targets only visible for three seconds for each shot.

David took out second place in the D grade 25m event.

Gavin came third in the 25m D grade and second in the 50m D grade

Dean did not take a placing but shot a personal best score in each event.

The Naracoorte Pistol Club has events most weekends. 

If you would like to come and try this wonderful and challenging sport, contact the president Charlie Boddington on 0427 859 434 or David Ludwig on 0418 825 748.

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