Pistols at the ready Shooting

EMERALD Pistol Club hosts its two-day carnival this weekend with 48 shooters hitching up their caravans from as far afield as Byron Bay.

The athletes will shoot nine disciplines from 25m to 50m as well as the air pistol events at 10m.

Straight shooter Ken Green, who originally hails from the Gold Coast but now calls The Gemfields home, will be looking to continue his good form following impressive club efforts in recent weeks.

Green will fire a range of disciplines including the 50m Olympic level.

Club spokesperson John Miller said shooters were holstering up for a big weekend on the range.

“We’ve got a lot of shooting to get through,” he said.

“It’s good fun because it can be as demanding as you want it to be.”

Miller joked that mental toughness would come into play as much as a steady hand with the amount of good banter among the shooters.

“The sledging is in fine form,” he quipped.

“We’ll tell the other blokes they’re using the wrong rounds or that he can’t wear those boots.

“We always give it to one another - anything to put them off their game.”

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