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 bi-pod 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.

F-class is divided in two separate disciplines. F-TR and F-Open. F-TR allows .223 and .308 calibers and bi-pod attached to the rifle. F-Open is allowed to use many other calibers and shooting rest.


Most clubs now have a section of shooters who may not actually call themselves F-class, but nevertheless use scopes, bi pods and sandbags for informal practice and club shooting.

For more formal, organised competition, the NRA has recognized 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 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

Best way is to come out and meet the people at you local shooting club (for example come out for one of our events). There you will meet people that are willing to help you and you can see first hand what we do and equipment you might need to get started. Also coaching can be available for the less experienced and shooting community is always eager to help new shooters.


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