Some results from WFTF 2017 - Wales

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Some results from WFTF 2017 - Wales

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Re: Some results from WFTF 2017 - Wales

Post by jgoodz » Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:17 pm

I believe I speak for the team in saying this Worlds was a learning experience, a very wet and windy one at that. We all had a great time, but I believe we will be focused on the lessons learned versus the scores we posted; no one felt they ended up where they are capable of being. But that is a big part of the game; learning lessons whenever we can, adapting and coming back stronger because of it all.

The competition was fierce with the top shooters from all around the globe, many of whom have years and years of experience in these conditions. We all had our good and bad days, there were a few issues with the guns due to water getting into the action after the first day. I had to replace a breech seal on my TX200 the week prior when George, Zach and myself shot at the BFTA Europeans Championships; day two of this competition had us shooting in a downpour, completely soaked. Zach had to have work done to the internals of his gun and the cocking arm of his HW97 broke, luckily we were able to source a replacement in short order with the help of some FT friends in England (Big thanks to John Farbrother)

The wind we encountered during the competition at Glanusk was extremely challenging and largely unpredictable. I have spent a fair amount of time over the last year practicing in the wind, mostly in preparation for this match; while it definitely paid off multiple times the conditions are just much different over there. Where I practice I have an open field behind and to the right of my shooting range, winds will gust from 10-30KPH all the time, but they do not shift direction quickly. In Wales on Day 2 I was shooting my second target in the lane; it was 40mm killzone at 47yds, so I pull the reset string to gauge the wind and it is drifting right-to-left, by my guess enough to drift a full killzone left at that range. I look over at the timer and I have 1:30 remaining, I wait 15 sec, pull the string again...It is now left-to-right, looking to be maybe 1.5X a killzone (2.36") of drift. I waited down to 30 sec, got a break in the wind and put the target down with holding 1/4 kz off center.

Weather conditions, gun issues and excuses aside; it was a very challenging set of courses and it was all extremely well put together. It was great to meet up with old friends and make new ones from all over the World, who all love this great sport. Team Canada was able to meet the owner of Air Arms and some of their team, we all signed a flag and gave it to her at closing ceremonies as a thank you for her support of Team Canada by providing the TX200 rifle for our raffle. George and I also spent some time talking to Claire at Weston Park During the BFTA Euro's, we also spoke with Nick Jenkinson and others in the Air Arms team.

The team is also very thankful to everyone who has purchased tickets for the raffle, as well as Travis at Airgunsource, Air Arms, Hawke & JSB for sponsoring us and making this possible. The raffle will be drawn Oct 28th after the match at Port Colborne; good luck everyone and thanks again for your support, it is greatly appreciated.

Time to begin preparing for Poland!!!

Here are a couple pictures, there are many more out there, I will try and put together some more and update this thread.
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Re: Some results from WFTF 2017 - Wales

Post by FTguy » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:19 pm

Really enjoyed the insight .. Thanks for sharing that post Joel... 8-)
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Re: Some results from WFTF 2017 - Wales

Post by pirellip » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:01 am

That's Joel shooting 'under the lights' of my rental car :D

We were able to shoot pretty much 24/7 at the farm we were staying at, it was pretty awesome.

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