The Sydney International Shooting Centre, the former 2000 Sydney Games venue, at Cecil Park in Sydney’s west, hosted the National Rifle Competition on Saturday, 28 September 2013.
The annual event brings together 32 of the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) top shooters to vie for the Olin Winchester Prize for accuracy in .22” Long Rifle match play competition. Sponsored this year by the RAAF Association, the NRC pitted the AAFC’s best marksmen and women in eight teams of four cadets with their team coach/instructor.
For the past 12 months, AAFC squadrons conducted local competitions progressing to major Wing events to eventually select their best shooters for the national activity. First prize this year went to 3WGAAFC (NSW/ACT), with 4WG (Vic) providing a serious challenge to secure second place. The NRC also has the Commander’s Best Shot of the AAFC prize, which was won by Cadet Warrant Officer George Wallace from 323 Squadron AAFC, RAAF Glenbrook, NSW.
The Detachment Commander and AAFC Senior Firearms Officers for .22” firearms, FLTLT (AAFC) Colin Palmer said the sponsorship from the RAAFA, which extends to 2015, was instrumental is purchasing medallions, trophies and team sports wear for the group.
The NRC in its current form has been held since 2008 but can be traced back to the early 1980s using .303” SMLE rifles. Rifle shooting in the AAFC continues to be a very popular activity providing young people with a strong sense of discipline and training for mind over body skills, analytical problem solving with mechanical devices and straight forward marksmanship. The NRC rules do not allow any form of optical sighting scopes, support mechanisms, or assistance that you would otherwise find with high level sports shooting. The rifles are open u-sights over 25 metres.