Where are our women?

Women are darn good with a gun so why don’t we have more women shooters and what should we do to attract them?

Starting before Annie Oakley, women have always excelled at all disciplines in shooting sports; from pistol to rifle, shotgun and hunting, their names are engraved on the big trophies. In Australia we know how good they are at taking club medals, but we forget how many achieve “Games” glory.

For Australia, there’s Patti Dench who won Australia’s first shooting medal when she became the oldest medallist at the 1984 Los Angeles Games by winning bronze in the inaugural women’s sport pistol event.

When Suzy Balogh won the women’s trapshooting event at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, she became the first female Australian shooting gold medallist in history. Having won 2010 Commonwealth Games trap pairs gold in Delhi she returned to win individual gold at Glasgow 2014. In the same Games, Laura Coles won gold in skeet and Laetisha Scanlan won gold in trap.

Then at the 2016 Olympics Catherine Skinner won gold in Women’s trap. She started shooting when she was 12 and here’s a common thread. So many of our champion shooters started shooting when they were young.

How many of us have daughters and grand daughters who, with a little encouragement, would take up the sport and go on to win? Let’s include sons and grandsons here.

Give the Mums, girls and boys in your family a present of a shooting licence starting with the safety course and club membership. Queenslanders just need to phone of email Shooters Union for more information. You’ll find us at 0409 701-109.

Follow the advice of Catherine Skinner who wants shooting taught in schools because the sport “teaches respect” and “demystifies the use of firearms.” Has your club made overtures to your secondary school yet? A special juniors’ or family day would set them off with a sport they can continue with until the end, and the takers will become members of your club. Encourage the kids to bring their parents along so they can experience the discipline and safety of our sport.

The advantages.

  • Your sport will become your family’s sport.
  • Few sports bond a family as well as shooting.
  • Shooting teaches respect and discipline.
  • Your kids will help fill the meat section of your deepfreeze.
  • Shooting offers a host of opportunities. Your club can introduce your family to the many events in pistol, rifle and shotgun.
  • Your club will become an important social centre for your family.

And a last word from a Suzy Balogh interview with Stronger Daily, “How did you start your career?
– Sharing in something that my Dad loved to do.






Will Damage to a Rifle’s Crown Hamper Accuracy?

To test whether damage to a rifle’s crown affects precision, we measured several rifles’ accuracy, desecrated their barrels, shot them again and compared the groups. Here’s what we learned.

If you’re like me, you are obsessed about preventing your rifle’s crown (where the barrel’s rifling is exposed at the terminal end of the muzzle) from being damaged because it’s commonly believed that crown damage can cause a bullet to exit the barrel erratically, thereby ruining precision. But I wanted to know exactly what happens when you nick your rifle’s crown with a cleaning rod, grind your muzzle on gravel and dirt, take a rat-tail file to it or even cut the crown off entirely with a hacksaw. At worst, I knew I’d ruin a few barrels and confirm what most of us already believe. But perhaps I’d find that I don’t have to obsess over the crown quite so much.

The Test

Four Thompson Contender Encore rifle barrels were scoped and sighted in at 50 yards. The Encore was chosen because its break-open action can better isolate the barrel. Five three-shot groups were fired through each barrel. Each group was measured, the largest and smallest were discarded and the averages of the remaining three were recorded. With the accuracy of each undamaged barrel recorded, each barrel was then dedicated to one of the four crown damage scenarios. Damage ranged from common causes like cleaning your rifle from the muzzle end (mild damage), to major damage and even extreme crown desecration that should never occur to a firearm and could be dangerous. After damaging all barrel crowns, the rifles were fired again in the exact same manner as the pre-damage test, with the same ammunition, from a Caldwell Lead Sled as before. A 50-yard, indoor range was chosen to reduce variables such as wind and fluctuating temperatures. Results were compared to the original groups to determine if crown damage influences precision and point of impact (POI).

Left: OK, so it was no accident that caused us to take a hacksaw to a .270 barrel. The damage was extreme. Right: We felt no pleasure in desecrating this poor bore. The .308-caliber looked more like a .45 after this extreme test.

