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You’ve set up and zeroed your scope, practiced your breathing and trigger technique and know the basics of the prone position and range finding, now would be a good time to get some competition experience under your belt.
The best practice for HFT is to actually shoot in a competition. You can’t really get a good appreciation of what the sport’s all about until you actually try it! Many novice shooters don’t know what to expect and are usually worried they’ll put in a bad score. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s not much point in being able to shoot a tight group and knowing where to aim for every distance if you’ve got no idea how far away the target is, so in this article I’m going to concentrate on the basics of range estimation in HFT.
The more advanced topics of ranging by parallax and using your mildots to bracket objects will be covered in later articles. Read the rest of this entry »
As you gain more experience in HFT you’ll quickly realise that it’s not just about being able to clamp your rifle onto a shooting ‘peg’ with your hand, rest the butt of your rifle on the floor and take a nice perfectly stable shot. To outsiders to the sport, this can often seem like it’s the case and that’s probably why HFT had difficulty establishing credibility with the rest of the shooting community in it’s early years. Read the rest of this entry »
Breathing, trigger control and follow-through are fundamental to consistent shooting.
It should be pretty obvious that if you want to hit what you’re aiming at you need to keep the gun as still as possible when you take your shot. Some shooting positions are more stable than others, but even if your shooting position is rock solid there’s still a living, breathing, moving shooter pulling the trigger.
Getting it right takes time and practice and it’s something that should be re-visited and practiced regularly.
There will be a series of articles covering every aspect of HFT. A new article will be published roughly every couple of weeks starting with a new HFT scope setup manual
The next article will cover trigger technique, breathing and follow-through.
To see the latest articles in the series see the HFT Novice to Ninja category link on the right hand navigation.
So – you’ve bought your rifle and scope and you want to get into the world of competitive Hunter Field Target shooting (HFT).
The first thing you need to do is fit your scope to your rifle. A common mistake that a lot of new shooters make is to just fit the scope so it looks about right and assume that everything’s OK. Later on when problems arise it’s very difficult to diagnose the cause of those problems if things aren’t set up correctly in the first place. So although setting up a scope properly can take a little bit of time to do, it will save hours of frustration in the long term.
The 2011 NEFTA Hunter series starts this Sunday (10th April) at Pontefract Air Rifle Club.
The NEFTA Hunter Series is an excellent, relaxed introduction to the world of competitive Hunter Field Target shooting (HFT).
The rules are very similar to the UKAHFT rules – basically, you have a peg and a target. Some part of your gun or body must be in contact with the peg when you take your shot. If you knock the target over you get 2 points, if you hit the metal plate but fail to knock the target over you get 1 point – if you miss you get zero.
There are 30 targets on the course with killzone’s ranging in size from 15mm to 45mm, placed at distances between 8 yards and 45 yards.
The atmosphere is relaxed, it’s not a heated competition but as with all NEFTA competitions, safety is always paramount.
Shooting should start at around 9am – with the 2nd session starting at around 11:30am, but may start earlier or later depending on how long it takes to re-spray targets etc. after the first session have shot.
If you’ve never tried HFT before and you fancy giving it a go, then these events are perfect for you.
Anston FTC won the team title for the 2010 series, I’m sure we’ll do well again this season, but we need your support.
Pontefract ARC location :
Hunter field target (HFT) is a target shooting sport derived from the air gun disciplines of field target shooting and hunting. Primarily an outdoor sport, shot with UK legal air rifles (rated at a maximum of 12 ft·lbf), a typical HFT course is made up of 30 lanes, with each lane comprising of a peg and a metal “knock down” target placed in a position to simulate a hunting scenario. The peg marks the shooting spot and the shooter must touch the peg with part of his or her body or gun for the shot to count. Read the rest of this entry »