NFTAC Field Target Rules


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

One rifle per competitor, per designated course is permitted. (repairs - see rule 15(b)). 

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.

In case of total design failure, the sighting system may be changed during a designated course.

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. 

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 wrist, hand 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. The hosting club will provide a foam pad max. 200mm x 200mm x 15mm to protect the under knee from wet and/or stoney 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)


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