PROUD HIT: Kingaroy’s Annette Marshall hit the A4 target in Wondai Rifle Club’s Christmas shoot, an accomplishment from 900 yards away.
PROUD HIT: Kingaroy’s Annette Marshall hit the A4 target in Wondai Rifle Club’s Christmas shoot, an accomplishment from 900 yards away. Keagan Elder

Sharp shot Marshall hits the target from 900 yards away

NINE hundred yards away, the A4-size Christmas bauble is barely visible to the naked eye which is why Annette Marshall was so proud to hit it.

Through her magnified scope, the keen shooter from Kingaroy managed to hit the target in just two shots at the Wondai Rifle Club Christmas shoot.

Despite the advantage of her magnified sight and power from her .308 calibre rifle, Marshall said it was still a challenge.

In the humidity on Sunday she had to contend with her bullet slowing through the heavier air.

"The humidity does affect it (the bullet)," she said.

"When I hit the target it wasn't blowing as bad."

Marshall said her rounds altered course as they travelled the 900 yards but all hit the black centre of the larger target.

"If you can hit the black target from 900 yards you're doing pretty well," she said.

Marshall shot along with her husband, Peter, who was unable to hit the A4 target but stayed in the black.

"I got a certificate and I got the bragging rights," she said.

Marshall started target shooting with rifles six months ago after she sought a less demanding sport than indoor cricket.

"It was something to do that doesn't involve a lot of jumping around," she said.

When she first picked up a rifle she said she was nervous but soon became adjusted to its kick.

"When I first started it was very painful but now I don't worry about it," she said.

Marshall said in 2016 she hoped to watch competition shoots and possibly enter.

Christmas shoot results

  • F-class open winner: Barry McDermid
  • F-class standard winner: John Marsh
  • F-class standard runner-up: Jimmy Wardell
  • Hunting rifle winner: Leon Grams
  • Ladies' winner: Annette Marshall
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