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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.

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