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RIP Patron of the Karori Rifle Club – Mr Cor Husmann

It is with sadness that I inform you all that Cor Husmann Patron of the Karori Rifle Club has passed away.

Cor’s life ended on the 19th of July 2017. He has been cremated wearing his black New Zealand Blazer. A private family service will be held for him this week. Cor is survived by his wife Jos, two sons and grandchildren.

Cor joined the Karori Rifle Club in the post war era staying a staunch and vocal advocate for our club for decades. Cor attended all KRC functions wearing his blue Karori knitted jumper with his name on it and his blue KRC blazer. After the original Karori Rifle Club burned down Cor was one of the driving forces behind the rebuild and extension of our Club house.  He also built the family home in Point Howard with his own hands.

He is remembered as a great man both in stature and for his Dutch temperament. Cor would fiercely voice his opinions about the direction of the club and any proposed changes it considered. He also fiercely voiced his opinions on how the range should run on a Saturday and how people should behave both on the range and in the club house. He continued to give his advice to myself and Immediate Past President Shaun Connolly. Advice that both Shaun and I have cherished and will miss dearly.

Cor was a fantastic marksman. He won the club championships from B Grade and also made the NZ Palma Team. I am told that he may have been the first Chairman of the NZ Veterans Association and made their team many times. He kindly donated his Range shooting hat to the Karori Rifle Club many years ago with a plethora of badges.

His personality and antics are well remembered; from enjoying a beer with Don Wilton and Colin Simonsen to staunchly supporting the Dutch football team, to the time he crashed into Bob Bent’s car on Seddon range when Bob had the only other car parked on the range.

Rest in peace Cor Husmann. Thank you for your contribution to the Karori Rifle Club, to New Zealand Fullbore Rifle Shooting and to New Zealand. You will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.

Nga mihinui
Nicole McKee
President
Karori Rifle Club

Karori Rifle Club's Steve & Karyn Flanagan we wish them luck in the 2016 Trans-Tasman Match to be held at the Belmont Rifle Range in Brisbane at the end of June

Karori Rifle Club’s Steve & Karyn Flanagan we wish them luck in the 2016 Trans-Tasman Match to be held at the Belmont Rifle Range in Brisbane at the end of June

An article in the Wellingtonian about Karori Rifle Club’s Steve & Karyn Flanagan.

KRC has a strong representation in the 2016 New Zealand F Class Rifle Team; Steve & Karyn Flanagan, Maurice S & Colin B head to Australia next week.

Evening everyone

I have really sad news to deliver tonight. Stump Morris passed away earlier this evening after a long illness that took a sudden and swift turn over the last few days.

Stump and June Morris have not only been long serving members of our club since 1999 but have also given so much of themselves to it and to the NRANZ including sponsoring prizes in the Ballinger Belt for many years.

We can attribute the Karori Rifle Club flag to their generosity, the carpet that is in our clubrooms was also a gift, not to mention the kitchen upgrade. He did so much maintenance work on the clubrooms while June grafted away inside.

Stump was one of the most politically incorrect, racist, male chauvinistic people we’ll ever have met. But he was also the most sensitive, kind, caring and loyal person I have ever met. Stump (and June) have always spent time looking after the older members of our club and organisation, time spent with Bob Bent, Graeme Derby and Ray Barrow to name a few.

They have consistently put so much hard work into the club over the years humbly rejecting the praise and gratitude of its members.

When I first started target shooting I was using a .303. When the range re-opened after the army shut it down I wasn’t allowed to shoot the .303 anymore. I was going to leave the sport. Stump convinced me to shoot his Musgrave and then offered to sell it to me at an unbelievably cheap price even allowing me to pay it off. You see I wasn’t working as I was an at home mum and Duncan was in full time study. I made my first NZ Ladies Representative team with that rifle. I still have it.

Stump also turned up on our doorstep one day with bags full of groceries because he knew we were doing it hard. It included a huge slab of steak. We hadn’t eaten steak in months. His generosity was enormous and never ever forgotten.

