HFT Shooting Mats

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  1. Mustardman

    Mustardman Good tea, good life

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    Hello all, I'm looking to get myself a shooting mat for HFT. I've been advised the fold up type are easier to collect and put down than the roll up type, apart from that there don't seem many options.

    I've was considering the Bisley Bisley Shooting Mat or the aim mat at similar money https://www.aim-fieldsports.com/shop/range-shooting-mat/ Has anyone tried either? or perhaps is there a good mat I've missed? I'm sure either would do the job well but would appreciate anyone's experience on the matter
     
  2. philrc

    philrc New Member

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    The fold up type are easier to use. The Aim mat has a nice clear fronted pocket for your bracketing card.
    Phil
     
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  3. subaru swift

    subaru swift I don't have a solution, I just love the problem.

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    Aim, or sure shot, but whatever you get try to put a strap or even a bit of rope between the mats handles so it saves you getting muddy hands from the mat handles.
     
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  4. Mustardman

    Mustardman Good tea, good life

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    Simple, but it probably would have taken years of getting mud everywhere before I figured that out :)
     
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    Ive got a bisely, soware and another one.
    The bisely one is very heavy but doesnt soak up the rain and the faim is very thick. Its made of same stuff as bouncy castles and gets very hot in the sun, so thats my rainy mat. The other 2 are my normal mats and stay wet. Its a trade off between all if them they suit different weather conditions
     
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  6. KeithW

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    Sure Shot do one that has a waterproof base - keeps the mud out, although doesn't stop rain being absorbed from the top down! Personally I'm not keen on the ones with a clear plastic wallet on the top section - there may be a time when your elbow might slip at just the wrong time. The Sure Shot has a dimpled rubber panel at the top to help avoid slippage.
     
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  7. subaru swift

    subaru swift I don't have a solution, I just love the problem.

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    Took me a while too, but saw a few other shooters using the same trick.
     
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    Certainly the one with the "wipe clean" base, after a while water come through the seams on the other model.
     
  9. what barn door

    what barn door Now them tin chickens are going to get it....

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    I bought a new aim one and within twelve months it had split along the fold seams and soaks up water, I've bodged a repair but wouldn't get another one. I have heard good things about sure shot one and if you can find a range sports one they're very good.
     
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    I have the SureShot one with the waterproof base. Great mat for a decent price.
     
  11. Ceathreamhnan

    Ceathreamhnan WHFTA Champion 2013

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    It would be great if all and sundry could persuade Mr Rangesports to start doing them again, as imho these are the best, most usable mats for HFT.
     
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    I'm also not keen on the ones with plastic wallets in the front. Probably fine if you shoot rested on the floor, but terrible if you shoot from the shoulder. To the point i'll insist on using mine if my shooting partner for the day has one.
    Tried it once and dropped about 10 points from elbows slipping
     
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    Wait.. What! o_O No longer does mats... bummer. :eek: They were the best, nice padding, stitching good, hose down, can stand up in the shower to dry and very customiseable i have two :(
     
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    I think the owner of RS is under constrictions due to divorcing so cant get them made basically.
    The thing which makes them the most useful on an hft course is the position of the handles so they are easy to quickly cleanly pick up, most other mats don’t have this.
     
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    Custom mats and hides they was good mats sadly packed in not making no more
     
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  17. subaru swift

    subaru swift I don't have a solution, I just love the problem.

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    Agree also got one of their mats for summer use, its too nice to muddy up :D
     
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    mine is a anschutz shooting mat very thick mat does not need elbow pads not cheap ,
     
  20. Phill61

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    Some carp fishing unhooking mats are worth a look
     

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