Antique pistols similar to these were stolen from a South Australian address.

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T/C’s bargain Venture; new Queensland gun laws pass parliament; antique pistols stolen; world champ Dawson takes local honour; Russian Olympians lost for a new coach; guns-for-drugs cop jailed; don’t let cops in, shooters told.

T/C’s bargain Venture

Thompson/Center’s Venture Weather Shield rifles are up to 30% cheaper, following a price drop that brings them under $800 – a great price. Claimed to be 50 times more corrosion resistant than stainless steel, the matte Weather Shield finish is matched with a composite stock that includes Hogue over-moulded grips. You get a lot of rifle for your money: guaranteed MOA accuracy, pillar-bedded action, scope-mounting bases, adjustable trigger and plenty more. The Weather Shield is available in .223, .22-250, .243, 7mm-08, .308, .270, 7mm RM, .30-06 and .300WM. See your local dealer or the Frontier Arms website for more details.

New Queensland gun laws pass parliament

Queensland’s latest new firearm legislation passed through parliament this week and is now awaiting assent. It includes harsher penalties for serious weapons offences as well as a reduction in red tape for legitimate shooters. There is also an amnesty of unregistered firearms, under which licensed shooters will be able to register them. Read more in this story.

Antique pistols stolen

South Australian police are investigating a theft from Clapham during which the victim’s wallet, some jewellery and two decommissioned antique flintlock pistols were taken. The pistols are unique and police believe that they may come to someone’s attention, whether offered for sale or spotted somewhere. The picture above is from a catalogue showing the type of pistols stolen. If anyone has information that may assist police, or is offered the pistols to buy, they are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at

World champ Dawson takes local honour

Greg Dawson has been named Armidale (NSW) Senior Sports Star of the Year, in recognition of his victory earlier in the year at the metallic silhouette pistol world championships. Greg was in Tasmania when the award was announced, winning at a national shoot and earning a place in the Australian team that will tackle next year’s world championships.

Russian Olympians lost for a new coach

Vladamir Lisin has been re-elected unopposed as the head of Russia’s shooting union, the tycoon not falling victim to the purging after the nation’s failure at the London Olympics. The fact that the team won only a single bronze medal was a shock to the Russians, and their coach resigned as a result. Lisin, Russia’s second richest man and a keen hunter, says no new coach stands out and he has hinted Russia may look abroad for the person who will guide its shooters to the 2016 Olympics.

Guns-for-drugs cop jailed

A New York policeman has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for stealing police handguns and using them to fund his drug habit. Nicholas Mina was caught by other officers who were investigating Ivan Chavez, who offered prescription drugs in exchange for guns. Mina had stolen four pistols from the lockers of fellow officers, and had also sold his own sidearm to Chavez. All the weapons were recovered. Chavez is likely to get 20 years for his crimes.

Don’t let cops in, shooters told

Welsh police have angered shooters by announcing a plan to conduct unannounced firearms inspections. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) says the plan by North Wales police to carry out spot checks on legally held firearms and ammunition is in breach of government guidelines. The BASC says police do not have automatic legal powers of entry to inspect firearms security, and the spot checks go against Home Office guidance, which states that home visits should be arranged by prior appointment at a mutually convenient time. The BASC also questioned security issues around the presence of uniformed police making it obvious where firearms were kept, and questioned the ability of non-specialist officers to properly interpret the sometimes vaguely worded legal requirements for safe storage of firearms. “We are advising members that they do not have to give police officers access to their home for the inspection of security unless the police are acting to protect life and property under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, they have a magistrate’s warrant, a revocation letter has been served or they intend to seize a firearm used in a crime,” a BASC spokesman said.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.