He (and June) are also the reason why Duncan and I met – so he is to blame for the tribe of McKee’s that came from us meeting.

Our club has lost a good man. Many of us have lost a great friend. We’ll raise a cup of tea to that.

I’ll let you know funeral details when I get them.

Nga mihinui
Nicole McKee
President
Karori Rifle Club

 

Dick Travis VC 2016: 300 1
S1 S2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Derek Morris . 1 4 3 4 3 4 4 v 4 5 4 40.1
Steve Bain . . 5 5 v 5 5 4 5 5 4 5 48.1
Ernie Schuch 4 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 48.0
Mike Collings . 4 v v 5 5 v 5 v v 5 v 50.6
Nicole McKee . . 5 5 v v 5 v 4 v 5 v 49.5
John Jordan . 3 5 5 4 5 5 5 3 3 4 5 44.0
Richard Liddell v 4 v 5 v v v 5 5 4 5 5 49.4
John Ball . . 5 v 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 v 49.2
Shane Davies 2 3 4 5 5 5 4 5 5 v 4 v 47.2
Duncan McKee . . 5 5 5 v 4 5 4 v 5 4 47.2
Stuart Brown . 4 5 v 5 4 v v v 4 5 5 48.4
Henry Firmston 4 4 3 5 4 5 5 5 5 4 5 3 44.0
Malcolm Morrison 3 3 3 5 4 5 4 5 4 4 4 4 42.0
Dick Travis VC 2016: 300 2
S1 S2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Derek Morris . . 5 4 3 4 v 5 4 4 4 5 43.1
Steve Bain . . 5 v 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 44.1
Ernie Schuch . . v 5 5 5 v v 4 5 v 4 48.4
Mike Collings . . v v v 5 v 5 v 5 5 v 50.6
Nicole McKee . . v v 5 5 v v v 5 v v 50.7
John Jordan v 4 4 v v 5 v 4 5 4 5 4 46.3
Richard Liddell . . 5 v v 5 v 4 5 5 v v 49.5
John Ball . . 5 v 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 v 49.2
Shane Davies v 4 5 5 4 v 4 5 4 5 4 4 45.1
Duncan McKee . 4 5 v 5 v 5 v 5 5 v 4 49.4
Stuart Brown . 3 5 v 5 4 4 4 4 v v 4 45.3
Henry Firmston 5 4 5 5 3 4 v v v v 5 v 47.5
Malcolm Morrison v 4 3 3 v 4 4 4 4 4 40.2
Dick Travis VC 2016: 500 1
S1 S2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Derek Morris 4 4 4 4 2 5 5 5 2 2 2 2 33.0
Steve Bain 4 4 v 4 v 5 3 2 5 5 4 5 43.2
Ernie Schuch . 4 v 5 5 4 v 5 v v 5 5 49.4
Mike Collings . 3 5 v 4 v v 5 3 5 v 3 45.4
Nicole McKee . 4 v 5 4 5 4 5 5 5 v 5 48.2
John Jordan 2 4 v 4 5 3 5 4 5 5 5 5 46.1
Richard Liddell . . v 5 v v 5 v 4 v 5 v 49.6
John Ball . . v 5 5 v 4 v v v 5 v 49.6
Shane Davies 5 4 5 v 5 5 v 5 v v 4 5 49.4