The Findings

In all barrels tested, those with a damaged crown were less accurate when compared with the rifle’s undamaged accuracy data. All damaged barrels demonstrated slight to significant point-of-impact. While some of the accuracy losses and impact shifts seem negligible, they will likely be magnified as range increases. Nonetheless, if your barrel’s crown is damaged, your rifle may not be ruined: In most cases after damage, the first shot and first group on average were the most erratic. But after more rounds were fired, the groups typically began shrinking and migrating closer to the original POI. If your crown is lightly damaged (the barrel is not bent nor the muzzle obstructed), fire a box of cartridges through the rifle to see if the bullet’s natural honing action repairs the barrel to a usable state. If it is not satisfactory, take it to a gunsmith for re-crowning or have it re-barreled.


Does damage to the barrel’s crown hamper accuracy? The answer is: Yes. Overall, damage to the crown makes the rifle less consistent, but in all but extreme cases, the rifle may still be accurate enough to continue using at reasonable ranges. So the advice to pamper your barrel’s crown is well-founded. Do not clean it from the muzzle end—clean it from the chamber end. Keep your muzzle away from rocks and grit, and of course, whatever you do, refrain from cutting your barrel off with a hacksaw. The crown is best left pristine.

Some hunters advocate placing a piece of tape over the barrel to seal out the elements and debris. I’ve been reluctant to do so because of an upbringing that stressed the importance of keeping my muzzle absolutely free of foreign particles. But I wanted to know if sealing the barrel with tape affects pressure, accuracy and/or POI?

Pressure Test

The author found that placing a piece of electrical tape over your rifle’s crown to keep out debris is a good idea.
Using a strain gauge affixed to a Knight KRB muzzleloader and firing two Pyrodex pellets, a 250-grain Hornady SST saboted bullet with a 209 primer, five shots were fired each with one piece of electrical tape placed over the muzzle. Then five shots without tape were fired. Pressure (in psi) was recorded after each shot. The shots with tape averaged 13,760 psi while the five without tape actually averaged higher at 13,980.


Placing a piece of electrical tape over your rifle’s crown to keep out debris is a good idea. In tests, differences in pressure (220 psi average) were within the test’s margin of error and statistically irrelevant. In six out of seven rifles tested, placing tape over the crown actually increased accuracy, but not enough to draw broad conclusions. POI shifts on undamaged barrels were insignificant at common hunting distances. This might be explained by the fact that after the shot, the tape did not have a bullet hole through it, but was sheared off cleanly from the edges of the muzzle, indicating that air or gas blew the tape off before the bullet could contact it. From these tests, I will now hunt with tape over my barrel’s crown; it could cheaply prevent a dangerous barrel obstruction. But before you do so, test your rifle first, or simply sight in with tape on the barrel.

Disclaimer: The American Hunter staff conducted tests in a controlled environment.

This article is reprinted with permission of the Shooting sports USA website. To see the original article, please visit https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2017/1/18/will-damage-to-a-rifles-crown-hamper-accuracy

Real Rifle Cleaning For Real Results

The author prefers not to have Teflon on his cleaning rods so he cuts it off to create more distance from rod surface to the barrel. He carefully bevels the jag attachment points to prevent harmful contact with the rifle barrel or chamber should that happen.

The author prefers not to have Teflon on his cleaning rods so he cuts it off to create more distance from rod surface to the barrel. He carefully bevels the jag attachment points to prevent harmful contact with the rifle barrel or chamber should that happen.

Over the years probably the article most written is firearm care. About the only thing I can think of that may beat it for sheer volume is another 1911 article. But let’s give this a try anyway.

If your rifle is a centerfire, you should get the bullet residue copper and carbon out of the barrel. This is especially true in higher humidity areas. Copper bullets apply a thin layer of copper to the bore. This copper plating will eventually react with airborne moisture (humidity) and the steel (especially carbon steel) and can create a tiny galvanic electric charge of sorts. Over time this chemical reaction will pit the bore. Even some high carbon stainless steel barrels need care in this area though not as much as carbon steel barrels, but why gamble? Don’t shy away from carbon steel (blued barrels)—just take care of them, after all they have been in use from the time firearms were invented.


