THE Orange and District Pistol Club will stage their 38th Central Western Championships over the weekend with entries down in number compared to 110 last year.
The drought and fires in many areas have deterred a few regulars.
Seventy-three individual entries have been received, among them Olympic shooter Philip Adams of Forbes. Adams will shoot four out of the five matches.
Bob Dowling, from Dubbo, a state team and Commonwealth Games medallist, has also nominated. Dowling rates highly in rapid fire.
Max Hogg, from Tamworth, is another well credentialled shooter in the 50 metre free pistol and 10 metre air.
Wife Claire also rates highly in A and B grade.
Stephanie Vas, from Oberon, is another top state team entrant.
Junior shooter Lisa Garvin, from Sydney, will be aiming to stay in the NSW top 10, for sport pistol and air, along with her mum, dad and sister who are all well up the trophy list for all matches.
The Orange club was formed in September, 1964, using a small range, about 2km from Orange.
In 1975-76 they built a new range with all facilities a further 10km out Icely Road.
Signs will be up and visitors are welcome to come and watch the art of pistol matches and shooting.
The canteen in the clubhouse will be serving light meals and refreshments.
The club's patrons, Cabonne mayor John Farr, Orange mayor John Miller and Russell Turner MP, have been invited to present the trophies on Sunday afternoon around 1.30pm.