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SWEFTA shoot - East Devon FTC

Posted by [email protected] on June 27, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Four of us made the short trip to Cullompton to compete in the latest competition at East Devon FTC.

The weather had remained warm and sunny with a light wind drifting and occasionally changing direction across the course.

With the trees providing some welcome shade from the sun conditions were almost perfect. 

Jeremy Stamp (EDFTC secretary) gave the safety brief, announced the winners of the previous shoot at Mendips and awarded them their winners badges.

The shooting started at 9 am and it was soon apparent the light wind was going to prove more tricky than a lot of us thought.

It frequently changed direction but so subtely that at times it was difficult to notice.

With a mixture of longe range and shorter range targets, the latter with some very small kill zones meaning the slightest movement resulted in a miss the course proved both interesting and challenging.

Add in some targets placed high in trees and the obligatory standing and kneeling shots it was obvious we were going to have to work hard to achieve anything worthwhile.

As the morning passed and results started to come in some very good scores began to filter through.

The four of us finished shooting by about lunchtime and we all took advantage of the food van for a well earned burger and drink.

Our scores were as follows.

Graham Tucker scored a creditable 19 ex 40.

Dan Hudson in his first season scored 28 ex 40 with 5 eliminators, taking first place in C grade by one eliminator. A great achievement. 

Russ Harding also scored 28 ex 40 in B grade taking third place and just missing out on second place by one eliminator. There's life in the old dog yet!

Yours truly scored 36 ex 40 in A grade which with 5 eliminators turned out to be the top FT score of the day. Modesty prevents me from reporting further.

We said our goodbyes and headed back where we look forward to the next competition at North Petherwin , Launceston on July 20th.

Thanks go to Jeremy and his fellow EDFTC shooters for putting on a good shoot and making us very welcome.

Buckley Wood Open Shoot

Posted by [email protected] on February 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Buckley Wood AGC open shoot on 29th June.

40 shot FT and 40 shot HFT course

Prizes on the day.

Food and drinks available all day from Roz's snack shack

All welcome

SWEFTA 1st Round Shebbear Shooters

Posted by [email protected] on February 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Has been re-arranged for 9th March.

Charity shoot

Posted by [email protected] on January 6, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

East Devon FTC are hosting a charity shoot on January 26th to support the fight against Breast Cancer..

Both FT and HFT shooters catered for.

Entry fee is £5.00 and all entrants are asked to donate a prize to the value of £3.00. All monies to go to the charity.

26th January shoot cancelled now re-arranged for Sunday 2nd February.

Alf's xmas shoot

Posted by [email protected] on November 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A total of sixteen brave (some would say fool hardy) shooters made it to Alf's ground at North Petherwin to take part in the now annual ritual of Alf's xmas shoot.

Driving to Launceston along the A30 the weather gradually worsened and on arrival a blustery wind and drizzly rain made several shooters wonder if they had made the right decision to shoot when they could have been tucked up in a warm bed.

Thankfully we soon discovered that hot food and drink had been laid on and after downing a few bacon rolls and cups of coffee it was on to the course.

The wind made for tricky shooting and several shooters could be heard venting their frustration with their first shot going exactly where intended only for the next shot to go where it was not. A result of a blustery wind that made each shot a challenge.

Several lanes had a number of reduced hit zones with some as small as 1/2" and although they were restricted in range that wind still caused problems. If that wasn't enough the drizzle soaked everything.

As the shoot progressed it was obviious high scores were going to be at a minmum.

Further down the hilly course there was a respite in the wind and rain and those shooters frustrated at the start of the shoot were able to collect some valuable points. But those of us who have shot at this ground before know this course has a sting in its tail, namely the last two lanes.

Not only do they have reduced hit zone targets, long range targets and a change in wind direction the second to last lane has the dreaded forty five yard standing target placed high up in a tree.

Ask anyone who has shot this course and they all remember this particular target. 

Despite the bad weather and challenging course everyone made the most of it and as soon a shooter finished it was back to the shed with the hot food and drink and a chance to discuss the days shooting.

As said earlier high scores were going to be somewhat limited and so it was proven to be.

Steve Franklin (Duchy) finished first with a score of 36 ex 40 which was an incredibly good score considering the conditions. Congratulations to Steve.

Our own Tony Crabb took second place with 33 ex 40. This was achieved withTony using a 10 mag scope. Brilliant stuff!!

Yours truly took third place with a score of 31 ex 40 maikng it quite a successful shoot for Buckley Wood.

Thanks go to Alf for staging the shoot, to Nigel Palmers daughters (sorry didn't get your names) for providing the hot food and drink and finally to Russ for providing the taxi service and cough sweets.