UKAHFT NA­TION­ALS

ROUNDS 5 & 6 MAL­DON Gary Chilling­worth gets up right up to date with the HFT scene

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Gary Chilling­worth re­ports on rounds 5 & 6 from a very windy M. A. D.

Back in the sum­mer, when the sun was warm and the ground was dry, my home club - Mal­don and Dis­trict Airgun Club, the best HFT club in the coun­try ( I have no bias) - hosted rounds 5 & 6 of the UKAHFT Na­tional Se­ries.

For 2015, there was to be a chal­lenge of two Ti­tans of the cours­eset­ting world, but as th­ese two were on hol­i­day, Vince Hol­land and Richard Woods stepped in and de­cided to have a go. In the red cor­ner, Richard had been dealt the low blow. He had been given an open piece of land and a hill. Mean­while in the blue cor­ner, Vinny had the wood­land and a team of helpers.

Day 1 (the Satur­day) would be held on the red course and Richard had pulled out all the stops not only to make sure that the shoot­ers had a great day, but also that they would go home and speak about a course that was a mix­ture of pure evil and true tech­ni­cal chal­lenge. Richard is one of the top HFT shoot­ers in the coun­try, and he used all of his years of knowl­edge as a shooter to put on a truly spec­tac­u­lar course. Ev­ery trick in the book was used from range traps and el­e­va­tion, to tar­gets with re­duced face­plates and tar­gets that were just plain small, but de­spite this, what we will all re­mem­ber is the wind.

Fear­some rep­u­ta­tion

The hill sec­tion at Mal­don has a fear­some rep­u­ta­tion and this is why it is sel­dom used. The wind whips across the fields and when it hits the bot­tom of this mighty un­du­la­tion it gath­ers pace, and by the time it ar­rives at the tar­gets, it has built up such a head of steam that it could move a mor­tar round off tar­get, let alone an 8.4grain pel­let.

One par­tic­u­lar tar­get was on peg 27; it was a 25mm tar­get at 40 yards and it was a lit­tle bird. The wind was com­ing from right to left - which I knew be­cause when I picked the string up, it was bow­ing in this di­rec­tion; in fact, a few peo­ple had men­tioned that the strings were be­ing pulled through their hands by the wind. I looked at the tar­get and started to aim off, 1 mil- dot then 2, then 3 and when I ran out of mil- dots on my scope I pulled the trig­ger and waited; to my amaze­ment, the tar­get fell and the two points were mine. Un­for­tu­nately, this was one of the few tar­gets that I killed that day, but heigh-ho, it was a fun course to shoot.

On the Sun­day, the course was very dif­fer­ent. Vinny is quite a tech­ni­cal chap and he is never hap­pier then when he has a clip­board in his hand. Now, Vinny has not been shoot­ing long and the an­noy­ing thing is, he is not

“peo­ple had men­tioned that the strings were be­ing pulled through their hands by the wind”

world cham­pion - but it also ap­pears that he is a very good course set­ter.

Vinny’s course was quite sim­ple, but I don’t mean sim­ple as in ‘easy’; there were no gim­micks, it was a great old-fash­ioned HFT course, and ev­ery­thing was there in front of you to shoot - and there was noth­ing to try to trick you. If the tar­get looked long, it was long. What Vinny had done, though, was to cre­ate a course on which you needed to be pre­cise.

There were a lot of tar­gets set with branches above the tar­gets, so if you got your tra­jec­tory wrong by un­deror over-rang­ing, then you would hear your pel­let go ‘ thud’ into some wood. Vinny did such a good job; he even got a few peo­ple to storm off the course. There were some shoot­ers who to­tally missed quite a few tar­gets early on and in­stead of stay­ing for the fun of it, dum­mies were thrown out of prams, and they were last seen wheel- spin­ning out the car park.

Very dif­fer­ent

Both of the cour­ses were great, but for very dif­fer­ent rea­sons; Richard’s was a head scratcher and Vin­nie’s was just plain hard. The thing I love about my home club of Mal­don is the di­ver­sity we have within it. Ev­ery­one chips in and does their bit to make the club what it is. Richard and Vinny may have set the course, but the team of helpers was huge. On the day, you could see Mal­don mem­bers run­ning about with wa­ter for the shoot­ers, and then there were mem­bers like Jim Lowe and his wife, who manned the side shoot for two days and did a won­der­ful job. Jim chose not to shoot the na­tional, so that he could re­main on the side-shoot to give ev­ery­one an equal chance. No mat­ter what needed to be done, there was some­one will­ing to help and this is what I love about club life in the world of HFT.

We do need to know who won over the two days: On the Satur­day, Colin ( Tugg) Wil­son took the Open; Kyle Hamp­ton won the Re­coil­ing: Ed­ward Tandi was .22 champ; Mia Roberts was top lady; Jen­nifer Allen won the Ju­niors 14-16; and Mitchel Birch was Top Ju­nior 9-13. The Man­u­fac­turer’s Tro­phy went to Steyr, and the Team event went to Mal­don. The round was spon­sored by Hull Car­tridge and Ju­nior shooter, Laura Dick­son, won a stun­ning HW100.

On Sun­day, the Open was taken by Richard Woods; the Ladies by Theresa Reed; the Ju­niors 14-16 by her son, El­liot Reed; the 9-13 was taken by Laura Dick­son with her new HW100; the .22 by Ed­ward Tandi; the Team event was taken by Mal­don, and the Man­u­fac­turer’s by Walther.

The round was spon­sored by Team Wild, and Steve Ed­mon­son won a stun­ning spe­cial edi­tion, Air Arms TX200.

The Na­tional shoot­ing sea­son is soon com­ing to an end for 2015, but if this ar­ti­cle has piqued your in­ter­est, then check out the three great win­ter se­ries of HFT. Th­ese are the Southern Hun­ters, the Mid­land Hun­ters and the Gaunt­let. In­for­ma­tion on all of th­ese shoots can be found at www. shoot­ing-the-breeze.com

“The thing I love about my home club of Mal­don

is the di­ver­sity we have within it”

Left: You don’t have to be mad to shoot at M. A. D. but its helps

Below: We had a great turnout from the ladies

Above: Laura with her new gun

Above: Ev­ery ri­fle is chrono­graphed to en­sure that it’s le­gal

Far r ight: Richard Woods re­ceives his win­ner’s tro­phy from Pete Dut­ton

Right: Steve Ed­mon­son was the lucky win­ner of the Team Wild TX200

Below: Yet an­other miss for Greg Hens­man. By now he should be used to it

Left: Char­lotte Ed­mon­son should al­ways know there are cam­eras around and yes, her toe nails do match the ri­fle

Left: Laura Dick­en­son col­lects her HW100 with her fa­ther from M. A. D.’s Richard Woods

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