as to where HFT really started... Eastcoast or Westcoast but I do know that the rules that were in place at the first time HFT was shot at the Nationals in the Northeast in 2006 included some hign end FT equipment which included Styer Hunter 110, Daystate MK3, Theoben Rapids,Airwolfs,S400's,ect. Scopes included the Simmons 6.5-20, Nikko Sterling 6-24, Bushnell Elite 4200 6-24 and the 8-32, Nightforce 36X, and even Leupold 12x. Harnesses were even used in this new experimental HFT class. So in the AFFTA hunter infancy the upper end equipment was there. Even the springers that were used were TX200's,R9's, and R11's. Of 21 shooters in this national experimental class the only one that represented the low cost equipment class was a woman that shot a Slavia 631 with a 3-12 Famous Maker scope on it. Now there are national records available to verify these facts. ED and LD, I didn't see either one of you guys at the first HFT national event. I wasn't able to attend the first real 2007 national in Tenn but I know it was won by Matt Rushton shooting at CRX. The buckets and bipods arrived in 2008 or 2009.
Obviously, I wasn't around when some of you guys were using slingshots but the game seems to evolved into a class that allows the seniors to stay in the game as well as the newbies to develope. As I recall a BOG member that help institute the HFT class in the AFFTA in the beginning saying that it first purpose was to introduce new shooters to the game so they would eventually migrate to the PCP and Spriner Classes. Then HFT took on its own life and made it possible for all ages to play. The HFT class seem to be much more popular on the Atlantic side of our country so something is definately working over here. Now let me end my history lesson by saying this. In the 7 years I have shot the Hunter class on all levels I have never seen anyone in HFT cheat. I have seen a rule pusher or two and if using a big Nikko turned down to 12x is pushing the rules than I must include myself into that small group but by the rule definition at the time I was using my nikko on 12x it was perfectly legal. Only after I won the Nationals with it was it deemed I had a unfair advantage and must turn it down to 10x if I wanted to continue to use it. At the 2009 nationals there were 4 big nikko being used in HFT.
The rules we shoot under have been a little vague and different people have interpeted them in different ways. The policing of these rules has been lax also. Now in my opinion this 12x max scope thing vs. a 16x turned down to 12x is BS! I cannot see any advantage one way or the other from a mag standpoint. I do think the 56 objective allows better clarity but as Ed stated they can be purchased just as cheap as the fixed 12x. So how do we deal with this issue? Make the guys with the 4-16 buy a new 12x max scope or insist that if the guys shooting 12x max upgrade to a 4-16 if they truly feel we are cheating. Give me a break ... we're wasting brain cells over this! The next one we catch cheating we'll tar and feather the Ahole right on the spot!
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