H.F.T Intro




What is HFT

HFT or Hunter Field Target to give it it’s full name is an air rifle shooting discipline that consists of shooting 30 metal targets set out in hunting type scenarios, these targets may be in the open up trees partially obscured up pipes etc the list is endless and determined by the imagination of the course setter, each shooter takes one shot at each target from a peg which will be the designated point to shoot that target, pegs are numbered 1 to 30. Our HFT events take place at Air rifle clubs, farms, woods, quarries etc. points are scored by hitting or knocking down the target no point are scored for a miss or shooting the wrong target.

What Sort of Targets Do You Shoot?

Our target are metal re-settable targets that have a hit/kill zone varying in size fro 15mm up to 45mm, which if struck by your pellet will cause the target to fall down and 2 points are scored, if you hit the target anywhere else and the target does not fall you score 1 point, miss the target completely you get a zero. Targets are placed around the course at distances from the shooting peg varying from 8 yards to 45 yards.

Who Can Shoot at a Midlands Event?

Anyone over 9 years of age who owns/has the use of an air rifle below the current legislation for non FAC air rifles of 12 foot pound. FAC air rifles will not be permitted in any event under any circumstances. Juniors under 17 will however have to be supervised by a parent or guardian. Don’t feel you may not be good enough for our competitions as the emphasis is more on having a good time than being competitive. Of course there will be some shooters who will take it more serious than others but don’t feel intimidated, you will soon be put at ease and made to feel welcome. Advice from the seasoned veterans will be happy to answer any questions you have.


What Calibre Rifle Can I Use?   

At our events we have 4 classes you can compete in they are as follows;  

  • Junior Class...................... Aged between 9 and 13 (no persons under 9 years of age will be permitted to shoot )
  • Junior Class...................... Aged between 14 and 16
  • Open Class ............. PCP rifles and semi recoiling rifles of .177 or .20 calibre
  • 22 Class .................... PCP rifles and semi recoiling rifles of .22 or .25 calibre
  • Recoiling Class ...... All recoiling rifles whatever calibre


Don’t think you have to spend £1,000’s of pounds on equipment to attend one of our events use what you have to get started, HFT the UKAHFT way, however it is addictive so be warned before you start.

Can I use a scope?

Yes you are advised to use a scope, whilst there are no restrictions on the magnification of scope you can use, the rules however state that you can not adjust your scope setting after you have taken your first shot so most use a setting up to a maximum of 10x. We have no open sight class but we would not exclude anyone shooting open sights if they so desired.

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