IN his first-ever national final competition, Alex Raymont of Bideford Rifle Club performed well to finish in third place in his class and receive commemorative glassware from the sponsors, Eley.

The competition has been run over three stages, starting with two postal stages, and covers all disciplines of smallbore rifle shooting – prone, three-positional, bench rest, pistol, lightweight sport rifle and airgun – with hundreds of entries from all over the country.

Shooting in the air rifle Class D section, over a distance of 10 metres, Alex scored 330 out of a possible 400 in stage one to progress to the next stage. In stage two he improved on his performance with a score of 341 out of 400, which put him fourth in the class and achieved a place in the final.

The final was a “shoulder-to-shoulder” event at the National Shooting Centre at Bisley, using electronic targets – a completely different set-up to local shooting. This required even more concentration. Alex’s score of 475 out of 600 gave him third place.

Alex has also this year been asked to shoot for Devon in the inter-county air rifle league.

Another Bideford member called up for first-time inter-county representation is Alex Lane, who will be shooting for Devon in two teams– the 10m air pistol and the 20-yard air pistol. –

This follows considerable success for the two Alexes in individual leagues during the summer season.

Alex Lane won his division in both the Exeter Summer League and the Hendon Air Pistol League, while Alex Raymont came second by a very narrow margin in his division of the Exeter Summer League.

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County success

TWO members of the North Devon Airgunners at Southdown Adventure Centre Made their marks at the Devon County Air Pistol Championships.

Shooting in his first ever competition, Mark Pomeroy achieved the second highest score in round two for B class shooters. Mark has only been shooting air pistol for three months and looks set to make A class very soon.

Tony Jones shot the third highest score in round one for C class and was placed third on aggregate. This is in spite of him having to shoot left handed after an accident means he can no longer shoot with his right.

“After shooting for over 30 years right handed, it’s not easy to change at my age,” he said.