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September 09, 2018

Gun Thread [Weasel]

F-Class Competitive Shooting

What happens when high-power shooters grow old, feeble, and their eyesight becomes too weak for iron sights? They put scopes on their rifles, lay on the ground to shoot and call it F-Class, that's what!

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F-Open 300 yd line
Camp Butner, NC

F-Class is a precision rifle shooting sport with targets at known distances between 300 and 1,000 yards. Mid-range matches are 600 yards and under, and long-range matches are 800 yards and over. At 1,000 yards the center or 'X' ring of the target is a five inch circle. The object to place shots as close to the center as possible, with a match typically consisting of 20 shots for record fired in relays.

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F-Open 1000 yd line
Ben Avery Range, Phoenix, AZ

Originally started in Canada, F-Class matches are now held in many countries around the world, and are governed by the international regulatory body ICFRA (www.icfra.com). In the U.S., matches are sanctioned by the NRA, with programs and rules administered by the NRA High-Power Committee.

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Girls Shoot Too!
F-T/R 1000 yd line
MCB Quantico, VA

F-Class competition falls into two separate styles; F-Open and F-T/R. The primary differences are rifle weight, caliber and the front rest system allowed to support the rifle. F-Open rifles must weigh less than 22 pounds, be .35 cal or under, and may employ a variety of front rest supports. F-T/R is more restrictive; with rifles weighing under about 18 pounds, chambered in .223 or .308 caliber only, and be supported in front with a bipod only. The targets and scoring for the two styles are the same.

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F-Open 700m line
Connaught Range, Ottawa ON

Anyone with a reasonably accurate scoped rifle and good quality commercial ammunition can participate and have a LOT of fun in an F-Class match. Stock rifles by Savage and Remington are often seen on the line at club matches where most F-Class shooters begin in the sport. Custom equipment and advanced reloading techniques can be added later if desired, but you do not have to spend a lot of money to get out, have fun, and learn from the more experienced long-range shooters. What is important is to take the leap, find a match and sign up - the most you have to lose is an afternoon!

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Team Matches
Ben Avery Range, Phoenix AZ

NRA Shooting Sports USA Article
Rifle Shooter Magazine F-Class Article
Accurate Shooter F-Class Article


***This Old Gun***

This week's old gun comes to us courtesy of commenter Bob the Bilderberg:

The story my father told is that one day sometime in the 1910s or 20s a Texas Ranger stopped at the farm. He was riding to Victoria, TX and asked my grandfather if he could loan the Ranger a concealable gun. My grandfather gave the Ranger his .32. The Ranger left his Bisley and said he'd be back in a few days. He never came back and the Colt has been in the family since.

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Colt Bisley .45 Cal

Wow! Now that's a family story worth passing along with the gun!!

If you care to share the story of your favorite firearm, send a picture with your nic and tell us what you sadly lost in the tragic canoe accident. If you would like to remain completely anonymous, just say so. Lurkers are welcome!
Email: guns at happyplacearsenal dot com


That's it for this week - have you been to the range?

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