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Nineteen members of the Ashburton rifles competed for the annual district prizes yesterday afternoon, under the supervision of Captain Dundas. The weather was most unfavorable, as there was a strong breeze blowing, in addition to which a driving rain set in by the time the long range was reached, and the target became much obscured. However, the shooting was creditable enough considering that until recently the men have been without a rifle range, and have consequently had but little practice. The ranges were four, five, and six hundred yards, with seven shots at each distance. Appended are the scores, from which it will be seen that Private Irvine takes first place with 62 points, having succeeded in putting every shot on the target : 400 500 600 yds. yds. yds. Tl. Private Irvine ... 20 21 21 62 Sergt. Jessop ... 23 14 18 55 Capt. Douglas ... 20 20 12 52 Corpl. Andrews ... 17 23 12 B2 Private G. Parkin ... 19 15 14 48 Corpl. McDonald ... 11 12 14 37 Col.-Sergt. Hayes ... 13 13 10 36 Bandsman Leitch ... G 18 10 34 Private Andrewes ... 17 9 8 34 Sergt. Nelson ... 21 8 2 31 Sergt. Vaughan ... 12 3 14 29 Private Ashton ... 13 6 7 26 Lieut. Dolman ... 13 10 2 25 . Private Le tch ... 16 8 0 24 Private Williamson... 7 4 Private Valk ... 10 0 Private Hooper ... 9 0 Private Hitchens ... 4 2 Private Stevens ... 6 0 The last named five retired. The Christchurch men have yet to fire, and until the returns from this place are in, it will not be known whether our local men have been able to pull off a prize.

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GOVERNMENT PRIZE FIRING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 823, 20 December 1882

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GOVERNMENT PRIZE FIRING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 823, 20 December 1882

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