F-Class shooting was invented by Canadian Target Rifle shooter, Mr. Farquarson, who wanted to continue shooting in his later years. Essentially, any calibre of centre-fire rifle (from 223 on up, subject to range restrictions but 308,6.5mm and 7mm rifles are most popular) is mounted on a rest or bipod with scopes and targets at 300 to 1,000 yards away.
F-Class shoots are ‘deliberate’ which means that each individual shot is scored and displayed to the shooter before the next shot, allowing you to adjust your sights for a ‘perfect’ shot. The targets used are the bulls-eye format, so they are very easy to see and aim at.
The important thing about F-Class is that almost any scoped bolt action rifle, of pretty much any calibre, can be used. To make competitions fair, there are 2 recognized subdivisions of F Class, based upon the rifle used. Open Class, F TR Class. All F Classes shoot the same course of fire, alongside each other.
F Open Class is the class with the least restrictions for rifles of any calibre up to 8mm depending on range restrictions. It must not weigh more than 10kg (about 22-lb) including all attachments. Any safe, mechanically operated trigger can be used provided a safe level of sear engagement is retained.
F T/R is exactly the same as for Open F Class except that only .308in/7.62mm or .223in/5.56mm calibre can be used. The overall weight of the rifle, with all attachments, must not exceed 8.25 kg including an attached bipod or 7.5kg if the bipod is not fixed on.
Members provide their own equipment and ammunition and F Class shoot with the Target Rifle Section on Wednesdays from 1700hrs to last light and on Sundays from 0830hrs to approximately 1200hrs from April to November with a break in September for the Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration (CAFSAC).