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Classes of Shooting
Fullbore long range target rifle shooting has two main classes:
- Target Rifle Shooting
- F-Class Rifle Shooting
Target Rifle (TR)
Target Rifle is the traditional prone (lying down) shooting position with no rest, using micrometer iron apeture sights and usually a sling attached to a shooting jacket to assist with holding and aiming.
Target Rifle is graded from Tyro, C, B and A grade. Tyro is the beginner level, usually for the first year of shooting, where the new marksperson is allowed the assistance of a wind instructor (coach). In outdoor shooting the wind is a major factor on the flight of the projectile, which means a large part of the skill of the sport is to adjust the sights to allow for this using various guides such as wind flags.
F-Class Rifle (F-TR or F-Open)
F-Class Rifle Shooting consists of two disciplines:
F-TR or F-Open allows the use of a rifle fitted with a telescopic sight and shooting with the aid of a shooting rest or bipod. Whilst this gives some advantage over TR, the main factor is still allowing for the effect of wind.
F-TR rifles are limited to .223 Remington or .308 Winchester calibre chambers. F-Open rifle shooting permits more choice of calibres.
F-Class Rifle Shooting is something anyone can try and do well in, even with little experience. This makes F-Class Rifle Shooting an ideal beginner sport for both male and female shooters.
Sporter hunter class
The idea of a Sporter/Hunter class is to get back to the concept of using a cheaper rifle that is commonly available, used by thousands of existing shooters, and with the intention of them joining and shooting in NRANZ clubs.