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What is Field Target shooting ?

Field target shooting first became popular in the early eighties. It’s a discipline of shooting targets outside, as opposed to the popular indoor 10 and 25 meter disciplines, and hence the reason it became known as “field target”.

Our targets are of the metal knock down variety, shaped in silhouettes of animals. Within the silhouette is a disc, referred to as the “kill zone”. A strike on the kill zone results in the target falling and a point is scored. A course consists of either 30 or 40 targets, placed within lanes, normally consisting of two targets to a lane.

For field target three standard sizes of kill zones are used on the targets, one being 15mm known as a 'micro', one being 25mm, known as a ‘mini’, and the other being 40mm which is full size.
The targets are placed between ranges of 10 yards to 55 yards, and can be on the ground or elevated within trees.

The range of the target is not given to the shooter, and they must estimate this by eye or using the telescopic sights parallax feature. The shooter will then calculate the required amount of hold over or under, windage, and take the shot. You only get one shot per target before moving on to the next lane.

Iceni marksmen participate within league shoots over the winter in our district, so you get the opportunity to shoot at other peoples clubs. Participation in these events is purely down to the individual. Over the summer a number of national events take place, called grand prix’s. The top shooters from these go on to a final showdown shoot, and winners can go on to represent the UK at European and then World levels.

This demonstrates the potential gain within the sport, but for most of us, its an enjoyable Sunday morning hobby.