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Field Target Match - Southeast PA in Fairless Hills, PA - Sunday 9/15/19  


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September 2, 2019 12:27:09  

The Falls Township Rifle and Pistol Association in Fairless Hills PA (Philadelphia suburb) will be holding our next Field Target match of the 2019 season on Sunday 9/15/19.  The 10 lane course is laid out on the lakeside trails of the club’s 3D archery course. Within the confines of the 35 targets we’ve also laid out a 20 target / 40 shot course for those who wish to shoot pistol only or be adventurous and compete in both disciplines.  Approximately 1/3 of the targets are tree mounted some with higher elevation angles.  We’ve tried to pick new locations within our existing lane structure and use at least a couple of seldom used lane choices 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).


RULESA 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,  Jim Wilcox,  Telephone: 215-443-9631,  E-Mail:


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September 18, 2019 23:15:33  

The Falls Township Rifle and Pistol Association located in Southeastern PA held our third airgun Field Target match of our 2019 season on Sunday, 9/15/19.   Airgun Field Target competitors from around the Philadelphia metropolitan area along with a couple of more far traveled shooters from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Upstate PA took advantage of the near ideal weather conditions (temperatures 72-82, winds between 6-8 mph) to try their skills on the course set out along the tree covered lakeside trails of the club’s 3D archery course. 

Jim Wilcox and I had planned out a 30 targets, 60 shot course of fire for the rifle phase of the match but also managed to accommodate those who wished to compete in the pistol division by allowing for a 20 targets, 40 shot course for pistols contained  within the rifle course by utilizing the 2 closest targets in each of the rifle lanes and setting out special Pistol Only targets when the rifle targets were beyond the 35 yard maximum for pistol competition.  The rifle course featured an average target distance of 31.3 yards and the kill zones for those targets averaged 1.2 inches which translated to a Troyer rating of 27.8 difficulty.  The smaller/shorter pistol course maintained the 1.2 inch average kill zone size, but the average distance shrunk to 19.6 yards resulting in an unweighted Troyer rating of 19.2.  Application of the pistol multiplier of 1.575 raised the difficulty factor for the pistol course to a Troyer rating of 30.29. Overall both courses were slightly lower in difficulty than our historical averages but there were still 9 targets at more than 40 yard distances and some individual rifle targets with difficulties that approached or exceeded the 40.0 Troyer level.  In our efforts to make each match a little different from its’ predecessors we went back to long unused lane locations and tried a new, counter intuitive wrinkle for the first time  in a couple of the shorter lanes by putting the bigger kill zone target at the closer distance in the lane and shrinking the sizes as the distance increased for the other targets, yet still kept all targets legal under AAFTA’s guidelines.

The field of fourteen entrants for the rifle match  which also had a two competitors doubling up in the pistol division had ample opportunity prior to the start of the match to check their zeros and get in some practice on the target rich sight in range set up on the club’s dedicated airgun range adjacent to the 3D lanes.  While this was going on Match Director Rich Bassett was collecting match fees and getting everybody signed up and Joel Gupta helped with squad assignments.  When the clerical work was complete, and all were ready to begin the match Rich gathered everyone for a short safety and rules review before giving out the starting lane assignments and scorecards and dispatched the competitors to the course for the 9:30 AM start time.

All the squads moved smoothly along the course, (I don’t recall any cold lines or target failures), and the last shots went downrange just before 1:00 PM.  When the scorecards were tabulated Brian Van Liew had posted a nearly perfect match high score of 59/60, good for a first place finish in the combined WFTF/Open division, hitting all the long distance high difficulty shots but missing one of the two smallest kill zone standing lane targets.  What a performance!  Tom Ryan carded a 58/60 to take first place in the Hunter Division just edging out Joel Gupta with his 56/60 score.   T.J. Ryan trailed Joel and his father in third place for Hunter with a 51/60.  Dale Benson who historically shoots in the standing class moved into the Unlimited class and posted the next highest match score at 50/60.  A full list of competitors scores and equipment will be posted at the end of this report.

Thanks, as always to the FTRPA archers for the use of the lanes for our match.  We would also like to express our appreciation for all the shooters who took the time, made the drive and spent the funds to join us for the day.  A special thank you goes out to Tom Ryan, Mike Harris and Melissa Glenn for their assistance in the pickup and put away of all the targets, strings, bases and other match paraphernalia. As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work.”  Please remember to join us for our fourth and final Airgun Field Target match of the 2019 season on Sunday, November 17th.

Larry Bowne

for the

Field Target Committee at FTRPA

Tom RyanThomas FTSightronJSB 13.458
Joel GuptaAR20FTSightronAA 8.456
T.J. RyanHW-100HawkeJSB 10.3451
Paul VarneyHW-100SidewinderJSB 10.347
Greg DippleGuantletUTGJSB 10.3443
Melissa GlennMarauderUTGAA 10.340
Bob StolzenbergerAA S500HawkeJSB jumbo6
Brian Van LiewTM-1000Khales 50XJSB 8.459
Rick BassettAA EV-2Luepold 40XAA 8.4446
Mike HarrisSteyrLG100SightronAA 8.444
Larry BowneAA ProSportBushnell 32XAA 8.433
Walt GregorySteyrSightronJSB 10.3430
Craig EvansChallengerAeon 32XH & N Sniper med.30
Dale BensonMarauderSightronH&N Barracuda50
Mike HarrisFWB P 70HawkeAA29
Craig EvansCrosman 1720UTG 12XCPL25

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September 19, 2019 09:45:24  

Thanks Larry, very nice report, as usual.


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September 19, 2019 14:27:27  




Great report.

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September 19, 2019 14:48:21  

Good report, Larry. Thanks to everyone for your hard work.