Welcome to the Vintage section of BFTO.

Vintage Club Halloween shoot 


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We encourage the use of older airguns and collectibles, some of which are now well over 100 years old. These airguns were made to be used and are still capable of excellent accuracy over open sights when shot over realistic distances.

We have an active annual calendar of events including long range shoots based on airgun folklore and even films, such as the Quigley Bucket Shoot at 60 yards...with open sights!

The Vintage section meets on Wednesday evenings. You do not even need a vintage gun to participate. If you want to come along for a natter about old guns or want to find out about a specific model, you are most welcome to attend. If you do want to shoot, we have a varied covered range with targets placed between 6 and 25 yards away. Come and have a go at splitting playing cards edge on with open sights.

There is also an opportunity for you to take part in the traditional sport of bell target shooting. This involves firing a number of shots at a 3/8 inch hole placed 6 yards away from the standing position. Hits are awarded with a ring of the bell and there is a monthly club league if you feel competitive.

We hold several open shoots uring the year, which are an excellent excuse to shoot an old gun in the woods which are part of the club’s grounds. We hope to see you soon!

The key features of Vintage shooting are: 

These comps are usually shot on a Wednesday evening when the Vintage section meet.

You can enter a card once a month to go towards your total at the end of the year.

You can only use a pre-1939 air rifle

There are two sections to the competition; 6yds & 8yds both having three ‘rounds’ of 5 shots.

The aim is to hit the bell behind a round steel plate by shooting a pellet through a ½” diameter hole in the middle of the plate causing an audible ‘ding’ which scores you 5 points, should you miss then there are four concentric rings marked on the plate scoring 4, 3, 2 & 1 points depending on how far away from the centre you are.

A maximum score of 75 for each distance (6 & 8yds) is possible but very rarely attained!