Members from as far afield as Ceres and Swellendam gathered on 4 March for the monthly handgun club shoot, and for some trigger time in preparation for the Southern Nationals to be hosted by the False Bay Sport Shooting Club in April this year. Four courses of fire, representing real-life scenarios, were set up. With different stage designs, various skill levels were put to the test. The new IDPA rules did not make it easier for some shooters. A valuable lesson learned was that while to shoot fast is good, accuracy matters most.
One of the stages, designed by Sharon van Wyk, even involved our own range. Imagine the following: While repairing range equipment at the club, you are suddenly confronted by a bunch of armed and very unfriendly people. You soon realise they are uninterested in becoming club members. Defend yourself against them. This stage consisted of a couple of paper targets and some steel plates to end off with. All shots were fired kneeling. Everyone concurred this was the highlight of the day. Our ladies did exceptionally well, with a preference for the CZ. Sharon
Our ladies did exceptionally well, with a preference for the CZ. Sharon van Wyk shot her CZ 75, Michele Martin took her CZ Shadow on its maiden voyage and, for me, I just loved the way my CZ P09 performed during the day. On the flip side, Glock was the preference of our male shooters. The individual competition among all members is always in good spirits, and we can never determine beforehand who would be the overall winner for a specific match day. Our two junior members, Marco du Plessis (16) and Tiaan van den Berg (12), showed us that the future of sports shooting is in good hands. For one member, the day had a bloody start, as Jaco du Plessis lost a fingernail during range building. Being a right-handed shooter, this did not deter him from shooting all four courses of fire left-handed with his Steyr L9-A1. That is real commitment and dedication.
The turnout was small, but enjoyable. We had to work a little harder setting up the courses of fire, picking up brass, and patching targets. This just confirmed the fact that, even if we are a small club, a small number of members can still pull off an excellent and smooth shoot. We often get compliments from outlying clubs that their experience at Montagu is one of true sportsmanship and camaraderie. This makes me proud to call Montagu my home club!