It’s just like going back in time with ‘the Terror’
IT COMES as no surprise that to be a good shot you need to concentrate more on your aim than your outfit.
But at the SSAA single-action State Champions that is not an option - with scores just as dependant on the authenticity of the shooter's western-styled outfit as their accuracy and speed.
Former Burrandowan top shot Landis "The Terror" Jacobs has found a way to balance the two, taking him all the way to the National Championships in New Mexico in 2012.
With a more laidback approach wearing boots, jeans and chequered shirt, he suits the part with his leather holsters dancing around his hips as he hits each target as if it is second nature.
In his 14-years of competing, Jacobs has won five state titles and three national titles.
"It's just consistency, not missing," he said.
He has become one with each of his firearms, switching from single-action revolvers to a lever-action rifle and double barrel shotgun.
While he fluidly switches between each, releasing round upon round in the blink of an eye, the rifle is his favourite.
But it is the actual competition itself that draws and holds him in the sport.
"I guess what I like is that everybody shooting has the same basic equipment," Jacobs said.
"It levels the playing field."
In its simplest form, single-action shooting is a measure of personal ability over equipment, with all athletes using similar replica 1890-period firearms.
With Jacobs a stand out in the Australian field, he met his match in New Mexico where the sport is much bigger, finishing 10th.
"Over there there's probably 100,000 (shooters) compared to maybe a 1000 over here," Jacobs said.
"But it's definitely growing (over here); there are always new faces to get to know."
While he would like to compete at an international level again, he will concentrate his efforts for the next year towards the Australian competitions.
Every lady's dream, dressing-up at the shooting range
THE wardrobe of a lady's single-action shooter extends beyond the outer period wares with their undergarments just as much of the show as their shooting.
More conservatively dressed than some of the other women was Kathy 'Kat Balloo' Graze who still paid attention to how she was dressed but not to the same level as some of the other competitors.
A number of ladies went all-out, frolicking their underwear over their clothes to show how far they were willing to go.
But Graze was more concerned with how accurate she was on the range.
"If you're not accurate, it's five seconds (added to your finishing time)," she said.
"And if you shoot the wrong way it's 10 seconds."
After she was introduced to the sport more than seven years ago Graze set her sights on a future dressed as a saloon girl with her soon-to-be husband.
"I met Mort at the Nationals and now we're getting married at the Biloela Nationals next year," she said.
With similar interests, sparks flew but as to who was the better shot remained debatable.
"You get more competitive with your partner," Graze said.
Out of the four firearms Graze uses in competition, her Marlin lever-action rifle is her favourite.
"I don't miss with it often," she said.
But it was a different for counterpart woman shooter Sue "Montana Lily" Noble.
In full 19th century dress, the authenticity aspect of the competition took precedence.
"Some have quality time with their weapons," Noble said.
"(But) I have to wear a certain class of clothing.
"I have to wear at least five items of approved clothing."
But in a sport that's inclusive of all skill levels, she has slotted well and truly into the scene.
"That's the best part (of the sport), you can be the crappiest shooter but still go to nationals, or international titles called 'End of Trail,'" Noble said.
There are no pre-requisites to compete in state, national or international single-action shooting titles.