Sporting Guns run various competitions throughout the year and we are busy organizing a Zambian shooting team that we hope will compete in international competitions.
2013 Calender of Events:
On the 28th September 32 competitors competed for the Zambian Open title. 4 events were shot. Ant Delefacarcus from Mazabuka walked away with the first place with 87/100 and won a Beretta A400XTR Semi Auto shotgun donated by Sporting Guns. Second came Mike Taylor using a new and untested Beretta and 3rd well known club member Ross Mickelson. Top Lady was Sherry Jackman, Best under 16 was Andrew Mawson.
November 11th 2012 – Zambian Open – Shotgun – 100 Clays
The Zambian Open was held at Leopards Hill Shooting Range on the 11th November 2012. Thirty entrants from 5 countries battled it out over 100 clay’s and 4 disciplines (English, Sporting, Skeet and DTL).
The winner was Mike McKinnion (Zimbabwe) with 88/100 and 11 in the final for a total 99/125. Mike walked away with the Zambian Open trophy and became an instant multi millionaire winning five million Kwacha (US$ 1000). The McKinnion family kept it all in house when they also walked away with the Best Lady, Best Under 16 and the best DTL/Skeet and ES trophies. Alistair Norton with a total score of 92 came second and won the English Classic trophy (side by side) and 2 million Kwacha sponsored by The River Club. 3rd place was tied between 3 shooters and fading light meant that a shoot-off was not possible.
November 29th – Zimbabwe – Zambia
On the Thursday 29th November a 6 man Zambian team traveled to Harare to Challenge some of the top shooters at the Mashonaland Gun Club. Friday was set aside as a practice day and the Zambian team took the opportunity to try the 4 disciplines they would be shooting. On Saturday teams were split up into two teams of 3 shooters. The Zimbabwean shooters won the competition with the Zambians vowing to return and exact vengeance at a later date. Top Zambian shot was Vernon Baillie with 57/100.
December 9th – Zambian Open – Air Rifle
In Mid December 2012 the Zambian Open Field Target Air Rifle competition was held. The day started with moderate rain showers and the event was almost cancelled. The rain put off quite a few competitors but a hardy few braved the elements and it paid off as the rain cleared at mid day.
40 Field targets we set up in various positions and shot from 5 stands. A total of 100 targets had to be shot from sitting, prone, bench and standing positions. A total of 17 competitors competed in 6 categories.