A SLIP-UP didn’t prove costly for Dean Brus as the Orange shooter won the masters unrestricted service pistol title on Sunday to take out the double at the State Service Pistol Championships.
Shooters battled wet and windy conditions at the Orange District Pistol Club range over the weekend, but it wasn’t the conditions that brought about Brus’ mistake.
The Australian representative waited too long to shoot one target as the target had already started rotating when he fired his last shot.
This saw Brus drop 10 points, but it wasn’t enough for him to fall out of first place in the masters unrestricted.
“It was only lucky I was having an absolute blinder,” Brus said.
“The skid, I’m not all that disappointed with because I’m approaching things differently after picking a few things up at Worlds.”
Brus beat out Orange club mate Dave Oates in the unrestricted by four shots on Sunday and this was also the final standings on Saturday in the service pistol competition.
Oates shot well to relegate Tamworth’s Don Pollard to third, but he was no match for World Championships team mate Brus as he took out the division by an impressive 15 shots.
“Saturday was the best I’ve ever shot out of the holster,” Brus said. “It was a PB at the state titles.
“I think it was just a roll-on from all of the work I did for Worlds.”
Max Wicks also took out a title for the host club, as he won the A grade unrestricted following his third-placing in the service pistol competition on Saturday.
Wicks beat Sydney’s Paul Jensen by four shots but was four shots behind Robert Oliver from the Blue Mountains in the service pistol.
Orana’s Paul Williamson took out the B grade service pistol title, while Mark Murray and Jason Kolar were other winners on Saturday.
Williamson claimed the B grade double on Sunday by taking out the unrestricted title. Cowra’s Patrick O’Brien claimed the C grade title, while John Ingold was too good in D grade.