Hunter Field Target
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Hunter field target (HFT) is a target shooting sport derived from air gun hunting shooting disciplines. Mainly an outdoor sport, practiced with air rifles equipped with optics. The rifles have a maximum energy of 12 foot pounds (16.3 joules). The Hunter Field Target can be defined as a traveling hunting simulation. A typical HFT path consists of a minimum of 30 targets, a maximum of 40, placed at unknown distances to the shooter, distances from 8 meters to 43 meters, 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 point of fire and the shooter must touch the peg with part of his body or rifle for firing.
There is a shooting time that starts as soon as the shooter arrives at the peg.
The shooter from the beginning of a competition can not interact with the technology at his disposal, he can not change the zoom of the scope, change the swing and drift and also can not use tools to detect the angle of the site or the distance of the targets . There are 3 official shooting positions in the Hunter Field Target:
- 1 STANDING POSITION
- 2 KNEALING POSITION - 3 PRON POSITION
Hunter Field Target is normally practiced in wooded areas or open countryside with any weather conditions.
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.
Participants in HFT may compete in different categories, such as Recoiling, Open and .22. and there are different categories for children and young people.
|Open||Any shooter. Primarily contains shooters using pre-charged pneumatic rifles in .177 or .22 calibre|
|Junior||Shooters aged between 9 and 16 (2 classes 9 to 13 & 14 to 16)|
|Recoiling||Spring-powered or gas-ram air rifles (any calibre)|
|22||Any rifle in .22 or .25 calibre|
- WHFTO - World Hunter Field Target Organisation - international organisation for HFT cooperation between countries
- Official UKAHFT and WHFTA Forums
- SAFTA Slovak Airgun Field Target Association - cares also for HFT
- PFTA Polish Field Target Association - cares also for HFT
- CAFTA Czech Airgun Field Target Association - cares also for HFT
- DFTA Dutch Field Target Association - cares also for HFT