It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hall of Fame benchrest shooter and greatly respected SSAA NSW member Denis Tobler.
Denis joined SSAA in 1970 and initially competed in Lever Action competitions, winning numerous events, before concentrating on Benchrest and competing in the inaugural National Rimfire Benchrest titles.
Denis also competed overseas at Super Shoot 12 at the Kelbly Range, Ohio USA in 1984 and the World Benchrest Championship 2 at Kokkola Finland in 1993. In advising new competitive shooters, Denis expressed:
“[with] the equipment on offer, compared to 70s and early 80s, the new shooter has far more opportunities to work on technique and reading conditions.”
Outside of shooting, Denis had a passion for vintage motor bikes, enjoying all aspects from restoration to riding for pleasure and rally outings.
In 1985, after years of research in the industry, Denis launched Tobler Barrels, producing barrels of all configurations in Australia for the local market and export. In 2000 when Denis and his wife Jean retired, their son Robert took over the business and still runs Tobler Barrels today.
Denis is remembered and celebrated by his wife Jean, son Robert, daughter Denise and the entire Tobler family, as well as the community at his home range in the Southern Highlands.
On his Hall of Fame profile, Denis left the following advice for his fellow shooters:
“First and foremost: enjoy yourself. If you are not getting pleasure from the sport, leave it.
Second: watch the best but, having said that, should you have any physical limitations, develop and work on your own technique.
Third: ask questions but, most importantly, listen to the answers.”
On behalf of SSAA NSW, we thank Denis for his service to the shooting sports and recognise his extraordinary, positive contribution over a lifetime. The Tobler family are in our thoughts at this time.
Vale, Denis Tobler.