TARGET RIFLE AND F-CLASS
TYPES OF RIFLE USED IN COMPETITION
This is the traditional discipline of shooting, which utilises mainly the 7.62mm and 5.56mm calibres (.308 and .223), open metal peep sights and foresight rings, and slings to support the rifle in the prone shooting position. It still boasts the greater number of competitors of any Fullbore National Rifle Association category, and consequently is very competitive at the top level.
There are restrictions on rifle weight, projectiles, trigger weight, sighting magnification, and many other aspects such as thickness of padding in jackets and mats.
The target rifle category is a test of the basic shooting skills and in order to succeed at the top level requires a very steady hold, and excellent visual acuity.
We use dedicated, Heavy Barrel, Single Shot Target Rifles, mostly in .308 and .223 calibres with aperture sights or telescopic sights.
This category allows all the advantages of Scopes and Bipods and and removes some of the restrictions for the rifle.
F-Standard – An F Class Standard rifle will be chambered in either 308 Winchester or 223 Remington. Maximum weight of the rifle is 8kg, including sight and all attachments, but excluding the front rest. With the front rest attached, the overall maximum weight must not exceed 10kg. Ammunition is restricted to NRAA rules.
F-Open -An F Class Open rifle may be of any calibre up to and including 8mm. The overall weight must not exceed 10kg including all attachments.
F-TR – An F/TR Class rifle is limited to .223 Remington or.308 Winchester calibre chambers. Ammunition may be commercially made or hand-loaded. There is no restriction on bullet weight. The F/TR rifle class is limited to the use of an attached bipod and/or a sling as front supports, optionally together with a rear bag none of which provide a positive mechanical means of returning the rifle to its precise point of aim for the next shot . The overall weight must not exceed 8.25kg including all attachments (such as, but not limited to, its sights and bipod, if any). See the ICFRA Rules for more detail..
Because of the expected performance levels in F-Class, different scoring on the targets is normally used, with smaller rings, making maximum scores more difficult to achieve.