Rivington Riflemen and Nelson were respectively the hosts for rounds 3 and 4 of the BFTA Grand Prix Series. Despite their notoriously rainy locations in the North West and Wales, the sun shone down for both events.
Rounds 3 and 4 also added a little more ‘field’ into Field Target than we have become used to. The course at Rivington was set out on an exposed hillside, and while offering spectacular views across the valley gave no protection from the wind. Despite a course set out with this in mind, it was the wind that dictated the scores on the day. At times it was very difficult to even aim the rifle, let alone make a reasonable estimation of how the pellet might behave once the trigger was pulled. However, despite the frustration it was strangely enjoyable as the pressure of expectation was removed.
The results from shooters varied wildly making comparison of the results on the day difficult. Fortunately, when the full results were published the Air Arms FT teams had once again done well despite a few shocking scores for some of the team members. This is a shoot that will likely not be forgotten for a while to come.
The course at Nelson was also set out on a fairly exposed hillside, but this time the wind was a little kinder, even if the sun was trying its very best to slow cook us in our heavy shooting jackets. The wind played plenty of tricks throughout the day and required the utmost concentration to avoid getting caught out. The course builders had made the most of the landscape, with some nicely placed targets in a river valley and some dark spots amongst bushes to challenge our eyesight. Justin Wood continued with his current strong form and took the runner up spot. John Farbrother had an excellent round, winning the recoiling class. Once again the team members performed well to maintain the lead in both leagues 1 and 2.
Bisley, the home of shooting is the host for round 5 on 1st July. This event will signal a return to woodland FT shooting, where every little mistake will cost shooters dearly.Results