Use plenty of grease on the bolt locking lugs and some in the firing pin rear portion of the bolt won’t hurt.

There are a ton of cleaners out in the market—use the one you have found that works best for you to remove carbon and/or lead fouling (generally the brushing does most of the work), and generally it is ammonia or something similar in cleaners that remove copper fouling when coupled with a good brushing.

Regardless of your choice, do *NOT* mix brands of cleaners—such as brand X with brand Y cleaner. This can create a barrel pitting acid—it has happened. Also, if you clean with brand X don’t run a patch or brush load with brand Y—you may get the same acid result—that too has happened. Stick with one brand. If you want to switch, the time to do so is when the gun is fouled from firing and you can start off with a “dirty” barrel.

Top quality patches can make a difference and come on folks, regardless of price they are cheap. Think of them as adding water to the radiator of your car—cheap maintenance compared to an engine rebuild. Double napped patches are the top of the chart because they expose more cotton fibers to the bore and thus scrub it better—I prefer SEAL 1 brand due to this. I also like the old time rough and tough .30 caliber military patches from pre-1970s if I can find them.

And for mouse guns like the .17, hot .22s  and even .22 rimfires a strip of paper towel wrapped around the cleaning jag rather than struggling with those tiny cleaning patches works very well once the bore is brushed. While here I will mention I prefer a wraparound cleaning rod jag over a penetrator jag and both over a slotted tip (they still work well). However the former two will deliver more patch to barrel bore contact, especially the wrap round jag.

More .22 rimfires and certainly 17s are ruined by cleaning than shooting. The reason is simple, the margin of “error” ratio between the center of the wound brush, cleaning rod tip (regardless of type), and the cleaning rod to the small bore size of these mouse calibers is really tight which makes it is easier to bend the brush and contact the bore or crown of the muzzle with the cleaning rod winding or jag metal which will harm a barrel.

A bore guide for the Springfield M1A is a fired 12 gauge shell with the primer drilled out to fit a cleaning rod. Slide the shell over the flash suppressor and clean the heck out of it.

When cleaning mouse gun calibers use extreme care in how you handle the cleaning rod and if you are using a brush—watch the center winding very carefully when inserting into the barrel whether chamber (best) or muzzle—don’t bend it! Don’t be cheap, replace the brush at the slightest bristle wear you observe. You do not want that bristle retention center winding touching the bore or chamber. Use high quality one piece cleaning rods, brushes, jags, and bore guides—again this is not the place to be cheap, mess up here and it you can run a rifle.

I prefer not to clean .22 rimfires (lead bullets) as I have found it is not necessary to do so for some time. I will clean a super accurate .22 about every thousand or two thousand rounds. You may do different but the danger to me is again, ruining a barrel with the cleaning equipment and not the soft bullet lead. Actually in the .22 rimfire factory lubricated lead bullets act as a barrel protectant to some degree so bore fouling over time is of far less concern to me than centerfire copper bullet bore cladding—you may find differently. Regardless, keep the bolt, chamber and rim area of the chamber clean (Q-tips work great).

How much cleaning solvent to use? Put too much on a patch and when you insert it in the chamber you will squeeze extra solvent out. That solvent may follow the action screw threads right into your stock and over time your bedding will have a thin film of cleaner between the stock and your rifle’s action which will seriously affect accuracy.

Most if not all copper attacking solvents require air (oxygen) to work. There is nothing wrong with doing your normal cleaning routine and then running in an overnight solvent patch to dry patch out the next morning. If you do this expect to see green or blue copper residue on the patch. Do not ignore your trigger assembly if you can keep it properly maintained without tearing the gun apart.

A cleaning fixture like this MTM Gunsmith Maintenance Center makes cleaning easy due to its versatility. It also provides an excellent storage area for all his cleaning gear, solvents, etc. Note: An empty magazine is in the rifle to keep the bolt from slamming shut on a cleaning rod.

