Mate save some of the stuff. When you get older you wish you would have kept all kind of things.
This is my achievement for the year and I am still smiling 4 months later. It may be an achievement that may have to last me a long time as my moment in the sun.
I entered the Victoria Queens prize shoot back in April this year and won. An outcome I never dreamed of in my wildest (shooting) dreams.
There were competitors from all around Australia entered and some of the shooters had 50 years experience. I was only competing in B grade which is determined by a percentage system based on past performances. This meant that there were guys that were normally A grade but turned in one bad performance and their % dropped below the threshold. I was surprised that there were people that had so much experience that would shoot in the lower level.
I was up against guys that had shot the event many times before even in A grade One from NSW that had shot in Vic for the 12 years prior in A grade, as well as many other States. Another guy from Tasmania that had just competed in A grade in the Tasmanian Queens a couple of months before. So after seeing the competition I was really hoping just not to be disgraced.
The Queens Series is two competitions a lead up event over two days (6 ranges) called the David Syme and then the Queens shoot over 3 days (8 ranges).
Anyway I got off to a good start in the lead up event and although I choked on the last shot of a few ranges I still managed quite a few good placings and won that event overall.
When the Queens started the field grew in numbers. I was still up there holding my own often missing out on a placing by just a point or a center but well down on the leader board. The conditions over the three days as you would expect at that time of the year where changeable but I managed a good consistency. Gradually climbing the leader board due to my consistency. Others were up and down range to range.
Going into the last range to be shot at 1000 yrds I had moved up to 3rd place. I was shooting from the worst place on the range that the shooters call Siberia as it is up against the trees and the conditions are hard to pick. I wound my scope back in magnification so I could watch the mirage moving across the ground well in front of the targets. I picked a speed of the mirage moving across the target and shot. When I got that condition I shot as fast as I could trying not to get caught out in a wind change. Twice I got caught out not picking the same condition which resulted in 5s. This last range as it often does caused the leaders a lot more problems than me and I moved into first place overall clear by 2 points and 4 centers.
I ended up with 10 range prizes over the 5 days and managed to lose a first place medal in all the comings and goings. Along with the range prizes I took home some good prizes as well. A great rifle cradle to hold the rifle while cleaning, a nice backpack, an Anzac mug, a goblet quite a bit of cash and the most treasured of all is the very Traditional Patch.
My Dad helped out and had them framed for me, something I wanted to do but probably never would have.