ORANGE'S Dean Brus claimed his second consecutive NSW 25 yard service pistol title on the weekend and set the highest aggregate in the event's history.
Brus said he was thrilled to claim back-to-back titles and his fifth in total.
Brus shot 630 (out of 650) on Saturday and backed it up with a 634 on Sunday to win the title ahead of Young's Greg Armstrong by 18 points at the Blacktown range.
This was the final time the state title would be shot over a two-day aggregate format, so Brus made sure he set the new standard with a 1264, nine shots better than the previous best of 1255 which was his record too.
In future years the title will be shot over one match.
"I was going down there to try and win the thing," Brus said.
"I had that personal goal to set a high aggregate and that'll remain on the trophy."
Fellow Orange shooter Dave Oates finished fifth on 1211 in the state title and was second to Brus in the two side events over the weekend.
Brus won the service pistol and service pistol unrestricted with Oates second.
"I had a pretty good weekend," Brus said.
"I shot 871/900 in the service pistol and a 889/900 in unrestricted so I was pretty happy with that."
The Orange and District Pistol Club will host the service pistol and service pistol unrestricted state titles in a fortnight as well as the inaugural WA1500 state title.
With his recent form Brus is looking good to challenge for those titles as well.
"It's pleasing to know you've put the scores down and it's also sewn a seed in the other fellas' heads," Brus said.