Having read a lot on this forum some thoughts have occurred to me.
Regarding the growth - or lack of - of Field Target as a sport in SA, why should this be?
FT as a sport was started with the ethos of being a friendly, fairly informal sport for anyone with an air rifle to take part.
Now with the competitive nature of humans it has obviously developed considerably from where it started in that first competition behind the Red Lion pub in Magham Down, Sussex some 27 years ago.
However should it be asked if in SA too much emphasis is being placed on teams for the worlds, colours and personal glory rather than helping to grow the sport at the grass roots level?
Without increasing your inflow of new blood into the sport, the risk is being run that it will die from lack of new generations of shooters coming in.
I do realise that you are working under certain difficulties, but, should even more attention be paid to growth?
That is not to say you shouldn't continue to attend the international events, but keep that as an aside rather than the prime motivation for a while.
On the rifle front - to an outside observer the sort of comments made on this site re X is the best....... are just plain silly.
The simple fact is a very large number of rifles are equally capable of fine perormance in FT, many are not perfectly suited to it straight out of the box. Regarding the converted 10m rifles NONE of these are designed as FT rifles and as such are not perfect out of the box, but can be made to do the job very effectively.
As to the Dommie vs AA crap - well it could just as easily been the Steyr or the FWB vs AA, it just happened that the Dommie got chosen and aggressively marketed.
In the small FT communtiy of SA, really there is not enough choice of equipment to draw any definitive conclusion. To put this into perspective, I would say that the entirety of FT in SA is about the same size as the SWEFTA region in the UK - i.e less than 10% of the total UK FT scene.
Anyway this isn't meant to start an argument but hopefully some constructive discussion and thinking.