Field Target Match - Southeast PA in Fairless Hills, PA - Sunday 7/21/2019
The Falls Township Rifle and Pistol Association in Fairless Hills PA (Philadelphia suburb) will be holding our second Field Target match of the 2019 season on Sunday 7/21/19. The 10 lane course is laid out on the lakeside trails of the club’s 3D archery course. We’ve planned an interesting course with numerous up angle shots with tree placed targets plus we’ve picked new target sites for previously utilized lanes in keeping with our goal of making each match a unique event. The course features more long shots than is usual for us, but the difficulty is not excessive due to the judicious use of larger kill zones. There will be plenty of targets that even novice and new shooters should be able to take down along with challenging lanes and targets for the more experienced entrants. We certainly look forward to seeing all our regulars, urge them to bring a friend and invite anyone interested in Field Target to join us for some FT fun.
The full season match program with all details is pasted in below.
Larry Bowne for
The Field Target Committee at FTRPA
Falls Township Rifle and Pistol Assn.
2019 Field Target Schedule
354 Newbold Road, Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania
DATES: May 19th, July 21th, September 15th & November 17th. (The third Sunday of the month.)
CLASSES: AAFTA, WFTF, Hunter, Unlimited and Off-Hand. PCP, CO2, Pneumatic and Spring powered rifles and pistols all permitted. (additional non-AAFTA classes may be available).
RULES: A 20 Foot Pound Maximum applies to all rifles; A 12 Foot Pound Maximum applies to all pistols. Current AAFTA rules apply to both Rifle and Pistol configurations.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all shooters. Both club members and non-members alike.
FEES: $8.00 for Rifle $5.00 for Pistol $12.00 for Rifle and Pistol
TIME: Sight-in and practice 8:00 A.M. to 9:15 A.M. Registration is from 8:00 A.M. until 9:15 A.M. The match begins at 9:30 A.M.
COURSE OF FIRE: Rifle: The match will consist of 30 targets, two shots each. Distances will be from 10 to 55 yards.
Pistol: The match will consist of 20 targets, two shots each. Distances will be 10 to 35 yards.
You may use open or optical sights. Tie breaker targets will be used for both rifle and pistol, if a tie exists. Rifle and Pistol matches will be shot concurrently. If a shooter opts to shoot both rifle and pistol, they will shoot pistol first and then rifle at each lane. Eye protection is required for shooters and spectators.
Sodas and water are available at the Archery club house. The match will be shot straight through with no lunch break. Food will not be served. You may bring your lunch and eat in the clubhouse after completing the match if you desire.
AWARDS: Awards will be based on raw scores. Awards will be given for all classes. Prizes will be awarded after the matches as soon as the scores are tallied. Please Note: If there are insufficient shooters in a given class the match director may consolidate classes at their discretion.
DIRECTIONS: From Rte 1 (freeway) south (from Trenton): Take Rte 1 South to Rte 13 South (Tullytown – Bristol). This is just past Snipes Nursery in Morrisville. Take Lower Morrisville Rd exit (only a few hundred yards after entering Rte 13). At end of ramp make a right onto Lower Morrisville Rd (This will become Newbold Road). FTRPA is on the left side of the road approximately 7/10th of a mile from the exit ramp.
From Rte 1 (freeway) North: Take Rte 1 North to exit for Rte 13 South (Tullytown – Bristol). Take exit for Lower Morrisville Rd shortly after entering Rte 13. At end of ramp make a right onto Lower Morrisville Rd (This will become Newbold Road). FTRPA is on the left side of the road approximately 7/10th of a mile from the exit ramp.
From Calhoun Street Bridge: Take Calhoun Street Bridge into Pennsylvania. Go through light at end of bridge onto Trenton Avenue. Go 1.4 miles on Trenton Avenue and make left onto Rte 13. This is the 4th light after the light at the bridge and there is a Planet Fitness on the corner. Proceed on Rte 13 South for 1 mile to the Lower Morrisville Road exit. At end of ramp make a right onto Lower Morrisville Rd (This will become Newbold Road). FTRPA is on the left side of the road approximately 7/10th of a mile from the exit ramp .
MATCH DIRECTORS: Rich Bassett, Telephone: 215-942-7955, E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org, Jim Wilcox, Telephone: 215-443-9631, E-Mail: email@example.com
Well you certainly can shoot a rifle and a pistol on the course. Unfortunately we may not have club air again. The compressor was working again and now it is not so don't know if tit will be running at match time. Other than that the course is in nice shape and should be enjoyable for everyone.
What a great bunch of guys, really! Thank you all for making the match so much fun and braving a pretty warm day to shoot FT with us. Your help is also appreciated. I will get the scores done and off to Larry so he can do a match report. Bear with him on this though because I know he is working a lot this week.
Falls Twsp R & P Assn.
