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1. Air Rifles.

Air rifles of any calibre may be used providing the power output does not exceed 12ft/lbs (16.27 Joules) muzzle energy. The formula for calculating ft/lbs is :-

velocity(fps) x velocity(fps) x pellet weight (grains) divided by 450240

2. Sights.
Any form of sighting system may be used, with the exception of a) laser sights & b) any separate device designed specifically for range finding.

3. Testing.
Organisers reserve the right to chronograph any rifle used at any shoot that is subject to NFTAC rules to ensure they comply with rule (1). This may be done before, during or after the shoot at the chief marshals discretion. See penalties rule (14).

4. Ammunition.
Any design of pellet that is made of the following substances may be used :-

1)Lead, 2)Lead alloy, 3)Zinc, 4)Zinc Alloy & 5)Plastic + lead or zinc or zinc alloy head.

5. Chief Marshall & Interpretation of the Rules.
Prior to each shoot the organisers will appoint &clearly identify a chief marshal and, if required, a deputy. The responsibility of this appointment is the implementation of these rules and overall conduct of the shoot. The chief marshal or the deputy will be present and contactable throughout the duration of the shoot. In any matters arising from, or not covered by these rules, the chief marshals decision will be final.

6a. Targets.  (Main Event)
“Fall when hit” targets will be used. The hit zone shall be circular and of a contrasting colour to the faceplate. ( course builders should allow for shooters affected by colour blindness). Different colour combinations may be used throughout the course.  The use of a simulated circular hit zone(s) on any part of the target is prohibited (does not include bolt-on reducing rings/plates). Reducing rings/plates shall be the same colour as the faceplate and located on the front of the faceplate. Standard hit zones shall be 45mm and/or 40mm diameter. The course may contain targets with 15 & 25mm diameter  hit zones, provided that the total number of such targets does not exceed 40% (example:- 20 of 50 targets) of the total number of targets in the course.  

6b. Targets. (Shoot-off)
“Fall when hit” targets will be used. The hit zones shall be as used in the main event.  Any shooting position (Free, Kneeling or Standing) may be specified to acquire a result.

7. Course of Fire.
In national NFTAC competitions a full course of fire shall consist of  a minimum of 30 targets/30 shots. (This may consist of for example, 10 targets addressed 3 times each in succession, or in 3 banks of 10 etc). The minimum and maximum distances of any target from the firing line must be 8 mtrs and 50 mtrs respectively (*see class of entry) . All targets must be clearly visible from all shooting positions specified for each lane. All targets shall be clearly and consecutively numbered.

8. Target Sequence.
All targets must be shot in numerical order. In the event of a target being shot out of sequence, the competitor shall forfeit the omitted target, being credited with a 'miss' and resume shooting at the target immediately following it. Out of sequence shots involving targets in another lane require the above procedure to be followed. In this case the target shot out of sequence shall be shot as normal upon reaching that lane if not already scored from a previous lane.

9. Scoring.
Scoring shall be on the basis of one point for each hit and zero for a miss. A hit shall be rewarded when the target falls. Any movement of the face plate which does not result in the target or hit zone falling shall be scored a miss. Hits shall be marked with an X and misses with a 0.

10. Shooting.
Any shooting position is allowed but some lanes may be designated as 'standing' or 'kneeling'. In the event of a competitor not being able to conform with the above disciplines the following will apply :- The prone position is not recognised as a designated position (This does not prevent the shooter from using the prone position for a non-designated lane). The competitor shall make it known to the chief marshal before the commencement of his/her round that they are unable, for whatever medical reason, to comply with a particular shooting position and obtain permission to use an alternative position provided no unfair advantage is gained.

The number of standing shots in any one course is not to exceed 4 for 30 & 40 target courses or 6 for a 50 target course. The same figure applies for kneeling shots. All shots, from whatever shooting position must be made with the competitor able to touch the firing line.

