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Ottawa FT shoot - June 8, Saturday

Posted: Sat May 25, 2013 4:54 pm
by dHb
If you haven't been out to a shoot yet and don't have a rifle, come out anyway and borrow a gun. For those of you with a foster fitting on your PCP gun, I'll have my HPA tank there for refills. To help with the expenses, we're going to start charging a $10 match fee.

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, if there's enough interest, 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 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

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.

- 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.
- 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.

Re: Ottawa FT shoot - June 8, Saturday

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:27 pm
by dHb
Well, once again we had a FT shoot that saw us not get rained on! Everyone did end up with wet pants cuffs because the field was quite soggy, but there was only a few minutes of drizzle at one point. It was overcast with barely a draft of a breeze - perfect conditions for shooting!

We only set up 9 lanes of 3 targets as the edges of the field were too soggy. So the scores are out of 54. Given the lack of wind, this ended up being a fairly easy match with a Troyer Difficulty rating of 21.37.

John B deservedly came in last following his glabal warming, CO2 spewing performance with his heavily customized QB. We thought he was shooting a black powder rifle because of the white clouds coming from his muzzle. He had to fill the gun three times during the match, so we suspect there may have been some significant velocity fluctuation going on for him.

Jim and John (who made it from Montreal all by himself) were neck and neck throughout the match with their HW97s and ended up tied with 24 each.

Dave and Brian, in their matching red hoodies and sporting WFTF spec TM1000s, were tied going into the third lane, having each only dropped a single point. Dave proceded to miss three straight medium difficulty targets, in a head shaking perfomance. He hit all three on the second pass but Brian shot the lane clean. It was looking like the match may have been deciced a third of the way in. Going into the last lane where the most difficult targets awaited, Dave had battled back to a tie. He shot first and only dropped one point, leaving the door ajar to a win for Brian, if Brian shot the lane clean. Unfotunately for Brian he missed that opening and ran face first into the door frame, missing four targets. (Is it easy to tell who writes this stuff?)

47 Dave WFTF PCP TM1000 with Falcon T50
44 Brian WFTF PCP TM1000 with Falcon T50
24 Jim Open Pistol HW97K
24 John Open Pistol HW97K
21 John B WFTF PCP QB78 in .22

Where the heck is everyone this season?!? We ended last season with 15 competitors and so far this year many people are still MIA. Hopefully, we'll see more people out on Sunday, July 7th.