SWEFTA Hunter Field Target Rules

SOUTH WEST ENGLAND FIELD TARGET ASSOCIATION
Hunter Class
(Regional Rules & Guidance Notes)
(Accepted at 2010 AGM for immediate adoption.)

Note: if the HFT course includes targets that are also used by the FT course, and you intend to shoot FT today, then you must shoot the FT course first.

1) AIRGUNS

Open to any single shot or multi shot air rifle, that abides by the relevant categories as defined within the current legislation. It is the responsibility of the individual owner to ensure that their rifle complies with all current statutory limits.

A conventional rifle sling is permitted as a means of steadying the aim.

The use of bipods, monopods or crossed sticks for supporting the rifle while taking a shot is allowed. (Any such device is limited to having a maximum of two supporting legs.)

Where multi-shot magazine fed rifles are used, the magazine must be removed from the rifle between lanes. Rifles that are fitted with non-detachable magazines should only be loaded with sufficient pellets to complete a lane. Failure to abide by this rule will result in disqualification.

Equipment Testing
The organisers reserve the right to chronograph any rifle or pistol used at any competition that is subject to SWEFTA Rules, to ensure compliance with legal requirements.
All Guns Used in the Competition Must Be Tested

PLEASE NOTE:
We are not testing to ensure UK legal compliance, that is each individuals responsibility.
We are testing to ensure compliance with SWEFTA rules.

After purchase of the scorecard each competitor will chronograph their gun prior to commencement of the competition.

The pellet speed & weight will be marked on the reverse of the scorecard in the space provided, failure to do so before commencing the competition, will result in the score being declared VOID (Zero Points);
i.e. if your scorecard is checked by the Chief Marshall during the competition and found to be not filled in with the velocity & pellet weight, this will result in the score being declared VOID (Zero Points).

A competitor may test their rifle before the official test and adjust the rifle so it complies with SWEFTA regulations, if necessary.
Therefore the competitor must indicate to the Chronograph Marshall that they are checking the rifle before before the OFFICAL TEST otherwise that will be declared the Official Test.

The competitor may then proceed to have the Official TEST and the result of that test must be entered on the reverse of the scorecard in the space provided.

(a) SWEFTA has declared a maximum pellet speed of 5fps below the 12 ft/lbs limit for rifles;
This is for the actual pellet being used by the competitor on the day.

5fps below 6 ft/lbs will apply to pistols.

Below Chart specifies acceptable velocities of SWEFTA Legal Limit (in green)

Pellet Weight Current Legal Limit SWEFTA Legal Limit
7.3 grains 860 fps 855 fps
7.9 grains 827 fps 822 fps
8.44 grains 800 fps 795 fps
10.33 grains 723 fps 718 fps
10.6 grains 714 fps 709 fps

(b) A minimum of one registering shot and a maximum of three registering shots will be allowed over the chronograph. One pass under or on the SWEFTA required limit is considered adequate.

(c) No squeezing or deforming of the pellet skirt or head is allowed.

(d) No Power adjustment’s are permitted once the competitor has started the competition.

(e) Failure of the gun to comply with (a) above, will disqualify that gun for the whole event. Any competitor whose gun fails the chronograph test will have their card marked as void.
The competitor may use another gun that passes the chronograph test.
2) SIGHTS
Any form of sighting system may be used, however telescopic sights are restricted to a maximum of 12x magnification. The use of a laser attached to a telescopic sight is permitted.
All parallax and magnification adjustments for each target must be made unsighted, ie, without looking through the scope. Once the rifle is mounted, no changes may be made. (If the safety whistle blows before the shot is taken, the scope cannot be altered in the period before the “All Clear!”)
The use of separate electronic laser range finders is not allowed.

3) AMMUNITION

Any design of pellet that is completely made of lead or lead alloy may be used. Pellets made from other materials may be used provided that there is no risk from rebounds, ricochets or fragments returning to the firing line. Due to the risk from rebounds steel ammunition should not be used.
4) RANGE OFFICERS & CHIEF MARSHALL
Event organisers (clubs or region) are expected to and will provide range officers (R.O.’s) & a CHIEF MARSHALL to ensure safe and efficient running of the event. The R.O’s should be clearly identifiable by the use of armbands or high-visibility vests.

