HFT Rules

2017 WPHFTA RULES


SAFETY

  • All shooting activities must be carried out in accordance with the HFT rules.
  • Any air rifle is allowed as long as it complies with current legislation for airguns and has a power output less than 12 ft/lbs, in the case of PCP, and less than 14 ft/lbs in the case of spring piston. This may be subject to a random and/or compulsory chronograph test at each event.
  • Any shooter under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Any shooter under the age of 18 must have an indemnity form signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • All shooters must attend a safety briefing at each event to be held immediately before the session they are shooting in, any shooter not attending the briefing will not be permitted to shoot in that round.
  • When a single blast of a whistle or hooter is heard all shooting must immediately stop. Shooters must discharge their rifles into the ground, away from the target, at a safe distance. Targets must NOT be sighted or the gun shouldered during a cease fire.
  • Upon hearing two blasts of the whistle or hooter firing may re-commence after you have visually checked it is safe to do so, only marshals are allowed to halt or commence firing.
  • Guns will only be sighted, shouldered or discharged over a recognized firing line. Guns will always be kept un-loaded & un-cocked when not in use.
  • Rifles must be cased or carried with the muzzle pointing down at all times when not in use, this includes rifles carried on a sling.
  • Do not cock your rifle until you are ready to take aim. No gun should be cocked or loaded between lanes.
  • Multi-shot rifle systems must have the magazine removed, and be in a visibly safe condition.
  • Every member of a group should ensure theirs & their shooting partner’s activities are carried out in a safe manner in accordance with HFT rules, it is all our responsibilities to ensure we shoot safely. Failure to comply can result in expulsion from the event, ground & any future HFT events.
  • NEVER rest the rifle muzzle on your foot. When getting down or up from a prone shots always be aware of where your rifle muzzle is pointing, it should remain pointing down or down-range at all times, ask your shooting partner for their assistance in handing, or taking, your rifle from you if you find it difficult getting up or down safely
  • If you are approached by a marshal for any reason i.e. shooting technique or safety please do as they have asked and remember they are there to make sure the course is shot safely & fairly. In the case of a dispute, the Chief Marshall can be called, and their decision is final.
  • No persons other than the shooters that are taking part in the shooting session will be permitted on the course, with exception of marshals. All visitors must remain at least 5m behind the shooting line and may not interact or interfere with any of the shooters that are actively engaging the course from the shooting line.
  • All juniors taking part in the event must be under the direct supervision of their parent/guardian on the day. Juniors not taking part in the event will only be permitted to enter the shooting areas as a visitor, in which case the standard visitor rules above apply, and in addition must be under direct parent/guardian supervision.

THE COURSE
Targets will be the normal knock over style that fall when hit, with hit zones ranging from 15-45mm. Hit Zones sizes, their distances & the maximum number of reduced hit zones can be found in the UKAHFT course Format.

SCORING
Before commencing to shoot the course each competitor must mark their scorecard with the equipment they are using, this information includes:

  1. Make & model of rifle.
  2. Make & model of ammunition.
  3. Ammunition weight.
  4. Make & Size of scope.
  5. Magnification and parallax being used at the event.
  6. Intensity setting of illuminated reticule, if switched on.

  • If a complaint is received, or when checked by a course marshal, it is discovered that scope settings on the card differ from the actual setting the competitor will forfeit their last knockdown, if the shooter re-offends at that competition they will be disqualified.
  • Once the first shot has been taken, NO adjustments may be made, in any way, to the rifle, stock or scope.
  • The scoring will be 2 points for a knockdown, 1 point for faceplate hit and 0 for a miss of the target. The target MUST fall to earn a maximum 2 points.
  • Under no circumstances may a target be shot at more than once by a shooter, nor are any practice shots of any kind allowed during the course of fire.
  • Regardless of any circumstances such as forgetting to load a pellet, not shutting the loading bolt or if the trigger is pulled before you are locked on target, if the gun goes off (air released) the shot is considered as having been taken & will be scored accordingly. If this does happen, the competitor should make sure the pellet has left the gun by dry firing safely into the ground over the firing line with the consent of their shooting partners.
  • When a target has been downed the shooter must gain confirmation of the knockdown from a fellow group member before the target is reset.
  • Only a member of your shooting group is permitted to record your scores on your scorecard. Under no circumstance is a shooter allowed to score his/her own scorecard. If an error is entered on any scorecard the shooting partner who made the mistake must seek a marshal who will amend this error for you & sign at the place of correction on the scorecard.
  • Upon completion of the course one of your shooting partners should sign your scorecard, this is to signify that they have checked the card & agree with its scoring, the shooter should always check that their scorecard is correctly filled in & signed before handing it in as they are the ones who will be penalised for any irregularities.
  • If a competitor hands in a scorecard that is incomplete, unreadable or has any alterations not signed for by an on duty marshal their score will be amended or the competitor disqualified at the organisers discretion.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to amend and adjust any shooters scorecard at any time during the series if infringements of the rules or evidence of cheating is subsequently discovered during or after the scheduled events.

