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What is it?
It was named after the founder of the class; George Farquharson of Canada, he originally wanted to find a way of staying competitive at shooting when his eyesight gave up. So, he stuck a telescopic sight on, and to give his old unsteady muscles a rest, he employed a sandbag to support the weight of the rifle. From that modest beginning F-class was born.
From then, it has now grown into a discipline it its own right, not just something you do in later life. In fact, F-class appeals to a younger set, folk who have had no prior involvement or interest in traditional target shooting.
Young and old, male and female, abled and disabled all drawn together by the daft notion of trying to hit tiny targets that are much too far away.
As with all disciplines, it is as expensive as you choose to make it. Harking back to the beginnings of F-class, it can be done cheaply, with the use of your existing TR rifle, an inexpensive scope, a Harris bipod and a sandbag. From there, the sky’s the limit.
F-classers can generally acquire all the kit they require off the shelf or from custom gunsmiths and within just a year or so they can be competitive. That appeals to very busy people: no need to invest many years of training, just acquire good kit and jump in, while learning on the job.
Most clubs now have a section of shooters who may not actually call themselves F-class, but nevertheless use scopes, bipods and sandbags for informal practice and club shooting.
For more formal, organised competition, the NRA has recognised F-class for at least 15 years and offers the opportunity to shoot in the Imperial and in many other Bisley competitions.
For those who aspire to shoot competitively at a National level, there is the GBFCA National League – a series of competitions held at 3 venues over the spring, summer and autumn. In short, there are opportunities to suit all levels.
How to get involved
Get in touch with the discipline Rep or contact the F-Class Federation.
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