I've been involved with SAR / HFT in SWEFTA since the popularity of the old dump shoots dropped off and people wanted to do a bit more shooting after they had finished their FT round.
I remember approaching the BFTA about putting a set of rules and national series together "oh no, we don't want to be involved in THAT" was the reply.
I remember when what is now the UKHFTA was set up and the abuse thrown at FT'er for being elitist snobs with racing scopes and rifles, and I see the top notch kit that has replaced the S400 and Daystate Huntsman that were originally used by them.
I understand that it is inevitable when people get into competition with one another and when they start to take that competition seriously and when they want to do as well as they can that they will buy the best equipment for the job, but here's the puzzle to me, and it is just an observation, I've just seen a wanted advert for a 10 mag Leupold Mk4 and it made me wonder why is so much money being spent on scopes for HFT? Can a £600 10 mag Sightron really give a competitive edge over my £220 Burris Elite 10x42?