INTERNATIONAL
AIRGUN FIELD TARGET

World Field Target Federation
Official Website

FIELD TARGET
WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

Team Wild explain what Field Target is all about
at the 2013 World Championships in Ebern, Germany

COUNTDOWN TO
LITHUANIA 2015

The next World Championships will be held on
21st - 23rd August, 2015
in Vilnius, Lithuania

Welcome to the official World Field Target Federation website

This website covers all the activities of the World Field Target Federation and it's shooting competitions.

The History of Field Target

Field Target (FT) first started on the 7th September 1980, the first event being held on land behind a pub called the Red Lion in Magham Down in Sussex.

Over 100 people attended this inaugural event, armed with air rifles varying from a Webley Vulcan in .22 calibre to an FWB 300 match rifle. It was originally started as an informal sport for anyone with an air rifle. The original targets were not the knockdown type we know now, but simple metal silhouettes of the common quarry species, to which orange stickers were affixed as hit zones.

The new sport quickly gained popularity and spread across the UK. By the mid 1980's the sport had grown massively in popularity, with the familiar knock down style targets being introduced. The introduction of the Weihrauch HW77 was a pivotal point in the sport, as this rifle quickly established itself as the rifle of choice, either out of the box or in a custom form from specialist tuners such as Venom Arms and Airmasters.

At some point in the mid 1980's, FT shooting was adopted by the USA, initially hosted stateside by only a handful of small clubs across the country. As more shooters joined the legions of devoted weekend "hunters", there appeared a need for a national organization to oversee the growth of the sport. Thus, the American Airgun Field Target Association (AAFTA) was born in 1987 to manage the sport. The US rules differ slightly from the UK version.

By 1987 the sport had reached comparatively massive proportions in the UK, with attendances in excess of 300 at the national shoots. 1987/88 saw the first serious use of pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) rifles and high magnification scopes in FT, which would ultimately have a profound effect on the sport.

The first international FT events started taking place somewhere in the mid 1980's, with UK shooters being invited to attend events in the US. Shooters such as Richard North, Tom Walton, Terry Doe and others travelled to California for various events around 1987/8.

The first formal world championships came about at the end of the 80's into the early 1990's, with the venue alternating between the UK and the US - these two being the only major players at this time.

Over the 1990's other countries started to appear on the scene. Norway was one of the first with Germany following at a later date. By the end of 2011 the WFTF (World Field Target Federation) already consisted of 30 member countries.

Dale Foster of England

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World Championships 2015 - Lithuania (Dubingiai)

On the 21st to 23rd of August 2015 the World Field Target Championships will be held in Lithuania "Dubingiai" seminar and recreation center. The center is located in the beautiful area of Moletai (~50km from capital Vilnius).

As everything will be located at the same place after every shooting day people will be able to have dinner together, join for a beer, socialize, share shooting experience and meet new people. Every evening will have new events, shows and other surprises.

Registered so far

Registered Shooters 205

PCP Category 161

Piston Category 44

Current World Champions

Hall of fame
PCP World Champion

PCP World Champion
2014

Stefan Viljoen (South Africa)

PCP World Champion

Piston World Champion
2014

Brian Samson (England)

2014 Results

Full Results

Course setting guidelines

The unique combination of 12fpe (16 Joule) rifles and the rules for target distances and killzone sizes mean that a challenging FT course can be set out under any conditions anywhere in the world.

This guide to setting out a course to WFTF not only outlines the rules for target placement, but has helpful hints and tips on how to tailor the course for the different weather conditions around the world.

Some of the most experienced Field Target course builders in the world have had an input into this guide and by following the recommendations you will be able to set a challenging course in no time.