Is this the birth of Field Target?

Discussion in 'Hunter (HFT) & Field Target (FT)' started by Mattdale, Sep 10, 2018.

  1. Nomads HFT

    Nomads HFT Active Member

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    The targets at Stour Vale were resettable and the first true tin chickens, as far as I'm aware, though the Welhams weren't far behind. We finished making the last few at Ivan Hancock's, because he was the only one with an arc welder, and they made their debut on the woodland course, more HFT than FT.

    Richard North and Steve Pope were indeed juniors. I remember helping young Richard zero his first scope.

    Happy days!
     
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  2. Mr H.

    Mr H. I am not even a number.

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    Got a feeling this was when the HW77 1st came out. So about 1984?
    Mad rush to get the 1st "tuned" 77's on the market with wins at events.

    Anyway a couple more blasts from the past.

    Roger Dunn - Chairman of Stourvale Woodsmen (left)
    and
    Harry North - Richard North's Father. (right) - He was a true gentleman.
    Early FT008.jpg Early FT007.jpg

    Mark.
     
  3. Nomads HFT

    Nomads HFT Active Member

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    The HW77 first appeared in the UK at a trade show in West London 1983, Mark, but the Stour Vale tin chickens appeared well before that.

    I have a tankard, presented to me as founder of the club, and it's dated 1981, so that's probably the year we started.
     
  4. Mr H.

    Mr H. I am not even a number.

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    Good old days eh!

    I could be totally wrong with the name of this shooter but I think this was Des Edwards
    Early FT009.jpg
     

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