Why is it that Hunter Class is considered a "beginner's" class, when 9 out of ten people who show up for their first match bring a SPRING PISTON airgun?
As Dallas FT Club MD, I'll state for the record because I have seen it with my own eyes... Virtually all the new shooters show up with a spring piston rifle, mostly some break-barrel type, occasionally a fixed-barrel. I maintain the email list for the club, numbering 106 addresses. At least 60% of them are people who shoot a springer when (if) they show up at the FT range.
We have an unofficial "Fun Rifle" category for them to compete it... Might as well call it "Beginner" Class. Even though I have seen a few who insist on shooting "Open" Class with their BBB rifle.
(I've seen one or two Marauders among first timers (never a Disco). But PCP shooters are rare among "beginners" IMO.)
Hunter Class MAY be a logical transition for springer folk who seriously stick with FT. But AAFTA recognizes an entire Division (with three classes) devoted to Piston equipment, which matches the interest level of most truly "beginning" shooters.
Why piston shooters "transition" to the other divisions over time is open to 1000 opinions. But if they move from piston into Hunter PCP as a logical choice, it still means that Hunter PCP is not an entry level class.