Falls Township Rifle and Pistol Assoc. (FTRPA) Field Target Match Results 7/21/2019
Match Report Falls Twp. Rifle and Pistol Assn. in SE PA 7/21/19
The Falls Township Rifle and Pistol Association located in Southeastern PA held the second Field Target match of our 2019 season on Sunday, 7/21/19. On a day where standing in the sun made you feel like you were a filet mignon under the broiler at a Ruth’s Chris steakhouse and humidity levels made you think you had been transplanted to the bayous of Louisiana, a total of seventeen airgunners from around the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area, upstate PA and Southern NJ along with competitors from Maryland and New York made their way to our club for the match. It was nice to see so many of our regular attendees and even one new shooter Albert Gasparra decide to brave the less than ideal conditions and a pleasant surprise to see a few shooters that we hadn’t seen for a while; welcome back Ray Apelles, Hector Medina and Nathan Thomas.
Much of the course was sheltered by the trees along the trails of the club’s 3D archery facility where the 10 lane, 30 Target, 60 shot match had been set up. The targets were set out on lanes we had used previously but we tried to find new positions within the lanes by varying the elevation and light or dark exposure so as give the course a unique look. The rifle layout also contained a 40 shot pistol course consisting of the 2 shortest targets in each lane. In some lanes we provided special pistol only targets if any of the rifle targets was beyond the 35 yard maximum for pistol competition. The rifle course had an average distance of 32.5 yards with and average kill zone size of 1.3 inches and an overall Troyer difficulty rating of 28.0. There were 10 targets set out at 40 yards or more and 6 targets under 20 yards. The pistol layout had an average distance of 20.3 yards and an average kill zone size of 1.1 inches to yield a Troyer difficulty rating of 20.7 (unweighted). When the Pistol multiplier is applied, the Troyer rating is 32.64.
The thermometer in my car said it was already 87 degrees when I arrived at the club around 7:00 am to set up the sight in and practice range and help Match Director Rich Bassett hang the lane labels and stretch out the target reset strings. With the able assistance of the early arriving Tom Ryan and Hector Medina we set out the myriad of distance marked paper targets, reactive swingers and shoot to re-set practice field targets and had everything in readiness for the range to open at 8:00 am. It was time for a break, and I was already changing into my second shirt of the day. Over the next hour and a quarter, the field of competitors continued to arrive, unpack their gear and get ready for the match taking time to check their zeros and get in a little practice without letting the heat and humidity get to them. When Rich called everyone together for the pre match safety meeting and squad / lane assignments he made sure to tell everyone that if they needed to take a break, they should come off the course, hydrate and cool off.
Despite the severe conditions some excellent scores were posted with Brian Van Liew shooting the match high score of 54/60 for first place in the under 12 ft. lb. WFTF / PCP division while Mike Harris trailed him for second in the division with a 50/60 score. The winner of the WFTF / Piston division, Hector Medina, carded a 53/60 narrowly defeating Nathan Thomas who came in with 52/60. Tom Ryan also posted a 53/60 score to take First in the Hunter Division PCP Piston Combined staying 2 points ahead of his son TJ, who finished with a 51/60. Craig Evans was the sole entrant for the Unlimited class and Ray Apelles was truly in a class by himself saying that he needed the off hand practice, so he shot the entire match Standing thereby raising the difficulty to 46.7 and still managed to take out 20 of the targets. Craig Evans was our only two gun entrant posting a 21/30 for first place in the Pistol division. A full listing of all the scores and equipment will be posted at the end of the match report.
As always thanks to the FTRPA archers for the use of the lanes and all those who took the time and spent the funds to join us in the fun of Field Target. We are especially thankful to Tom Ryan and Ed Carter who stayed after the match and helped with the pickup and put away of all the targets, strings and bases. Please try to join us for our next Feld Target match Sunday, September 15th.
Larry Bowne for the
Field Target Committee at FTRPA
|FALLS TWSP. RIFLE AND PISTOL ASSN. FIELD TARGET MATCH|
|HUNTER DIVISION, PCP PISTON COMBINED|
|Tom Ryan||Thomas FT||Sightron||JSB 13.4||53|
|T.J. Ryan||HW-100||Hawke||JSB 10.34||51|
|Thomas Wade||AA S-500||Hawke||JSB 10.30||48|
|Jim Wilcox||TX 200||Hawke||JSB 8.44||39|
|Paul Varney||HW-100||Sidewinder||JSB 10.3||38|
|Ed Carter||Daystate||MTC||JSB 10.34||37|
|WFTF DIVISION, PISTON|
|Hector Medina||WFTF D-54||Sightron||QYS 7.48||53|
|Nathan Thomas||Walther LGU||Bushnell||AA 8.4||52|
|Jay Hannon||HW-97||Bushnell||AA 8.4||46|
|Larry Bowne||AA ProSport||Bushnell||AA 8.4||30|
|Albert Gasbarra||BSA Meteor||Simmons||AA 8.4||10|
|WFTF DIVISION, PCP|
|Brian Van Liew||TM-1000||Khales 50X||AA 10.3||54|
|Mike Harris||Anschutz||Nikko||AA 8.4||50|
|Rick Bassett||AA EV-2||Luepold 40X||AA 8.44||28|
|Craig Evans||Challenger||AEON 32X||H&N sniper||39|
|Ray Apelles||Diana 54 Bullpup||March 40X||AA 8.4||20|
|Craig Evans||Crosman 1701||UTG 12X||CPL||21|
|Ron Deal||IZH 46M||-----||RWS||6|
My deepest appreciation to the FTRPA crew for putting the match up regardless of conditions.
