Here’s a great game by Brian Samson. Click here.
Here’s a great game by Brian Samson. Click here.
This fascinating sport places high demands on the shooter and equipment, and combines the experience of competition while taking place in challenging field conditions. The targets are placed at a distance of 9.8 – 54.7 yards and are usually fired at the kneeling or sitting position. The targets have a target diameter of 0.59, 0.98 or 1.6 inch.
The newly developed high-power barreled action offers absolute precision and accelerates 10.5 grain diabolo pellets without recoil to an average velocity of 690 feet-per-second. Combined with the numerous adjustment possibilities of the stock, the 9015 Field Target is the perfect rifle for this challenging sport.
The 9015 Field Target works with 15 Joule and has a operating pressure from approx. 100 bar.
In episode 17 of the podcast I interview Garrett Kwakkestein of the Phoenix Airgun Club, host of the 2017 AAFTA U.S. Field Target Nationals.
For up-to-date information, refer to the Phoenix Club’s site by clicking here.
I will do a follow-up interview with Garett a month or so before the nationals.
In this episode of the FT podcast I review the Labradar, a doppler radar chronograph that is useful for airgunners.
You want to shoot your air gun with like minded people, maybe hold some sort of fun shoots or competitions like field target or bench rest. The problem you might find is that there is no air gun club near you. What do you do? You have three choices: (1) drive an unreasonable distance, (2) don’t shoot in a club setting, or (3) start your own club.
Episode 15 is about option 3… starting an air gun club.
Hope you find this helpful.
In this episode of the FT podcast I continue the conversation with field target champion Harold Rushton. Harold goes over scope and rifle setup, pellet selection, his practice routine, and much more.
From observing and talking to top shooters it is evident to me that on the non-discipline shots ranging and wind reading are the two most important factors in consistently hitting a KZ. But how much does the ability to range accurately and read the wind increase the chances of a hit? Is there a way to quantify range and wind uncertainty?
Bryan Litz has written several books about accuracy and precision in long range shooting.
He takes a very methodical approach and isolates factors that impact accuracy and precision. In light of those factors, his writing and consulting assists shooters in making intelligent choices about where to spend money on equipment and their practice time. His books are well written and worth a read.
Having read his books, I became interested in what he calls his Weapons Employment Zone (“WEZ”) analysis found in his Applied Ballistics analytics software. I was curious of his software could model range, wind, and other uncertainty effects with airguns to evaluate the impact of ranging and wind estimation errors on hit percentages. After some communications with Applied Ballistics, it was confirmed to me that the software could model at our field target ranges.
While this is not a review of the software, I think it is worth mentioning a few things out of the gate about it.
As an initial foray into this, I decided to limit the analysis to two commonly used pellets: the JSB 10.3 and the JSB 7.9. While there are other pellets in common currency in FT, the purpose of this initial analysis is to find trends in the data and draw some general conclusions at 20fpe and 12fpe power levels.
I am certain that upon careful inspection and thought that the technical-minded in our FT community can raise questions about the approach and results. To that end, any and all critiques are welcome. However, all I am doing is using the Applied Ballistics Analytics software to get the results. So the critique will either be on the variables I used or the operation of the software. I can only defend my choice of variables, so let us start with the basic ballistics variables I used:
I had initially considered modeling 45, 50 and 55 yards using the 1.5″ KZ. However, after starting the process and looking at the results from 45 and 55 yards, I concluded that the 50 yard analysis was representative and instructive at least for the last ten yards that we shoot. Granted, under our rules we have the largest kill zones out past 45, but that is also where the wind and ranging challenges are most difficult.
The results of multiple calculations at the 50 yard target with the 1.5″ KZ are in the table below. The Y axis is the range estimation error in meters (the software, oddly, does not allow one to set this in yards) and the X axis is the wind estimation error in MPH. The software calculates a hit percentage based on the ballistics of the projectile. In my analysis I focused on the range and wind effects and the relationship between those effects on hit percentages.
Based on an informal poll of Tar Heel Air Gun Club members, most Open and WFTF shooters say they are able to range to within 1 to 3 yards of a 50 yard target. Hunter shooters indicated they could range within 3 to 5 yards of a 50 yard target.
The results assume a rifle/shooter combination capable of producing a 1 MOA group. This is an incredibly huge assumption. However, we are simply looking at the impact of range and wind uncertainty on the hit percentages applied to that (big) assumption to find trends in the data and see if any useful conclusions can be drawn. Do not read the results to mean that any given shooter will have the hit percentage shown in the tables. Also implicit in the analysis is that the wind is constant. We know that in the real world wind is often not constant in direction or speed.
Harold Rushton first came into the sport in 2006.
Since then he has won state and U.S. national championships, and done very well on the international stage. Harold has given back to the sport in helping other in the sport with his website at usfieldtarget.com and as an AAFTA governor.
Hope you enjoy part 1 of this interview.
Tom Holland has been shooting competitively since he was in high school. He holds indoor national and world records with a crossbow.
He bought a Benjamin Marauder to get into field target and has since expanded his airgun collection to include a Steyr and RAW TM1000, but he has gone back to the Marauder as his main gun, placing second at the 2016 Pyramid Air Cup with it.
In this episode Tom talks about his development as a shooter and how eventually ended up in WFTF shooting his Marauder. In talking about the gear and guns, we cover the basic WFTF rules. We discuss getting into field target on a budget, how Tom has modified his Benjamin Marauder with a regulator from airgunexporter.com, scope choices, and advantages of a regulated air rifle.
Tom talks about the challenges of shooting a 12 foot-pound energy rifle, pellet selection, the rules, and some basics of reading the wind.
Hope you enjoy the episode.
In this episode, Bob Dye talks about his history shooting 10 meter air pistol, how he discovered field target, and the history of pistol field target since 2012. Bob covers the rules, open and hunter divisions, and selection of a pistol scope and other gear.
The pistol rules are in the AAFTA rules at www.aafta.org.