F-Class is a rapidly growing long range shooting sport. F-class is shot solely prone at distances over 300 to 900 meters. Competitors may use almost any caliber rifle (up to 8mm caliber), a scope, and a front and rear rest or a bipod.
There are two classes in F-class competition: F-Open and F-TR.
F-TR is a restricted category where a shooter must shoot unmodified .223 or .308 cartridges with a rifle using a bipod in front with a weight limit of 8.25kg.
F-Open allows any cartridge, uses a front rest like used in bench rest shooting, and has a higher weight limit of 10kg.
F-Class is a precision long distance target shooting sport, in which competitors shoot at targets between 300 and 1000 meters or even more, with the object to place shots as close to the center, or “Bull” as possible.
It is a sport that was started in Canada, by the late George “Farky” Farquharson, after whom the sport is named. This sport involves using highly accurate single-shot centerfire rifles, high powered scopes and a means of steadying the rifle such as a bipod or pedestal rest. Participants shoot at paper bull’s eye targets at long distance, where the ability to read wind and other conditions determines success.
The sport was developed to address the fact that many shooters such as George were finding that in the face of advancing age and diminishing senses, it was difficult to shoot target rifles using open iron sights, and shooting off the elbows, and thus the sport of F-Class was born.
From those humble beginnings, the sport has exploded in popularity all over the world and is now governed by an international regulatory body ICFRA . Far from being a sport of the elderly and infirm, F-Class involves superlatively accurate equipment combined with exceptional shooting skill. This is nothing to do with “Sniping”; our quarry is a 5-inch dot on paper target 1000 yards away and the tools of the trade bear little if any resemblance to the firearms used by snipers.