What is HFT
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Author:  Saxon [ Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:07 pm ]
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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.
Knockover target
The targets are mainly based on typical UK-based quarry such as rabbit, rat, crow, magpie and grey squirrel. They are made from metal and mimic their counterparts in both shape and size. Each target has a circular “kill zone” that varies in size, (typically 15-45 mm in diameter), and are set out at varying ranges (typically 8-45 yards/7.3-41.1 m). A direct hit to the “kill zone” triggers a mechanism that makes the target fall back flat, simulating a “kill”. Successfully “killing” a target rewards you with two points and the target is reset by pulling the “reset cord”. “Plating” a target (hitting the target anywhere but the “kill zone”) rewards you with one point. Missing the target altogether results in a zero.
The main skill in HFT is the ability to range the target as accurately as possible. Ranging is either done using the traditional method of “visualising” the number of yards separating you from the target or, more scientifically by using a telescopic sight fitted with a “mil-dot” reticule but also a 30/30 reticle. There is no dialing in for range finding, this is the domain of the normal Field Target discipline.
When shooting, contestants may adopt one of three stances: prone (laying down), kneeling, and standing. Sometimes contestants will be forced to adopt a certain stance, for instance a lane that has “STANDING ONLY” sign must be shot in the standing position. If the shooter fails to follow this rule, the score for the target will be marked as a zero, even if it was “killed”

A typical HFT rifle set-up consists of an air rifle fitted with a telescopic sight. The rifle can vary from the very basic break-barrel spring-powered rifle to the most advanced electronic recoil-less pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) rifle. The most popular calibre for HFT is .177 because of its flat trajectory and telescopic sights capable of x10 magnification are favored.
HFT does not discriminate to what rifle or scope is used, A rifle could be a Chinese spring or pneumatic rifle with Chinese optics or the very latest Field Target rifle with the most expensive scope.
Participants of HFT are separated by class, and it is primarily the equipment used that will affect the class shooters shoot in:

HFT Classes
Any shooter. Primarily contains shooters using pre-charged pneumatic rifles in .177 or .20 calibre
Junior Shooters aged between 9 and 16 (2 classes 9 to 13 & 14 to 16)
Spring-powered or gas-ram air rifles (any calibre)

Target “kill zones” must be 15 mm to 45 mm in diameter.
Targets must not be placed closer than 7.31m or further than 41.14m.
15 mm targets must be set at a range of between 11.89m and 22.86m.
20 mm targets must be set at a range of between 7.31m and 27.43m.
25 mm targets must be set at a range of between 7.31m and 36.57m.

Author:  Toruk [ Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:44 am ]
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A bit in the dark here! I have a Windy in 5mm. Shoots 13.73 grainers at 900 - 920fps. Can I use it for HFT? Prolly misread but saw something about 12 foot pounders somewhere.

Author:  Saxon [ Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:20 am ]
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You can go up to 14Fps, that is to make allowance for "off the shelf" rifles like Hatsan springers! As long as you don't put holes in the targets! ;)

Author:  Toruk [ Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:31 am ]
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Thnx Sax!

Author:  AGF [ Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:47 pm ]
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I have alot of guys shooting 30 and 40 ftlbs . I think we must look At an unlimited class here. Adjust targets and / or distance. What do you guys think?

Author:  Saxon [ Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:13 pm ]
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I think it is a great idea!

Author:  AGF [ Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:30 pm ]
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I think I am gonna do some prizes for the shoot , I have a STOLLIE Custom knife so far ....Image
I think I will do some others as well

Shucks I just wish I can get the dates settled with the IPSC club ....soon soon , I am just impatient

Author:  Kat [ Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:29 am ]
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Oh wow ...why does this part of the site look different from the rest ?

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