HORSHAM shooter Geoff Evans has won a silver medal at the 2014 NRA National Outdoor Rifle and Pistol Championships in Ohio, United States.
Evans competed in the target rifle fullbore 1000-yards slow fire prone match on Thursday, finishing second from 173 competitors.
In the 15-shot match, he shot a 75.9, narrowly finishing behind gold medallist Stacey Tamulinas, who shot 75.10. Evans, Horsham’s club captain, said he was extremely happy with the result.
“It was a bit of a thrill,” he said.
“There is a series of different events and I just happened to get lucky at 1000 yards.
“There’s a whole lot of very high-level shooters over here.
“I’ve been shooting very well and I’m pleased with my efforts.”
Evans said the 1000-yard competition meant he had 15 shots to hit a target.
“The bullseye was about 400 millimetres in diameter and each bullseye is worth five points,” he said.
“I got 15 bullseyes straight.”
The 0.9 was for a secondary target – a smaller circle in the middle of the main target.
Evans hit the smaller target nine times to Tamulinas’ 10.
He is in the US with three other Australian shooters, looking at the competition ahead of the world rifle championships in a year.
Evans said teams from Great Britain and Germany were doing the same thing.
His Australian team also played in the Commodore Perry four-member veterans team match, beating a British team and an American team.