Homebrewed FT Course?  

 

MarineO6
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March 13, 2018 13:29  

I have a couple of acres in NC and want to set up a FT course...I've never shot an FT match and would like to put something together that would be a good example of a 'generic' FT course which would allow me to dial in my gear, get some serious trigger time in, and be prepared for most anything I might come across in an actual FT scenario. 

I've checked a few online sources but there seems to be a rather large array of possibilities for a FT course...is there a guide to putting together a home course, including what sort of targets I should get, how high to mount the targets, distances (10-55 yds?), and whatever else may be required?

Not sure if there's maybe a book, or a website, or something to help a novice break into the sport without attending a match, which are few and far between out here in BFE.

TIA!


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bvan62
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March 13, 2018 13:58  

Look up THAGC. They are a FT club in NC (and there are others too) and they can help you. Just reach out to them. Most likely one of them will see you post and chime in.

Brian


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Shutik
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March 13, 2018 13:59  

You don't need that much for good set up. 3 Targets would do the job. Just place them at various distances from where you shooting from 10 to 55 yards.

Then you range them, take 4 shots at each, write down notes.

Then you walk down range and relocate the targets to different distances.

For closer targets you might want to add some kill zone reducers to keep it more challenging.

https://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Crosman_Zombie_Field_Target_4_Kill_Zone_Reducers_Reset_String/4957 -- only $15 and has reducers and string.

After the practice, just paint your targets (I use wife's old nail polishes) where shots landed.

Have fun!


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dan_house
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March 13, 2018 14:06  

study pics from matches all over the world, read and study the AAFTA handbook for some of the finer points of how the targets are place....

but basically just put targets out at 10 to 55 yards and shoot them

you didnt say how many targets you have, so set up a lane and shooters box as described in the rules, and have at it!! After a couple of rounds on that lane, move them around, up hill, down hill, close in and far out... also consider that you will have to shoot a lane or two from a forced position, so set one lane up for that too.....  

Consider how the wind blows thru that land too as yo set itup. Dealing with the wind is what gets you a good score

the biggest variable between matches Ive shot is the land the course is set on. SO that'll always change as you go to other matches. Really the course is your competition, not the other shooters. If you have a way to practice in a way thats much closer to the reality of an approved course setup, you'll have some advantage going in....

pics and updates when you get that far please

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RochesterFieldTarget
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March 13, 2018 14:09  

If you're unable to get to a monthly match and want to set one up on your own property then this might help and this is how I set up my courses for our monthly matches and Crosman competition.

assuming 30 targets and 15 lanes
15 targets between 45 and 55 (no reducers) leaving 15 targets
1 lane kneeling (2 targets) leaving 13 targets (reducers per AAFTA restrictions). Suggest one close and one far
1 lane standing (2 targets) leaving 11 targets (reducers per AAFTA restrictions). Suggest one close and one far
5 targets close with small KZ (refer to AAFTA restrictions on KZ/distance) leaving 6 targets
6 targets to fill in the remaining holes

Hope this helps...
Sean

Sean McD


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rich177
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March 13, 2018 15:18  

The best place to start is the AAFTA handbook on their website.  aafta.org.  there really is no generic course because every match director seems to approach it differently and has different real estate to work with.  Some guys like to make their courses difficult while we try to design them with both easy and difficult shots, long and short, up and down as the landscape permits.  Field target is not like an NRA discipline with specific range standards wherever you go it is the same. We currently have a practice range set up and I plan to set up a 2 lane practice course with four targets a lane using resettable targets and swingers.  We completely change our course set up for every match including use of terrain,  target selection, distance4s, and kill zone sizes.  We, like many others try to have every target at a different distance although once in awhile we get a duplicate.  Our normal match course is about a 28 Troyer rating with an average distance around 28-30 yds.

There are matches in NC so you should go check one out.  For your practice range make your targets movable because in a real match you will be faced with targets at all distances from 10 to 55 yds.  We use approx. 12-13 different makes of targets for our matches but for practice the shoot to reset and swingers are the best because then you don't need to deal with the reset cords.  Lots of companies make the practice targets.  We use Crosman and Remington and some from Quality Targets.

Good luck and have fun.

Rich B.  Falls Twsp. R & P Assn.

 

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gonzav
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March 13, 2018 15:25  

Setup steep up hill and down hill shots if you have the terrain.

Some clubs have high angle tree shots that are difficult. Some have tricky down hill shots as well.

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Paul Porch
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March 13, 2018 16:41  

Marine6

Our club is the Tar Heel Airgun Club here in NC. 

We hold matches each month and sometimes twice a month. Where are you located In the state?

I would be glad to help you out with info and resources.

Just come to a match, we would pair you with an experienced member and help you through the course. Very newbie friendly group.

You can email me at my website at:

www. Mypaulscustomtargets.com my phone number is there too.

We would look forward to have you come out and try the sport with us. 

You will be able to see how the lanes are set up and the targets placed.


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Paul Porch
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March 13, 2018 19:53  

Marine06

I hit your PM but for some reason I can't return your message.

Just email me at

paulscustomtargets@gmail.com

I have your info


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Gerald
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March 13, 2018 20:46  

There is also a match on March 24 near Burlington.

http://centralcarolinagunclub.wildapricot.org/Field-Target

Hope you can make it.

Gerald

 


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travelbike
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March 14, 2018 13:40  

We have 5 acres and have makeshift range from 10 to 55 yards.  I bought some resetable targets at 15, 25, 35, 45 and 55 yards. At 10, 20, 30, 35, 45 yards, I use bent spoons,  metal pulleys etc.  At 15 yards, the targets are about 1/2". At 25, about 3/4". At 35, 45 and 55, I think it is about 1.25".   I made a spreadsheet where a card is printed with random distances.