The strongest cleaning rods are one piece rods which generally have a Teflon or plastic finish on them—keep that wiped free of contaminates. Less costly screw together cleaning rods have worked fine for many decades so if you use care not to bend them. There are some companies that also make robust screw together rods from solid brass and they are much stronger than the lower cost field type aluminum cleaning rods. For pure cleaning rod strength a quality one piece rod is best but one must consider its storage, however, to competitors, storage is the least of any worries what with all the gear we pack to matches. A bore guide of some type is a good idea for competition or more used (and cleaned) varmint rifles due to more frequent cleaning—for the average shooter or big game hunter, not so much of a need.

One key item I see violated all the time is failure to keep the locking lug contact points in the bolt assembly lubricated. Wear or galling between the bolt lugs and the action lock up points can hurt accuracy generally by increasing headspace over time. When I see folks working a dry bolt on a high power rifle or a .22 it gives me the willies like when some yahoo flips a revolver cylinder closed.

I use a lot of grease (not oil) on my gun’s bolt locking lugs whether it is a high power or smallbore and my rifles have rewarded me with incredible accuracy for far longer than I deserve. I recommend this for everyday fun and hunting rifles. In extreme cold or dirt conditions then you are possibly forced into a thin coat of oil for these points of contact, but try not to shoot them when dry. The same goes for the bolt locking lugs and roller bearings on semi-autos too, keep them slick!

As you know, the first few shots out of a cleaned barrel may not shoot where the gun normally does. This is because the residual cleaner or oil lubricates the bore (at a microscopic level) and will send the bullet somewhere else for a few shots. Here is a nifty trick I and some others have kept secret for years. In high power silhouette competition I used to clean my rifles every 10 shots for accuracy and they easily delivered ½ MOA or less out to 500 meters and gave me incredible barrel life as a reward. But you cannot fire fouling shots in silhouette or most competitions during a match. What to do?

The author keeps his cleaning rods spotless and brushes bristles clean using spray brake cleaner and a paper towel blotting after every brushing.

After cleaning and finishing up with a couple of dry patches I would then run a couple of patches wetted with spray brake and electric motor cleaner (not engine cleaner) through the barrel. I would then follow up with one dry patch and the bore was clean and bone dry in a few seconds and the next bullet would hit perfectly as if the gun had never been cleaned—no fouling shot necessary. You can get this stuff at most any auto parts store.

What goes on here? Even after 20 dry patches (who does that?) some cleaning solvent will remain in the bore. Brake and electric motor cleaner is specifically formulated to remove oil and contaminates. So when run through the bore it would instantly remove any remaining cleaning solvent or oil resulting in a clean and bone dry barrel that did not know it had ever been cleaned and would shoot the next shot exactly where it was supposed to. Of course prior to any extended storage of any firearm especially depending on if you are in a humid or dry environment a cleaning patch with oil will help preserve your rifle’s bore and chamber and remember a patch or two with the brake and motor cleaner will give you a dry barrel almost instantly for that hunting or range trip.

Centerfire semi autos like the Garand, M1A, M1 Carbine, AKs, ARs, etc. require more detailing since they have more parts and pieces to maintain such as gas and carbon fouled parts but the basics here still apply with them. However, with most of these rifles the gas systems only need cleaning after a couple hundred (generally much more) rounds—but barrel and chamber maintenance, more often if and when you can.

Generally with rifles like the Garand and Springfield M1A I will clean with them with the rifle magazine side up to prevent solvent from going into the gas port via the gas escape hole in the barrel. When it comes time to clean my M1A gas system I will use a drill bit the same diameter as the hole in the gas plug to remove hard carbon by hand—*NOT* in a drill motor. Then a good wipe down of the gas piston, and cylinder surface with cleaner, a bit of oil on the plug threads and back it goes together; a five minute job. The AR takes more cleaning and since it can be torn to pieces without affecting the zero-do so and clean the heck out of it.

