CQ championships winner Charles Arrowsmith, with Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham.
CQ championships winner Charles Arrowsmith, with Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham. Contributed

Top shot has eyes on prize after taking out CQ rifle title

SHARP-shooting Biloela man Charles Arrowsmith was on target on the Easter weekend, taking out the Central Queensland Rifle Association Championships held at Raglan over the long weekend.

The reigning 2014 Club Champion of Champions, Mr Arrowsmith proved too strong for his opposition, taking out the two-day event contested over eight distances, from 300m to 900m.

Shift supervisor at the Callide power station, Mr Arrowsmith, 59 and due to retire in July, was taking confidence from the result, ahead of the Queen's Prize in Brisbane in June.

"It certainly does (give me confidence," he said.

"It's virtually the top shots in the country will turn up - guys from Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and a few from New Zealand too."

A born and bred Townsville man, Mr Arrowsmith has been full-bore target shooting for over 30 years, and despite only managing to hit the range once a week, has secured some strong results this year.

"Ninety percent of shooting is the mind control; I'm nearly 60 and the eyesight does come into it too," he said.

"Most of it's just practice, learning to read the wind and conditions."

The humble marksman said the best part of being involved with sport shooting was the friendships he had made.

"When you go away and meet everybody ... I've got friends all over the country; it's a fairly good camaraderie," he said.

Mr Arrowsmith said local shooting clubs were always looking for new members, of all ages, to come along and learn the historic sport.



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