When good peo­ple get to­gether – won­der­ful things hap­pen

Airgun World - - Airgunners Doing Great Things -

On the 1st of Septem­ber, the first day of au­tumn, mem­bers of Air­gun­fo­rum, of No­mads HFT, and our friends from the HFT com­mu­nity as­sem­bled at No­mads’ beau­ti­ful Worces­ter­shire grounds for a day of fun and fund rais­ing in aid of the Acorns Chil­dren’s Hos­pice.

The weather could not have been kinder, with pleas­ant sun­shine and a light al­though vari­able wind. The first of the many high­lights of the day was an HFT shoot, over the same course that No­mads had put on for their first round of the UKAHFT Na­tion­als two weeks ear­lier, a course which earned praise from, and proved a real chal­lenge for, the cream of the HFT com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing cur­rent and for­mer World and na­tional HFT cham­pi­ons. Many of the AGF mem­bers had never shot an HFT course be­fore, so this one was a real bap­tism of fire, but the im­por­tant thing is that ev­ery­one thor­oughly en­joyed the event.

Or­gan­iser Mick Boswell went to great lengths to pair novices with ex­pe­ri­enced HFT shoot­ers, who were able to of­fer help and en­cour­age­ment through­out the shoot, and add new re­cruits to the sport. Cer­tainly, at least two of to­day’s HFT clubs owe their very ex­is­tence to their founders try­ing HFT at pre­vi­ous Air­gun­fo­rum events, and en­joy­ing it enough to start their own clubs.


After lunch, there was a range of keenly con­tested side shoots. The long-range shoot is al­ways pop­u­lar, and of­ten proves a bit of an eye-opener when peo­ple a) fail to hit the tar­get and b) re­alise they grossly over­es­ti­mated the range. The long-range event was fol­lowed by an open-sight shoot, in which ev­ery­one used an old BSA Me­teor, which was the prize for the win­ner. Fi­nally, all-round good guy Owen Stimp­son set up a bell tar­get and pro­vided his own Fein­werk­bau 300S, which proved highly pop­u­lar and will gain re­cruits to bell tar­get shoot­ing.

As is tra­di­tional at Air­gun­fo­rum events, the prize­giv­ing was fol­lowed by a raf­fle for a huge range of prizes do­nated by com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing two new air ri­fles. Sales of raf­fle tick­ets alone raised £615, so the gen­eros­ity of the prize do­na­tors was matched by that of the par­tic­i­pants.


Th­ese events do not or­gan­ise them­selves, and the Air­gun­fo­rum meet sim­ply would not have hap­pened with­out Mick Boswell and Pete Strad­don go­ing to ex­tra­or­di­nary lengths to en­sure their suc­cess, and Carl Clay­ton who or­gan­ised the raf­fle prizes. We’re de­lighted to an­nounce that this won­der­ful even raised a grand to­tal of £1,100 for Acorns Chil­dren’s Hos­pice. Well done ev­ery­one!

Open sight win­ner Dave Hem­mings re­ceives his BSA Me­teor from Pete Sted­don.

The HFT course was ex­tremely tough.

The raf­fle prizes get bet­ter ev­ery year.

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