Air-Pistol shooting is making great strides in quality and popularity on our shores.

This is reflected by the recent increase in shooters practising the Olympic sport at the Larry Vella Indoor Airgun Shooting Range in Bidnija.

Last Saturday, Ray Cacciattolo was in top form, shooting one of his best scores in his career, 549/600, to comfortably win the third Airgun comp­etition of the 2011-12 season.

Although he met some stiff resistance from Stephen Vassallo, who also scored a personal best score of 539/600, there was no beating Cacciattolo who shot an excellent score in the final to win the event in style.

Martin Grech followed in third place with 498 points.

The women’s air pistol shoot was won by Eleanor Bezzina, scoring 371/400 points.

Bezzina finished ahead of Josette Calleja who finished with 332 points.

In a ‘mixed’ air-rifle event, Gozitan shooter Romeo Zuber placed first with 502/600 ahead of newcomer Alison Vella.

Vella performed reasonably well notwithstanding that this was her first competition and even managed a better score than Zuber in the final.

Still it was not enough for her to go past Zuber in the final reckoning.

All competitions were judged by Gino Galea. He was assisted by Lawrence Darmanin.


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