Proper barrel and chamber maintenance will add hundreds or even thousands of rounds of firing to the life of your firearm. So take your time, don’t cheap out when it comes to cleaning products and don’t get in a rush that will ruin a nice rifle. The bottom line with all of this boring and troublesome cleaning is first—just do it!

Article written by Jim Shults – Tuesday September 13.2016. This article was originally published in Shooting Sports USA, NRA’s Competitive Shooting Journal.

Results in Rio creates interest in sports shooting

After gold medal success at the Rio Olympic Games, sports shooting has seen a growth in popularity across Australia.

At the recent games, Australia took home two gold medals for events involving shooting.

Catherine Skinner won in a tense shoot off to claimed the Women’s Trap title, while Chloe Esposito excelled in the pistol shooting section to win the Modern Pentathlon.

Executive Director of New South Wales branch of the Sports Shooting Association of Australia (SSAA), Diana Melham, said there was always a spike in interest every four years.

“With any Olympic Games, it always inspires a new generation of people.”

In a bid the capitalise of this success in Rio, the SSAA and Berretta Australia have launched a new social media campaign, called #Iamashooter.

The campaign wants people to share images through social media with that hashtag, providing an insight into the lives of sports shooters.

It was launched earlier this year with a billboard in Melbourne’s West Gate Freeway featuring Ms Skinner.

She hopes her success in Rio will change the perception of sports shooting in Australia.

“We do use it for a genuine sport. It is a skilled sport. You don’t understand how difficult it is and how mental this sport is.” she told the 774 ABC Melbourne after her win.

The campaign has had a good response, with people sharing photographs from across the country.

“We’ve had a number of people showing their support and uploading photos of them participating in the different shooting sports.” said Ms Melham

The interest comes as discussion grows over the possibility of a gun amnesty being introduced, similar to what occurred in 1996.

“It’s really important that we inform the community around our sport, how safe it is, how highly regulated we are

“If we can have champions out there promoting our sport in such a positive way. It sends a great message about the sport,” Ms Melham said.

Sports shooting has also seen interest from people with disabilities after recent efforts at the Paralympics.

While there were no medals won for Australia, Rio was the last Paralympics for shooter Libby Kosmala.

Over the span of the 12 games, Ms Kosmala had won as many medals for shooting including nine gold.

Ms Melham said it was a sport for people of any abilities.

“Unlike other sports where you have to modify the rules, with our shooting competitions, we don’t

“And for that very reason, we have a number of shooters with disabilities who participate in the sport.”

Article written by Margaret Whitehouse. It first appeared on the ABC News Website. https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-12/sports-shooting-popularity-grows-after-rio/7925202?pfmredir=sm

Willett grabs double trap top five on debut

SHOOTING: Making his OIympic debut in Rio, double trap shooter James Willett was chuffed with making the final and grabbing a fifth place finish.

The youngster performed strongly in the morning’s qualification to make the final, only to be out-shot by gold medallist Fehaid Aldeehani (IOA), silver medallist Marco Innocenti (ITA) and bronze medallist Steven Scott (GBR).

“I was pretty happy with my first Olympics, 20 years-old so, it was a great experience today,” Willett said.

“I missed out on the medals but I’ll take it home and work on it for Tokyo (2020).”

The Mulwala athlete, who trains on a range specially built on his farm on the border of Victoria and New South Wales, shot a perfect 30 in the first round, 24 in the 2nd, another perfect 30 in the 3rd, 29 in the 4th and 27th in the 5th, for a total of 140 to be the equal highest qualifier for the final.

“The 30s got me into the finals and I’ve learnt about from the experience here. I’ll just take it home and work on it from here.”

It was a hard fought final, with barely a shot difference between the six athletes. Willett missed four shots in the final to enter a shoot-off for the bronze medal match. He then had two shots against Great Britain’s Scott and Tim Kneale, where he missed one to walk away in fifth place.

The youngster was philosophical about the loss, not laying blame on the windy conditions or nerves.

“You only have to miss a couple and you miss the medals and that’s just the way it is. There’s nothing to blame, just me. Conditions were tough, but yeah just wanted enough to get in the gold medal match, not much I can do enough about.”

