Originally Posted by Flannelmeister
After 2 years away from the sport when financial exigencies meant selling all my gear, I finally managed to get some kit to take part again.
I couldn't afford "proper" FT gun and large range-finding scope so bought an HW97 with a "normal" scope and was looking forward to practising through the winter and taking part in the GPs next year in Sporting Field Target.
And now the BFTA have dropped it.
Here I was trying to be an ambassador for FT telling people that no, it isn't elitist, you don't need to spend megabucks on a huge scope, you can take part with a normal hunting type set up in SFT.
Obviously I was wrong.
You obviously do just want the people with the money to spend on gear.
Apart from being personally gutted, I think it is short sighted.
SFT is a way to bring people into the sport who don't have the resources to buy specialist kit. Far from dropping it, the BFTA should be actively promoting it, putting articles in the airgun magazines etc and getting new blood into FT who are not intimidated by the need for the "right" equipment. I bet many shooters out there who would otherwise have a go are totally unaware the discipline exists.
Thanks a bunch BFTA
Just curious........did you let your rep know that you were against this proposal?
Proposals have been floating about since June EGM. Maybe the WAFTA rep voted to keep SFT I'm not sure.
You can still shoot SFT style in any GP but there will not be any trophies. As Simon said, you can make the proposal to re-instate SFT via your club / WAFTA.
regards Barry McDonald 70756