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.
Karori Rifle Club
I was sitting on my shooting chair at the 800 yard mound last Sunday watching the targets rise and fall. I saw lots of X bulls, V bulls fives and fours being scored and I was happy. Happy also to be at Trentham on a sunny March day with fellow shooters showing how it is done with ex-military .303 Lee Enfield rifles. The request to shoot a 15 shot 800 yard match at the Dick Travis VC nationals was not misplaced and the resulting scores spoke for themselves.
It was in late February when I became aware that the response by invited shooters to the .303 Nationals in 2017 was lukewarm. I put some of this down to the worst summer I can recall for a long time that has seen poor turnouts in other outdoor activities. It has also occurred to me that the longer than usual 800 yard match might have caused misgivings with some. But despite this those who did attend not only had splendid weather but they enjoyed mastering the long distance match with aplomb. Well done those shooters.
The smaller than usual band gathered at the Karori Rifle Club at 7.30am for entry and scrutineering. A quick outline of the weekend’s event then it was down to 500 yards for the range briefing. Conditions were still and the flags offered little in the way of wind indication. But those who were able to read the signs well were rewarded with good scores with Mike Collings off to a great start with a two possibles – 50.4; 50.6. But he was not alone and was chased hard by Ernie Schuch and Collin Brown scoring 49.5 and 49.4 in the second match.
The two squads fairly rattled through their shots in the ideal conditions which allowed an early and leisurely lunch break and plenty of range talk at the clubrooms.
The afternoon saw the DTVC competitors join with the WRA club shooters for the usual Saturday afternoon match’s at 300 yards. Again there was little wind to start with and mirage reading was a go. But the wind did lift as the afternoon wore on and the usual difficulties that entails. Not to be outdone Mike Collings shot two superb possibles with a 50.6 and a 50.5. Again chased hard by Ernie Schuch who shot a 50.5 and a 50.4, Nicole McKee with a 50.7 and Stuart Brown with a 50.4. Things were heating up on the scoreboard with Mike Collings leading on 200.21 followed by the surging Ernie Schuch on 197.18 and twice previous winner Richard Liddell on 194.13.
The Karori Rifle Club hosts a combined dinner at this event each year and this welcomes all the WRA shooters and the DTVC shooters to a great social occasion. This year KRC was able to offer not only venison sausages but also legs of roasted wild pig and crayfish. A gourmet delight to those who partook. A few drinks and a few excuses were heard but all in good natured banter. The evening was a success with Stuart Brown and Steve Bain bringing their wives into the clubhouse to share the occasion. We were also graced with members of Dick Travis’s family who travel from Australia and Opotiki to be with us each year.
The traditional battle of the bar between Nicole and John Ball did not eventuate this year with John being a no show. The well-stocked bar did not get the hammering of previous DTVC shoots!!
Sunday morning and we were on the mound at 9am. I had arranged the weather again and we were off to a flying start at 600 yards. Conditions were much the same as Saturday morning – benign.
600 yards has in previous shoots has usually produced the match winner. Just that little further back makes or breaks some shooters. But this year the sores were still high with Mike Collings again shooting well with 49.4 and 49.2. Not to be outdone Ernie Schuch shot a 49.3 in his second match with Nicole McKee putting up an excellent 49.5 in hers.
And then it was all the way back to 800 yards. A first for DTVC shooters after 5 years of 300/500/600 matches. The spirit of this competition was ever present when a discussion about the likely elevations was had on the mound prior to shooting. Elevations for Parker Hale sights were different to Central sights but not by much. The result was everyone was straight on with Richard Liddell and Nicole McKee starting with V bulls!!
The introduction of the 15 shot match at 800 yards was an attempt to separate the top scoring shooters and at the same time give everyone a taste of being that bit further back on a gallery range. There may have been unintended consequences to this bold move. One is the unease with which some intending shooters treated this new test. The second is that when the scores from the last five annual DTVC matches were collated – some 4500 rounds downrange – and presented to the NRA and NZDF it was found that the dear old .303 was shooting well within the prescribed cone of fire required under standing orders at Trentham. The result of this is that these rifles in this trim can now shoot alongside the usual collection of .308 and other calibre rifles at all distances at Trentham. Great news and well done to those who helped this come about.
So onto the 800 yard scores. This distance did indeed change the order of things. Mike Collings shot an incredible 74.11 followed by Nicole McKee with 73.9 and Richard Liddell with 72.6. Earlier contender Ernie Schuch fell away with a disappointing 59.3 with all other shooters in the 60’s. Overall an astonishing result no doubt helped by the great conditions. But also aided by the preparation, determination and general good attitude of the DTVC 2017 shooters. Everyone enjoyed the 800 yard match including veteran .303 shooter John Hand who turned up to watch the final with a grin from ear to ear.
The prize giving was held after the shoot at KRC with winner Mike Collings taking away the DTVC trophy and a $300 purse. Nicole McKee certainly benefited from the 800 yard match rising to 2nd and collecting a $200 purse. Last year’s Richard Liddell came in a close 3rd and collected a $100 purse. All shooters were presented with a KRC blue cloth badge with the DTVC year and position attained – a very nice piece. Noel Bockett representing Dick Travis’s family also made a cash contribution for the Match Director to present to whomever he saw fit. This year it was to Sam Stevenson for 6 years of excellent scorekeeping. To Ernie Schuch for being the most improved shooter and also Collin Brown who shot his best this year by far.
