Version 2020.1.1 (10.3.2020)

0. National F-class CZ rules

F-class shooting competitions are named by Canadian competitive shooter George Farquharson, who defined a rifle for long range precision shooting. It is characterized as a single-shot bolt-action rifle with a floating barrel. The first competition took place in 1876, and since then, these competitions evolved in popularity, particularly in USA and UK.

The precision target shooting with single-loaded rifles boosts the marksmanship and presents a continuing challenge for all competitors worldwide and also in Czech Republic. The National F-class CZ rules include standard categories F-class/Open and F-class/TR, in the spirit of ICFRA Open and F/TR rules. In order to increase the reach of the competitions for Czech rifle shooting community, also the modified SniperTactical and SemiAuto categories are included.

The National F-class CZ rules were shaped to set unified and clear rules and procedures for all Czech match organizers and also for local and foreign competitors.

1. Match

(a) The F-class match is prone position slow fire shooting competition on distances 300m and more, with rifles equipped with optical sights and front and rear support.

(b) The course of the shooting contains three known target distances. The targets have printed pattern with concentrically placed rings with known sizes.

(c) The match is performed on open air shooting range under all weather conditions, provided that the conditions allow target visibility and do not present a safety risk or harmful conditions for competitors. Weather conditions which prevent the conduct of the training or the match are considered to constitute force majeure and do not imply the right for refunding the registration fee.

(d) The shooting course consists of sequentially performed strings of fire on targets, starting with targets on the shortest distance and then continuing on other targets in the order of increasing distances. The competitors may participate on the training a day before the match with targets on all match distances.

2. Equipment

2.1 Front and rear support

(a) The front support is allowed to be a bipod, a shooting rest, or a sand-filled bag. The rest must be equipped with leather or fabric made bag filled with sand and which is bottom supporting the foregrip of the rifle. The rifle must freely lift from the front rest. If the front rest lifts together with the rifle, when lifting the rifle, then it is considered to be a part of the rifle and the weight of the front support counts to the overall weight of the rifle. No part of the rifle, with the exception of the front face of the foregrip, is allowed to get in touch with any part of the rest but the sand-bag.

(b) The rifle butt may be supported only by leather or fabric made bag filled by sand.

(c) The front and back support must not be connected together nor attached to the ground or any supporting board. No positive mechanical methods of returning the rifle to the precise aiming point of the prior shot are allowed.

2.2 F-Class Open

  • Allowed foregrip support: arbitrary bipod, rest, bag
  • Allowed butt support: leather or fabric made bag filled by sand

2.3 F-Class F-TR

  • Allowed foregrip support: arbitrary bipod
  • Allowed butt support: leather or fabric made bag filled by sand

2.4 F-Class Sniper Tactical

  • Allowed foregrip support: bipod which allows to folded alongside the barrel
  • Allowed butt support: leather or fabric made bag filled by sand

2.5 F-Class Semi-auto

  • Allowed foregrip support: bipod which allows to folded alongside the barrel
  • Allowed butt support: leather or fabric made bag filled by sand

3. Rifles

(a) The competition rifle must be duly registered and must have a valid registration ID.

(b) The width of the foregrip must not exceed 76mm (3″).

(c) The trigger may be of arbitrary safe mechanically operated type. Triggers based on electronic, pneumatic, or other principles that allow a remote trigger activation are forbidden. The shooter must directly interact with the trigger mechanism.

(d) The maximum allowed rifle weight is defined by the category. The rifle weight includes all rifle components and auxiliary objects attached to the rifle and recoiling together with rifle. It particularly but not exclusively applies on optical sights, bipod and other attached devices.

(e) One given rifle is not allowed to be registered into multiple match categories. The rifle, which is modified during the conduct of the match in the way that the modification changes the caliber, is considered as a different rifle and it is allowed to be registered into multiple categories. One given rifle may be shared by two competitors at maximum, and both of them must participate in the same category.

