DIFTA match Report November 11

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    Regal_US
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    The Veterans Day field target match at DIFTA was notable for several reasons. It was cold, 20° at the start of the match, warming up to a balmy 30° at the conclusion of business, but at least we were spared wind, so hold offs were minimal. The cold weather seemed to attract both visitors and regulars who had not shot at DIFTA in a while. For unknown reasons the cold especially appealed to the Hunter Division; in our previous match, held under much nicer weather, Vince was on his own, but for this match hunter and open were equally well represented. Piston shooters were also out in force, with Rex, Hector and Eric competing. Eric seems to be a bit uncertain where his heart lies, because he shot the course twice, the second time using a PCP, but with a lower score! Finally, Joe McDaniel a former DIFTA match director, returned to his alma mater. There was a lot of catching up with old and new friends, followed by BBQ with spicy Merguez sausages at the match end. Paolo designed the course, but was in Italy for the match, and Jan acted as match director. After the match Vince and Jan kindly helped Mark on a treasure hunt in the FT lanes while he tested the ‘find my iphone’ feature of icloud – the phone was eventually found in one of the storage containers!

    ​We shot a 60 target match, with two off hand lanes and two fast lanes, with three targets shot once, with the remaining 8 lanes our standard three targets per lane shot twice. Multiple shooters ran out of time on the fast lanes, perhaps because due to the cold they suffered brain freeze or other difficulties such as numb fingers, not to mention shivering in the off hand lanes making it hard to aim. During the sight in, several shooters noted changes in POI perhaps due to temperamental equipment, so both equipment and shooters were impacted by conditions, and nobody came close to clearing the course.
     

    Dean skipped the off hand lanes, but even without his SIII which is back at Sightron for an upgrade he managed to take the match high score with his tripod mounted TM1000 in the Unlimited Division. Rex and Mark were squadded together and took the high scores in Open piston and Open PCP, closely followed by Hector; of note, Rex dropped three points when his windage setting suddenly changed, but rapidly recovered. Sean McDaniel took the high score in Hunter, shooting an FX Streamline that attracted a lot of attention. Indeed, the spread of rifles used in the match was impressive, with two BSA R-10s, and an AA Pro Sport making an appearance, alongside the usual RAW, Daystate, Marauder and Steyrs we usually see at DIFTA.
     
    Our next match is on Sunday December 10 – hopefully it will be warmer.
     
     
     

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    John_in_Ma
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    Great report. If we can keep posting our matches and the reports maybe we can get a FT section of our own. I’ll ask anyways.

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    Regal_US
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    “John_in_Ma” If we can keep posting our matches and the reports maybe we can get a FT section of our own. I’ll ask anyways.

    
I’m with you. FT is a really fun sport and I’d like to see more on AGN. I’ve only been involved for a year and had not heard of FT before that. There are clubs across US, but some states still lack clubs. I think that once people have shot a couple of matches they will be hooked, provided that they get a good start at the club level, with somebody to pass on some skills. I started in unlimited and only recently switched to open, but the confidence and experience I gained in unlimited was key to help me advance in the sport.

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    John_in_Ma
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    That’s good to hear. I started four years ago in Hunter, moved to WFTF and am back in Hunter because of a neck injury. I think that all the hubub on the yellow ft forum keeps a lot of shooters away from the sport. If a FT section were started here I would hope for things to be a bit more light hearted and supportive as opposed to the current FT forum. I also feel that AGN can and does reach a wider group of current and prospective shooters than the yellow is capable of. The only issue I think with moving forward with a FT sub forum here will be getting the old folks and BOG members to move here and respect the atmosphere we have developed. I’ve seen a few of the yellow regulars come here and end up getting banned or leave because it is such a different environment from what they are used to. Regardless if we keep posting and inviting other FT shooters to the forum it will happen.

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