TARGET TIMING

  • Shooters are allowed 4 minutes per 3 target lane, 1 minute prep time and 1 minute per target. This timing starts when you approach the peg.
  • Under normal circumstances a shooter is not timed but if any group is causing a hold up or the session is taking too long due to slow shooters then WPHFTA reserve the right to time individuals or groups of shooters.
  • Shooters may be timed by a marshal without their knowledge to ascertain if they are in fact taking too long to shoot but they will not be deducted any points at this time.
  • Once the decision is made to officially time any shooter or group of shooters they will be informed by the marshal that they will be timed, they will be told when the clock is started & they then have two minutes to shoot the target.
  • If a stoppage is called during the timing the clock will be stopped & 10 seconds grace given upon re-start of shooting before the clock is re-started.
  • If the target is not shot within the time limit then a “Zero” will be awarded for that target.
  • If a timed shooter fails to shoot within the 2 minutes limit on more than two occasions at the same round they may be disqualified & asked the leave the course.

TIMING BETWEEN LANES
A contributing factor to holdups is the amount of time it takes groups to vacate a peg having shot. As soon as your group has finished shooting let the group behind you know you have finished shooting that peg, this will save them all chatting away without realising the peg is free, then please vacate the peg immediately without discussions of the last shot.

SHOOTING POSITIONS

  • Sitting shots ARE NOT ALLOWED, this is defined as the shooters backside being in contact with the ground, or sitting on your foot folded under your bum as the shot is taken.
  • Crouching shots are not allowed, this is defined as two feet on the ground with the upper part of the legs being supported by the calves or foot area.
  • The peg must be touched by some part of the body/rifle as the shot is taken. Moving any of the course fixtures is not allowed, these include the firing line, shooting pegs or any supports (Bails/structures), and anyone found doing so will be disqualified from the competition.
  • The trigger finger must be behind the peg when the shot is taken.
  • The rifle butt must be outside your clothing when taking a shot and it cannot be supported by any straps/pockets etc.

Prone
The only part of the rifle allowed to touch the ground when taking a shot from the prone position is the bottom edge of the butt pad, if any part of the rifle stock extends below this bottom edge then the rifle must not be grounded at all during a prone shot.

Kneeling

  • The kneeling position is defined as only 3 points of contact with the ground (2 feet & 1 knee).
  • The rear foot shall be upright and straight in line with the knee, sitting on a turned foot is not allowed.
  • A bean bag or similar shooting cushion may be used to support the knee, shin or foot area only, not the buttock.
  • The rifle will be supported only by the two hands with the rifle butt in the shoulder, no other part of the body can be used to support the rifle nor can the hands be supported on any other part of the body.
  • The hands cannot be dropped to allow the wrist joint, arm or any other part of the body to support the rifle. The leading hand should also be forward of the knee, to illustrate this the supporting hand should be dropped down vertically (90degrees to the forearm), if it contacts with any part of the knee/leg the supporting hand is deemed too far back & therefore not forward of the knee.
  • The un-supported kneeling targets will be designated by a “Kneel” sign at the lane marker. No other forms of support are allowed for this shot (peg/tree etc). The supported kneeling targets will be designated by a “Kneel” sign at the lane marker. No other forms of support are allowed for this shot (peg/tree etc).
  • The leading leg may not be pulled back so the calf is supported by the hamstrings or lower buttocks, this is classed as a crouching shot & is not allowed. The leading foot must not touch or be supported by the beanbag

Standing

  • Only your feet may be in contact with the ground.
  • The un-supported standing only shot will be designated by a “Stand” lane marker and the target face plate will be painted RED, no other forms of support are allowed for this shot (peg/tree).

