By Kyle Jillson | May 16 2013 13:41

Calling all F-Class shooters, Camp Perry is starting a championship with you in mind

Competitor and his F-Class rifle during the NRA's Freedom Match Shoot-off

Fairfax, Virginia - There's a new championship in the lineup at Camp Perry this year, the NRA National Mid-Range Championships.

Created due to rising popularity of F-Class shooting, the new 3000-point championships will be shot from ranges of 300, 500 and 600 yards and will add yet another fun sport to the annual Remington/NRA National Rifle and Pistol Championships.

But . . . what is F-Class?

F-Class is target shooting with scope sights and artificial support (e.g. bipods and slings). Originally started among older High Power shooters with who were straining to see traditional iron sights and needed a little more support, the sport has blossomed to include young shooters looking to ease into the sport as well as avid shooters looking for a new challenge. Also, being able to play with your shiny add-ons is always fun. And unlike traditional High Power, F-Class shooting is done entirely from the prone position.

There are two subdivisions of F-Class: Open and Target Rifle. In Open, rifles can be up to 22 lbs in weight, fire any caliber under .35 and may be shot off just about any type of rest. Target Rifle rifles can't be heavier than 18 lbs, must be shot off a bipod, have no limit on scope power and are limited to calibers of .223 and .308.

These are just the basic rules, so make sure you check with the official NRA High Power Rulebook to make sure you're ready to compete.

The new championship isn't just for F-Class Open and T/R rifles though. Shooters are allowed to compete with Service Rifles and Match Rifles and will be classified accordingly.

Mid-Range will be held alongside the High Power Rifle Championships August 5-9 at Camp Perry, Ohio. And if your thirst for F-Class has not been sated by then, the US F-Class National Championships are coming to the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico from August 18-20. After that the Whittington Center will hold the F-Class World Championships from August 23-27.

And that's it. No more F-Class for a while after that. Sorry.

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