Fully adjustable rifle stocks are permitted to accommodate various shooting styles and positions with no limitation on design. A single rifle sling, separate or otherwise, and/or butt hook is permitted as a means of steadying the aim. Any type of clothing, glove, or footwear is allowed provided it is not a hazard to the shooter or other competitors. Knee & elbow pads are permitted. A sighting pad or equivalent of maximum 250x120x120mm is permitted during range finding, but must be discarded prior to the shot being taken.

No other means of support, other than the competitor, shall be used for the rifle or body. Only one shot is allowed at one target. Shots taken at any one lane shall not exceed the total number of targets in that lane with the following exceptions: a) Rule (8).  b) Rule (17).  c) Un-sighted shots with the knowledge of partner or marshal.  d) In a shoot-off situation. Failure to abide by the above rule will result in rule (14) being applied. Definitions of shooting position’s :- Prone -  The rifle and forearm, from elbow to fingertips, must be clear of any artificial support. Kneeling - There shall be only 3 points of contact with the ground (2 feet & 1 knee) with the leading leg and gunstock clear of the knee. The rear foot shall be vertical over its whole length or from ball of foot to heel. A legal seat may be used to support the rear foot provided that the foot has contact with the ground. Standing - Any shot taken in a standing position without the aid of any support other than the ones previously mentioned in these rules. (Revised 18.11.2004 # Total standing & kneeling)

11. Time per Lane.
In the event of a competitor delaying excessively, the marshal may time the lane, with the time starting when the eye is put to the sight. The time will be continuous, with the number of minutes allowed equating to the number of targets in that lane. If the total time is exceeded, the competitor will forfeit any hit obtained after the expiry of the allotted time.

12. Seating.
The maximum height for any form of seating is 150mm, including any backrest and measured in a compressed state, between two rigid boards. The seat may be used to an aid to sitting & kneeling shots within the above rules but for no other purpose. Variations of this rule may be applied at the discretion of the chief marshal in recognition of a competitor’s disability, providing that no unfair advantage is gained.

13. Disputed Scores.
Any challenge must be made prior to leaving the target. Any dispute not resolved at that time shall be referred to the chief marshal whose decision shall be final. Any target found to be defective shall be repaired/replaced and re-shot by the competitor who has contested the miss.

14. Penalties.
The penalty for unsafe practice, or any form of cheating is disqualification, with the governing bodies reserving the right to take further action in extreme circumstances.

15. Leaving the Firing Line.
The competitor may leave the firing line under the following circumstances :-
a) Voluntary abandonment of the shoot, in which case his score to that point will be presented as a valid result. If buddy marshalling a shooting partner he/she is expected to perform this function until the shooting partner has completed the course.
b) To effect a repair to equipment which has been rendered unsafe or incapable of firing a shot by whatever means. This does not include zero shift of optical equipment or poorly zeroed systems.
c) Any other occurrence which is deemed valid by the chief marshal.

Note: In item (b) the competitor may replace the offending part or equipment with the permission of the chief marshal or deputy, but no visit to the zero range is permitted, either by the competitor or any person on his/her behalf using the repaired/exchanged item, before recommencing the shoot.(Unless permission is given by the chief marshal). In all the above cases the competitor’s scorecard must be handed to the chief marshal or deputy and his/her permission obtained to leave the firing line, with a stipulated time for return. The card will be marked with time of departure. Any card not claimed within the designated time will be submitted as a final score for the round.

16. Tied Scores.
In the event of tied scores a shoot-off will decide the final places. The course of fire and the targets must be representative of the event.

17. Firing Line Conduct.
Coaching or persistent barracking of a competitor in competition is not allowed. Rifles, sights, slings or parts thereof may not be shared on the firing line. In the event of a ceasefire order, guns will be discharged into the ground, over the firing line, and at a distance of +7 mtrs from the firing line. Muzzles will then be dropped. After a physical check that all rifles are empty of ammunition, authorised persons may cross the firing line for inspection /maintenance. Shooting may commence after the appropriate signal from the chief marshal (Refer to range safety rules).Guns will only be sighted, shouldered or discharged over a recognised firing line. Guns will always be kept unloaded and un-cocked when not in use.

