SMOKING GUN: Black Powder shoots are slowly being resurrected around Queensland and the Gladstone District Pistol Club have a shoot on today.
SMOKING GUN: Black Powder shoots are slowly being resurrected around Queensland and the Gladstone District Pistol Club have a shoot on today. Contributed

Black powder shooting returns to local club

GLADSTONE District Pistol Club is becoming part of the revival of black powder shooting on Friday, hosting a competition geared only at the form of shooting.

A flashback to early days of firearm technology, the locals are hosting a competition beginning at 8.30am at their ranges on Brendonna Road, Calliope.

Slowly growing in the past half-decade, the revival has lifted to the point where nationals competitions are now being held, and prospective Queensland representatives are travelling to Calliope to shoot qualifying scores.

"There is a push around the state to try to get it around the clubs," Gladstone District Pistol Club Secretary Margaret Baker said.

"We also have two Queensland representatives here. They need to get qualifying scores."

With two shoots planned, the second at 12.30pm, black powder is certainly back in fashion.

The Gladstone club will be introducing more and more shoots including the old style of shooting in regular meetings, and it is causing quite a stir.

In addition to being a thrill for onlookers, the black powder is also harder to shoot than other forms of pistol shooting.

"It is quite spectacular," Baker said.

The black powder shoot is not the only competition the pistol club is holding, with 56 people locked in for two days of further action on Saturday and Sunday.

A range of air pistol, .22 calibre, .32 calibre and .38 calibre shoots will be happening on the weekend.

"It is the most we have had for a couple of years," Baker said of the high turnout.

"It always depends on what is happening elsewhere.

"Obviously we are hoping the weather report is wrong, but we can shoot anyway unless the targets are getting blown away, which has happened before, but it makes it harder in the rain."



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