Shooting with Nathan is always fun and in general meeting with all the friends at FTRPA, one of the prettiest and best courses in the North-east, is always a privilege and a pleasure!
Will post some pictures later, I have to run pick up the kids from school, 😉
Keep well and shoot straight!
OK, here are some pictures for your enjoyment.
FT Shooters, just doing what they do best: Telling lies, I mean . . . shooting the breeze:
Now "The Boss" Rich B calls everyone to attention for the shooters' meeting:
It's interesting to see that with news that the 2021 WFTC's may be coming to the USA, a LOT of "Open" shooters are trying their hand at WFTF, like Mike Harris.
Look Ma! NO straps!
As I said, shooting with Nathan Thomas is always a pleasure and a privilege, he is one of the "Young Values" in the USA FT Roster and his score showed it.
The course is really pretty, shaded in the trees and adjacent to a lake. The lanes are well kept and they look easier than they really are.
The lake is just on the other side of the glaringly lit trees, and so the targets in this lane are exposed more to the wind coming from/across the lake.
The two far targets are placed in metal posts, giving a little inclination to the shot and exposing the targets to the wind. It was one of my few "first shot" misses.
"When the dealing was done" I was "right chuffed":
We protested the "5 Far" target because although we both got it once, we clearly saw our whole pellets welded to the paddle (lower section) when the target declared the shot a "miss", and thought the MD's should be alerted to the fact. In no way did this detract from the quality of the shoot. Shooting springers is always harder and we accept that.
After the Match, Rick entered into "Conclave" to do the scores and when he was done, everyone was invited to the Club House, to take shelter from the heat and the awards were presented:
In the background you see Ray Apelles talking to George Hamilton, one of the oldest FT shooters in the USA and a REAL character. We hope and pray that his family's health woes get better.
1st place WFTF PCP, and Match High, Brian Van Lieuw:
1st place Hunter PCP/Piston combined: Tom Ryan, 2nd was son, TJ, nipping right at his "Ole man" heels, LOL!
To the right in the picture you can see Albert Gasbarra, that scored a 10 on his FIRST match! I still remember my "5" in my first Match, LOL! Hopefully, Albert will keep on shooting FT, his prone form is excellent.
In the WFTF Piston Nathan Thomas got second place:
All the other classes/divisions were classes of 1, so no awards, but Ray's score of 20, all offhand, is truly good.
I had a ton of fun, and the overnight trip was worth every minute of it. Returning to the Washington DC area in a Sunday afternoon took more than was expected, but most everyone had spent a day at the beach. Little did all of them know the fun we have in the woods.
Again, my deepest appreciation to Larry B., Jim W., and Rich B. for a great match.
Hope to see you all soon along the lanes!
PS.- Don't pay any attention to the time stamp of some photos, it's just the "Twilight Zone" effect.
Keep well and shoot straight!
Thank you all for the kind words and pictures were great. The far target on lane 5 was checked and it was defective due to my original repair. It has now been repaired properly and is now back in the lineup. We check each target every time we use them but once in awhile one sneaks by me when I am not looking. Those little animals are always trying to get over on me. Actually the older targets are better behaved than some of the newer ones. We do take every comment into consideration although it may not seem like it sometimes.
No worries, Rich! It's all part of the game.
More than sending a message, I was explaining to the friends that would see the pictures what the "p" meant.
Too much talk about targets playing games, even during nationals, but I had never actually seen the process put in place like at FTRPA:
You think the target is not too good? Put a "P" and continue shooting! No stoppages, no fuss, no hassles. Poland's WFTC's would have been a completely different story if this same procedure had been in place.
And it is one of the things I forgot to mention, and neither did Larry: There were NO COLD LINES called (that I heard, or saw). It is just one of the aspects of a GREAT Match.
Pellets have advanced tremendously, guns have improved their reliability and consistency, now we need to get targets that work as well, if not better than the old standby's. Sadly, it is the item in the sport that commands the lowest attractiveness to manufacture.
I've been thinking that the future should be some sort of self-resetting targets, like the ones Brad Troyer designed and Paul Porch has built some on that design, those would do away with strings and the inherent problems, and the axles can be much better built with bearings (not roller), because there are less parts to make. And we can always count on gravity to do the job properly (and if it is not doing it, then FT matches would be the least of our worries, LOL!). It would turn the "Coming up" statement from shooters making sure that the scorer saw the point, to something like "It's down". and from the scorer's POV, it would turn the "good shot" assessment to "yes, it's down".
Anyway, to Richard, Larry and Jim: THANKS again!