18. Class of Entry.

· Spring 6 : air rifle with a spring, that operates the piston which compresses the air during the shot, below 6ft/lbs of firing energy.  (6ft/lbs = 8.1348 Joules)

· PCP 6 : every kind of air rifle, where the shot is performed by a previously compressed gas, below 6ft/lbs of firing energy (PCP, PCA, CO2, N2) - Competition may include 6ft/lbs Spring air rifle.

· Spring 12: air rifle with a spring that operates the piston which compresses the air during the shot, below 12ft/lbs of firing energy.  (12ft/lbs = 16.27 Joules)

· PCP 12: every kind of air rifle, where the shot is performed by a previously compressed gas, below 12ft/lbs of firing energy (PCP, PCA, CO2, N2) - Competition may include Spring air rifle.

19. Drugs and Alcohol.
The carrying and/or consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs on the firing line is strictly prohibited. The handling or usage of a gun will not be permitted if the competitor has consumed alcohol or illegal drugs prior to shooting.

20. Norwegian Law Relating to Air Rifles.
It is the responsibility of every individual to acquaint themselves with Norwegian Law.

Revised 10.09.2011 (Targets)
Revised 18.09.11 (Scoring)

NFTAC - Hunter FT Rules

Safety

All shooting activities must be carried out in accordance with the NFTAC HFT rules.

Any air rifle is allowed as long as it complies with current legislation for airguns and has a power output less than 12 ft lbs, which can be subject to a random and/or compulsory chronograph test at each event.

When a single blast of a whistle or hooter is heard all shooting must immediately stop. Shooters must discharge their rifles into the ground, away from the target, at a safe distance. Targets must NOT be sighted or the gun shouldered during a cease fire.

Upon hearing two blasts of the whistle or hooter firing may re-commence after you have visually checked it is safe to do so, only marshals are allowed to halt or commence firing

Guns will only be sighted, shouldered or discharged over a recognized firing line. Guns will always be kept un-loaded & un-cocked when not in use.

Rifles must be cased or carried with the muzzle pointing down at all times when not in use, this includes rifles carried on a sling. Do not cock your rifle until you are ready to take aim. No gun should be loaded between lanes. Multi-shots must have the magazine removed, and be in a visibly safe condition. Every member of a group should ensure all theirs & their shooting partner’s activities are carried out in a safe manner in accordance with NFTAC HFT rules, it is all our responsibilities to ensure we shoot safely. Failure to comply can result in expulsion from the event, ground & any future NFTAC HFT events.

NEVER rest the rifle muzzle on your foot. When getting down or up from a prone shots always be aware of where your rifle muzzle is pointing, it should remain pointing down or down-range at all times, ask you shooting partner for their assistance in handing, or taking, your rifle from you if you find it difficult getting up or down safely

If you are approached by a marshal for any reason i.e. shooting technique or safety please do as they have asked as remember they are there to make sure the course is shot fairly and most of all safely. In the case of a dispute, the Head Marshall can be called, and their decision is final. Organisers are not marshals and should not be approached on these matters.

The Course
Targets will be the normal knock over style that fall when hit, with hit zones ranging from 15-45mm. Hit Zones sizes, their distances are:

15mm hit zones   15-20m     max 4 targets per 30 target course

25mm hit zones   8-35m       max 6 targets per 30 target course

40mm hit zones   8-45m

45mm hit zones   8-45m

There will be the following positional shots on each course:

3 x prone any size hit zone using table above
2 x supported standing >/=25mm partly-obscured hit zones at 15-35m.
1 x unsupported standing 40mm  un-obscured hit zone at 8-35m.
2 x supported kneeling >/=25mm partly-obscured hit zones at 15-35m.
1 x unsupported kneeling 40mm un-obscured hit zone at 20-42m

(All designated kneeling shots can also be taken standing)

Partly obscured targets must have a minimum of 50% of the hit zone visible to the shooter.