 

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MarineO6
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March 14, 2018 15:53  

Really appreciate all the input, you all are great!

Going to start out with 5 Rat(s)-on-the-Run, will intersperse with a few other targets, with some different elevations. After attending a few matches I’ll have a much better idea of course setup, but the cinco rats will get me sighted in.

Thanks again!


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GLPalinkas
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March 14, 2018 20:14  
Posted by: MarineO6

I have a couple of acres in NC and want to set up a FT course...I've never shot an FT match and would like to put something together that would be a good example of a 'generic' FT course which would allow me to dial in my gear, get some serious trigger time in, and be prepared for most anything I might come across in an actual FT scenario. 

I've checked a few online sources but there seems to be a rather large array of possibilities for a FT course...is there a guide to putting together a home course, including what sort of targets I should get, how high to mount the targets, distances (10-55 yds?), and whatever else may be required?

Not sure if there's maybe a book, or a website, or something to help a novice break into the sport without attending a match, which are few and far between out here in BFE.

TIA!

Just to throw more stuff at you, fellow jarhead, here is a Troyer chart. A Field Target chart developed by a fellow FT shooter to allow some judgment on the difficulty of a particular target/lane or course.

Troyer Chart

 


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Jody
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March 14, 2018 22:20  

Me and my son are thinking of setting up a course also at the house. We have discussed getting 30 targets and doing a whole course through the woods. Once we have it setup anyone close by is welcome to use it also. We have talked about getting the rat on the run air venture targets. Some have said they work good. Further info to come as we get it set up.

Jody
Troutman, NC
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MarineO6
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March 15, 2018 07:23  
Posted by: Jody

Me and my son are thinking of setting up a course also at the house. We have discussed getting 30 targets and doing a whole course through the woods. Once we have it setup anyone close by is welcome to use it also. We have talked about getting the rat on the run air venture targets. Some have said they work good. Further info to come as we get it set up.

Hey Jody, Paul (who responded earlier in this thread) makes and sells high-end FT targets but he highly recommended the Rat on the Run as a great, well built home target which is really well built so I wouldn’t hesitate to get one.  It’s also got several reducers so you can adjust for distances.  I ordered five!


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MarineO6
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March 15, 2018 07:24  
Posted by: GLPalinkas
Posted by: MarineO6

I have a couple of acres in NC and want to set up a FT course...I've never shot an FT match and would like to put something together that would be a good example of a 'generic' FT course which would allow me to dial in my gear, get some serious trigger time in, and be prepared for most anything I might come across in an actual FT scenario. 

I've checked a few online sources but there seems to be a rather large array of possibilities for a FT course...is there a guide to putting together a home course, including what sort of targets I should get, how high to mount the targets, distances (10-55 yds?), and whatever else may be required?

Not sure if there's maybe a book, or a website, or something to help a novice break into the sport without attending a match, which are few and far between out here in BFE.

TIA!

Just to throw more stuff at you, fellow jarhead, here is a Troyer chart. A Field Target chart developed by a fellow FT shooter to allow some judgment on the difficulty of a particular target/lane or course.

Troyer Chart

 

Thanks for the headache!

S/F, Rod


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GLPalinkas
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March 15, 2018 08:49  
Posted by: Jody

Me and my son are thinking of setting up a course also at the house. We have discussed getting 30 targets and doing a whole course through the woods. Once we have it setup anyone close by is welcome to use it also. We have talked about getting the rat on the run air venture targets. Some have said they work good. Further info to come as we get it set up.

Jody, Where are you located? 


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Jody
 Jody
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March 15, 2018 10:19  
Posted by: GLPalinkas
Posted by: Jody

Me and my son are thinking of setting up a course also at the house. We have discussed getting 30 targets and doing a whole course through the woods. Once we have it setup anyone close by is welcome to use it also. We have talked about getting the rat on the run air venture targets. Some have said they work good. Further info to come as we get it set up.

Jody, Where are you located? 

I am located around the Mooresville area in N.C.

Jody
Troutman, NC
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Jody
 Jody
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March 15, 2018 10:22  
Posted by: MarineO6
Posted by: Jody

Me and my son are thinking of setting up a course also at the house. We have discussed getting 30 targets and doing a whole course through the woods. Once we have it setup anyone close by is welcome to use it also. We have talked about getting the rat on the run air venture targets. Some have said they work good. Further info to come as we get it set up.

Hey Jody, Paul (who responded earlier in this thread) makes and sells high-end FT targets but he highly recommended the Rat on the Run as a great, well built home target which is really well built so I wouldn’t hesitate to get one.  It’s also got several reducers so you can adjust for distances.  I ordered five!

Yes I know Paul well. He is the one who told me about the Air ventrui targets. He is a great guy and very helpful.

Jody
Troutman, NC
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gonzav
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March 16, 2018 08:02  
Posted by: Jody

Me and my son are thinking of setting up a course also at the house. We have discussed getting 30 targets and doing a whole course through the woods. Once we have it setup anyone close by is welcome to use it also. We have talked about getting the rat on the run air venture targets. Some have said they work good. Further info to come as we get it set up.

Jody,

Try contacting Pyramyd Air. I think they give discounts for bulk purchase of field targets. The last quote a friend got was $500 for 30 assorted field targets shipped a few years ago.

Regards,

Leo


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Jody
 Jody
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April 5, 2018 00:15  

Gonzav thanks I have already ordered 28 targets and have 2 more on backorder. I have started clearing for 15 lanes. I hope to have a whole ft course setup soon. Anyone around the area Troutman, Mooresville, Charlotte, Statesville, Salisbury or anywhere else for that matter will be welcome to come shoot with us. Heck if we get enough interest in the area we will start holding some matches here as well.

Jody
Troutman, NC
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


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