It wasn't my intention to hurry you up - I just found this the most informative, as well as the most mouth-watering, introduction to HFT I've read so far.
When I was looking for an alternative to 10m Olympic (which I found utterly boring) in the late nineties, FT was the only thing I came across. Since in this country, we didn't have anything like it, or any history, we basically started out where the English started out in the '80's... a mix of springers and PCP's, most with modest scopes. With my Swift 6-24x50 scope w/ AO, I was among the more advanced (we had only one guy shooting a Premier'ed Leup, but he was constantly struggling with it).
Before we knew it, we were sucked into the arms race as well.
I like the almost thought- (and worry-) free, Zen-like precision element of FT (and I will actually shoot my first match in something like 10 years next weekend), but after reading your article, I really want to try my hand at HFT as well - you make it sound like it's not just eyeballing and lots of practice (which I like) but also cunning, which I like as well. To me, you make it sound like fun.
The Filthy Pig
: Air Arms 100 (1990) + AA Olympic trigger + Welham reg + Custom Shop CS1000 stock. Status: leaking.
The Unknown Quantity
: AA EV2 Mk4. + BSA Platinum 10-50x60 + Jon Harris wheel. Status: sorted up to 25 yds.
The Limping Dog
: Air Arms Shamal (1989) + unknown origin sporter stock + Optisan Cobra 3-9x42. Status: slowly leaking; needs work.
: HW97k + Venom Lazaglide. Status: working just fine; needs scope.
with apologies to NJR100