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 Post subject: CAFTA Shooting Rules
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:24 pm 
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Shoot Rules

Canadian Airgun Field Target Association

CAFTA


1) Air gun
A) Any safe air gun, of any configuration, shooting a single pellet.

B) Any air gun declared unsafe to people and/or property, including targets, by the match director, will be barred from use in the match.

C) In the event of a broken air gun, the Match Director may allow repairs to be done without penalty. If a replacement air gun can be found, the competitor may continue with the approval of the Match Director.

2) Sights
A) Any form of sighting system may be used in all Divisions and Limited Sub-divisions subject to the provisions in sub-section, B). Turret clicking, all types of reticules, and focusing (for a sharp image) are specifically allowed in all Divisions and their Limited Sub-divisions.

B) Optical sights may not be set higher than fifteen (15) times magnification at any time in the Hunter Division, only. All distance markings must be covered in the Hunter Division, only.

3) Ammunition
A) Any design of pellet that is completely constructed of lead, zinc, or their alloys, may be used.

4) Shooting Equipment and Accessories
A) Bum bags and cushions are allowed to be used by all competitors, provided they are not higher than 6” (15cm). All competitors may use a shooting mat to keep their clothes from getting dirty or wet.

B) Portable seats, which are 18” (460cm) or less in height, will be allowed in the PCP, Piston, and Hunter Divisions, provided that they do not have a backrest. Portable seats will be allowed in the Limited Sub-divisions of the PCP and Piston Division provided they are not higher than 6” (15cm) and do not have a backrest. Portable seats may not be used as an air gun support in PCP Limited, Piston Limited, and the Hunter Division.

C) Straps or harnesses, that improve a shooter’s position, will be allowed in the PCP and Piston Divisions. These will not be allowed in PCP Limited, Piston Limited, and the Hunter Division.

D) Kneepads and elbow pads are allowed in the PCP and Piston Divisions, and their Limited Sub-divisions, only. These are not allowed in the Hunter Division.

E) Separate and/or adjustable knee risers will be allowed in the PCP and Piston Divisions, and their Limited Sub-divisions, only. These will not be allowed in the Hunter Division.

F) Traditional rifle slings will be allowed in all Divisions and Sub-divisions. Traditional rifle slings have two attachment points on an air gun. Single point rifle slings are allowed in the PCP and Piston Divisions and their Limited Sub-divisions, only. Single point slings are not allowed in the Hunter Division.

G) Bipods, crossed sticks, and monopods will be allowed in the PCP and Piston Divisions. These will not be allowed in PCP Limited, Piston Limited, and the Hunter Division.

H) Match style butt hooks will be allowed in the PCP and Piston Divisions, and their Limited Sub-divisions, only. These will not be allowed in the Hunter Division. Adjustable butt pads or plates will be allowed in all Divisions and Limited Sub-divisions.

I) Rifle mounted wind indicators are allowed in all Divisions and Sub-divisions. Handheld wind indicators are allowed in the PCP and Piston Divisions but are not allowed in PCP Limited, Piston Limited, and the Hunter Division.

J) Separate sighting or range finding systems, will be allowed in the PCP and Piston Divisions. These will not be allowed in PCP Limited, Piston Limited, and the Hunter Division.

K) All forms of clothing, hats, shoes, boots, and gloves are allowed for all competitors in all Divisions and their Limited Sub-divisions, regardless of their style of shooting.

L) Any item not listed in Sections A to J, above, will not be allowed.

M) See Division Rules for any further allowances or restrictions.

5) Targets
A) Silhouette-style targets, having a circular kill zone through the faceplate that the pellet must pass through, consequently striking the trip paddle with sufficient energy to cause the target to fall, will be used. Targets will be re-settable from the firing point and generally resemble typical air gun quarry, but geometric designs may also be used.

B) Targets should not be closer than 10 yards, nor should they be further away than 55 yards, from the firing point.

C) The Match Director should insure that all shooting lanes and physical limits of the firing points are clearly defined.

D) A clear and unobstructed view of the kill zone must be afforded to all competitors from the shooting position for that target.

E) Shooters may reset their own targets once the scorer gives them permission

6) Scoring
A) Scoring will be done on the basis of one (1) point for each “hit” and zero (0) for each “miss”. A hit will be awarded when the target falls.

B) Any movement of the kill zone paddle, which does not result in the target faceplate falling, will be recorded as a “miss”.

C) For the Hunter Division, two (2) points will be scored for a knockdown, one (1) point for a hit on the target, and a zero (0) for a complete “miss” of the target.

D) A discharge into the ground, without first announcing one’s intention to deliberately discharge the gun in such a fashion, shall be recorded as a “miss”.

E) If a gun discharges due to a malfunction of the gun, the shooter will complete the lane, but the incident will be recorded and reported to the match director, who will make a decision on how to score the lane.

7) Shooting Position
A) Any shooting position is allowed, but some lanes may be set up for a forced position, such as standing, kneeling, or prone. Bum bags, cushions, and shooting mats may be used to protect the shooters clothing from the ground.

B) Kneeling shall be defined as one knee and both feet in contact with the ground. The air gun will be supported by the shooter and by no other means, other than traditional rifle slings or single point rifle slings, which may be used according to Division and Sub-division rules. The leading hand may not be supported in any way. A bum bag or cushion may be used as a support for the kneeling leg and ankle and/or to protect the knee from the ground. This is also a safety issue to protect the shooter’s knee from stones or sharp objects that may be in the ground. A shooting mat may be used for the same purpose.

C) Standing shall be defined as standing upright. The air gun will be supported by the shooter and by no other means, other than traditional rifle slings or single point rifle slings, which may be used according to Division and Sub-division rules.

