Welcome to our website, The current World Champions
The South African Team were crowned WORLD CHAMPIONS at the resent WFTF World Championships held in New Zealand. They also brought back the Individual World Champion, Ladies World Champion as well as 2nd and 3rd places, Junior World Champion as well as a 2nd place.
The 2015 Team, who will represent South Africa in Lithuania this year.
Field Target is an outdoor air gun discipline originating in the United Kingdom, in the early 1980s, but gaining popularity worldwide.
The World Field Target Federation (WFTF) ruled on 22 February 2007 on adding to the "core rules" an official limit of 12 ft·lbf (16 joules) for all competitions under her organization and ruling. The WFTF has more than 33 member countries spread across all 6 continents.
Targets may be placed at any distance between 8 meters and 50 meters from the firing line. Targets are often placed at about the same height as the shooter, but it is not uncommon for them to appear high up banks or in trees, or down steep slopes.
Points are scored with 1 for a hit (resulting in the faceplate falling), and 0 for a miss (whether it strikes the surrounding faceplate, misses it, or “splits” on the edge of the kill but fails to down the target). The highest score of a competition forms the benchmark for all the other scores – they are calculated as a percentage of this score rather than the total number of targets. This means that competitors attending a shoot on a windy day will not necessarily affect their average score over a season, as the highest score of the day will probably be lower.
Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) rifles are more popular than spring guns as the much lower recoil provides more confidence in aim for most people. There are some FT shooters who compete at a very high level with a spring gun, and a well-engineered gun, shot with some skill will be no less accurate than a PCP. There are some “dedicated” FT designs available, with the main features being a deep stock or adjustable platform ("Hamster") to rest on the knee while shooting seated, a high or adjustable cheek-piece to suit the large telescopic sights, and often an adjustable butt or butt hook. Many experienced shooters have chosen to use made-to-measure custom stocks for their rifles.
Telescopic sights are favoured for obvious reasons – it is often difficult to see the kill zone of the furthest targets clearly with the naked eye. Another advantage of high-magnification scopes is their ability to act as a simple range-finding tool. At very high magnifications, most scopes have a very shallow depth of field, and one can accurately focus on a series of targets at known distances and mark the scope for future reference. In competition you simply focus on the target and deduce the distance from the marks you made on the scope’s focus control. Some scopes use a side-wheel parallax adjustment to control focus (rather than a camera-like focus ring on the objective bell of the scope), and this allows the use of large diameter wheels to increase the distance between range markings and effectively improve ranging resolution.
The fund-raising initiative for the 2015 National Team has started, please see the Raffle entry forms linked on the left of this page. Please note the payment link is the same for all raffles. SAFTAA would like to thank the individuals and companies who have provided these raffles and or any other contributions towards the National Teams World Championships.