UKAHFT Main Rules

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 & the maximum number of reduced hit zones can be found in the UKAHFT course Format.

SCORING
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.

Under no circumstances may a target be shot at more than once by a shooter, nor are any practice shots of any kind allowed during the course of fire.

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 (air released) 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 the shooting partner who made the mistake must seek a marshal who will amend this error for you & sign the back of the card.

Upon completion of the course one of your shooting partners should sign your scorecard, this is to signify that they have checked the card & agree with its scoring, the shooter should always check that their scorecard is correctly filled in & signed before handing it in as they are the ones who will be penalised for any irregularities.

TARGET TIMING
Shooters are allowed 2mins per lane, this timing starts when you approach the peg.
Under normal circumstances a shooter is not timed but if any group is causing a hold up or the session is taking too long due to slow shooters then UKAHFT reserve the right to time individuals or groups of shooters.

Shooters may be timed by a marshal without their knowledge to ascertain if they are in fact taking too long to shoot but they will not be deducted any points at this time.
Once the decision is made to officially time any shooter or group of shooters they will be informed by the marshal that they will be timed, they will be told when the clock is started & they then have two minutes to shoot the target.

If a stoppage is called during the timing the clock will be stopped & 10 seconds grace given upon re-start of shooting before the clock is re-started.

If the target is not shot within the time limit then a “Zero” will be awarded for that target.
If a timed shooter fails to shoot within the 2mins limit on more than two occasions at the same round they may be disqualified & asked the leave the course.

SHOOTING POSITIONS
Sitting shots ARE NOT ALLOWED, this is defined as the shooters backside being in contact with the ground, or sitting on your foot folded under your bum 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. Moving any of the course fixtures is not allowed, these include the firing line, shooting pegs or any supports (Bails/structures), anyone found doing so will be disqualified from the competition.

The trigger finger must be behind the peg when the shot is taken. The rifle butt must be outside your clothing when taking a shot & it cannot be supported by any straps/pockets etc.

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, if any part of the rifle stock extends below this bottom edge then the rifle must not be grounded at all during a prone shot.

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, not the buttock.
The rifle will be supported only by the two hands with the rifle butt in the shoulder, no other part of the body can be used to support the rifle nor can the hands be supported on any other part of the body.

The hands 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 (90degrees to the forearm), if it contacts with any part of the knee/leg the supporting hand is deemed too far back & therefore not forward of the knee.

The un-supported kneeling/standing shot will be designated by a 4″ tall peg, no other forms of support are allowed for this shot (peg/tree etc).

The leading leg cannot be pulled back so the calf is supported by the hamstrings or lower buttocks, this is classed as a crouching shot & is not allowed. The leading foot must not touch or be supported by the beanbag

Standing
Only your feet may be in contact with the ground.
The un-supported standing only shot will be designated by a 4″ tall peg, no other forms of support are allowed for this shot (peg/tree)

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 UKAHFT 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.
The paddles of the buttpad must not exceed 2.25″ in length.

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, no other device, stock or buttpad extension may rest on the ground