It's the second Saturday of the month. The season is from October/November to April.
Times may change due to weather. To stay on top of any schedule or match changes, be sure to subscribe to our email list to be notified of the latest match info.
Our typical start times: (this may be earlier if the weather is forecasted to be warm)
7:00 am Setup Volunteers welcome to come and assist in the setup of the range. Registration opens after setup is complete.
8:00 am Registration Opens near the OETC Building. Parking will be at the Training Center lot, and overflow on the other side of the road.
9:30 am Registration Closes You may Sight-in after you sign in. It is located behind the big building.
10:00 am Competition begins, immediately after lane assignments and safety briefing.
What to expect:
The course sits atop sixteen acres of beautiful Sonoran Desert nestled near the Usery Mountain State Park area at the Rio Salado Sportsman's Club.
The course is approximately 1/8th mile in length. It begins about 200 feet from the parking area of the OETC (aka "Airgun" building) to the first shooting pad. There is a total of 16 shooting pads. Each pad is roughly a 12 x 12 ft area.
During an average match, we may choose any number of pads from the 16 available. We may set up and shoot two lanes from both corners of that pad or just one. When the two lanes per pad are utilized, this will be the typical setup during larger matches such as the Grand Prix or Nationals.
The main course trail is approximately a 6-foot path that meanders from pad to pad, each is separated by about 10 to 20 yards of lush desert foliage. The beginning of the pathway has a slight incline and is hardened gravel,while the rest is flat.
In the middle of the course, you will find the community air station. We provide complimentary air during the matches. The tank is fitted with the universal Foster fitting.
During monthly matches, the sight-in area is located to the southeast of the OETC building. We provide a 10 to 55-yard area that is marked with targets at 10, 11, 13, and 15 to 55 yards at five-yard increments. You must check in with the match director prior to sighting in. You must enter this area from behind (south side) the building.
During our monthly matches, the targets are visible from somewhere within the pad area. It's your job as a hunter... to find the target. Of course, it’s easy to follow the string. But, both the targets may not be visible from one spot or position. You may have to scoot to find the next one. Yes, it may take some greater effort, but it adds to the variability of the match. During our larger sanctioned events, we will have the course set up to regulation specs.
Restrooms and drinking water is located inside the OETC building.
Rio Salado Members: $10
Non Members: $15
How to Participate:
Here is a summary of what you need to participate:
Your rifle must be less than 20 FPE. Most .177 caliber airguns fall in this category.
This is crucial as to not damage the targets.
If you have a .22 caliber, it must be <20 FPE, and be set at this level.
i.e. if you have a rifle with an adjustable setting, it must be set to < 20 FPE, or custom-tuned to the appropriate power.
YOUR AIRGUN MUST HAVE AN EMPTY BREECH INDICATOR AT THIS RANGE. This will be enforced, especially when guns are carried in totes. These will be available, complementary. It is acceptable if you prefer to bring your own type.
SAFETY GLASSES ARE ALSO MANDATORY AT ALL TIMES
It is recommended that you use a scope that can range find from 10 to 55 yards. Side wheels do help. See classes for limitations. You will need to be able to sight in your point of impact from 10 to 55 yards. This is crucial for your success. See the chart below for the sizes of the kill zones you will be shooting at these yards.
Classes: Three main classes are AAFTA Sanctioned: Hunter, Open, and WFTF for rifle. Unlimited class is a local class that we host. Each (other than Unlimited) has its own separate Spring/Piston sub-class.
The major differences between the classes: SEE REFERENCE CHART AT BOTTOM OF PAGE
WFTF (World Field Target Federation) Class: This class is typically shot by competitive shooters that want to adhere to the world standard. Your rifle must be 12 Foot pounds or less.
Hunter class: you may use a seat (i.e. a bucket) to sit on, and shoot from shooting sticks (two-leg only, not tripod use). The Maximum scope power in Hunter class can only be set to 16X (was 12x, changed in 2018) and you can’t "click" using your turrets. You can only focus your scope to help you range find. Hold-overs are how you compensate for your pellet drop at distance.
Open Class: you can have any power scope, and you can click for pellet drop compensation.
Straps (Harnesses) are allowed, but your seat height is limited to 6”, and no shooting sticks. See Links Below
Unlimited Class: (Also known as OFC, Renegade, California class, Freestyle, etc.) This is a Non-Sanctioned Class. You can use a laser range finder, chair, tripod, gyroscope, underwater satellite phone, pretty much anything goes here. Still limited to <20 FPE. No armor-piercing rounds, tracers, or depleted uranium. Typically you will find this class suitable for beginners.
**Refer to the link below for the official rules!**
AAFTA Official Rules:
You will need to sight your rifle in prior to competition day. Here is a difficulty scale (Troyer Scale) for Rifle and Pistol that you can use for reference to practice the distances needed to pull off the shots. It goes without saying, the farther out the target, or the smaller the KZ hole, the greater the difficulty level.
Useful information to get you started:
Here are some practice targets to help you sight-in your rifle and figure out pellet drop at all the distances used in FT.
Here are additional links to help you get started:
As always, a great resource:
A resource for Tools to get you competitive for Field Target