ORANGE pistol shooter Dean Brus has equalled the world record for the WA 1500 pistol event at the NSW Pistol State Championships - but the outstanding mark won’t be recognised officially.
Brus scored 1492 points out of a possible 1500 in Orange on the weekend to equal the world mark set by German champ Ralf Vanicek.
Brus said the mark would have stood had he shot the score at a world championships.
However, he believes shooting such scores now can only stand him in good stead for the next world championships in Sweden next year.
“Some days are diamonds and some days are rocks. I guess I just had one of those diamond days,” Brus said.
“I’ve shot that well or a bit better before but that was with a revolver. This pistol event was with an auto and the best I’ve gotten before with that gun is 1481. To shoot 11 more, I’m pretty gobsmacked. The score doesn’t qualify me for the worlds yet but it goes a long way to getting me there. I’m pretty keen to get that ticket to the worlds.”
Both Brus and Vanicek now stand as the only two pistol competitors to have shot above 1490.
In scoring the 1492, Brus fired his pistol 150 times, scoring a perfect 10 a staggering 142 times while recording a nine on the remaining eight shots.
Making the mark even more remarkable was 48 of Brus’ shots were from 50 yards away.
“Anyone who knows anything about shooting a pistol knows that it’s difficult to hit a target from that distance,” he said.
Despite the personal achievement, he was just as happy to see the Orange Pistol Club dominate the state titles.
Brus took out the WA 1500 revolver, the 25-yard service pistol and the WA 1500 pistol, while Orange shooters David Oates and Max Wicks shared the silver in the three categories.
“It was a great day for the Orange club. We came one and two in every single event,” Brus said.
“It was good to see the club dominate. We’re pretty fortunate to have that level of shooting her for training purposes. It lifts everyone.”
Young Orange shooters also performed well. In their first competitive outings, Anthony Thornberry (501) and Peter Brus (464) finished second and third respectively in the D grade 25-yard service pistol event.