And while he might not get to take home a medal, Willett maintained his country boy happiness at being on the world’s biggest sporting stage.

“Probably two years ago I wouldn’t have expected to make the final at the Olympics but here I am today making the final so I’ll just try and improve on it.

“It’s a big mental side of the sport I’ll take home from here, good to make the final I was pleased with the end result.

“There was a lot more pressure here than any other competition I’ve ever been to.

He now has his eye on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, before the next Olympics.

“I haven’t been competing for even two years in this event, so it gives me a lot of confidence going into Tokyo and throughout the next four years.”

But first he’ll be off to check out the other Australian in action in Rio.

“I’ll head around and view some other sports, cheer on some of other Aussies it will be a good experience for the next two weeks.”

Article written by Annie Kearney. Article first appeared on the Australian Olympics Website: https://rio2016.olympics.com.au/news/willett-grabs-double-trap-top-five-on-debut

Rio Olympics 2016: Australian Catherine Skinner wins shooting gold

Rio de Janeiro: Having only just qualified for the semi-finals, Australian Catherine Skinner has overcome an early deficit in the gold medal match to triumph in the women’s trap.

The Victorian trailed New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney by two shots but came back to win 12-11.

“Really, you’ve just got to keep going for it because it’s not uncommon for people to fall to pieces at the end,” Skinner said.

American Corey Cogdell took bronze.

Skinner, 26, had earlier made 14 of 15 targets to claim the six shooter semi-final.

The news was not as good for fellow Australian Laetisha Scanlan, who finished equal fifth in the semi.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Scanlan had easily qualified for the semi-final, but Skinner needed a shoot-off to edge Canadian Cynthia Meyer for the final place in the semi.

Both Scanlan and Skinner were vying to match the performance of Australian Suzanne Balogh, who won this event 12 years ago. That was Australia’s most recent gold in shooting, while it had been eight years since the nation’s last medal in the sport – a bronze to rifle shooter Warren Potent.

This article first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald website 8/8/16 at 5.14am. Written by Daniel Cherney. Click on the link to view the full article. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/olympics/rio-2016/rio-olympics-2016-australian-catherine-skinner-wins-shooting-gold-20160807-gqn62n.html 

Proper Trigger Pull & Dry Fire Practice Technique

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How to Focus on Your Front Sight for Instant Accuracy

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A history of shooting at the Olympics

Shooting has been at every Olympics since the first Games in 1896, except St Louis in 1904 and Amsterdam in 1928

It is one of nine sports that have remained on the program since the inaugural Olympics in Athens

The founder of the modern Olympic movement Baron Pierre de Coubertin was a French pistol champion

Only men competed in shooting events until 1972, after which women shot against the men. The men’s and women’s events were only completely separated in 1996

Australia’s first gold medallist in shooting was Donald MacKintosh, who took out the game shooting event at the 1900 Paris Olympics.

It was another 84 years before Australia claimed another podium finish, when 52-year-old Patti Dench took out the women’s sport pistol bronze medal in Los Angeles.

More recently, Michael Diamond (trap) and Russell Mark (double trap) won gold at Atlanta 1996, with Diamond defending his title four years later in Sydney.
Suzy Balogh won the gold medal in the women’s trap shooting at the Athens 2004 Games

Australia has not won an Olympic shooting medal since Warren Potent took out bronze in the men’s 50m rifle prone at Beijing 2008.

How Shooting Works at the Olympics:

  • There are 15 events across three disciplines – rifle, pistol and shotgun
  • There are three events in each for men, and two for women


  • Men: 10m air rifle; 50m rifle (three positions); 50m prone rifle
  • Women: 10m air rifle; 50m rifle (three positions)
  • Competitors fire shots at a 10-ring target, with scores based on how close the shot is to the centre of the target
  • The three positions are standing, prone and kneeling


  • Men: 10m air pistol, 25m rapid-fire pistol, 50m pistol
  • Women: 10m air pistol, 25m pistol
  • Scoring in pistol is the same as rifle events, with competitors aiming at a 10-ring target
  • Shooters must stand and use one hand, which is unsupported.