In the event of target related problems or any other down range problem the R.O. will signal a cease-fire by a single blast on a whistle, horn or similar audible device. An R.O. may request assistance from any person on the firing line to ensure rapid clearance of any problem encountered.
When the problem has been rectified, the firing line will be reactivated by a double blast of a whistle or other audible device.

R.O.’s shall have absolute discretion in attending to any matter not specifically encompassed by these rules and guidance notes.

5) MARSHALLING
The normal marshalling system shall be the “buddy” type where partners score each other. Normally this will be based on pairs, however should circumstances dictate, groups of three can be allowed.

Competitors will find different partners from match to match. Partners shall be from different clubs. An exception will be allowed where a junior is partnered with a parent or guardian to fulfil the legal requirement of supervision by an appropriate person of over 21 years of age. Supervision of shooters who are under 18 years of age will be in accordance with current legal requirements (a shooting partner in competition does not necessarily constitute supervision of a shooter under 14 years of age).

Exceptions to the above must be cleared by the range officer.

6) TARGETS

Reactive targets shall be used. In this context the term reactive means that following a successful hit the target will give some visible indication, whereby a change in target profile, movement of the target or fall of the target occurs. The trip plate must be of a contrasting colour to the face plate.
Standard apertures shall not exceed 1¾ inches (45 mm) in diameter. The minimum distance for any target (for safety reasons) shall be 8 yards (7.3 metres). The maximum target distance shall be 55 yards (50.3 metres).

The course may also contain targets with reduced diameter apertures, provided that the total number of such targets does not exceed 30% of the total number of targets in the course with the following limitations:

a) Apertures of not less than 1 inch (25.4mm) may be used on freestyle targets to a maximum distance of 45 yards (41.1 metres).
b) Apertures of not less than 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) may be used on freestyle targets to a maximum distance of 25 yards (22.9 metres).
c) No reduced apertures are permitted on any targets over 45 yards in distance.
d) Apertures smaller than ½ inch (12.7mm) are prohibited.
e) The number of ½ inch apertures shall be less than the number of 1 inch apertures.

7) COURSE OF FIRE
All shots must be taken from within a designated firing area. The use of any natural or artificial objects present within the firing area as a rifle rest is allowed.
Some part of the shooter’s body, must touch “the PEG.” This may be a separate white peg hammered into the ground, or a white mark on a string post, tree, etc.

The peg designates the firing line, so the shooter’s trigger finger must not be forward of this line.

All targets shall be clearly indicated and shot in numerical order.
In the event of a target being shot out of sequence, the competitor shall forfeit the omitted target, being credited with a ‘miss’ and resume shooting at the target immediately following it.
8) SCORING
Scoring shall be on the basis of:
Miss – 0; Hit on silhouette – 1 point; Target reacts (knock down and requires resetting, etc) 2 points.
It is compulsory to hand in scorecards, regardless of whether the full course of fire has been completed or not. The only exceptions to this are if for medical reasons, the competitor is no longer able to continue. Or if, due to mechanical breakdown it is not longer possible for a competitor’s rifle to be discharged.
9) SHOOTING

Shooting positions as designated by the organiser may be standing, kneeling or freestyle.
Definitions of shooting positions:
Freestyle: This can encompass the sitting and prone positions.
Kneeling: There shall be only 3 points of contact with the ground (2 feet and 1 knee).
Standing: Any shot taken in a standing position.

No bags to be used in the prone position for resting rifle or the forearm.
10) RANGE CONDUCT

In the event of a ‘cease fire’ order, guns will be discharged into the ground, muzzles dropped and actions left in the open position. Targets must not be sighted during a cease-fire. Guns will only be sighted, shouldered or discharged over a recognised firing line. Guns will always be kept un-loaded and un-cocked when not in use.

11) CLASSES

Recoiling Rifle – Includes spring and gas ram rifles.
Recoilless Rifle – Includes pre-charged, pump up and any recoilless spring rifles.

12) SCORES 
No scores gained from competitions shot in the above format will be sent to the national grading secretary for grading purposes.
13) ENTRY

Last entry into any competition will be accepted at 12.00 noon. Scorecards must be submitted back to the organisers by 3.30pm to be considered valid for the day’s competition. Any cards submitted after that time will void.