Richard Bryan, Gleaner Writer
Internationally rated limited gun shooter, Orville Henriques, was pushed to the limit but topped the Street Gun Championship, the year's final major tournament held on the weekend at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) in Lincoln.
Twenty-one shooters took part, matching skills on six stages, which were specifically designed to mirror danger scenes faced by the local licensed firearm holder.
The tournament was widely regarded as the most competitive in its two-year history, with the second-place shooter, E. Dixon, hitting 86 per cent; the third-place T Jones getting 76 and the top five finishing above the 70-mark threshold for the first time.
So good was the shooting that female star, Sue Ann Henriques, who normally rivals partner Orville, finished sixth at 69. She would, however, bounce back strongly in the pistol shoot off, easily reaching the final with Henriques after convincingly knocking off three male shooters.
Orville Henriques prevailed after topping four stages and registering five of the fastest six times recorded on the day. However, he was relegated to second spot on stage three, won by R Mendez; and fourth on stage one, won in impressive fashion by Dixon.
On the dreaded stage one, which was shot last and featured the shooter emerging from a lying position as if in his bedroom, Henriques dropped a magazine, as he ill-advisedly went for a second clip with only one paper target to engage. A fallen gun would have meant automatic disqualification.
Henriques later told The Gleaner that the competitive nature of the tournament would serve to improve his skills at the international level.
"The stages were tough and the shooters are getting better. Some-times I get bored with winning (here) and it's good when your own colleagues can push you. It means I don't always have to go overseas to get serious competition."