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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:14 pm 
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I've been researching FT quite a bit lately, I think I have a fair grasp of basic vitals, and I'm hooked. But I'm unclear on something here - so this is in fact a newbie question of sorts. Within the springer (piston) division, do they have their own completely separate category, or do they compete on even footing with other gun types in say, open, International or Hunter division?

I'm thinking (perhaps wrongly) of an archery parallel here, with recurve bows, which can vary from self-bows to gussied up Olympic Bows with optical sights. Once that happens in archery, you're Unlimited, period, and have to compete against target and 3D compounds. I seriously doubt if I'd ever compete in an unlimited class. It's just not me, as it wasn't in CF and Archery.

I've got a fridge, a deck and a new set of winter tires to purchase this year, so I can buy but one FT (or any other) gun this year. It will either be an AA200 springer or an AA PCP, and for year one at least I'll be using my Bushnell 5x15 scope unless I win a lottery. And I don't buy tickets. :mrgreen: I'm leaning to the springer, but I can be convinced. If I bought the springer, I'd then use a modified Talon for anything else until, again, I win said lottery.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:35 pm 
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As I understand the rules, the Springer (piston) class is an "Open" class, you are allowed to rangefind and use any magnification scope, custom stocks, knee risers, etc.etc., the same as in PCP Open class.... the difference being you are only shooting against other springers....

The Hunter class can be any type of gun (springer, CO2, PCP, pumpers) but the scope is limited to 16X, no rangefinding, no adjustable stocks or knee risers.... If it were ME, I'd go with a PCP in the Hunter class....

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:55 pm 
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There are actually three Divisions:
1) Open
2) WFTF/International (World Field Target Federation)
3) Hunter

In the Open and the WFTF Division there are two classes:
1) PCP
2) Piston

So, if there are enough shooters at a particular match, you could have five shooting categories:
1) Open PCP
2) Open Piston
3) WFTF/International PCP
4) WFTF/International Piston
5) Hunter

So in conclusion, in the OPEN and WFTF Divisions the PCP and Piston shooters compete again others using the same power-plant. The Hunter Division is a mix of Piston and PCP shooters, whatever they want to use but no class separations exist in Hunter Division.

For what constitutes each power plant and the rules for each Division, please read the following:
http://cafta.ftcentral.ca/media/blogs/a ... 202009.pdf

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:04 pm 
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Thanks for the info - my suspicions confirmed. I don't want to repeat my mistake with FT that I did with 10 meter target pistols, ie buying everything in sight and then getting my FWB Mod 2 and not needing anything else.

I think I'll go with your thought, Bob, and do the PCP thing. I doubt I'll shoot anything but Hunter, and a PCP would be a better choice for an only gun, I think. Cheers.


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