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What is FT?
The objective of FT is pretty simple, there are metal targets between 25mm and 40mm diameter which you have to shoot. Specific rules vary depending on the type of event, but typically:
40 - 50 targets per course
20 - 25 firing points known as gates
Between the gate and the target is known as a lane
Each gate has 2 targets, with a 2 minute time limit
Only 1 shot per target
There is no restriction to where targets can be placed, some are at eye level and others may be up a tree, but they must be between 8 and 55 yards from the gate and not be obscured in any way. Most of the targets are 40mm diameter but ones closer than 35yards can be as small as 25mm, these are called 'reducers' or 'mini kills'. The targets are numbered and must be shot in order, hitting a target out of sequence counts as a miss. Most of the targets are shot from a sitting position on a bean bag, but up to 10% can be compulsory standing with another 10% kneelers and all shots must be taken without any additional support.
2006 saw the introduction of a new sporting class which will allow most rifles to shoot competitively with low magnification scopes (maximum of 12x). This allows many air rifle shooters to compete in the GP series without having to upgrade their equipment to become competitive. Any sub 12ft/lb rifle can be used but the scope cannot be adjusted once you look through it. Before starting you can adjust any aspect of the set up, so you can change the focus, the turret settings and the magnification, but both of the targets in that lane must be shot with the same settings. At the next lane you can re-adjust before you look through it. Scoring is the same as FT.
Being an outdoors sport, weather plays a big part as we shoot regardless of wind, rain or snow. These conditions really make life much harder, so to add some kind of consistency the highest score of the day is awarded 100% and all other scores are graded as a percentage of the best score. So on a really windy day the best score may only be 20 out of a potential 40. This now becomes the benchmark scoring 100%, so another competitors score of 10 is awarded 50%, and 5 would be 25%.
At the end of the season, all BFTA members are graded based on their average.
An average of over 80% gets you a AA grade
70% is an A grade
55% is a B grade
everyone else is C grade
What's the difference between FT and HFT?
In the UK there are 3 main types of competitive air rifle, 10 metre, Hunter Field Target (HFT) and Field Target (FT). 10m shooting is a highly technical indoors sport and apart from using an air rifle shares no other real similarity to either HFT or FT. There is an excellent club near Fareham that caters for 10m rifle and air pistol that has both national and international champions as members, regrettably we do not have the facilities to cater for this specialist sport. The basics of HFT and FT are very similar and an outline of the key differences can be found on the guide to HFT page. Essentially HFT is designed to allow competition with pretty much any air rifle and scope and uses more general purpose equipment, although it's becoming common to spend more on HFT kit than FT equipment. The distances are shorter and number of targets fewer. Bean bags are not permitted and scoring is different from FT.