A 2 part question: HFT / Texas

A 2 part question: HFT / Texas

Joined: April 12th, 2006, 2:14 pm

March 2nd, 2011, 1:59 pm #1

Hey guys,

Been thinking about getting involved in FT for quite a while. HFT (for me) looks like the way to go, rather than buying a dedicated FT rig.

I recently moved to Austin, TX.

Are there any FT clubs near me that meet on a regular basis?

Can anyone reccommend a competitive, affordable HFT set up? Buy "affordable" for me is $400-$700 without scope.

I'd sure appreciate any advice I can get. Thanks!

Brian in MI (in TX)

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Joined: December 11th, 2008, 4:43 am

March 2nd, 2011, 2:31 pm #2

To answer your question about clubs... There is a great club in Somerville, Texas. There are a few members of the club in and around Austin that drive in to the Monthly Matches. As luck would have it... They are having the annual ROT match held annually at the club. The match is scheduled weekend of March 11th, 12th & 13th, 2011.

club website:
http://www.yeguafieldtarget.com/

info on ROT:
http://www.yeguafieldtarget.com/rot/rot.htm#

Registration for ROT:
http://www.yeguafieldtarget.com/rot/rot_reg_11.pdf

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Joined: December 11th, 2008, 4:43 am

March 2nd, 2011, 2:39 pm #3

Hey guys,

Been thinking about getting involved in FT for quite a while. HFT (for me) looks like the way to go, rather than buying a dedicated FT rig.

I recently moved to Austin, TX.

Are there any FT clubs near me that meet on a regular basis?

Can anyone reccommend a competitive, affordable HFT set up? Buy "affordable" for me is $400-$700 without scope.

I'd sure appreciate any advice I can get. Thanks!

Brian in MI (in TX)

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There are many good ones in that price range...
Marauder around $400-450
AirArms S400. just a little more than your price range. I believe they are $750
FX Whisper. They were $699, not sure now?

Marauders and AA S400/410's are likely the most popular at the club for HFT rifles. For sure these are not all there are, but what I see the most often...

Hope to see you at the club!
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Joined: July 6th, 2002, 8:59 pm

March 2nd, 2011, 2:46 pm #4

Hey guys,

Been thinking about getting involved in FT for quite a while. HFT (for me) looks like the way to go, rather than buying a dedicated FT rig.

I recently moved to Austin, TX.

Are there any FT clubs near me that meet on a regular basis?

Can anyone reccommend a competitive, affordable HFT set up? Buy "affordable" for me is $400-$700 without scope.

I'd sure appreciate any advice I can get. Thanks!

Brian in MI (in TX)

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Folks from the Central Texas area (including Houston, College St. Dallas, Austin, San Antonio) gather monthly at the Yegua Airgun club's range, in Somerville Texas (about 100 miles from Austin).

We have all manner of fun with our BB guns; in fact we're about to host our annual "Republic of Texas" (ROT) regional match (attended by folks as far as Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, and California).

Here's the registration form for the upcoming 3-day ROT event, where we'll offer HFT, as well all other AAFTA classes - plus a bunch of other side-shoots (like PFT, etc):
http://www.yeguafieldtarget.com/rot/rot_reg_11.pdf

For more information about our range & monthly matches, please visit our web-site:
http://www.yeguafieldtarget.com/
Or shoot me an email (I'm also in the Austin area).

Welcome. I'm looking forward to meeting you.
HookEm
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Joined: May 1st, 2008, 3:43 pm

March 2nd, 2011, 11:25 pm #5

Hey guys,

Been thinking about getting involved in FT for quite a while. HFT (for me) looks like the way to go, rather than buying a dedicated FT rig.

I recently moved to Austin, TX.

Are there any FT clubs near me that meet on a regular basis?

Can anyone reccommend a competitive, affordable HFT set up? Buy "affordable" for me is $400-$700 without scope.

I'd sure appreciate any advice I can get. Thanks!

Brian in MI (in TX)

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by your decision to try HFT rather than 'buy a dedicated FT outfit'. I've only been doing FT for about three years now, but I don't grasp the distinction - maybe you or someone else could educate me. I have two FT guns - an RWS 52 and an RWS/Hammerli 850 HPA. We shot an 'all HFT' match at IAFTC last fall, and all I did was replace the 6-24x scope on my 850 with a 3-12x. I won the match.

The main distinction I see, again - I hope someone will correct me if I'm wrong, between FT and HFT is the 12x scope limitation. That coupled with the fact that you might be using different shooting positions would lead me to posit that an 'ideal' HFT gun would be a PCP or HPA gun, shooting near 20 fpe - that would eliminate the hold sensitivity usually associated with springers and make the long distance ranging less critical. As mentioned, it would seem a Marauder would be a good choice as would my aforementioned 850 HPA (see the850store.com for more info).

I'd also suggest that if you already have an air rifle - simply take it and go shoot some FT matches. You'll be able to make a much better decision for yourself if you have the experience of a few matches under your belt - even if you were not 'competetive'.
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Joined: April 12th, 2006, 7:56 am

March 3rd, 2011, 2:51 am #6

Hey guys,

Been thinking about getting involved in FT for quite a while. HFT (for me) looks like the way to go, rather than buying a dedicated FT rig.

