FT or HFT by Roger Barrow
What's all that about then?
FT and HFT are simply different 'codes' of air gun shooting. Both share many, many common features but each has some important distinct aspects. Think Rugby League and Rugby Union and you'll get the idea.
Just as Proper Rugby and
Rugby Union share many features (posts, the ball etc) so HFT and FT have
many common features as well as key differences.
HFT – Hunter Field
FT – Field Target
Which is best?
A bit like the two codes
of rugby each discipline has its passionate advocates who will maintain
their sport is far better than the other. At the end of the day it's a
matter of personal choice.
HFT is designed to
closely mirror air gun hunting scenarios and requires more judgment by
eye. Due to the prone position there's a greater chance of getting muddy
– thus competitors tend to wear 'camo' clothing. HFT is also more
accessible - i.e. a respectable score is possible with virtually any
standard of air rifle of any calibre, although the leading shooters all
FT is more technical and
demands a minimum standard of gun and scope to compete effectively. In
view of the greater distances involved all shooters use .177 calibre
rifles and to facilitate range finding larger, more expensive, scopes with
large side wheels are favoured. As competitors tend not to use the prone
position and don't get muddy they are more likely to wear specialist
shooting jackets etc.
Both disciplines feature
in club competitions, regional competitions and national series. Trying
both at club level and deciding which is best for you is the only way for
you to settle the argument – whichever you chose, practice is more
important than what you use to compete.