The late 2000’s is an exciting time to be in the shooting world.
More clubs, more choice of guns, ammo and chokes and we nearly have the majority of the products that the world has to offer available to us.
There is an abundance of ammunition in particular on the Australian market, some in my opinion good, some pretty ordinary. Ever increasing costs in manufacture (lead!!)and especially freight put our cartridge market under immense price pressure.
It’s my vision to continue to supply premium products at affordable prices to keep participants in the sport. After all the difference between the cheapest cartridge you can buy and a good quality one is ONE can of beer at the end of the shoot. Wouldn’t rather have more targets on your score-sheet and really enjoy the day as well as the beer, minus one?
I ask you to look at the gear you use, particularly cartridges and really assess where your dollar goes. There are a few cartridge brands out there that do very little for the sport, they may have ‘loyalty programs’ and spend up big on advertising but really at the end of the day just what do they put back IN?
I know there are a lot of shooters who have the idea that any cartridge will break any target, keep on believing fellas. The difference between tier 1/2 manufacturers and tier 3/4 guys is still a huge gulf. This is borne out by scores and results from here and abroad everyday. What is a tier 1 manufacturer I hear you ask?
Tier 1-Continually Updated modern loading equipment, the best components manufactured 100% by the maker, R&D team, unquestionable quality of the product, ISO certified, proof house compliant, results on the board.
Tier 2-Modern equipment, outsourced premium components supply, R&D team, very good quality, ISO certified, proof house compliant, results on the board
Tier 3-Modern equipment, self manufactured components or outsourced components, some R&D, good quality.
Tier 4- Can turn on their Equipment, outsourced component supply (an assembler), questionable quality. No R&D
I/Rhinosport believes in every shooter having a fair go and enjoying the sport as well as the ‘top’ shots, at the end of the day we all loves breaking targets.
I am serious about as many people as possible enjoying and staying in the sport, together we grow, divided we fall.
I am proud to be a FGA Nationals ‘major sponsor’, and a FGFA Nationals sponsor. I have always maintained if the sport supports the sponsors then the sport will continue to grow and have the bigger shoots more often with more going back to the shooter.
So NEXT TIME you need a case of cartridges make sure it’s from ANY of the sports sponsors.
It all started many years ago as a child when I went to my first shoots before I started school during the early 70’s. Growing up in a country town within a family that enjoyed shooting was just fantastic. I started shooting when I was eight and competitively at ten, something that just wouldn’t/can’t happen today, but probably should!. As I moved through the junior ranks I developed a burning desire to shoot more and wanted to shoot overseas, but more importantly I wanted access to the same gear they had overseas, some things we simply couldn’t get here in Australia.
Later in the mid 1990’s I made my first contacts with companies in the USA and commenced importing Rhino chokes into Australia in 1996. I simply had a vision that I wanted the best gear to use and as a hobby sell to my fellow shooters.
I looked at other products as well, some you will no longer find here on the website- Bob Allen and Napier. I imported some product from both companies and then the exchange rate simply forced a cessation to my hobby of bringing their gear in.
Rhino is unashamedly a ‘premium choke system’ and I am proud to say that I have never had a problem with any choke that I have ever sold and everyone that uses Rhinos in their gun has had an improvement in their shooting; higher scores on the board or more game in the bag. Price wise the Rhinos are dearer than standard factory chokes and other competitors, no doubt about it, but compared to the value that a set of Rhino chokes brings to your patterns and scores you would have to spend upwards of $600 on barrel work to get what $260ish dollars gives you with a set of Rhinos. Add to that you could always take your Rhinos out and transfer them to your new gun if you stayed with the same manufacturer. I have plenty of customers who are on their third gun and their first set of Rhinos.
Fast forward to mid/late 2000’s and it is an exciting time to be in the shooting world. More clubs, we nearly have the majority of the products that the world has to offer available to us.
I believe it’s now a case of sorting the chaff from the hay and there is an abundance of ammunition in particular on the Australian market, some in my opinion good, some pretty ordinary. Ever increasing costs in manufacture and especially freight put our cartridge market under immense price pressure.
Thank you for taking the time to had a read and visiting the website, I would be happy to answer any queries that you may have, just drop me an email or give me a call.
- Started shooting in 1978
- Competition since 1980
- FGA life member.
- FGA member since 1974 (family, junior, senior)
- You name it and I have shot it.
- Simulated field in great quantity.
- FITASC, here and overseas.
- SSAA shotgun (and rifle disciplines as well)
- ACTA disciplines-skeet and trap
- Game-ducks and quail
I hope you enjoy your visit to the new and improving Rhinosport website