Originally Posted by Brian.Samson
It's a subject that's become quite dear to my heart now - I take it you remember the debacle in New Zealand at the WFTF World Championships where practically every target on the course malfunctioned on the first shot!
The comment about poking with a stick was a bit of a reference to what happened this year in Lithuania. A target was called into question, it was ignored for a while and after repeated disputes a marshal was sent to 'check' the target. He picked up a fairly hefty stick, rammed it through the killzone and declared that it seemed alright to him
The target was later replaced after it was proved by numerous shooters to be a defective target.
I've also been appointed as the Head of the Marshalling committee for the WFTF and part of that role is to write some procedures and write and deliver a training course in Portugal next year. One thing missing was how do we (being the WFTF) check a target. There's no way I'm standing up in front of however many people in a conference hall and suggesting the recommended procedure is to find a stick and poke the target
So I really needed to come up with a better solution.
It's not my idea and it's certainly not a new one - this is a version of a target checker that Brad Troyer from the USA made about 8 years ago form a butchered Crossman 2240 pistol.
That also happened at the Worlds where we first met Brian - I was looking ahead through the course watching the shooters take the up and coming ranges and most were very decent shots indeed. This one target wasn't going down for them and that got my attention.
I was on with two other guys who shot first and they also failed to drop so I decided to call a marshal before I shot. It was indeed seized and I think the organisers gave a score or dropped the score for everyone as the majority of the field had been through by the time I called. The collective results for this target seemed to show a very high percentage of non dropped targets for shooters that were dropping much more challenging shots with aplomb.
The other greats were Andy Calpin being followed by a Polish Wolf and Laity landing face first after too much jewish polish vodka at 99% proof.