The firing peg will be i) a wooden/plastic post that must be securely fixed in the ground, at least 300mm must be showing above the ground. Ii) Any object that is indicated as the “peg” i.e., tree, hay bale, barrel etc…

Scoring
Before commencing to shoot the course each competitor must mark their scorecard with the equipment they are using, this information includes :

Make & model of rifle.
Make & size of scope.
Magnification and parallax being used at the event.
Make & calibre of pellet being used.
Intensity setting of illuminated reticule, if switched on

If a complaint is received or when checked by a course marshal, it is discovered that scope setting on the card differ from the actual setting the competitor will forfeit their last knockdown, if the shooter reoffends at that competition they will be disqualified.

Once the first shot has been taken, NO adjustments may be made, in any way, to the rifle, stock or scope.

The scoring will be 2 points for a knockdown, 1 point for faceplate hit and 0 for a miss of the target. The target MUST fall to earn a maximum 2 points.

Regardless of any circumstances such as forgetting to load a pellet, not shutting the loading bolt or if the trigger is pull before you are locked on target, if the gun goes off the shot is considered as having been taken & will be scored accordingly. If this does happen, the competitor should make sure the pellet has left the gun by dry firing safely into the ground over the firing line with the consent of their shooting partners.

When a target has been downed the shooter must gain confirmation of the knockdown from a fellow group member before the target is reset.

Only a member of your shooting group is permitted to record your scores on your scorecard. Under no circumstance is a shooter allowed to score his/her own scorecard. If an error is entered on any scorecard you must seek a marshal who will amend this error for you & sign the back of the card.

Upon completion of the course on of your shooting partners should print & sign the top right box on your scorecard, this is to signify that they have checked the card & agree with it’s scoring.

If a competitor hands in a scorecard that is incomplete, unreadable or has any alterations not signed for by an on duty marshal their score will be amended or the competitor disqualified at the NFTAC HFT organisers discretion.

The NFTAC HFT Organisers reserve the right to amend and adjust any shooters scorecard at any time during the series, if infringements of the rules or evidence of cheating is subsequently discovered during or after the scheduled events.

Shooting Positions

Sitting shots ARE NOT ALLOWED, this is defined as the shooters backside being in contact with the ground (or beanbag placed on the ground), or sitting on your foot folded under the shooters posterior as the shot is taken.

Crouching shots are not allowed, this is defined as two feet on the ground with the upper part of the legs being supported by the calves or foot area.

The peg must be touched by some part of the body/rifle as the shot is taken. Any position is allowed with a few exceptions (see above) including resting the body on anything available within reach

Moving any of the course fixtures is not allowed, these include the firing line, shooting pegs or any supports (Bails/structures), a shooter found doing so will be disqualified from the competition.

The trigger finger must be behind the firing line & peg when the shot is taken

Prone – The only part of the rifle allowed to touch the ground when taking a shot from the prone position is the bottom edge of the butt pad.

Kneeling - The kneeling position is defined as only 3 points of contact with the ground (2 feet & 1 knee).The rear foot shall be upright and straight in line with the knee, sitting on a turned foot is not allowed. A bean bag  may be used to support the knee, shin or foot area only. The leading hand only will support the gun and forward of the wrist the hand should itself be unsupported, please be aware that the hand cannot be dropped to allow the wrist joint, arm or any other part of the body to support the rifle. The leading hand should also be forward of the knee, to illustrate this the supporting hand should be dropped down vertically, if it contacts with any part of the knee/leg the supporting hand is deemed too far back & therefore not forward of the knee.

Standing – Only your feet may be in contact with the ground.

