HFT Hunter Field Target
Hunter Field Target (HFT)
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 consisting 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.
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. Once the shooter starts the course he/she cannot 'touch' his scope i.e. change magnification, change parralax setting, change turrets. All assests such as windicators and bipods which exist in other target shooting disciplines are banned.
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"
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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 favoured.
I personally compete in HFT in Daystate Midlands Hunter Field target at various courses including The Greyhound Airgun Club, Sutton Stop, Coventry & Purley Chase ARC, Atherstone. The equipment I use is a padded shooting mat for prone shots, I do use a shooting cushion this is used for kneeling shots due to an old football injury. Most other shooters do the same or wear knee pads. I use a cushion aswell to rest my gun on whilst waiting. Other equipment I would recommend are a pellet pouch one you wear around your neck flat one so it doesn't get in way of prone shots. A shooting glove does also come in handy I use as it acts as protection against the post so my fancy walnut stock doesn't get scuffed!! It also can help as a cushion for your gun to rest on. A empty DVD case helps keep your scorecard in and your pen.
My HFT equipment are
A scope capable upto 10x Mag (I use a Hawke Sidewinder Tac 30 10x42, Hawke Sidewinder Tac30 4.5-14x38, MTC Viper 10x44 and a Bushnell Legend 5-15x40 all great scopes my main scope is the Hawke Sidewinder Tac 30 10x42)
Shooting Mat see link http://www.solware.co.uk/garden-outdoors/Roll-Up-Camping-Mat.shtml
Shooting cushion http://www.solware.co.uk/air-pistol-air-rifle/shooting-cushion.shtml
Shooting Glove http://www.solware.co.uk/shotgun-accessories/Realtree-Camo-Design-Pair-Gloves.shtml we will list more very shortly inc Anschutz
Knee Pads http://www.solware.co.uk/bb-guns/Viper-Knee-Pads.shtml
Flat Pellet Pouch http://www.solware.co.uk/air-pistol-air-rifle/pellet-pouches.shtml
DVD Case and pen (Just use from one of your old DVD's you never watched like Xmas Special of Eldorado or your copy of Debbie does Dallas under the bed! lol)
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:
The competition side of HFT has a controlling body in the form of the United Kingdom Association for Hunter Field Target (UKAHFT). The UKAHFT series that has run every year since 2003 currently consists of nine rounds held at different venues around the United Kingdom. Each round attracts around 200 shooters from all over the country, with varying abilities and equipment.
When a club hosts a UKAHFT round, it must adhere to various strict rules controlling the format of the course. The main rules for a UKAHFT round are:
- Target "kill zones" must be 15 mm to 45 mm in diameter.
- Targets must not be places closer than 8 yards (7 m) or further than 45 yards (41 m).
- 15 mm targets must be set at a range of between 13 and 25 yards (23 m).
- 20 mm targets must be set at a range of between 8 and 30 yards (30 m).
- 25 mm targets must be set at a range of between 8 and 35 yards (32 m).
Rules may change from time to time and maybe reviewed on the ukahft.co.uk series website the rules will also be available on the ukahft.org website from 2008. If you require information to where you can shoot to this discipline then follow the external links below, the .org.uk site has a clubfinder that will highlight the UKAHFT affiliated Airgun Clubs in your area, these are clubs that adhere to the UKAHFT rules.