  • Men: trap, double trap and skeet
  • Women: trap and skeet
  • Shooters stand on designated stations and try to hit clay targets, which are released into the air on or after their command. They are launched from a machine that throws the targets at various heights, speeds and distances
  • Trap is one target per release, double trap is two targets per release
  • Skeet is a short range event where two targets are released from separate trap houses – high and low – situated at either end of a circle arc about 40m in diameter.
Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/olympics/rio-2016/olympics-australia/rio-olympics-2016-shooting-veteran-warren-potent-says-fifth-games-will-be-his-best-20160706-gpzon5.html#ixzz4Dgft8XUu 

Rio Olympics 2016: Shooting veteran Warren Potent says fifth Games will be his best

Warren Potent is confident he can break Australia’s Olympic shooting medal drought in Rio, flanked by an arsenal of young guns also looking to make their mark. The 54-year-old was the country’s last Games medallist in the sport, winning bronze in the 50m rifle prone at Beijing in 2008.

He is currently ranked second in the world, having bagged two World Cup silver medals in March and April.
“I’ve had a good year,” Potent said. The Sydney-born marksman is set to be the second oldest athlete on the Australian Olympic team, behind 61-year-old dressage rider Mary Hanna. He’ll be competing alongside Australia’s youngest ever Games shooter – 16-year-old Aislin Jones. Jones, contesting the women’s skeet, was born just seven months before Potent’s maiden Olympic appearance at Sydney in 2000.
She is just a year younger than trap shooter Mitchell Iles, a late inclusion in the team but considered a rising star.
The 17-year-old earned selection after winning a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal, replacing dual gold medallist and six-time Olympian Michael Diamond who was ruled ineligible following his arrest on drink-driving and firearm charges.

James Willett remains arguably Australia’s brightest hope of a medal in Brazil.

The 20-year-old farmer from country NSW has come from relative obscurity to become the world’s No.1-ranked double trap shooter – less than two years after taking up the shotgun discipline.

He beat Russian world No.1 Mosin Vasily to win his first World Cup title at a test event in Rio, adding to the bronze he claimed at an earlier round in Cyprus.

The quietly-spoken Willett, who will shoot on day five of the Games, is confident he can manage the weight of expectation.

James Willett

Bright star: James Willett. Photo: Getty Images


JAMES WILLETT (Australia) – A 20-year-old farmer from country NSW who only became a double-trap shooter in 2014. He’s been on a rapid rise since, beating world No.1 Mosin Vasily to win World Cup gold at a Rio test event in April following bronze at an earlier round. A genuine medal chance.

WARREN POTENT (Australia) – Australia’s most recent Olympic shooting medallist (bronze in Beijing) and one of the oldest team members at 54. Rio will be his fifth Games and is the current world No.2 in the men’s 50m rifle prone.

Steady hand: Lalita Yauhleuskaya. Photo: Getty Images

Steady hand: Lalita Yauhleuskaya. Photo: Getty Images

LALITA YAUHLEUSKAYA (Australia) – One of the country’s most experienced pistol shooters heading to her sixth Games but fourth for Australia. She won Olympic bronze in 2000 with Belarus plus seven Commonwealth Games gold. Her qualification score would put her in contention for a medal in Rio.

KIM RHODE (United States) – The most successful female Olympic shooter ever. She has won a medal at every Olympics since Atlanta 1996, including three gold, in skeet and double trap. She will become just the second American woman to compete at six Games.

MATTHEW EMMONS (United States) – World No.1 in the men’s three-position rifle. Won gold at Athens in 2004, silver in Beijing and bronze in London. On track to win a fourth medal after finishing second at a Rio test event.

Article first appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald website 6/7/16 at 1.33pm. Read the full article here: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/olympics/rio-2016/olympics-australia/rio-olympics-2016-shooting-veteran-warren-potent-says-fifth-games-will-be-his-best-20160706-gpzon5.html