2023 FT Event Dates
All dates are on a Sunday, unless otherwise noted.
Our shooting dates are also posted to the Minutemen League calendar. Check the calendar if you are interested in other Field Target events in the Northeast US.
For info about Airgun Field Target at Palmyra Sportsmen's Assoc, contact Rod Beyerle via email at email@example.com
Field Target Event Format
We hold one AAFTA match in August that follows a shotgun start with the intent that all competitors shoot all lanes and targets (60 shot course). A match bulletin will be posted for this match with the scheduled start time.
Otherwise, our club events are meant to be accessible to new shooters yet challenging to veteran competitors. There is no single scheduled start time for our club events, you can start shooting a course when you show up. Most of the experienced shooters will choose to arrive near the earliest start time, and will choose to shoot the full 60 shot course.
Our format is 3 separate 5 lane loops or mini-courses. Someone can shoot all 3 loops for a unique 60 shot match course, or can choose to shoot any combination of loops, or shoot the same loop multiple times. A loop consists of 5 lanes with 2 targets per lane shooting 2 shots per target for a total of 20 shots per loop. There will always be a loop on our rifle range, which is friendly for those that do not want to walk on terrain. Each loop will also have one lane with a forced position (standing or kneeling).
We will post scores for each loop, and for those that shoot all 3 courses, we will post a 60-shot aggregate score. Scores are posted to the airgunnation and airgunwarriors forums.
We will be open for sign-ups between 9AM - Noon. Cost is $5 per loop. Sign-up and sight in range is at our Competition Rifle Range.
We shoot rain or shine. Our range loop is on a covered range, and if we expect rain, all loops may be on a covered range.
Indoor Field Target
During the winter months we run indoor field target. Targets are placed at ranges between 10 yards and 22 yards. This event is a great way to get introduced to field target, have fun, or practice for the upcoming outdoor season.
Targets will be set to a legal difficulty if shooting from the standing position. You are not required to shoot the standing position, but for those that want the practice, we encourage you to shoot the entire course standing. Other ways you may want to shoot this course is using guns suited for shorter distances, such as a multi-pump pellet gun (no BBs) or pistols. There are no position restrictions for this event, shoot whatever positions you feel comfortable.
The course will be 5 lanes with two targets per lane, 2 shots per target. Course is set by rifle difficulty, but you can shoot with pistol.
We will be open for sign-ups between 9AM and 1PM. Cost is $5 per round, you can re-enter as many times as time allows. This event is held in our clubhouse on our indoor rifle range.
What is Airgun Field Target (FT)?
The premise is simple enough - guess the distance to the target, guess what the wind is doing, take your shot and hope the target falls so you get a point. Anyone who tells you this game is easy is just wrong - simple...yes, easy...no.
There are many facets to field target that require your equipment, mind, body, and soul to be ready. But in the end it's all about having a great day shooting with your field target friends, sharing stories, laughing, teasing, poking, prodding, and, oh yeah, shooting.
The targets are reactive silhouettes of typical small-game quarry that fall when hit in the hit-zone. Scoring is simple: one point for each hit and a zero for each miss. For air rifles, the targets are placed between 10 and 55 yards, with hit-zones ranging between 3/8” and 2” in diameter.
At Palmyra, we are interested in supporting all aspects of the Field Target game, but will also be mostly focused on introducing this game to new shooters. We encourage you to bring out your kids and try shooting under the hunters division ruleset.
Learn more at http://www.aafta.org/
Equipment (What to Bring)
There are two ways you can shoot this game, hunter division or WFTF/Open division. If you are new to this game, we recommend you start shooting hunter division.
Assuming you are shooting the hunter division, you will need an air rifle that shoots with less than 20 fpe (foot-pounds of energy). Generally this is any .177 caliber rifle, and some .22 caliber rifles that have been tuned to under 20 fpe.
You will want a scope on the rifle. Current rules state the scope should be set at a maximum of 16x power. If your scope is more powerful than 16x, you will need to set it to a marking of 16x or lower.
You can use a bucket or stool to sit on. The seat should not have a back or arms. You can also use shooting sticks/bog sticks to support the gun while shooting. The shooting sticks must have no more than two legs, and must not be attached to the gun.
You will be asked to shoot the standing and/or kneeling positions. You can legally shoot standing in lieu of kneeling. If you are shooting our informal events, you can shoot sitting, but mark it one your score card indicating you did not follow the forced position requirement.
For any rules clarifications and information about other divisions, check out the AAFTA rules at www.aafta.org
We have been asked many times how to get started in air gun shooting. There are many options on the market, and it can be difficult to determine exactly what is going to work the best for the money spent. If you are intending to shoot AAFTA style field target, the preferred caliber is .177. Although .20 and .22 caliber rifles exists, you may need to turn down the power to get the gun to shoot under 20 fpe (foot-pounds of energy). Most .177 are under 20 fpe, and most .22 are above 20 fpe, out of the box.
We have made many suggestions but there are many options to consider, and too much to remember following a casual conversation. So, this is a collection of various items we have suggested as guns and equipment that may interest the beginners in this sport. The examples listed aren't really a recommendation, rather they may serve as an example of the type of item we are referring to.
Guns - Guns are classified by their power plant. The common available power plants are Spring Piston and PCP (Pre-charge pneumatics).
Piston guns require significant effort to cock the gun between shots (35+ pounds), and is not recommended for youth or people that may not have the muscle needed to cock the gun. When putting a scope on a piston gun, make sure it is an air gun rated scope; these guns have a reverse recoil that can easily damage a scope that is not assembled correctly. Piston guns tend to be cheaper than PCPs, and do not require additional accessories to fill the gun.
Examples of quality Spring Piston guns.
PCP guns require an external means to fill the gun with compressed air. But, a PCP is easy to cock and load, and are easier to shoot.
Examples of PCP guns used in FT across various price points.
Scopes - When shooting hunter division, you aren't allowed to adjust your scope turrets after you start shooting the course, and you are limited to 16x power. As such, you can get away with using cheaper scopes in hunter division because you do not need the features and consistency that usually accompany more expensive scopes. You want a scope that can focus down to 10 yards, and preferably have a side focus parallax adjustment. If you are shooting a spring piston rifle, make sure you are using an air gun rated scope. You will want a reticle that contains dots or lines to assist with shooting with holdover, something like a mil-dot reticle. If there is any doubt, consider buying from someone like Pyramyd Air, or talking to their sales reps to ensure you are getting the right scope for your need.
There are many scopes out there, and it mostly comes down to person preference. One example is the UTG / Leapers 4-16x SWAT Accushot ($200) - the cheapest scope that does the job for the hunter division. Built with tru-strength technology, is spring piston rated. Comes with scope rings for a picatinny rail, you may need to get other scope rings if your gun uses a 11mm dovetail scope rail.
Other scopes that may meet your preferences: Element Optics Helix ($400), Vector Optics Veyron ($240), Athlon Optics Talos ($250), Hawke Airmax ($450), Blackhound Genesis ($300-$500), Sightron SIII Field Target ($1200)
A note about PCPs (Pre-Charged Pneumatics) - These are filled from an external air source, like a scba bottle, from a high pressure air compressor (4500 psi), or from a hand pump (no recommended). If considering a PCP, take into consideration you will want to acquire the necessary accessories to fill the gun. Our club members can supply you with air at the range, but you will want to budget for these items to be self-sufficient. You may need to purchase additional connectors to attach the tank to the compressor or to the gun.
Accessories - various shooting aids that may come in handy when shooting field target.
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