Tumby Bay OPM (9 & 10/02/2019)

Paul and Dean Bartel traveled to Tumby Bay for their annual two day prize shoot again this year.  This has always had a reputation as good and enjoyable shoot and proved so again.
Weather conditions were much cooler and overcast/cloudier this time round but conditions for shooting much more challenging.  Around 50 competitors took part in the competition.

Dean came away with second place in FS-B.
Paul finished in 5th place in FO.

Dean scoring on the cards at Tumby Bay OPM

Loxton OPM (02/07/2017)

Paul and Dean Bartel attended the Loxton OPM held on the Loxton Rifle Range on Sunday 2nd July.  As can be the case the range threw up some very challenging conditions to achieve good scores.

Dean Bartel came away with the No. 1 badge in FS-B.
Paul Bartel finished 7th in FO, 6 points behind the winner.

Loxton OPM 2017 Results

Don Cook – S.A.R.A. Life Membership

Don Cook was invited to attend the presentations of the State Championships to be presented with his life membership badge and certificate in front of the events competitors.

While there he also fired a “final shot” in memory of Adrian Hobbs who passed away the previous week.

SARA Chairman, Reg Cunningham presenting the certificate to Don Cook

SARA Chairman, Reg Cunningham pinning life member badge

Don Cook firing “final shot” in memory of club member, Adrian Hobbs

Don Cook, Philip Bradshaw and Paul Gale on Lower Light Rifle Range

Don Cook, Philip Bradshaw and Paul Gale on Lower Light Rifle Range

Fathers & Sons Competition 2017

Paul and Dean attended the annual F & S Match held at Mt Barker on Anzac Day again this year.

They were successful in taking out the F-Class Open section, winning the Braund Family Shield.

Paul finished in the top four of the FO class to take part in the shoot-off for the Anzac Medal but after a good start finished 4th.
Dean finished 5th highest in FStd to just miss taking part in the shoot-off.

Dean & Paul Bartel winners of the F & S Competition F-Open Braund Family Shield

Tumby Bay Prize Meeting

Adrian Hobbs and Dean Bartel attended the two day prize meeting in Tumby Bay on the 11 & 12 February.  Adrian competing in TR and Dean in F-Class B-Grade.

Dean, after finishing the first day in 5th place won each range on the second day, won the second day aggregate and the grand aggregate for the weekend in his class.

Tumby Bay 2017 OPM results

Back Into It

Shooting for 2017 will commence on Saturday 28 January at 8:30am.

This will be conducted from 400 yards.

Those who have been attending the Sunday hunter class shoots are very welcomed to come along to have a look and/or try at long range shooting.  We will happily lend you a rifle for the morning.

Christmas Shoot

Our Christmas shoot will be held on the 3rd December.  We will shoot from 400 yard range.  There will be section for those that wish to use .303’s (a rapid fire shoot) and for TR and F-Class a 15-Shot match.

We are also planning to invite those who have been attending the Hunter Class to come along the same day and shoot on the close target and then join us following the shooting.

Following completion of shooting we will all adjourn to enjoy a BBQ and drinks.

This will be the last shoot for the year and then we will break until the new year.

Life Membership awarded to Don Cook

At the conclusion of business of the Club AGM a presentation of Life Membership of Waikerie Rifle Club was given to Don Cook for his service to the club.

Don Cook

Don Cook

Waikerie Rifle Club AGM 2016

The Club’s AGM was held on Saturday 8 October following the match for the Waikerie Rifle Club Medal.  The meeting was relatively short and all office-bearers remained the same as last year.

The trophies for yearly Club Champion and Club Handicap Champion were presented at the conclusion of the meeting.

Paul Bartel (Club Champion), Don Cook (Club Handicap Champion)

Paul Bartel (Club Champion), Don Cook (Club Handicap Champion)

Maitland OPM

Bob Savage, Dean Bartel & Paul Bartel travelled to Maitland on Sunday 25 September to compete in the Maitland OPM.

Paul Bartel made it through in the top 4 F-Class shooters to take part in the shoot-off for the Frank Bradshaw medal.

Frank Bradshaw Memorial Results

Waikerie Rifle Club Medal Shoot & AGM

Plans are underway for this to be held on 8th October.

No. 4 & 5 OPM @ Balaklava

Bob Savage, Dean and Paul Bartel travelled to Balaklava on Sunday 11 October to attend the last No. 4 & 5 OPM there.  Although a very pleasant sunny day some very variable conditions proved to be quite tricky.

Dean shooting in F-Standard came away with the 2nd place badge for aggregate and prize for highest score at 400 yards.  Paul although only losing 5 points finished 4th shooting in F-Open.

Kapunda OPM

Paul and Dean Bartel attended the recent OPM at Kapunda Rifle Range where Dean had an excellent day taking 3rd place in F-Open; this was his first meeting competing in Open class.

Kapunda OPM Agg Places

Kapunda OPM Agg Places

3rd F Open Agg

3rd F Open Agg

Waikerie Rifle Club Prize Shoot
Sunday 14th August 2016

It’s a goer; approval has been received and planning has begun.

We are going to have a stage from 500 yards and 600 yards instead of sticking at the one range as we did for our 100th anniversary shoot so that we can see if our “little” range will throw in some of vagaries that we know it can.

Instead of the invite system which we ran for the anniversary shoot, this will have pre-entry nomination forms available so that a number of members from one club can come if they wish.  These will be posted out to all SA clubs with the program and are also available to be downloaded from this website .  As a couple of our members attend various prize shoots we will endeavour to have some forms on hand with us as well.

