McKinnon, Dharry and Qualander dominate ‘Rust-Off’ Pistol competition


The Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) recently commenced shooting activities with its first Match for 2021- the sixth Annual P&P Insurance Brokers and Consultants Limited sponsored Pistol Match at the Guyana Defence Force’s Yarrowkabra Range.

Opening remarks were made by Match Director, Dallas Thomas, who stated inter alia, “GSSF is excited to conduct our first match in over a year. Hence the name of the event ‘Rust Off’ match. We look forward to a safe and fun event, which will include COVID-19 prevention measures.”

The two-stage match consisted of sanctioned Steel Challenge Shooting Association stages, namely Showdown and Outer Limits. With safety and efficiency in mind, shooters were placed into two squads, thereby shooting two separate stages simultaneously.

The competition requirements were as simple as the scoring: the shooter would assume his/her position in a three-feet square shooting box with hands above his/her shoulders; upon the beep of the electronic timer, he/she would then draw his/her firearm and shoot at the targets. The timer stops when the shooter hits the stop plate.

David Dharry (left) won the Production Division

The Stats Officer for this match was Dr. Pravesh Harry, who released the results as follows:

Limited Division

1st – Ryan McKinnon (42.58 seconds)

2nd – John Phang (42.60 seconds)

3rd – Pravesh Harry (42.61 seconds)

Production Division

1st – David Dharry (51.97 seconds)

2nd – Andrew Phang (55.32 seconds)

3rd – Lancelot Khan (55.63 seconds)

Production Division

1st – Mohamed Qualander (43.67 seconds)

2nd – John Phang (47.59 seconds)

3rd – Ryan McKinnon (48.69 seconds)

The GSSF Board of Directors wishes to commend the Match Director, Range Master, Stats Officer, Range Officers and the shooters for ensuring an efficient event. Special thanks also to the Guyana Defence Force, Chief of Staff, Lt. Col. Mark Thomas, Commissioner of Police, OC and the ranks of TSU and the Guyana Police Force, the National COVID-19 Task Force and Secretariat, the Media and GSSF members for their support in promoting practical shooting locally.

Sincere thanks were extended to the management team of P&P Insurance Brokers and Consultants Limited, led by CEO Bishwa Panday and Vikash Panday.

For more information on the GSSF, please visit the website

The GSSF, an affiliate of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA), will continue to host this action-packed shooting sport for local pistol shooters by organising such matches on a regular basis.

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