I recently moved to Austin, TX.

Are there any FT clubs near me that meet on a regular basis?

Can anyone reccommend a competitive, affordable HFT set up? Buy "affordable" for me is $400-$700 without scope.

I'd sure appreciate any advice I can get. Thanks!

Brian in MI (in TX)

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You came at a good time. The RoT Airgun Round Up is in less than 2 weeks. Another possibility for HFT/FT would be a QB-79 on HPA. Ron Robinson used one to place 2nd at the Nationals we held back in 2009 with a Simmons 12x scope no less! My PFT airgun was based on a QB-78 with a -79 tube and block. Put one together for less $300. Yegua Airgun Club over in Somerville shoots on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
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Joined: April 12th, 2006, 2:14 pm

March 3rd, 2011, 4:05 am #7

Hey guys,

Been thinking about getting involved in FT for quite a while. HFT (for me) looks like the way to go, rather than buying a dedicated FT rig.

I recently moved to Austin, TX.

Are there any FT clubs near me that meet on a regular basis?

Can anyone reccommend a competitive, affordable HFT set up? Buy "affordable" for me is $400-$700 without scope.

I'd sure appreciate any advice I can get. Thanks!

Brian in MI (in TX)

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I almost tried FT a few years ago, but was all wrapped up in other airgun projects at the time.

HFT seems like a good way to get started in FT with a good all around rifle, as opposed to an expensive competition only rifle (steyr,USFT,etc) Maybe someday.

I'm definitely leaning toward a Marauder now! (God bless the USA). I was 12 years old the last time I wanted a Crosman. That was a loong time ago.

My airgun "collection" has a hole that needs filling! Underpowered pumpers for my 8 year old boy, and 50fpe for me. There's no chance I'll have a MROD in time for the RoT event. Does Yegua (or anyone else) host events that aren't FPE limited?

Thanks for the info, and the warm Texas welcome!

Brian

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Joined: July 6th, 2002, 8:59 pm

March 3rd, 2011, 4:36 am #8

Yes, per AAFTA, we won't allow to compete with a gun over 20fpe.
However, we'll be happy to lend a gun you could use for the match.

So, just plan on coming, and we'll take care of you.
HookEm

AAFTA
http://aafta.org

AAFTA Handbook (rules & guidelines):
http://aafta.org/Assets/handbook/2011/a ... 202011.pdf

PCP Division
Any Precharged/PCP airgun, any sight. There is a limit of 20fpe on pellet energy measured at the muzzle.

PISTON Division
Any Piston/Spring gun, any sight. There is a limit of 20fpe on pellet energy measured at the muzzle.

WFTF Division
See WFTF Rules (page 19) for airgun requirements --> There is a limit of 12fpe

HUNTER Division
See Hunter Rules (page 16) for airgun requirements. --> There is a limit of 20fpe
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Joined: April 12th, 2006, 2:14 pm

March 3rd, 2011, 4:58 pm #9

Folks from the Central Texas area (including Houston, College St. Dallas, Austin, San Antonio) gather monthly at the Yegua Airgun club's range, in Somerville Texas (about 100 miles from Austin).

We have all manner of fun with our BB guns; in fact we're about to host our annual "Republic of Texas" (ROT) regional match (attended by folks as far as Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, and California).

Here's the registration form for the upcoming 3-day ROT event, where we'll offer HFT, as well all other AAFTA classes - plus a bunch of other side-shoots (like PFT, etc):
http://www.yeguafieldtarget.com/rot/rot_reg_11.pdf

For more information about our range & monthly matches, please visit our web-site:
http://www.yeguafieldtarget.com/
Or shoot me an email (I'm also in the Austin area).

Welcome. I'm looking forward to meeting you.
HookEm
Mine's T2racekarts@aol.com

Talk to you soon!

Brian

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Joined: April 12th, 2006, 2:14 pm

March 3rd, 2011, 5:08 pm #10

Yes, per AAFTA, we won't allow to compete with a gun over 20fpe.
However, we'll be happy to lend a gun you could use for the match.

So, just plan on coming, and we'll take care of you.
HookEm

AAFTA
http://aafta.org

AAFTA Handbook (rules & guidelines):
http://aafta.org/Assets/handbook/2011/a ... 202011.pdf

PCP Division
Any Precharged/PCP airgun, any sight. There is a limit of 20fpe on pellet energy measured at the muzzle.

PISTON Division
Any Piston/Spring gun, any sight. There is a limit of 20fpe on pellet energy measured at the muzzle.

WFTF Division
See WFTF Rules (page 19) for airgun requirements --> There is a limit of 12fpe

HUNTER Division
See Hunter Rules (page 16) for airgun requirements. --> There is a limit of 20fpe
and I'm very interested. Not normally into charity but in this case I'd make an exception!

If everyone in FT is as welcoming as you guys on the forum, I'm in.

Brian

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