XFT Event Info

Check our Field Target page for all air gun field target events. 

XFT events are typically held April through November at the same time as AAFTA field target events (exceptions will be noted).

XFT will be shot on our Competition Rifle Range.

XFT Event Format

We run XFT as its own course loop in parallel to our AAFTA Field target events.  The course loop will be a total of 10 targets with 2 shots per target (20 shots total). 

There may be up to 5 targets per lane.  Plan accordingly if shooting from magazines. 

If we expand beyond a single XFT course loop, it will be noted on the schedule.

It will be $5 per course loop.  Multiple reentry is allowed. 

What is Extreme Field Target?

Extreme Field Target (XFT) is field target, but with higher powered guns with longer ranged shots.  Targets will be presented between 15 and 110 yards, but unlike traditional FT, the distances are supplied to the shooter.  You can range your own targets using your own methods, including the use of laser range finders. 

The shooting positions allow the gun to be supported using shooting sticks, similar to the Hunter Division in the AAFTA rules.  

There is no universal rule set established for XFT, so we have provided some rules for how XFT will be shot at Palmyra Sportsmen's Association.  Our rules are a combination of rule sets from other clubs shooting XFT (or similar competitions.)  In some cases our rules are more restrictive than others, and in other cases more flexible. 

Some notable items:

  • guns must not exceed 80 fpe (foot-pounds of energy) at the muzzle, and we recommend using at least 28fpe to be able to knock down the targets.  
  • sitting positions are meant to have the gun shouldered, with the rear of the gun supported by the upper body.  Although you can rest the forearm of the gun on your knee or leg, the rear of the gun is not to contact the lower body.  
  • the recommended sitting position is to use a bucket or stool with shooting sticks.

XFT rules for Palmyra Sportsmens Assoc


  • Guns are to be bagged or cased.
  • The gun will remain in the bag/case until the shooter is on the firing line.
  • When the gun is extracted from the bag/case, the muzzle must be pointed down range.
  • The gun will be safely returned to the bag or case before the shooter leaves the firing line.
  • Guns that use a magazine (mag) or multi-pellet feeding device will need to have the mag removed from the gun after shooting the lane and before bagging the gun.
  • The gun should not be cocked and charged with air when stowing the gun in the bag/case.
  • Treat ever gun as if it were loaded. Point the muzzle in a safe direction, and keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Eye protection is required.

Guns, Scopes, Ammunition, Equipment

  • Air Rifles, firing projectiles no larger than .30 caliber, shooting a muzzle velocity less than 80 foot-pounds of energy (fpe). We recommend at least 28 fpe to knock down targets.
  • No part of the stock, forward the trigger, shall be more than 6 inches below the centerline of the bore.
  • Hook butt plates (over or under hook) are not allowed. If the buttplate contains wings, they shall not be adjusted to more than 30 degrees. 
  • No part of the stock or attachment (i.e. knee riser) shall be adjusted after making the first record shot.
  • Only diabolo style pellets are permitted (pellets that have a waist). Bullets, slugs, and round/ball bearing ammo is not allowed.
  • Pellets shall be constructed of soft metal or soft metal alloy (i.e. Lead or Tin) and must be made of a single metal/alloy.  (i.e. steel projectiles are not allowed.)
  • Scopes with computer controlled/assisted aiming reticles are not allowed.
  • Scopes have no limit on magnification power. Use as high or low magnification as you want.
  • Scopes can be adjusted during the course of fire (i.e. parallax, focus, elevation, windage, and power - not exceeding magnification rules)
  • Shooting Aids such as shooting jackets, harnesses, rigid shooting pants, and shooting gloves are not allowed.  Generally, if you wouldn't wear it casually or on a hunt, you shouldn't be wearing it during this event.
  • Slings are not allowed.
  • Bipods attached to the gun are not allowed to be used as a bipod support device. 
  • Shooting sticks/bog sticks are allowed. They can be a bipod or monopod. No tripods. Shooting sticks must not be attached to the gun and must fall free from the gun when the gun is lifted up from the support. HOG SADDLES (such as the BOG Deathgrip) longer than 2 inches are not allowed, and must be limited to 2 inches from front to back. Examples of allowed bipods are: Primos Trigger Stick, Vanguard Scout, BOG Havoc Bipod


  • Will be placed between 15 and 110 yards.
  • The distance to targets will be provided. But, you can use your own range finding devices, including laser range finders.
  • A mixture of kill zone (KZ) style targets and knockdown style targets will be used.
  • KZ targets may have an irregular shape.
  • KZ targets will only go down when striking a specific area of the target that causes it to fall.
  • Knockdown targets will go down with a strike on the face of the target, but these may need to be hit higher than center to cause them to fall.
  • There will be no challenging of targets.
  • There is no guarantee targets will be placed in such a way it can be shot from your preferred shooting position.

Shooting Positions


  • Can use a seating aid or cushion, such as, a bucket, stool, pad, or bum bag. The seating aid cannot have a back.
  • You can use shooting sticks to support the front of the gun.
  • The prone position is not allowed.
  • The rear of the stock (any part behind the trigger) cannot be artificially supported, and cannot be directly supported by any part of the body below the chest (i.e. you cannot rest the rear of the stock on your leg). If supporting the rear of the gun with the hand, the supporting hand cannot be in contact with the ground.
  • The butt of the stock must be in contact with the chest, shoulder, or upper arm.
  • No part of the gun shall be in contact with the ground.
  • The recommended/encouraged shooting position is to shoot from a bucket/stool using shooting sticks.


  • The soles of both feet on the ground, standing, with only the soles of the feet in contact with the ground.
  • The gun is to be shouldered, or in contact with the upper arm.
  • Shooting sticks can be used to support the front of the gun.  Other forms of the environment can be used to support the gun, in place of using shooting sticks, as long as they are within the confines of the shooting lane (i.e. rested against a tree).

Time limits

  • For each lane, you will have 1 minute to address the lane and 30 seconds per shot. A lane with 8 shots will allow the shooter 5 minutes to make the shots. (8 x 30 secs, + 1 minute)

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