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June 9, 2011
A HMAS Tobruk sailor went from
zero to hero after completing a 9mm
pistol course at Fleet Base East and
Holsworthy range in April.
ABCIS Kayla Jones said she found
shooting difficult at first, but didn't
know why until the instructors cor-
rected her during a live-fire practice.
"Once given direction and practice
I was fine," she said.
"I feel confident now."
Course instructor CPOB Joseph
Eyles was impressed with ABCIS
"If there was a top gun award for
this class, I would have given it to her,"
The 9mm pistol qualification is a
prerequisite for boarding parties and
Several 9mm pistol courses are
conducted in Sydney, covering theory
and drill components.
Participants also engage in simu-
lated practices and live range firings.
CPOB Eyles is the first instruc-
tor for TAMW Boatswains
Faculty Continuation Training
and Coordination Cell -- East
(BFCTCC-E), conducting initial
employment training for small arms,
boat coxswain, boarding party and use
"I have a great environment to
work in, particularly in the summer
on Sydney Harbour," he said.
"During boat coxswain training we
conduct classes at varied and interest-
ing locations in the harbour, which all
students appear to enjoy."
CPOB Eyles said that with the
right instruction any sailor could
become a competent and safe shooter
regardless of their rate, gender or size.
"We had a cook, CPO Simon
Allanson, on the Steyr course who
scored 210 on Live Fire 6 and got the
Steven Segal -- 'he also cooks' -- award,
which is quite an achievement for any
sailor," CPOB Eyles said.
He encouraged personnel interest-
ed in courses to contact their depart-
Ship courses can also be arranged by
contacting CPOB Eyles or ABBM Matthew
Finigan at BFCTCC-E, located in building
89/90 Garden Island, or email joseph.
Gunning for perfection
IN THE SHOT: ABCIS Kayla Jones (front left) with fellow course participants.
Photo: SMNCIS Loi Nguyen
a mark on range
By Simon Gladman
POMUSN Gordon Orr feels just at
home when hitting the right note
on stage as he does hitting targets
on a shooting range.
POMUSN Orr, a member of the
RAN Band Sydney Detachment,
proved his versatility when he put
down his clarinet for some more
high-powered machinery at the
Australian Army Skill at Arms Meet
(AASAM) from May 5-18.
A regular at the event, he realised
a long-time goal of being crowned
the top shooter for Navy and award-
ed the Champion Shot Navy Medal.
"It has been a goal of mine since
starting service shooting just over
10 years ago to become the first
RAN Band branch member to win
the Champion Shot Navy Medal,"
POMUSN Orr said.
"I've competed for champion
shot on five occasions, coming fifth,
third, second, third and now first.
"This year I received the
Permanent Skills at Arms Award,
which is the marksmanship cuff rate
for successfully qualifying in the
Marksmanship Match LF18 twice
in the past two years, meaning that I
can now wear the cuff rate for life."
More than 300 skilled marksmen
from 13 countries participated in a
range of shooting matches including
computer simulations in the WTSS,
POMUSN Orr was one of four
Navy representatives in the event
-- a fewer number of Navy competi-
tors in the section than at previous
POMUSN Orr encouraged other
Navy personal passionate about
shooting to consider taking part in
next year's AASAM competition.
"You don't necessarily have to
be a boatswain to be a good shot,"
"AASAM is a great activity to
hone shooting skills and, going on
past champion shot winners, they
have come from the bosun, writer,
aviation and musician branches."
POMUSN Orr, who originally
joined the Navy in 1977, began
HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE: POMUSN Gordon Orr is
chaired on to the parade ground by fellow champion shot competi-
tors to receive his medal.
Photo: SGT John Waddell
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actively exploring his interest in
shooting when he re-entered in
"I had always wanted to do some
range shooting as a younger person,
and it's an opportunity that being in
the armed forces has offered me."
Apart from competing at up to
400m on the classification range,
AASAM tested competitors in
scenarios reflecting the skill sets
required of ADF members in current
POMUSN Orr thanked band
members and family for supporting
him, and fellow Navy shooters who
had shared their knowledge in the
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