rifle shooting

Petone Rifle Club

Messines Avenue,
Heretaunga 5018
New Zealand

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Tour of our Club

Petone Club House
Competition trophies
BBQ after shooting - a family afair
Club chronograph in use
New shooter training
Young shooter on the range with a coach

The Ballinger Belt

ballinger brothersThe oldest sports trophy in New Zealand, the Ballinger Belt, the symbol of the utmost prowess in rifle shooting, owes its existence to a member of the Club. A Wellington family, the Ballingers, were among the prime movers in the formation of the Club, and foundation members. From 1879 to 1907 the N.Z. Rifle Championship was won by one or other of two brothers Ballinger on five occasions. In 1873 Government donated for annual competition a black leather belt with a silver-ornamented cartridge pouch supported by a shoulder strap.

It was won in 1893 by Arthur Ballinger who won it twice more, the third occasion in 1907 when, under the rules, he was entitled to retain it. The belt was then thirty-four years old, already a venerable trophy. Arthur donated it to the National Rifle Association for perpetual competition. As the "Ballinger Belt" it has been put around the shoulders of every National Champion to this day. The Ballingers were keen supporters of the Volunteer Forces. Whilst Arthur's wins in 1893 and 1897 occurred during his membership of the Wellington Guards he was at that time an active member of the Petone Club.

"The Belt' has been held by the Club on nine occasions: 1893, 1897, and 1907 - Arthur Ballinger; 1895 - W.H. Ballinger; 1931 - W.J. Mclver; 1932 and 1934 R.H. Nicholl; 1972 - J. Hand (as runner-up to Australian J. Cooper); 1989 - K. Meade.


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Scores from the WRA Bert Dickson inter club teams match shot at 300, 500 and 600 yards at Trentham on 8 February.
FTR Teams: , 1st...

At the completion of a very tiring nine days of shooting, along with everything else that goes on in the background, I can report that...

Saturday 23rd of Nov saw the annual Wellington interclub shoot by graded teams of three.  Petone entered teams in A, B, C, Tyro and...

This is the second newsletter of the 2013-14 season.