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HFT range finding with scope parallax

Range finding by eye can be quite accurate with practice, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was a yard wide line painted on the ground right across the midpoint of the course? Well, there is! (Although its not painted on the ground). All you need to do is learn how to look for it.

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Entering your first HFT competition

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 »

Basic range finding in HFT

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 »

Zeroing your scope for all ranges

HFT zeroing targetsDeciding on a zero range for your crosshairs seems to be a question that comes up quite often from newcomers to HFT.  Firstly I don’t believe that it matters all that much, after all the crosshairs of your scope are just one aim point, once you’ve zeroed your scope for all the distances you’re going to be shooting at you’ll have aim points for every distance.  Choosing a zero range for your crosshairs is going to be a personal choice, based on personal preferences and experience, the specifics of your scope and the height it’s mounted above your barrel, choice of pellet and any number of other factors will influence the decision. Read the rest of this entry »

Combined clubs cup challenge qualifier

Anston ftc will be running the second of 3 qualifiers to sort our clubs own teams out for the above competition this sunday .31st july . all welcome !

The 3rd qualifiing round is to take place on 25th sep , & the finals day , where all club teams come together & are drawn out in a head to head style knockout competition will be on the 9th october at anston .

It is up to each club how they pick their own teams but if any one wants to pop down for a spot of practice over this different format or is curious as to what its all about , then come along & have a look .

Gate will be open from 8.00 am & the course will be ready 9 ish .

Remember , this year each team is to consist of 2x ft & 2x hfters .

Cheers calps

The basic HFT rested prone position

Hand gripAs 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 »

Anston caps and polo t-shirts

I have ordered some more Anston caps and they will be here in about 10 days

They will be £7 each and if anyone wants one please let me know

ALSO

They will do polo t shirts and if they are kept basic with just the anston logo on the left side of the chest, they will sell for around £12.50 each depending on postage. If anyone is interested in one of these please let me know too.

The deadline for ordering polo shirts is 21st May as these will be ordered individually.

Thanks Paula

Breathing, Trigger control and follow through

Correct trigger finger position - Finger movement is down the centre line of the rifleBreathing, 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.

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New HFT Training manual

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.

NEFTA Hunter 2011 Round 1 10th April

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.

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