F-class is a slow-paced long-distance marksmanship competition shot from a prone position. Bolt action rifles are the standard with a scope,front bipod or rest, and a rear bag. Shooters are allowed to zero their scopes at 600 yards then there are three rounds of competition which has twenty rounds fired in each. One cartridge per time is allowed in the rifle. No muzzle brakes are allowed. A perfect score is six-hundred which everyone strives to achieve.
Prone matches are fired slow fire - one shot at a time. Prone matches include Mid Range (300-500-600yds), PalmProne matches are typically broken into a few basic divisions, which are Service Rifle, Sling and F-Class. Service Rifle distinctions are noted above,while "sling" is a term often used to note match and Palma rifles that are fired using a sling for support and often iron sights. Some matches allow the use of "any-sights" on sling rifles, and shooters can then use optics if they so choose. F-Class consists of two sub divisions: F-Open and F-TR. The basic difference is that F-TR is more restrictive as the rifles need to be .308 Winchester or .223 Remington. They are also required to use a bipod and have a lower weight limit than their F-Open counterparts. F-Open allows aheavier rifle and the use of front and rear bench rest type rests. There is also no specification on caliber other than it needs to be smaller than .35 caliber.
High-power shooters are known for the large amount of equipment that they haul out onto the range. Below is the basic equipment used along with a
description of its use. All though each of these items are generally necessary, it isn't necessary to go out and buy all new equipment. In getting
started, it's generally best to ask other shooters opinions about equipment. It's also much cheaper to buy used equipment rather than new.
•Rifle- Shooters preference as to Service Rifle or Match Rifle (NRA)
Sling- For the Service Rifle, the sling must be of military style. For the Match Rifle, adjustable slings with arm cuffs and buckle adjustments are
•Shooting jacket- The purpose of the jacket is to provide support, and to pad the shooter to minimize the effect of pulse and recoil. The best coats
are the NRA-style of either heavy Cordura or leather make. They are used by sling shooters and are not typically used in F-Class.
•Glove- The glove is necessary to pad the hand from the pressures of the rifle. They come as either mits or gloves. This is a personal
preference. As with shooting coats, they are not typically used in F-Class.
•Shooting Mat- The shooting mat is used to provide some padding between the shooter and the ground.
•Spotting Scope and Stand- The spotting scope allows you to see the spotters and scoring disk in your target. They are also often used to locate
shot holes during the rapid fire stages. More importantly, when shooting long range, they allow you to judge the wind by watching the mirage.
Scopes vary in power and objective diameter. The power used should be between 25 - 60X. Diameters should preferably be 50mm or larger. A
scope stand that allows you to adjust the scope so that it can be viewed in all positions is necessary.