GERMAN world champion Ralf Vanicek will be passing on his wealth of pistol shooting knowledge to Orange’s finest at the Orange Pistol Club this weekend.
Vanicek, who has 37 world and precision pistol competition titles to his name in the 13 years he has been competing at the highest level, was brought to Orange by Pistol Australia to conduct practical courses.
Vanicek said his three-day stay in Orange, along with a further three in Outtrim, Melbourne, would benefit not only Australian pistol shooting but his own.
“For me it’s important to find out what happens in other counties,” said Vanicek, the world’s number one revolver shooter.
“How they clean, shoot, prepare, type of pistol, style. For me I get more and more experience. It helps me a lot with my shooting.
“I’m here to give information but also to get it.”
Orange will host 24 shooters from Queensland, the ACT and New South Wales over the next three days.
Vanicek will run the rule over eight shooters on each of the three days he'll be running courses.
OPC's Dean Brus said having Vanicek here in Orange was a major coup for the club.
“We're extremely privileged to have someone with Ralf’s stature in the sport here in Orange,” Brus said.
“It's an initiative by Pistol Australia to have some PPC courses run here.
“Orange is considered quite central with the shooters we have coming here. I've been pushing pretty hard with Pistol Australia to have the event here.
“ The main objective is to be able to gain some valuable experience from Ralf and learn from him.”