D) Prone shall be defined as the shooter lying on the ground. The air gun will be supported by the shooter and by no other means, other than traditional rifle slings or single point rifle slings, which may be used in accordance with Division or Sub-division rules. No support may be used from the ground to the shooter or rifle, unless allowed in the Division or Sub-division rules. The shooter may use a shooting mat to protect their clothing from getting dirty or wet.

E) If a shooter is unable to take a forced shooting position for any valid reason, the Match Director may allow the shots to be taken from any other forced position in lieu of requirement, or if unable to do so, from their normal shooting position, with no penalty given the shooter.

F) When a shooter is not in a forced position, natural support may be gained from the course, such as resting on logs or branches at the shooting position, unless Division or Sub-division rules prohibit its use.

8) Disputed Scores
A) Any challenge to a target, must be recorded on the score sheet, before leaving that lane.

9) Penalties
A) The penalty for a deliberate infraction of the Shoot Rules, unsafe gun handling, unsafe practices, unsportsmanlike conduct, or any form of cheating, is disqualification from the Match.

10) Target Sequence
A) The Match Director may designate a sequence for shooting targets, by number, shooting left to right, nearest to farthest, etc.

B) If there are multiple targets on a lane, the shooter must declare the order in which he/she is planning to shoot them, if there is no suggested order.

C) If it is not clear from the shooter’s position which target is near, far, left, or right, the shooter must declare the shooting order they will use before beginning the shot sequence on the target they will engage first.

D) Once order is understood, a target shot out of order will be recorded as a miss for the target that should have been shot.

11) Time Per Shot
A) The Match Director may impose a time limit per lane or per target before a match begins or if a match is being unduly held up by an individual or group of shooters.

B) Timing may start when the airgun is shouldered, when the shooter enters the lane, when the shooter looks through the scope, or as specified by the Match Director.

C) Shots not executed within the time limit will be recorded as misses.

12) Tied Scores
A) In the event of two or more shooters tying for an award, a shoot-off or other tie breaking system will take place as decided by the Match Director.

13) Match Director
A) Any matter, not covered by these rules, will be the decision of the Match Director, and that decision will be final.


Classification Rules

PCP Division
A) Any PCP air gun, with any sight. Includes those powered by Co2, single stroke pneumatic, and multi-stoke pneumatic.

Sub-division
PCP Limited
A) Any PCP air gun, with any sight. Includes those powered by Co2, single stroke pneumatic, and multi-stoke pneumatic.

B) Shooters may not use natural support from the ground or course (such as from trees, tree branches, fallen logs, etc.).

C) Portable seats will not be allowed if they are higher than 6” (15cm) or have a backrest. Seats or cushions of any kind may not be used, as a rest, to support the rifle.

D) Straps or harnesses may not be used to enhance the shooter’s position.

E) Bipods, crossed sticks, and monopods will not be allowed.

F) Handheld wind indicators are not allowed.

G) Separate sighting or range finding systems will not be allowed.

Piston Division
A) Any Piston gun, with any sight.

Sub-Division
Piston Limited
A) Any Piston gun with any sight.

B) Shooters may not use natural support from the ground or course (such as from trees, tree branches, fallen logs, etc.).

C) Portable seats will not be allowed if they are higher than 6” (15cm) or have a backrest. Seats, bum bags, or cushions may not be used, as a rest, to support the rifle.

D) Straps or harnesses may not be used to enhance the shooter’s position.

E) Bipods, crossed sticks, and monopods will not be allowed.

F) Handheld wind indicators are not allowed.

G) Separate sighting or range finding systems will not be allowed.

Hunter Division
A) Any air gun design, with any sight, but with optics subject to restrictions in sub-section C. Match air guns may be used, but must have all adjustable parts at their minimum placement. The exception to that will be for the length of pull of the stock.

B) Seats, bum bags, or cushions may not be used, as a rest, to support the rifle.

C) Optical sights may not be set higher than 15 times magnification. Clicks may be used on the turrets and focusing is allowed to obtain a sharp image. All distance markings must be covered. Any reticule is allowed.

D) Single point slings are not permitted.

E) Match style butt hooks will not be allowed.

F) Kneepads and elbow pads may not be used to support the air gun.

G) Handheld wind indicators are not allowed.

H) Knee risers, either attached to the rifle, or held separately, will not be allowed.

I) Straps and harnesses that improve the shooter’s position will not be allowed.

J) Separate sighting or range finders systems will not be allowed.

k) Bipods, crossed sticks, or monopods may not be used.

Additional Classes
A) If there are enough shooters to justify another class within each Division, the Match Director may provide an additional class. Above classes may be subdivided, such as A & B or A, B & C. Shooters usually qualify for classes based on their first day or first round scores. Each class would then be awarded prizes.

B) Air guns that are classified in one Division will not compete for awards in any other Division.

C) If there are not enough competitors for awards in a Sub-class, the competitor will still be welcomed to shoot, and may be eligible for High Division awards if there are enough shooters to have the awards.

D) If a shooter is high shooter in their Sub-class and also high shooter in their Division, they are eligible for both awards.

World Championship Match
Should CAFTA apply to the WFTF to host a World Championship match, the WFTF Core Rules will be used as the Shoot Rules for the Championship, augmented by CAFTA rules that are not in conflict with the Core Rules. World Safety rules will apply unless they conflict with the Hosting Club, in which case, the Hosting Clubs’ safety rules will take priority over all. Air guns will follow the guidelines of the WFTF with the power to not exceed 12-foot pounds energy at the muzzle, with pellets that the competitor shoots in the match. Matters that are not covered in the Core Rules will be covered by CAFTA rules, and for those matters not covered in all rules, the match Director’s decision will be final.

Revised Jan 31, 2008 16:03


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