3.1 Category F-Class Open

  • Caliber: up to 8mm
  • Rifle weight: up 10kg
  • Rifle type: single-loaded bolt-action
  • Muzzle brake: not allowed

3.2 Category F-Class F-TR

  • Caliber: 223 Remington, 308 Winchester
  • Rifle weight: up 8.25kg
  • Rifle type: single-loaded bolt-action
  • Muzzle brake: not allowed

3.3 Category F-Class Sniper Tactical

  • Caliber: up to 8.8mm
  • Rifle weight: up 12kg
  • Rifle type: bolt-action
  • Muzzle brake: allowed

3.4 Category F-Class Semi auto

  • Caliber: up to 8mm
  • Rifle weight: up 8.25kg
  • Rifle type: semi-auto
  • Muzzle brake: allowed

3.5 Optical sights

(a) The optical sight may be of arbitrary construction and may have arbitrary magnification. All optical sights are allowed.

4. Conduct of shooting

(a) The shooting is conducted in a prone position with a shouldered rifle. The free recoil technique is forbidden.

(b) There are allowed 3 sighters at each target distance in F-class/Open and F-class/TR categories. The sighters are patched by contrast spotting marks before the record string is conducted. The sighter shots are not allowed for SniperTactical category. The option of sighter shots for SemiAuto category is defined by match office individually for a given match.

(c) The number of shots per string and the string timing for each distance are defined by match officer in the rules and procedures of the particular match.

4.1 F-Class Open

  • Loading: single-loaded

4.2 F-Class F-TR

  • Loading: single-loaded

4.3 F-Class Sniper Tactical

  • Loading: magazine-loaded, or single-loaded

4.4 F-Class Semi Auto

  • Loading: magazine-loaded

5. Other equipment

(a) The competitor may use notes, wind velocity and direction indicators, ballistics computers, muzzle velocity measurement devices, timers and other equipment. No equipment (particularly the wind velocity and direction indicators), is allowed to be behind the firing line.

(b) If the timer is equipped by any acoustic signalization, this signalization must not disturb other competitors and range officer during the period of shooting.

(c) During, or in between, the strings of fire, it is prohibited to use any communication equipment which could allow the shooter to receive any information from other shooters or observers.

(d) An employment of wind indicators in the area of shooting range is at a discretion of match officer. If there are any wind indicators in the range area allowed by match officer, these indicators must be equally usable by all competitors. In that case, the wind indicators must be deployed before the commence of the match and must not change in numbers and the position during the match. The wind indicators must be deployed is such a way, that they do not infer with the line between rifle muzzle and the bottom of the target, or they must be deployed outside of the area defined by the lines between outer shooting positions and outer targets.

6. Scoring

(a) All targets on all shooting distances are evaluated by equal procedures. None of the target distances has any priority.

(b) The hits in the target are evaluated using the caliber used by the given competitor. If the hits are outside of the rings, the score is set to 0 points.

(c) If the hit is placed on the border, the higher point rating counts. The border hit is defined as the hit which touches the line defining the rings.

(d) In the case of equal point scoring, the decisive is the number of “X”. If the tie still holds, the additional rules are defined by the match organizer of the particular match.

(e) In the case of cross-fire, the competitor whose target was hit by the cross-fire will be awarded the highest point scoring out of all hits up to the nominal number of hits for a given target. The competitor who fired the cross-fire hits will get scored only those hits which are in his own target.

(f) In the case of cross-fire to the target on a distance different from the the distance of the current string, only the hits in the correct target are counted. The cross-fired hits on wrong distance are patched. This does not affect in any way the subsequent shooting on such patched target.

7. Targets

(a) Targets for all F-class matches are paper targets with concentric rings of varying sizes each assigned a given point score. The highest 10 points scoring ring is the center ring of 1 MOA size. This ring contains a special smaller 0.5 MOA sized ring, denoted as “X”.

(b) The target is black-and-white or two-color. A particular layout is defined in the rules of the particular match.

(c) The match organizer may slightly adjust the MOA sizes of the target rings (e.g. due to using available targets used on different distances). However, all targets must be kept the same during the whole season of the match series organized by the one organizer.

8. Violation of the rules and procedures, protests

(a) The decisive authorities judging the adherence to rules and procedures are range officer and match officer.

(b) In the case of minor violation of the rules and procedures, the competitor gets a warning.

(c) In the case of serious or repeated violation of the rules and procedures, the competitor will be disqualified.

(d) Protests are solved by the match officer. Particular procedures and conditions are defined in the rules of the particular match.

9. Registration fee

(a) The registration fee is set by match officer. The registration fee is equal for all categories and includes the official training on the day before the match.

Version history

  • Version 2020.1.0 (24.1.2020) – first official release