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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Dynamite, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. Dynamite

    Dynamite Member

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    Good day,
    I have recently started airgun shooting again as a pastime. Shot a fair bit in my teens(some time ago). How things have changed.
    Recently joined Pontefrac ARC , and practising hard. Like the idea of HFT and FT competition.
    Aiming to get ready for NEFTA HFT at York.
    Wonder if someone can advise me, as it will be my 1st comp. What time do they normally start? Are they a 'shotgun' start type comp?
    As my 1st competition, are 1st timers made welcome...
    Thanks for any advice...
     
  2. gavin hopps

    gavin hopps GP 2015 C GRADE CHAMP

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    There are 2 shoots, 1 in morning starts about 9 and 1 when that finished around 11 i think. Turn up early.
    Its everyone go to there lanes meet your shooting buddy, then when the whisle blows you start.
    First timers are welcome, if you let your shooting buddy on your lane no its your first time they will look after you snd keep you rite.
    Gav
     
  3. Dynamite

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    Hi Gavin,
    Thanks for the feedback.....
     
  4. sneaky rodent

    sneaky rodent top bombing

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    Hi daynimate

    welcome to the mad housen of ft an hft an oh wot it is lol!! As gav has seid all newcomers are made extremely wewelcome an its great to see a new shooter join us but the next time you are down at parc feel free to ask any of the lads ther an they will tell you all the info you need unfortunately i won't be ther for a few weeks otherwise id gladly meet up with you an help as much as I can

    good bombing
    andy
     
  5. Dynamite

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    Hey Sneaky Rodent,
    Thanks for the reply and friendly feedback... I have been doing quite a lot of research into the competition side of things, and can see the attraction. Quite technical, and I would imagine can become quite addictive.... :lev
     
  6. Brian.Samson

    Brian.Samson Allowed in Sales Staff Member

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  7. Dynamite

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    Thanks for that Brian. I have indeed studied your articles, and very interesting they are too. I particularly like the subject material on bracketing to estimate distance, and the changes in target sizes, to overcome this type of range finding.
    Anston is the nearest club to me, but are not accepting new members at this time.

    Rgds, Nigel....
     
  8. DEAN C.

    DEAN C. Steyr Convert

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    Hi,
    As Andy (Sneaky Rodent ) has already mentioned we have a god friendly bunch of keen HFT shooters in the Ponty club now, some actually shoot both disciplines of HFT and FT, and there are a few mixed HFT/SFT/FT shoots as well such as the Winter league.

    To be honest I rarely go to the club but do shoot most of the HFT shoots through the summer.

    I am sure that everyone will be more than helpful with you and they will take into consideration that you have not entered any comps before, but although some of us take it fairly serious :eek:, it is also a social occasion where you will get lots of advice (probably too much) :rolleyes: but just jump in and you will learn fast.

    Treat the first few shoots as a learning curve, and you will do ok.It sounds like you have already got your head around the basics but one thing I would say, is dont rely on bracketing too much to start with, just use it as a back up, and practice range finding by eye and blur to start with. There are a lot of dodgey sized targets waiting for people to fall into the trap.

    Oh and if the bug bites, then be prepared to be trying a different scope out every few months until you settle on something that suits. :eek:o What scope suits you is a lottery as there is no fixed model of scope that we all use, as everyone can get on with one scope, that others cannot see through!:eek:

    Just enjoy it.:) Good luck.
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2015
  9. Dynamite

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    Cheers Dean,
    Thanks for the advice, hopefully I'll bump into you...

    Nigel....
     

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