We will be determined to live up to our 100th anniversary shoot in providing an enjoyable and sociable country competition.

Waikerie Rifle Club Prize Shoot in 2016?

The club is investigating the options of running a prize shoot again following the success and feedback from the 100 anniversary shoot.  This may be held around the beginning of August.

As many would know we only have two target frames but manage to rattle through the shooters.  We are looking at a nomination entry form so that we can have an idea of entry numbers and consequently if we may need to close entries or modify the program.  Depending on the response on the forms also as to the classes catered to; TR – A, B, C and F-Class – Open, Std, FTR.

More to come.

Christmas Shoot

5th December 2015

Christmas Shoot 2015

Waikerie Rifle Club AGM 2015

The AGM was held at the conclusion of the “Waikerie Rifle Club Medal” shoot on Saturday 24th October 2015.  9 members attending and 1 prospective member.

All office positions remained the same as last year.

  • The new Constitution was adopted.
  • The Member Protection Policy was adopted.
  • Daily Range Fee increased to $5.00.
  • By-law amendments in relation to handicaps was adopted.
  • Moves for planning of a Prize Meeting to go forward.

Adrian Hobbs has donated a spotting scope to aid scorers at the shooting mound; Lloyd moved a vote of thanks to Adrian for this.

Adrian Hobbs (WRC Medal), Paul Bartel (Club Champion), Don Cook (Handicap Champion)

Adrian Hobbs (WRC Medal), Paul Bartel (Club Champion), Don Cook (Handicap Champion)

Loxton Waikerie District Council Community Grants

The Club has been successful in the last round of grants to receive approval for an amount which will be used to construct a new Pit Toilet.  With the possible use of the range by a third party for their firearms training, our facility especially for females was lacking.  A new and updated facility will be a great asset to meet this need when groups such as this are using the range for training purposes but also to attract both male and female members to the club.

2015 – 2016 Returns

Reminder that the annual S.A.R.A. affiliation fees and Club membership fees are now due.  Letters have posted out to all members with invoices included detailing fees.  Please make your payments as soon as possible so the Club can complete the Return Form to be sent back to the state office; this is due by the 1st June 2015.

WAIKERIE Rifle Club president Paul Bartel broke the South Australian record in the F-Class open category over 400 yards at a Waikerie meet on March 28.

by Jayme Koch

WAIKERIE target shooter Paul Bartel shot a perfect score to set a new state record at a club meet on March 28. Bartel shot a 60.10 over 400 yards in the F-Class open category.

He said he never imagined he was capable of achieving perfection in the sport. “It’s an excellent feeling,” he said. “What made my whole weekend was receiving a call from Phil Bradshaw, who was the man who built my rifle, to congratulate me. “Getting that call was amazing.”

Bartel said he used a custom-built rifle. “The rifle I use is not your average sporting rifle,” he said. “It’s custom-built and has parts from New Zealand and America.”

He said there was little wind on the day of his record-breaking shoot, but the sun created a mirage on the target. “When it is a bit warmer it creates a haze or mirage on the target, which can be difficult to see past,” he said.
“The centre of the circle is just 43mm in diameter, so it doesn’t leave much left to play with.” All 10 of Bartel’s shots hit the centre of the ring, earning him the highest number of points.

Bartel began shooting with the rifle club at 25, after his uncle Richard Noll took him along. Since then he has been heavily involved in the club and has been president for the past 24 years.

Bartel said the club welcomed new members. “Our club is a really friendly, open club,” he said. “We don’t shoot for sheep stations, we just have a bit of fun. “We complete against ourselves and meet every Saturday morning.”

Bartel’s son Graeme is also a successful shooter recently breaking an F-Class open record. He scored a 60.9 in the 500-yard category at Kapunda Rifle Range.

Waikerie Rifle Club plans to host an open day to encourage people with hunting rifles to get involved, but a date is not yet confirmed. The club is also building a target device for hunting rifles. “We really want to encourage more people to come out and have a go,” Bartel said. Anyone interested in joining the club or attending the open day can call him on 0400 112 394.

People’s Choice Credit Union Lottery 2015

The Club will be selling tickets for the PCCU Community Lottery for fundraising once again this year.
This will help in works to rebuilding the firing mounds, which a number are in need of building up and reshaping.

Waikerie members at Kapunda OPM

Paul, Dean & Graeme Bartel and Adrian Hobbs attended the Kapunda OPM on 22/3/15. Adrian placing 3rd in TR “B” grade. Graeme won the 500 yard FO trophy with an excellent score of 60.9.
The day began with relatively mild weather at 500 yards but became much more difficult as we moved back to 600 and 700 yards.

Graeme Bartel with 500 yard FO trophy

Graeme Bartel with 500 yard FO trophy

Range Improvements

On the Adelaide Cup long weekend a mini excavator was hired and with the expertise of Dean Bartel the backstop was built up and reformed up to the retaining wall which had been previously built by Don Cook, Roy Schubert and Dave Kroschel. We should now have no problems with questions of height and shape in the annual inspection.

Backstop at beginning of work

Backstop at beginning of work

Backstop at completion of work

Backstop at completion of work

Portable Shooting Bench

We have available a custom built shooting bench for those who are unable to get themselves onto the ground comfortably for prone position shooting.  This bench is able to be positioned at any of the firing points we will be using to aid shooters in need.

Portable Shooting Bench

Portable Shooting Bench