Duncan McKee 5 3 5 5 4 v 5 5 v 5 5 5 49.2
Stuart Brown . 3 v v v 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 50.3
Henry Firmston . 4 v 5 2 5 5 4 5 v v 5 46.3
Malcolm Morrison . . v 4 4 v 5 5 4 4 v v 46.4
Dick Travis VC 2016: 500 2
S1 S2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Derek Morris 4 2 5 4 5 5 4 3 4 4 3 5 42.0
Steve Bain 5 4 5 4 5 3 5 5 3 4 4 4 42.0
Ernie Schuch 3 4 5 5 v v 5 5 5 4 v 3 47.3
Mike Collings 3 4 5 v 4 v 4 5 4 v 5 5 47.3
Nicole McKee 4 4 v v 5 v v 5 5 5 5 5 50.4
John Jordan 3 4 v v 4 4 5 5 4 4 4 5 45.2
Richard Liddell . . 5 5 v v 5 v v v 5 v 50.6
John Ball . . v 5 v v 5 3 5 4 v v 47.5
Shane Davies . . v v 5 5 5 5 v 5 5 v 50.4
Duncan McKee . . 5 5 4 v 5 v v 5 4 v 48.4
Stuart Brown 4 4 5 5 v 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 50.1
Henry Firmston . . v 5 2 v 5 4 4 4 4 3 41.2
Malcolm Morrison . . 5 5 3 3 3 5 5 5 4 v 43.1
Dick Travis VC 2016: 600 1
S1 S2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Derek Morris 2 2 2 v 3 5 5 4 2 4 4 5 39.1
Steve Bain 3 4 4 3 v 2 2 v 4 4 4 v 38.3
Ernie Schuch . . 5 v 3 5 v 4 5 3 5 5 45.2
Mike Collings . . 5 4 4 4 4 5 5 v v 4 45.2
Nicole McKee 3 3 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 48.0
John Jordan 5 3 2 2 3 2 4 3 3 2 4 4 29.0
Richard Liddell v 3 5 5 5 v 5 v 5 v 5 4 49.3
John Ball . 3 5 4 4 5 5 4 5 5 5 4 46.0
Shane Davies . 3 v 5 5 5 5 4 4 v v 5 48.3
Duncan McKee . 3 5 v 3 5 2 4 5 5 4 3 41.1
Stuart Brown 4 4 5 v 4 3 3 2 5 v 5 4 41.2
Henry Firmston 2 3 v 4 4 3 2 v 5 v 5 5 43.3
Malcolm Morrison 1 1 4 4 5 3 v v 4 3 4 3 40.2
Dick Travis VC 2016: 600 2
S1 S2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Derek Morris . 2 v 4 4 v 5 v 4 v 5 5 47.4
Steve Bain 5 4 5 4 3 5 3 2 4 2 2 3 33.0
Ernie Schuch . . v v 4 5 5 5 4 v 4 5 47.3
Mike Collings . . 5 5 3 v 5 5 v v 5 5 48.3
Nicole McKee . 4 5 5 4 v 4 3 v 4 v 3 43.3
John Jordan v 5 v 5 3 3 3 4 v 2 5 3 38.2
Richard Liddell 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 v 5 4 5 49.1
John Ball . . v 5 4 5 v v 4 5 v 5 48.4
Shane Davies 4 4 4 2 v 5 5 4 5 v v v 45.4
Duncan McKee . 3 5 5 5 v 4 5 2 3 4 v 43.2
Stuart Brown . 4 5 5 v v 5 4 4 v v 5 48.4
Henry Firmston . 4 v 4 2 5 2 4 v 4 2 4 37.2
Malcolm Morrison 1 3 3 3 5 3 4 2 2 5 2 4 33.0

