|Din Collings 1928 - 2014 |
It is with great sadness we learn of the news that Din Collings has passed away earlier yesterday evening.
Din was at home where he wanted to be and in the presence of his family.
Din had a life time of shooting, starting from just after the war right up to recent years. A long serving member of the Karori Rifle Club, a life member of the National Association and numerous associations with other shooting bodies and clubs. He captained at least three New Zealand Teams with a win in 1984 at Brisbane and a third at the Sidney Palma in 1988. He was the convenor of the NRANZ technical committee for many years and advisor to the national body on all things technical. As an innovator and oversaw the introduction of hand-loading in the mid-seventies not long after the introduction of 7.62mm ammunition. He also oversaw the production of the hand-loaded ammunition used on the two occasions New Zealand hosted the Palma Match in New Zealand, 1979 and again in 1995.
Din will be sadly missed." I am sure that anyone like me who has visited New Zealand to shoot at Trentham would have found Din a very welcoming host. As I recall there is picture of him at a formal "opening Shot" ceremony at Trentham which is displayed in the Museum at Bisley adjacent to the Whitworth rifle rest. Its another example of the links around the world in target shooting.
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Updated: 03-Oct-14 (Original posting: 03-Oct-14)