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Chairman: Peter Biller
Vice Chairman: Ernst Stader
Secretary: Brian Dimock
Treasurer: H. Dieter Keuthen
Statistical Officer: Rolf Rocker
Range Officer: Joe Sanders


During a typical active month, we get together every Thursday from 7:30pm until 9:00pm and every Sunday from 10:00am until 12:00 noon. Our season starts in April, then we are off for four months during the summer holidays, and meet again after Labour Day in September.

The Loreley Rifle Association is an independent group that operates on the grounds of the German-Canadian Club Loreley, in accordance with the by-laws of Club Loreley and the rules and regulations pertaining to its shooting program. It consists of members of the Rifle Association who are dedicated to target shooting.

Anyone in good standing and their children (who must be at least 14 years of age) can become a member of the Rifle Association.

Membership fees are $50.00 for regular and senior members, and $30.00 for social and junior members (effective Jan. 2006). This entitles every member to participate in one of the following shooting categories: rifle shooting, pistol shooting, or senior shooting (if a shooter qualifies age-wise).

The shooting program complies with the rules and regulations established by the Shooting Federation of Canada. For competition within the program of the Shooting Federation of Canada ,the rules of the federation must be strictly observed.

For more information, please contact the chairman of the Club Loreley Rifle Association.

Club Loreley practices what is called the 10m air rifle competition. The 10m air rifle is an Olympic event, and will be explained herein briefly.

Shooting is carried out from a standing position (or from a stand if you're a senior - 'club rules') in the club hall with targets (see below) 10m from the firer. Modern air rifles are capable of pin point accuracy, and need to be, because the target's Bull's-Eye is a 0.5mm diameter dot in the center of the target!


Targets on the wall in the club hall



Close up of a target

The air rifles are quite expensive. A decent air rifle can cost at least $2000. However, the club has a couple of rifles that were donated through club members for members of the Rifle Association to use. The rifle has a single pellet capacity, and is cocked such that the barrel and shaft of the gun split in the middle. The user pulls the barrel of the gun down towards the shaft. This exposes the core of the rifle, where one inserts the tiny lead pellet, while compressing the air cylinder that provides the air for the single shot.

Of course, the objective is to get as close to the inner ring as possible. A shot in the 'bulls-eye' is awarded a value of 10, and decreases by 1 for each ring to the exterior of the bulls-eye. If a shot hits a line between two rings, the shot gets awarded with the higher valued ring.

Usually, one single session lasts about 15 minutes. A range officer commences and terminates the firing session to ensure safety precautions. During the first part of the session, five targets similar to the picture above are placed 10m from the firer. The firer attempts two shots for each target on each of the five targets. The maximum points to be attained are 100. This is repeated three times to fulfill one session, so that the maximum attainable points for one single session are 300 points. You can see below a picture of the stance of a typical firer, and the type of air rifle used:

Analogous to the rifle competition, a similar competition exists for pistol shooters. The pistol resembles a handgun, and functions much like the air rifle. The rules are pretty much the same except you are only allowed to use one arm when firing the air pistol. Many members compete in both the air rifle and air pistol competitions.

The strain of one session is quite exhausting, and in order to achieve maximum points usually only one session is attempted to maximize efficiency and increase one's individual score throughout the competition. However, endurance through members vary, and some members may even attempt up to three session in a single day! In order to complete one season, the competitor must fulfill 25 sessions ('club rules') during the course of the season.


Members on the firing range with the air rifles



Members using the air pistols

The Rifle Association was founded in 1967. During a Club Loreley picnic, some members interested in shooting had the idea to form a Rifle Association with the German Club. Kurt Wagner took the initiative and created the "Loreley Rifle Association". He was elected chairman and held this position for two years. In 1969 Alfred Mühlbach became his successor. Ernst Stader held the position from 1970 to 1974, and Kurt Wagner again for the next three years. Rolf Rocker took over the position in 1977 for six years, then from 1984 Ernst Stader for another five years, and again Rolf Rocker from 1989 to 1994. For nine years, Ernst Stader was the chairperson of the Rifle Club. After Ernst, Peter Biller became chairperson and currently holds that position. The membership varied in those years, from a high of 40 active to a low of 15 members. At the present time we are looking at about 15 or so members, and are still active.

Our Rifle Club took part in many rifle competitions, either in Ontario with the Canadian Rifle Association, or matches in Canada. We also had matches with Clubs from as far as Australia and Germany. The highlight was a trip to Germany in 1974, we visited four well known Clubs with excellent shooters. One Club even had a German Champion among them, needless to say, we did not do to well against that Club!

Since 1973, our group has had competition shoot outs with "Club Maple Leaf Almrausch" from Ottawa for the " O'Connor Award". Many years later we added another Trophy which we called "Hermann Kassinger Wanderpokal". Still to that date, we compete with Maple Leaf Almrausch every year, once in Oshawa, and the next year in Ottawa.