For the uninitiated a few target rifle shooting terms explained; Rifle, a precision tool able to shoot into a 1/2 MoA at 100 yards.

Rifle shooter, an eagle eyed nimrod able to see 1/2 MoA at 100 yards.

Spotting scope, similar to a ground based Hubble, able to see ants at 1,000 yards Target, the aiming mark for the rifle shooter Centre bull, the centre

of the target, maximum score Bull, almost a centre bull but slightly less value Inner or Four, not as good as a bull.

Three, a “magpie” to be avoided Outer or Two, worse than a three One, so bad that you can’t believe you’ve done it “Maggie’s draws”, a MISS!

Given the requirements of a target rifle and the small size of the targets, never mind the bulls eye, why would any sane person further handicap

themselves by trying to shoot targets with a military issue bolt action 303″ rifle even if fitted with target sights?

Why would 13 such fools assemble at Trentham’s Seddon rifle range, home of the most fickle winds known to targets shooters and attempt such folly?

Simply, we’re nuts, more importantly it was the 5th annual Dick Travis VC commemorative 303 rifle match.

Little known, even in NZ, Sgt Richard “Dick” Travis VC was NZ’s most decorated NCO of the 1st WW.

Duncan started this exercise in folly, and it has developed a small, but mad, band of followers over the years. As each year goes by we promise,

never again, and next year I’ll have sorted out, my rifle, my ammo, my sling, my sights…….

 

A Lee Enfield in any form is the antithesis of a target rifle, the 303 calibre is less than optimum, but we persist in trying to prove the experts

wrong. The rifles have evolved, the number of P14 rifles in use indicates that if we must have a 303 then at least we’ll get the closest to a target

rifle we can. The die-hards persist with their beloved No4 rifles and one even still holds dear to his SMLE, brave choice Ernie.

Having had a sermon on the mound from Duncan, as required by RSO we settled into squads for the first range, 300 yards.

Duncan has, in deference to our age, or possibly our vanity, allowed us to shoot on the larger “mid-range” target at this range. The bulls eye is 10″

across, but even so many of us found it tricky.

 

Enter Mike, son of Din and Viv, a target shooter of no mean ability, he’s represented us at the commonwealth games. Using one of Din’s own P14 rifles

Mike set a cracking pace with a double possible at 300 yards! Letting him know he wasn’t the only shooter of note Nicole put in a spanking 99.12 and

Richard a 98.9. This was the end of day one and we retired to the club house where Karori RC had arranged a spit roast dinner. The cold drinks were also

enjoyed!

 

Sunday, day two, (for those who can count) and no drop outs! Again into the fray strode (drove) the mad 13. This was were the men and ladies sorted out

the boys! 500 yards, shot on the rifle clubs 800-1,000 yard target.. A bullseye of 16″ across, it’s huge! Except from through the sights of a 303 rifle, with a

long pull, and 7lbs of trigger pressure. Here we did find out about Trentham, it was calm!  We waited with hope in our hearts, for our turn to

shoot, it drained, slowly away as the breeze gently rose with the day.

 

Step forward a champion, to tame the beast. Stuart new to shooting, but determined and sharp of glasses, he bested the beast. A double possible at

500 yards!  Giving him little chance to rest, snapping at his heels, came the pack! Richard on 99.10,  Shane on 99.8 and Nicole on 98.6.

We broke for lunch. Many of us considered our future as rifle shooters. Many considered finding a job that needed doing, at home. But we are mad, so we

stayed and took our medicine like the fools we are. 600 yards, as far as we’re allowed to go with a 303 calibre rifle at Trentham range. It’s only 100 yards further than where we were before lunch,

but some how it’s another place!

 

Many came to grief here! Many shed tears, many offered their first born, to the shooting gods! Anything to be able to read the wind! The light, fickle,

wavering, changeable, bloody wind! Top quality shooters lost their way, tyros (beginners in shooter speak) wondered how anyone ever hit the target,

much less the bull? We didn’t miss!!! We came close, but we didn’t miss!  Our wildest shots found the target, that wonderfully huge target.

Only the best did well here, it’s the place for expert readers of the wind, 5 years isn’t enough! Ten years is barely enough! Din studied the wind at

Trentham for 40 years, he was a master of it, we are not worthy! We needed a champion to lead us, step forward Richard, he worried us for a

time but he found his way again and he lead us at 600 yards. Back to back 49s with his No4 was enough. John B with 46-48 from his P14 showed what

experience can achieve, to make second at this range. Ernie and his trusty SMLE took third spot with 45-47.

When the day was done and the thirsts had been broken we gathered with some of Sgt Travis’s family, who have come each year to support us, to hear our

fate.

 

Top shot and second time winner was Richard L with his No4. In second place Nicole M also shooting a No4. Third by only 3 centres was John B with his

P14. We spent time talking with Sgt Travis’s  family then made our excuses and headed home. The equipment race starts tomorrow! Next year, or the year

after, if Duncan will consider an F class? Some day Trentham some day!

HF.

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