Aussie shooters beat the Stars and Stripes

UP against the confident and favoured Americans on their home soil, Valencia Creek’s Alan Fraser was part of the Australian F class team which pulled off an upset to come home as a gold medallist.

With 393 shooters, it was the largest congregation of F-class shooters to gather in one place, all for the world championships held at the NRA Whittington Center near Raton in New Mexico.

Fraser, a retired land surveyor who has been shooting at Rosedale Rifle Club since 2003, has won 11 state championship (Queen’s Prize) events in F-open class around Australia since 2007, and was selected as a shooter for the Australian team this year.

Held every four years in various countries, there are two classes of shooting at the world championships, F/TR which is restricted to the 5.56 millimetre and 7.62mm military calibres and to bipod type front rests, and F-open which is unrestricted in these respects.

Barry Southern, who also shoots at Rosedale, was a member of the Australian F/TR team, which finished fourth in that category, a remarkable feat given F/TR shooting in Australia is in its infancy.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.