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ADRIAN?MARSHALL?was the most oustanding shooter when the Barbados Rifle and Pistol Federation (BR&PF) recently hosted the third annual Smoking Barrels “Service Pistol Challenge” at the Waterford range.
This year’s shoot which was held over the Easter weekend, involved shooters from the BR&PF, the Barbados Rifle Association (BRA), the Barbados Clay Target Shooting Association (BCTSA), the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Barbados Defence Force.
The event proved to be a challenging and exciting day for the competitors, consisting of four individual shooting events, two three-man team events as well as a revolver event. Competition was keen among the 41 individual competitors and 15 teams.
Marshall, who represented the BR&PF, took the title of champion shooter, topping the overall standings with 690 points.
Marshall was followed by Kevin Grant with a total of 662 points and Roger Manning in third place with a total of 647 points. Marshall also recorded a “possible” in the IPSC Target shoot, achieving the maximum score of 130 points in this event.
Trophies were also awarded to the top three shooters in each division with Marshall stamping his authority in the Grand Master class by winning this division with 690 points. He was followed by Grant (662) and Rodney Clarke, who came third  with 643 points.
The Masters class was won by Manning (647). Dr Alfred Sparman was second with 636 points and Richard Greenidge of the Royal Barbados Police Force finished third with 616 points.
In the Expert class, Sean Banfield (617), Verity Beckles (605) and Robert Ross (542) were the top three. Sharpshooters Ryan Best (602), Ryan Clarke (587) and Richard Durant (530) were the pick of their division with Gerard Gill (532), Neil Kirton (529) and Sean Mottley (518) providing keen completion in the Marksman class.
The winner of each class earned the right for the name to be etched on the “Plaque Of Champions” which is displayed at the BR&PF.
In the Revolver competition, which was shot using a combination of single and double action from various distances,  Marshall also proved too much for the competition by taking this event with a total score of 275. Greenidge placed 2nd with 268 points and Kevin Grant third with 265 points. (PR/EZS)
The team competition provided lots of rivalry, excitement and teamwork but eventually “Triple R”, with Clarke, Manning and Best proved too much for the others by taking this event with a total of 352 points. They were closely followed by the “Heart Beats” consisting of Sparman, Grant and Durant on 348 points. Team “Topshottas” made up of  Marshall, Banfield and Ryan Clarke, held on for the third position.
Stephen Holder won the Law Enforcement division with 585 points; Aquinas Clarke (541) was second Shawn McClean (500) third.


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