The 2018 BFTA Grand Prix season got off to a fantastic start after an intense first round of competitive field target shooting at Redfearns Field Target Club in Barnsley. With a total of 8 shoots across the Grand Prix season, competitors were vying for the chance to get some early points on the board, and they did not disappoint!
Redfearns is one of the oldest FT clubs around; with many FT competitors starting their air rifle shooting careers here. The clubs ground is made up of stunning woodland, it’s a beautiful place to spend the day, even when you’re not shooting you can enjoy the picturesque views.
The recent April showers that have been flooding the country over the last few weeks have finally lifted. The sun was out and the temperatures were ideal for shooting.
Everyone hopes to get the Grand Prix series off to a good start. The wind helped to ensure plenty of competitors, wondering what they could have done to get a decent score.
Some shooters had the measure of the weather. Air Arms very own Andy Calpin posted an impressive 47ex50, which ended up as the top score on the day.
Other team strong performances came from current World Champion, Jack Harris who finished with 45 points. In addition, Keith Gilyard and James Head both had a good day finishing with a recorded 44 points each.
John Farbrother led the charge for the Air Arms recoiling team with 43. It’s going to be interesting to see how the recoiling team members fair against everyone else throughout the season.
Air Arms ‘A’ team finished very well ahead of there nearest rivals. Air Arms ‘D’ continued their top notch shooting as they ended the day at the top of their table.
All eyes are now on Round 2 of the BFTA Grand Prix series, which continues on 13th May at the Springfield Shooting Club in Lincolnshire.
Full results and more information can be found at www.thebfta.net