The New Targets
Aiming Mark Eliminated
December 13.-Raaige open for all]
December 20.-40th Battalion Day.
December 26 and 27.-T.R.A. Prize Meeting.
Having viewed the now target agreed upon between .representatives of the Commonwealth Council of Rifle Associa- tions and the Military Board, tho execu- tive of the Tasmanian Rino Association has decided to use it for the prize meet- ing commencing on Boxing Day. The principal feature of the new target is tho return of the bull's eye for 600 and COO yards ranges, but the background is a two-colour scheme. The original target provided for a 24in. aiming mark with a 201n. bull's-eye, but the Tasman- ian Rifle Association has adopted a modified target by eliminating the aim in.^ mark. Any shots in the black ring, therefore, will count as bull's-eyes.
The decision to eliminate the ' aiming mark will not result In any harship on competitors. They have been accustom- ed for some years now to the "tin hat" as an aiming mark at 500 and 600 yards. When one of tho now targets was pre- pared for inspection at the range re- cently the aiming mark looked hugo in comparison with the "tin hat," and tho general belief was that tho change was
rather too drastic.
Members of civilian clubs will be given an opportunity to practise on tho new targets next Saturday. No roster match is set down for that day.
B.S.A. INTER-STATE COMPETITION.
Results ot the second round of the B.S.A. Inter-State shield competition have been checked. Despite tho record score made by the Tasmanian team it was not high enough to improve tile State's position in tho second round. There was, nevertheless, a close contest for third place between South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria, and the scores gave tho teams places in that order. Six possibles were scored-two in Queensland, one in Victoria, two in Soutli Australia, and one by T. G. Stan combo in Tasmania. The scores ot the second round were:-Now South Wales, 1,559; Queensland, 1,558; South Aus- tralia, 1,549; Tasmania, 1,544; Victoria, 1,542. It is worthy of note that In all State results the average for each team was between 77 and 78. The aggregates for tlio two rounds are:-New South Wales, 3,115; Queensland, 3,109; South Australia, 3,108; Tasmania, 3,077; Vic- toria, 3,059.
TASMANIAN RIFLEMAN ABROAD.
News has been received in Hobart that at the recent annual competitions, between the squadrons of the Royal Air Force stationed in the vicinity of Cairo Egypt, Flying-Officer Aubrey Koch was elected captain of his squad- ron rifle team, which gained third place in the competition in which 12 teams competed. The team's score was only nine points behind that of the winners, who had tho advantage of shooting on their own range. Flying-Officer Koch is a son of Mr. R. W. Koch, of Hobart, who has been prominent in the rifle shooting movement in Tasmania for many years, both on the range and in an executive capacity. Flying-Officer Koch, when he was at the University of Tasmania, won the cadet match at a T.R A. prize meet- ing, and an open handicap match at a prize meeting conducted by the Metro- politan Miniature Union. In a private letter he stated that he had found his early experiences in rifle shooting of great value in machine gun practice from the air, and also in revolver, and rifle shooting.
NORTH-WEST COAST CLUBS.
The Supervisor ot Rlfio Clubs (Mr. C. H. Coleman) spoilt-tho last fortnight on vacation on the North-West Coastj and during that time he took tho opportunity to visit rifle clubs, among which were Latrobe, Devonport, Ulverstone, and Burnie.' Commenting yesterday on his visit Mr. Coleman stated that he was very pleased with tho progress of tho clubs on tho North-west Coast. They wero keon on the sport, and the. active membership of the clubs was ' being maintained.
For tho purpose of stocktaking ord- nance stores will bo closod during De- cember. No repairs therefore can bo carried out until the .new year.
SOUTH CHANNEL CLUB.
Tho South Channel Rifle Club fired for tho club trophy on Saturday. The wea- ther was dull and breezy at times. Con- ditions were two eighters and seven shots to count, at 200 yards and 300 yards. Re- sults: E. E. Muller, 28, 27 (IB), 70; H. G. Behrens. 32, 32 (G), 09; T. K. Wilson, 34, 80 (01, 09; E. A. Roland, 32, 30 (7), 69; A. ,W, Mason, 32, 30 (6), 68; C. Lud bey, 26, 27 (ll), 64; H. C. Bergman, 26, 26 (ll), 63; J. Roland, 31, 25 (6), 62; B. Behrens, 31, 22 (6). 59. ? . ? .
WON BY SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
LONDON, December 9.
The Roberts Imperial Cadet Shooting Trophy, for which 18 Dominions teams competed, was won by tho 48th Battalion, South Australia, with a score of 303. Liv- erpool College,- England, was second, with 271, and the Church of England Grammar School, Sydney, third, with 258.