Quick on the draw

SOME of the nation’s best shooters will take over the Hume Pistol Club this weekend for the National Steel Challenge titles.

The two-day carnival, which is open to spectators, starts today. It is being held at at the club’s Urana Road headquarters for the first time.

Hume Pistol Club vice-captain Kris Van Duursen said about 100 shooters from NSW, Victoria and Western Australia had entered in events for men, women and juniors.

“For our little club it’s a big thing,” he said.

“The top guys are shooting five plates in 2½ seconds — plates from 10 inches round to 18 inches square.

“They could be from seven metres to 45 metres away.

“Each stage is different and it comes down to who shoots them quickest.”

The Hume Pistol Club’s next big event will be the state titles in May next year.

The club has been in operation for 46 years and started with a small number of members, but it now has more than 100.

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