Lauren Parsons Wins Ladies Field Target Title At 2023 WFTF World Championship

Congratulations to Lauren Parsons! She won the Ladies Field Target Champion title at the WFTF World Championship held in August 2023, shooting a Daystate Red Wolf air rifle.

That’s Lauren above, together with second place winner Danel Van Tonder from South Africa and third-placed Ana Pereira from Portugal. [Photo courtesy Gert Vrey].

In fact, this is Lauren’s THIRD Ladies World Field championship title and she has no intention of quitting any time soon!

[Photo above courtesy of WFTF].

The 2023 WFTF World Championship was held in South Africa between 22 and 27 August. The event was run by the South African Field Target Airgun Association. The venue was the Kommandonek Resort on the banks of the Hartbeespoort dam at the foot of the Witwatersberg mountain range in South Africa’s North West Province.

Shooters from 8 different countries took part in the championship. There were three different 50-shot courses, located in an environment of scrub, low trees and grasses.

2023 WFTF World Championship

[Photo above courtesy of WFTF].

Lauren explained to me that this was a VERY tough course. In fact, one of the toughest courses she has ever shot!

The problem was strong winds that came down across from the dam with unpredictable gusts and swirls from all directions. Remember, everyone was shooting sub-12 Ft/Lbs .177 caliber air rifles, so that was a huge issue!

2023 WFTF World Championship

[Photo above courtesy of WFTF].

The course was also set at a very high standard, said Lauren. In addition to the very tough wind conditions there were fairly high temperatures considering it is currently Winter in South Africa. It got up to around 86 degrees Farenheit so the heat and ranging targets in the dark added to this already difficult course.

An indication of the difficulty – Lauren explained to me – was that the highest score of 130 was the LOWEST score that she can remember ever winning a World’s competition. That meant that even the world’s best Field Target competitors missed 20 out of the 150 targets. Wow!

2023 WFTF World Championship

[Photo above courtesy of WFTF].

Although Lauren moved to the USA in 2018 and works at Airguns of Arizona, she is a native of South Africa, so this was something like going home for her.

For her win, Lauren used her .177 caliber Daystate Red Wolf LPR set to a maximum of 12 Ft/Lbs energy. As we have reported in a previous HAM story, she has it set with the three power settings – Low, Medium and High – to be only 20 FPS apart. This allows her to tune in the speed to certain elevations with the utmost simplicity.

2023 WFTF World Championship

[Photo above courtesy of John Botha].

In South Africa she set her Red Wolf on High Power setting. This gave 710 FPS with JSB Exact Heavy 10.34gr pellets and a predictable, consistent Muzzle Energy of 11.58 Ft/Lbs.

Lauren shoots with a Kahles K1050FT scope and Kurt Thune jacket. She believes her complete outfit represents the absolute best equipment for Field Target. The results say that she has a good point here!

2023 WFTF World Championship

[Photo above courtesy of WFTF].

Here’s a little background on shooting airguns in South Africa. Air rifles do not require a license so long as they are of .22 and smaller calibers. The use of silencers is permitted with no license or permit required.

For 2024, the WFTF World Championship will be held in the USA in Mesa AZ (the home range of Extreme Benchrest). So we can expect to see Lauren competing on home territory again, just that of her new home!

But that giraffe is unlikely to be an interested spectator again next year 🙂

[Photo above courtesy of WFTF].