For those who made the effort to prepare and attend the DTVC 2017 – congratulations on your sportsmanship and sense of history. For those who for one reason or another could not make it be assured this competition has a place for you. The Karori Rifle Club welcome all shooters to this competition each year. Start your preparation now and get those lovely old wooden rifles humming for 2018. Also bring a friend or two to share the travel expenses and the occasion, you will not be disappointed and will take away with you a great memory of what it is to shoot in such a historical match with a great bunch of people.
I have attached to scores.
Entry form and information for the 2017 Dick Travis VC 303 Nationals is now on our site under the Dick Travis VC 303 National Championship tab on this our home page.
We are excited to announce that this year the DTVC will be shooting one 15 shot match at 800 yards. As a result of the extra shoot we will begin the competition on the Saturday morning at 500 yards.
Scrutineering will begin at 7.30am sharp on Saturday 18 March with all competitors
expected on the range ready to start shooting by 8.45am.
Karori Rifle Club are pleased to have the support of Firearms Safety Specialists NZ Ltd who are offering 3 cash prizes for the top shooters of this 303 National Competition.
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.
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.
Karori Rifle Club
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|Dick Travis VC 2016: 300 2|
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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
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
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!
Greetings to all the hardy souls who competed in the fifth Dick Travis VC .303 Nationals at Trentham last weekend.
Most shooters have been to the DTVC before but a special welcome was extended to first timers Mike Collings and Malcolm Morrison. Also in
attendance were the family of Dick Travis – Noel and Denise, Keith and Rita and this year Noel also brought over from Australia Dick Travis’s great
great great nephew Zane. It is always great to see familiar and new faces in the Karori Rifle Club (KRC)
The weather was arranged well in advance so we enjoyed two days of sunshine and kind winds at 300 and 500. 600 yards was more challenging and some were
“Trenthamed” by the fickleness. The usual format of 2 matches on the Saturday afternoon and 4 matches on the Sunday was followed. It seems to
work well and provides a good challenge. There have been murmurings a of a change for 2017 with a 500 yard shoot on Saturday morning and a 800 yard 15
shot match to finish on Sunday. This matter has been discussed at KRC and approaches to the powers that be will be made in order to secure the 800
The high standard of preparation of rifles was apparent at scrutineering with all entered well up to scratch. The near universal use of hand loaded
match ammo and good shooting equipment was also noted and clearly added to the standard of shooting and high scores shot. Most shooters tend to do this
Championship ‘cold’. By that I mean they may have had a match or two with their .303 rifles prior to the competition and I suspect most turned up to
do the business without having spent huge amounts of time on the range. Trigger time is always a good thing and preparation usually reflects in good
Although I do get out to Trentham from time to time through the Full Bore season I have only taken my .303 target rifle out twice – it showed when it
came to wind reading. Whereas Nicole picked up her rifle once since DTVC last year! Some shooters seem to be able to adapt on the spot but most need
more time. My suggestion is for all competitors to spend time with these ‘vintage’ target rifles prior to the DTVC and for those who can get to
Trentham to do so and learn the foibles of the wind on that fine range.
That said one thing was apparent. Our scorer, Sam Stevenson, made an aside to me during the 500 yard matches – ‘the scores are up’. That they were with
8 possibles shot over the first 4 matches. This is a good thing and continues the trend of improving scores over the last five years. I am
confident that we will all continue to improve and show that these battle rifles can indeed be tuned and turned into credible target rifles despite
their military origins. The scores are attached and make great reading. The winner for the second time, Karori’s Richard Liddell, shot 5 49’s and a
possible to win. First place was tied going into 600 yards. It was that close. A winning score of 295.25 is the new benchmark and has set a high
standard. Well done Richard.
Another enjoyable aspect of the DTVC is the outstanding butts service given by seasoned target pullers. Quick accurate service makes for settled
shooters with minimum waiting for the result and the ability of a quick follow up shot when the wind remains the same. Thank you to Kiriahi and Rex
McKee and also our scorer Sam Stevenson for another great job.
Although I normally write a comprehensive match report this year I am going to attach a very entertaining report written by competitor Henry Firmston.
The DTVC .303 Nationals have been a success each year and the addition of the excellent cloth badges and for 2016 a purse of $500 has been welcomed by
competitors. Thanks goes out to Firearms Safety Specialists New Zealand Limited ( Nicole McKee) for the cash prize. Also thank you to the Travis
family for their cash prizes for 2nd – Nicole McKee and 3rd – John Ball. This year Noel handed me an envelope with a cash prize for the most
deserving shooter – going to Petone’s Stuart Brown for an outstanding out of the blue double possible at 500 yards.
Over the last five years there have been 32 different shooters who have come to the DTVC shoot. Perhaps one year we will see them all there at the same
time! Those who have come have all left with a grin and a sense of participation in a unique event. The competition and the commemoration of
our Great War VC is there to enjoy.
Best regards to all
Karori Rifle Club is pleased to announce the winner of the Dick Travis VC 303 National competition for 2016 – Richard Liddell.
Richard was sitting in 3rd place after day one but secured top place by the end of 500 yards on day 2. He showed his skills and kept his cool in demanding wind, retaining his lead to the end.
2nd Place went to last year’s winner Nicole McKee and 3rd place to John Ball from Opotiki.
Visitors from all over the North Island entered the competition, the weather held (although the wind didn’t) and we thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie amongst competitors.
We again hosted the family of Dick Travis VC to Seddon Range, a very special addition to the commemorative shoot. Dick Travis’ great great Grandson paid a visit too.
Thank you to the Karori Rifle Club members who got in behind this event and helped make it the success that it was.
Richard picked up the $500 prize money sponsored by Firearms Safety Specialists NZ as well as earning another shield on the Dick Travis VC trophy.
Photos on the Karori Rifle Club Facebook page