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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 2:46 pm 
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Our next shoot (and last of 2012) will be Sunday, November 11th. If you haven't been out to a shoot yet and don't have a rifle, come out anyway and borrow a gun. It is likely to be about zero first thing in the morning and should warm up to 5-7 degrees, so dress accordingly. Before complaining about that being too cold check out some videos of British competitions where it's pouring, blowing a gale and cold!

We will start setting up at 9:00, do some sighting in and try to start the 'match' around 10:30. We'll be there 2-3 hours. Please read the safety rules at the bottom of this email.

I just got back from Bogota. Here's how they do FT - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sib0FI7xhdw I especially like the poor man's closeup with the photographer walking downrange to stand next to the target while it is being shot!

We will have some more targets so we'll have 10 lanes with a total of 60 shots and we will toss in a standing and a kneeling lane. If you're bringing targets, please have them freshly painted and if they are the Air Arms ones make sure the sensitivity adjustment bolt isn't catching on the edge of the KZ.

In addition to your gun and pellets please bring along a pen, clipboard and something to sit on (cushion or pad, not a chair) for the many seated shots. If you want to do sighting in please bring along a carton with targets attached. If you cut a couple of holes in the carton on one side near the bottom, you can run a string through the holes and then pull the target closer to you to check your elevation settings without needing a cease fire for everyone.

There will be a couple of airguns that people can borrow, and there will be a couple of 'real' FT rifles for people to check out.

If you are bringing a PAL gun with you, remember your firearms licence.

I have added yet a few more hopefully helpful links to the page at http://www.firearmstraining.ca/ft.html

The location is about six minutes south east of the Limoges exit on the 417 or south west of the Casselman exit. This is at the large acreage (open farm land with lots of wind to keep bugs away) of one the local airgun shooters. Email me for a map link.

GENERAL GUN HANDLING SAFETY

- NEVER point your gun at anyone and ALWAYS treat your gun as being loaded at ALL times.

- ALWAYS be aware of where your muzzle is pointing, if you have difficulty getting up from a prone shot without waving your gun around, please ask another member of your group to help you.

- If you have a magazine fed rifle, please remove the magazine between shooting pegs/lanes.

- If you have a Break Barrel rifle, please break the barrel to show it’s safe. Similarly if you have an underlever rifle, please crack the underlever while carrying the gun.

- Please do NOT rest your muzzle on your foot and please don’t carry your gun using the scope as a carry handle.

- Do not load your rifle or even look through the scope ANYWHERE except across a designated firing line – that means the Zero Range OR the Course and nowhere else.

- Most importantly, if you see someone being unsafe, politely point it out to them. THOSE WHO CANNOT SAFELY HANDLE FIREARMS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.

- While you’re shooting the course, we operate a BUDDY MARSHALLING system. That means that everyone on the course is a safety marshal, not just the people wandering around with florescent jackets on.

- it’s YOUR responsibility to make sure that everyone in your group stays safe.

- If you’re in ANY doubt at all, please ask one of the roving Marshals.

STOPPAGES

- If you hear a SINGLE blast on a whistle or air horn it means CEASE FIRE immediately. If you have a loaded gun, please point it at soft ground across the firing line and discharge it safely into the ground.

- Remember, We’re ALL responsible for safety, so please make sure that everyone in your group is aware of a cease fire and that the groups to your left and right are also aware.

- While a cease fire is on, please DO NOT look through your scope or shoulder your rifle for ANY reason.

- Two blasts of a whistle or horn mean that it’s safe to continue – Again, make sure everyone in your group and in the groups around you are aware of this.

- DO NOT Under any circumstances cross a firing line – if there is a problem, find a roving marshal and tell them what the problem is, they’ll be happy to help you.

- If you’re a spectator, please have consideration for those shooting the competition, and please do not approach or distract shooters while they’re taking a shot.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:02 pm 
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Doh, first one I'll be missing of this year - and the last one at that!
Going to a cottage we rented for the weekend... I'll be bringing my rifle there, so I'll shoot with you guys in spirit! :)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:46 pm 
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Bowzer, I believe missing a FT shoot is an automatic fail on the PAL course!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:56 pm 
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BJP wrote:
Bowzer, I believe missing a FT shoot is an automatic fail on the PAL course!


Way to state the obvious BJP!!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:02 pm 
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I will be there with Alain from Laval and Frank from Hawksbury, see you there.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:30 am 
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Now we've got a forecast high of 14 for Sunday and no rain! That's the way to close out the season.

Some thoughts for next year:

Add a stopwatch to your Christmas list as we should start following the time limits in 2013 (i.e. 1 minute setup per lane and then 1 minute per shot).
I'll start breaking scores by Open/WFTF categories so give some thought to in which division(s) you want to shoot.
Match prizes/awards. I'm not much for medals so if people are interested in more formal recognition, we're going to need someone to take the lead on getting that sorted out. Also if we're going to give things out we'll need to charge match fees to cover the costs.

