Robert Bartlett sets a Wingham Rifle Club record at the 800 metre rane

Robert Bartlett after his Wingham Rifle Club record at the 800 metre distance in the F class category.
Robert Bartlett after his Wingham Rifle Club record at the 800 metre distance in the F class category.

WINGHAM Rifle Club history was made on the 800-metre range  when Robert ‘Bart’ Bartlett shot a double possible of 120 with nine centres in F Class on the long range.

After several months of trial and error with adjustments to his rifle and equipment, Bartlett has hit the ground running and is shooting unbelievable scores. He has just returned from a very successful two day open competition in Coonabarabran, where he won six of the seven ranges and took home the title for daily aggregate and the grand aggregate wins in F Class B-grade.

At Wingham in overcast conditions with a slight breeze Bartlett shot a blistering first stage of 60 with four centres followed by a second stage of 60 with five centres.  This is a club record at the 800 metre distance in the F Class category. Bartlett, who has been shooting competitively for the past 20 years, said this is his first double possible in any discipline.

Target rifle A-grade shooter Mal McKenzie posted two identical stages of 50 with eight centres to also shoot a double possible of 100 with 16 centres at the long distance.

Andrew Geary, who was also successful at the Coonabarabran shoot, won target rifle B-grade, only dropping one shot to post a final score of 99 with nine centres.

Duncan Robinson scored 112 with two centres in F Standard B-grade, while Christina Adams shot a very respectable 114 with five centres in F open category.