What is Field Target?
Field Target (FT) has been described as being the "Formula One" of air gunning. Field Target is a sport that started in Great Britain in the early 1980's. It was originally intended to be a form of "simulated hunting" where competitors could not only hone their shooting skills but also compete on a friendly basis with other like-minded individuals. It is a sport that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Field Target is all about shooting at metal targets, shaped like some of the most common vermin species to be found in the world. Targets are usually represented by life-size silhouettes of Rats, Rabbits, Squirrels, Crows, Bats and Pigeons.
Each target has a hole that's normally 40mm in diameter. The objective is to shoot a pellet into that 40mm hole at varying distances between 10 and 50 meters. Just to make life difficult for the shooter, the range to the target has to be worked out at the firing line, as none of the distances are known in advance and he/she need to compensate for nature elements, like the wind, as well. To further complicate matters, the "kill-zone" on a target can be smaller... Usually 25mm or in some instances the area to be hit can be as small as 15mm.
When a pellet is fired correctly, it will strike a plate behind the target causing it to fall over. If it doesn't, then the target is deemed to be missed. If the target falls, a point is scored. Once hit, the target is simply reset by pulling on a string that’s wound out to the firing point.
If this is the type of sport that you will enjoy, please feel free to contact us or join us at one of our next shooting events.