HFT WORLD CHAMPIONS
Gary Chillingwort is at Kelmarsh for the Worlds - with Hurricane Katie!
In my opinion, the HFT World Championship is the finest airgun tournament in the world today. Comprising 360 men and women, from the young bucks to the old codgers, as well as teams; .22, recoiling and the prima donna open class, the Worlds has something for every shooter.
Now in its eighth year, the WHFTA has cemented its place in the shooting universe, and unlike some competitions this event is open to all. As long as you are safe and have a sub 12ft lbs rifle, then you are welcome at Kelmarsh. It would have been much easier for the team that runs this event to restrict it to top shooters, but this is not what shooting is all about so the logistical nightmare of sorting 360 HFT participants is taken on every year.
For 2016, we were once again blessed with shooters from all over the world with teams from the Czech Republic, Holland, Poland and Belgium, to name but a few, as well as the usual mob from England, Scotland and Wales. On top of this, the manufacturers had their own series and, once again, those wonderful people at Air Arms went the extra mile and supplied everyone with chocolate and water – although water was going to be one thing that we didn’t need, but more of that later.
The event is set over two days over two courses (Alpha and Bravo) and once again we were welcomed by the Countryman Fairs Game Fair at the
“As we started to shoot, it was clear that the day was going to be about saving your dignity”
Kelmarsh showground. This wonderful event has everything to offer the person interested in field sports, from working dogs to black-powder demonstrations, fly fishing and much more.
The Worlds is about shooting and day one was interesting. Hurricane Katie was booked to make an appearance and with winds that had been predicted to hit 60mph-plus, the idea of shooting a 8.44grn pellet in winds that could possibly knock a person over was going to be a challenge.