2017 SSAA National Rimfire Benchrest Championships

The SSAA National Rimfire Benchrest Championships were held at the Dairyville Range from March 8 to 12, 2017 with a bumper turn-out. There were 47 entrants in the Light Benchrest (LB), with 77 in the Heavy Benchrest (HB) and 81 in the IRB. This was a fantastic number of competitors for the event and general consensus from everyone who attended was that they enjoyed the shoot. In fact, the HB had to be held over two days as Dairyville only has 15 benches and it would have been impossible with so many entries to finish both the 50 yards and 100 yards in one day.

The wind was diabolical throughout but even so some great scores were achieved. The shooters were blessed with no rain but had the event been scheduled for the following week, it would have had to be cancelled as around 500mm was dumped in a deluge.

Once again, the organisers would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers because without their help, nothing would happen. Thank you also to all the competitors who contributed to buy a Memorial Shield for one of the late members and club stalwart Neil Starr. This will be awarded to the winner of the combined 2-Gun and IRB at future National Championships. It was carried off for the first time by Paul Sullivan.

Other results included:

Light Benchrest top 10

Bill Simmons 0.7107
Brett Wilson 0.7418
Brian Mitchell 0.8021
Norm Bardell 0.8316
Keith Smith 0.8367
Paul Sullivan 0.8434
Richard Powell 0.8783
Neil Digweed 0.8791
Glenn Seaman 0.8827
Ben West .9133.

Heavy Benchrest top 10

Ben West 0.6038
Bill Simmons 0.6329
Paul Sullivan 0.6627
Russell Gibson 0.6728
Robin Cox 0.6779
Neil Digweed 0.6925
Brett Wilson 0.7018
John Patzwald 0.706
Norm Bardell 0.7068
Chris Parry 0.7218

IRB top 10

Paul Sullivan 1494.1
Robin Cox 1493.1
Stuart Elliott 1493.81
Brett Wilson 1491.98
Neil Digweed 1486.9
Brian Mitchell 1486.71
Janette Mitchell 1485.86
Norm Bardell 1485.81
Nic Ward 1484.73
Caden Bardell 1483.76 (Junior)

2-Gun top 10

Bill Simmons 0.6718
Brett Wilson 0.7218
Paul Sullivan 0.753
Ben West 0.7585
Norm Bardell 0.7692
Brian Mitchell 0.7697
Neil Digweed 0.7858
Russell Gibson 0.799
Don Powell 0.8438
Richard Powell 0.865
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