DEAN Brus went to the national championships aiming for back-to-back titles and didn't disappoint.
The Orange shooter was national champion in service pistol and service pistol 25m events, and second in service pistol unrestricted.
Brus won the three events last year, but was happy to come away with two wins this time.
"It's rare to win back-to-back titles," he said. "I had the monkey on my back beforehand, but I trained hard and set myself the goal to repeat last year."
"I won all three last year, but I'm very happy with these results, two firsts and even a second place isn't a bad result."
In the service pistol Brus scored 870/900, with NSW team mates Warren Pearce (Gulgong) and Greg Armstrong (Young) coming second and third to help NSW win the teams event.
On day two Brus was only three shots behind Campbell Morrison on 884/900 to come second in the unrestricted event, with NSW finishing second in the teams event.
But Brus made it two national titles when he won the 25m event with a score of 631/650, beating Tony Drapes from Parkes by only one shot.
The NSW team won their second teams event in the 25m, finishing five points clear of Western Australia.
Brus also competed in his two new events, centre fire and air pistol, and while he did not pick up a placing, he was happy with his scores.
The championships, which were staged at the Sydney Olympic Games venue, were a success for the NSW team.
The State team won the Phillip Adams OAM All Teams Aggregate Shield, which encompasses results from the men's, women's and junior events in all shooting disciplines.
Brus will now turn his attention to the upcoming state titles in Orange and Dubbo and ensuring the Orange Pistol Range is ready for the titles in August.
"We have one range operational now (at Orange after fire damaged the facilities earlier this year), so we have to have them ready for the State championships," he said.
The State championships in the 25m event will be held in Dubbo in August, with the service pistol set down for Orange later that month.
Brus said he would like to thank Dubbo Pistol Club for letting him train there in the lead up to the nationals, as the Orange range was out of service.
He also thanked Orange Ex-Services Club and GIB Gun Accessories in Molong for supporting him in his shooting events.