Supported Kneeling/Standing – The above rules apply with the exception that any part of the rifle or body may be resting on the supporting tree/object. If a number of supporting objects are available, some part of the rifle or body must be touching the support marked with the peg number as the shot is taken. In addition to touching the numbered support you may also make use of any other supporting objects.

Equipment
Most rifle & stock designs can be used for NFTAC HFT competition as long as they are within the following rules:

Forend depth is limited to a maximum of 150mm, this is measured from the centre of the barrel to the lowest part of the rifle forward of the pistol grip.

FT style butt hooks are not allowed, although the paddle style of butt pad is allowed.

When standing or kneeling, no part of the rifle may be in contact with the ground.

When taking a prone shot the only part of the rifle which may be touching the ground is the bottom edge of the butt pad.

If you are in any doubt as to whether your equipment is allowed in a NFTAC HFT competition please contact a NFTAC HFT official who will be happy to advise.

Apart from a traditional scope no other optical aids are allowed. No wind indicators or scope levels can be used and must be removed or taped up before you start the course. A standard rifle sling is allowed to be fitted to the stock/rifle but only as a means to carry the rifle between lanes, at no time can a sling to be used as a shooting aid.

Any traditional type scope and settings can be used. However, zeroing, magnification, dialling and parallax must be set prior to the first shot and left untouched until the course is completed, this includes illuminated reticules which if used must be switched on with the brightness set before the first shot is taken and remain that way without any adjustment or switching throughout the competition.

The objective aperture of the scope must be left as it was manufactured and can not be reduced in any way to increase the depth of field, flip up scope caps must always be in an open position when taking a shot & any holes in the caps taped up while shooting the course.

Anyone found carrying out any adjustments whatsoever to a scope once the course has been started will be expelled from the competition. lasers are not permitted and should be removed from the rifle.

Beanbags may be carried to place guns on between lanes and may be used for kneeling shots as specified above   

Use of any Range finding equipmentis prohibited under all circumstances, any person other than course setters caught with one in their possession will be asked to leave the event.

No persons other than course officials will be allowed to view any course prior to any event.

Placings
In the event of a tie for any of the first 3 winning places a shoot-off will then occur, the targets used will be 1x15mm, 1x25mm & 1x40mm hit zone target (each target being placed within the standard NFTAC HFT ranges for that hit zone size). Each person will shoot all three targets from the kneeling position, if any competitors are still tied they will then shoot the targets in the standing position. If after this no winner is established then there will be sudden death shoot off. The first to miss would be eliminated from the tied place. In the case of a three way tie or above , any shooter scoring a complete miss, i.e. a zero on their card will be eliminated from the tie. Equal number of shots per shooters will always apply. For 4th places and below the positions may be calculated using a count back system depending on number of shooters and time permitting

Class of entry

· Spring 6 : air rifle with a spring, that operates the piston which compresses the air during the shot, below 6ft/lbs of firing energy.  (6ft/lbs = 8.1348 Joules)

· PCP 6 : every kind of air rifle, where the shot is performed by a previously compressed gas, below 6ft/lbs of firing energy (PCP, PCA, CO2, N2) - Competition may include 6ft/lbs Spring air rifle.

· Spring 12: air rifle with a spring that operates the piston which compresses the air during the shot, below 12ft/lbs of firing energy.  (12ft/lbs = 16.27 Joules)

· PCP 12: every kind of air rifle, where the shot is performed by a previously compressed gas, below 12ft/lbs of firing energy (PCP, PCA, CO2, N2) - Competition may include Spring air rifle.

Drugs and Alcohol

The carrying and/or consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs on the firing line is strictly prohibited. The handling or usage of a gun will not be permitted if the competitor has consumed alcohol or illegal drugs prior to shooting.

Norwegian Law Relating to Air Rifles

It is the responsibility of every individual to acquaint themselves with Norwegian Law.

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