Ottawa Field Target Match - May 11

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Ottawa Field Target Match - May 11

Post by dHb » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:16 pm

Our first shoot of 2013 will be Saturday, May 11th, assuming the ground is dry enough. I will send out confirmation a few days prior to the 28th if the field is ready. If you haven't been out to a shoot yet and don't have a rifle, come out anyway and borrow a gun.

We will start setting up at 8:30, do some sighting in and try to start the match by 10:00. After the main match we'll do a 40 shot sub-500fps rifle and pistol match with closer targets for anyone who's interested. Please read the safety rules at the bottom of this email.

We will have have 10 lanes with a total of 60 shots and we will toss in a standing and a kneeling lane for the main match. If you're bringing targets, please have them freshly painted.

In addition to your gun and pellets please bring along a pen, clipboard , stopwatch and something to sit on (cushion or pad, not a chair) for the many seated shots. If you want to do sighting in please bring along a carton with targets attached. If you cut a couple of holes in the carton on one side near the bottom, you can run a string through the holes and then pull the target closer to you to check your elevation settings without needing a cease fire for everyone.
There will be a couple of airguns that people can borrow, and there will be several fancy FT rifles for people to check out.

If you are bringing a PAL gun with you, remember your firearms licence.
I have added yet a few more hopefully helpful links to the page at http://www.firearmstraining.ca/ft.html

The location is about six minutes south east of the Limoges exit on the 417 or south west of the Casselman exit. This is at the large acreage (open farm land with lots of wind to keep bugs away) of one the local airgun shooters. Email me for a map link.

GENERAL GUN HANDLING SAFETY
- NEVER point your gun at anyone and ALWAYS treat your gun as being loaded at ALL times.
- ALWAYS be aware of where your muzzle is pointing, if you have difficulty getting up from a prone shot without waving your gun around, please ask another member of your group to help you.
- If you have a magazine fed rifle, please remove the magazine between shooting pegs/lanes.
- If you have a Break Barrel rifle, please break the barrel to show it’s safe. Similarly if you have an underlever rifle, please crack the underlever while carrying the gun.
- Please do NOT rest your muzzle on your foot and please don’t carry your gun using the scope as a carry handle.
- Do not load your rifle or even look through the scope ANYWHERE except across a designated firing line – that means the Zero Range OR the Course and nowhere else.
- Most importantly, if you see someone being unsafe, politely point it out to them. THOSE WHO CANNOT SAFELY HANDLE FIREARMS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.
- While you’re shooting the course, we operate a BUDDY MARSHALLING system. That means that everyone on the course is a safety marshal, not just the people wandering around with florescent jackets on.
- it’s YOUR responsibility to make sure that everyone in your group stays safe.
- If you’re in ANY doubt at all, please ask one of the roving Marshals.
STOPPAGES
- If you hear a SINGLE blast on a whistle or air horn it means CEASE FIRE immediately. If you have a loaded gun, please point it at soft ground across the firing line and discharge it safely into the ground.
- Remember, We’re ALL responsible for safety, so please make sure that everyone in your group is aware of a cease fire and that the groups to your left and right are also aware.
- While a cease fire is on, please DO NOT look through your scope or shoulder your rifle for ANY reason.
- Two blasts of a whistle or horn mean that it’s safe to continue – Again, make sure everyone in your group and in the groups around you are aware of this.
- DO NOT Under any circumstances cross a firing line – if there is a problem, find a roving marshal and tell them what the problem is, they’ll be happy to help you.
- If you’re a spectator, please have consideration for those shooting the competition, and please do not approach or distract shooters while they’re taking a shot.
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Re: Ottawa Field Target Match - May 11

Post by dHb » Fri May 10, 2013 7:22 pm

The field has dried out enough for our match. Of course it's supposed to rain all night and 60% chance of showers in the morning.
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Real Men FT Shoot Results

Post by dHb » Wed May 15, 2013 6:49 pm

Well, our shoot went ahead as planned Saturday morning. Seven hardy souls (including three first timers) were undetered by the forecast, the sky and the wind. I had bought waterproof paper for the score sheets and it seemed to have a magical effect - no rain whatsoever. We had about one minute of mist and that was it! It was cool and the winds gusting to 30kph made the further targets a real challenge, but there were no flies and nobody got sunburned. We settled with just running the 60 shot main match, as everyone was too cool or busy to stay for the pistol - sub-500 shoot.

46 Dave B WFTF
36 Jim M Open springer
35 Richard WFTF (novice)
31 Brian* WFTF
24 Andrew WFTF springer sub 500
16 Claude sub 500 (novice)
3 Will sub 500 & iron sights! (novice)

The next shoot will be May 25, Saturday.

*Brian didn't fire the last 11 shots as his "hip flexor" cramped up. When
trying to get someone to massage his cramp his hip flexor proved to be
just too close to his gentleman bits for anyone to render first aid.
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Re: Ottawa Field Target Match - May 11

Post by Mac » Wed May 15, 2013 8:26 pm

Some nice scores for shooting in an open area with 30 kph wind. Curving those pellets in at long range can be satisfying one moment and frustrating the next.

You should be in your element at the Crosman match this year. Open spaces and wind.

Thanks for the match report.
Tim
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Re: Ottawa Field Target Match - May 11

Post by dHb » Wed May 15, 2013 8:35 pm

I won't say exactly how long it took me to realize that holding off X number of mildots at 50X doesn't give you as much windage as mildots at 25X, which is what I shot at all last season. :oops:
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Re: Ottawa Field Target Match - May 11

Post by Mac » Wed May 15, 2013 11:05 pm

I never hold off using dots. I guesstimate how far the pellet will move based on wind and distance and hold off that distance. I use the crosshairs to aim at a spot off the hit zone and hopefully watch the pellet curve onto the zone.

The wind can change so quickly that I often change the hold a split second before the trigger release. On one of the long ones at the Crosman match two years ago, I held just inside the edge of the hit zone and knocked the target down at 55 yards. The wind whipped up for the second shot, so I held completely off the target, about 6" left, to knock it down the second time. Kind of cool watching a pellet bend 6" into the hit zone.

Sort of a Zen thing I guess.
Tim
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