Schedule for 2013:

July 12-14 Crosman Northest Regional Field Target Championship - Bloomfield NY

July 27 & 28 Canadian National Championships CAFTA - Port Colbourne, Ontario

Aug 30 - Sept 1 World Field Target Championships - Ebern, Germany

October 11-13 AAFTA Nationals @ Yegua Airguns - Somerville, Texas

November 10th New York State Championship (50 shots) - Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

We will not have shoots on any of these dates. The July matches are ones BJP and I will definitely be attending. It would be good to see more of our regulars travel to these matches as they're not that far and it's cool to see top competitors and their gear in action.

We'll try to give 3 weeks notice for our matches in 2013.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:03 pm 
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Well, yesterday morning's forecast was a bit off. We started setup with 2 degrees and rain. The targets that seemed so far away when we were cold and wet seemed awfully close when we were ready to start the match after the sun came out and the temperature climbed a few degrees. The degree of difficulty was pretty low with the farthest targets only 40 yards away. There were a few reduced KZs and a standing and a kneeling lane to keep it from being too relaxing. Between hunting season, health issues and devastation over news of Justin Beiber and Selina Gomez breaking up, we were short a few of our regulars but eight hardy souls braved the conditions.

Scores out of 60
54 Dave B. WFTF PCP
52 Brian Hunter PCP
47 Frank Open PCP
42 John R. WFTF Springer
33 James WFTF Springer
33 John B. WFTF Springer
20 Dave M. WFTF Springer
4 Alain WFTF Springer

The new vulture target wasn't properly set up, so if your score went up it was because of "misses" you had on Lane 5, Target 1 being changed to hits after that target was protested.

BJP and I spent much of the match tied and it was only on the final lane that the tie was broken with the 40 yard target being the decider. I suspect BJP will have his new scope set up all the way to 55 yards by next spring!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:17 pm 
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Thanks for a great time guys, my first time in over 20 years shooting. Special Thanks to John for showing me the ropes. Can't wait until next time.

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not to be confused with Dave from Ottawa

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:34 pm 
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dhb wrote:
Well, yesterday morning's forecast was a bit off. We started setup with 2 degrees and rain. The targets that seemed so far away when we were cold and wet seemed awfully close when we were ready to start the match after the sun came out and the temperature climbed a few degrees. The degree of difficulty was pretty low with the farthest targets only 40 yards away. There were a few reduced KZs and a standing and a kneeling lane to keep it from being too relaxing. Between hunting season, health issues and devastation over news of Justin Beiber and Selina Gomez breaking up, we were short a few of our regulars but eight hardy souls braved the conditions.

Scores out of 60
54 Dave B. WFTF PCP
52 Brian Hunter PCP
47 Frank Open PCP
42 John R. WFTF Springer
33 James WFTF Springer
33 John B. WFTF Springer
20 Dave M. WFTF Springer
4 Alain WFTF Springer

The new vulture target wasn't properly set up, so if your score went up it was because of "misses" you had on Lane 5, Target 1 being changed to hits after that target was protested.

BJP and I spent much of the match tied and it was only on the final lane that the tie was broken with the 40 yard target being the decider. I suspect BJP will have his new scope set up all the way to 55 yards by next spring!


I guess I will have to practice like dhb to be competitive next year. I didn't think it was going to be hard to be there and watch but I was wrong. Not being able to participate in something you like was very hard. I'm also still in shock over the Beebs break up.

How much power does BJP have to get us indoor in a range for the winter?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:17 pm 
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Hi, would anyone know if there is a FT club west of Ottawa? I am near Smiths Falls and would like to get in to FT.
Roland
actually my email is: nboairguns@hotmail.com


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:01 am 
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Where we shoot is about an hour's drive from Smith Falls. At present we're the only ones doing FT in Eastern Ontario.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:43 am 
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Thanks for the info dhb,
It is a small world, I used to teach the CFSC and the HSC back in Saskatchewan. I am semi-retired, I used to be very active in the PPC competition circuit for years but not any more. I love air guns and shooting and have the time to get more involved in it. Do you have an actual FT club going or are you still working on it? Also where do you get your FT targets from? I was thinking about making my own but I am not sure if it is worth it cost wise.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:54 am 
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We have a club going now :)

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It's an informal 'club'. We're using the property of one of the guys for our shoots.

We started with a couple of Gamo tagets and some Air Arms ones from Airgun Source. Now I also have ten Rhino Targets and have brought in a bunch of Gamo ones for the guys that were purchased on sale from Amazon or Pyramid Air and picked up in NY.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:35 am 
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Thanks for the info, I have 35 acres and was thinking about setting up a course if the cost is reasonable. I may also make a few targets myself to see if it is worth it rather than buying. Any one tried to make their own already?


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