Supported Kneeling/Standing
The above rules apply with the exception that any part of the rifle or body may be resting on the supporting tree/object. If a number of supporting objects are available, some part of the rifle or body must be touching the support marked with the peg number as the shot is taken. In addition to touching the numbered support you may also make use of any other supporting objects.

EQUIPMENT
Most rifle & stock designs can be used for HFT competitions as long as they are within the following rules:

  • Fore end depth is limited to a maximum of 150mm, this is measured from the centre of the barrel to the lowest part of the rifle forward of the pistol grip.
  • FT style butt hooks are not allowed, although the paddle style of butt pad is allowed.
  • The paddles of the butt pad must not exceed 5.7cm in length.
  • When standing or kneeling, no part of the rifle may be in contact with the ground.
  • When taking a prone shot the only part of the rifle which may be touching the ground is the bottom edge of the butt pad, no other device, stock or butt pad extension may rest on the ground
  • The use of wind indicators are allowed in HFT events. Our definition of a wind indicator is a combination of wool/string/feather of no longer than 30.48cm which is attached to the barrel/action or stock & is designed to move in the wind to give an indication of its direction/strength. Electronic or mechanical devices are not allowed.
  • To keep in line with the HFT “no adjustment” rule, the wind indicator cannot be adjustable in any way, this means that other than the movement of the wool/string/feather it cannot be capable of being moved or folded between or during shots. If you have the wool/string/feather fixed to an arm coming off the rifle this arm must be fixed in position at all times during the shoot and no part of the wind indicator fixing may be used to support on or against the peg or other support.
  • Apart from a traditional scope no other optical aids are allowed, scope levels may not be used and must be removed or taped up before you start the course.
  • A standard rifle sling is allowed to be fitted to the stock/rifle but only as a means to carry the rifle between lanes, at no time may a sling to be used as a shooting aid.
  • Any traditional type scope and settings can be used. However, zeroing, magnification, dialling and parallax must be set prior to the first shot and left untouched until the course is completed. This includes illuminated reticules which if used must be switched on with the brightness set before the first shot is taken and remain that way without any adjustment or switching throughout the competition.
  • No device may be added or designed into a stock/rifle to specifically support the stock/rifle on the peg or other support. This includes parts of the wind indicator, brackets, ledges, spikes, straps etc.
  • The objective & ocular aperture of the scope must be left as it was manufactured and may not be reduced in any way, this includes sunshades. Flip up scope caps must always be in an open position when taking a shot & any holes in the caps taped up while shooting the course.
  • Anyone found carrying out any adjustments whatsoever to a scope once the course has been started will be expelled from the competition. Lasers are not permitted and should be removed from the rifle.
  • Beanbags or similar shooting cushions may be carried to place guns on between lanes and may be used for kneeling shots as specified above.
  • Use of any Range finding equipment is prohibited, any person other than course setters caught with one in their possession will be asked to leave the event.
  • If you are in any doubt as to whether your equipment is allowed in a HFT competition please contact one of the officials at any of the HFT clubs, who will be happy to assist.

SHOOT OFFS
A shoot off will always take place in the event of a tie for the top 3 places in all classes.
The targets used will be 1x15mm, 1x25mm & 1×35-45mm hit zone target (each target being placed within the standard UKAHFT ranges for that hit zone size). Each person will shoot all three targets from the kneeling position, if any competitors are still tied they will then shoot the targets in the standing position. If after this no winner is established then there will be sudden death shoot off.

MEDALS
Medals will be awarded to the top 3 shooters in each class irrespective of gender. All classes are divided into PCP and Spring Piston divisions. Classes are defined as follows:

  • Open Class: 13 years of age and older.
  • U/13: 12 years of age and younger.

In the event that there are 4 or more ladies/girls in either of the divisions they will constitute and take part in their own class.

The HFT season starts in January of each year. Participants who celebrate their birthday before 1 July of each year will be promoted to the next Classification for the entire season. Shooters who celebrate their birthday on or after 1 July of each year will compete in the current age group for the remainder of the season.

As example, a U/13 shooter who celebrates his/her 13th birthday on 1 July or later will be promoted to the Open class and will compete in this class from the start to the end of the season. A U/13 shooter who celebrates his/her 13th birthday before, and not including, 1 July will compete in the U/13 class from the start to the end of the current season.