Former police officer John Emmerson shoots his way to double international success

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A former police officer was crowned double world champion after firing his way to success at an international shooting competition.

John Emmerson, 65, won two individual gold and two bronze team medals at the Muzzle Loaders Association’s International Committee championships in Granada, Spain.

Wakefield rifle and pistol club at College Grove. John Emmerson ( president Wakefield rifle and pistol club) is to attempt to break the world record for muzzle loading weapons with his Japanese pistol thought to be over 200 years old.

Wakefield rifle and pistol club at College Grove. John Emmerson ( president Wakefield rifle and pistol club) is to attempt to break the world record for muzzle loading weapons with his Japanese pistol thought to be over 200 years old.

Mr Emmerson, president of Wakefield Rifle and Pistol Club, said he was shocked to win gold having not won a medal at previous world championships.

“It was very satisfying to come away with two golds but in all honesty I did not go there expecting to win,” he said.

“My mindset was to go their and do as well as I could.

“The standard was extremely high so it is not bad coming away to say you’re a double world champion.”

The MLAIC world championship is held every two years and features 500-plus shooters from around the world, including Germany and Russia.

Mr Emmerson’s gold medals came in the Malson and Remington sections of the competition.

Participants used old-style duelling pistols to fire at conventional bullseye targets from 50 and 25 metres.

He competed using his Remington Old Army revolver, which was made in 1862.

Mr Emmerson said: “Taking part in these competitions is great because you get to travel all over the world, but this one was extra special.

“It was very emotional standing on the podium and hearing the national anthem.”

Wakefield Rifle and Pistol Club member Alan Robinson also came second in the Remington event.