A NUMBER of gold medals had an orange glow at the Pistol Australia National Championships in Wagga Wagga.
The championships were held over four days with Orange's Dean Brus winning four gold medals and fellow Orange shooter David Oates claiming two gold.
Brus and Oates were part of the NSW teams which won the service pistol and service pistol unrestricted titles.
Brus also won gold with the NSW team in the 25m service pistol teams event.
Brus added a fourth gold medal to his collection when he won the service pistol unrestricted title by five points with a score of 886.
Unfortunately Brus couldn't claim his fourth consecutive 25m service pistol national title, finishing second by two shots to Western Australia's Max Wray.
Brus had been shooting in the 640s prior to the national championships but could only manage a 630 in Wagga in the 25m event.
It was another silver for Brus in the service pistol when he shot 877 to finish second behind Queensland's Harry Thomas (883).
In the service pistol Oates finished 14th with 856 and fellow Orange shooter Max Wicks was 23rd with 835.
Brus and Oates combined their scores with Greg Armstrong's (Parkes) 867 to win the service pistol teams title with 2600.
Oates was 22nd in the service pistol unrestricted with 864 and Wicks was 29th on 857.
Once again the scores of Brus and Oates counted towards the NSW team's total along with Tony Drabsch (879) for a total of 2629.
Oates almost broke into the top 10 in the 25m service pistol with a 613 which placed him 12th and Wicks was 25th with 598.
In the teams Brus' score combined with Greg Armstrong's 618 and Ron Abel's 617 for a 1865 total.
NSW won the 25m service pistol title by just five shots over Queensland.
Brus and Oates also tried their hand at the black powder 25m event with Brus finishing seventh with 363 and Oates was equal 14th with 358.