Highpower rifle competition traces its roots to military rifle training of the twentieth century. Fired with centerfire rifles, shooters can compete in one of two classes: Service Rifle or Match Rifle.
A Service Rifle is a M1 Garand, M14, a M16 or their commercial equivilent. In practice, that means an M1, M1A or an AR-15 in either A2 or A4 configuration. The rules are very specific regarding external modifications. Basically, it must look like an issue rifle, with a few exceptions.
A Match Rifle is technically anything that is not a Service Rifle. In more practical terms, a Match Rifle is a rifle specifically configured a a target rifle.
“Across-the-Course” is fired at 200, 300 and 600 yards. The total number of rounds fired varies but is typically 50 or 80.
NRA sanctioned matches allow sighters while CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) sanctioned matches don’t. 10 or 20 rounds are fired from the offhand (standing) position at 200 yards, 10 rounds in 10 minutes. 10 or 20 rounds are fired from the sitting position at 200 yards, 10 rounds in 60 seconds. Moving back to the 300 yard line, the competitors fire 10 or 20 rounds from the prone position, 10 rounds in 70 seconds. The final stage is from the 600 yard line. Shooters fire 20 rounds in 20 minutes.
“MID- Range” is fired at 300 to 600 yards. All shooting is slow fire and from the prone position. Most Long Range matches are 80 shots plus sighters.
John C. Garand matches are sponsored by the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) and are limited to rack grade M1 Garands, 1903 Springfields, 1917 Enfields, 1941 Johnsons, and M1 Carbines.
The rifles must be in original condition, "rack-grade"; i.e., not accurized. There are two courses of fire with the most common being 50 rounds from the 200 yard line. Shooters fire offhand, sitting rapid, prone rapid and prone slow fire. The Garand matches were created to encourage shooters to compete with modestly priced rifles that are available through the CMP.
F-Class is a relatively new shooting sport is shot prone at distances of 300 to 1,000 yards. Competitors may use almost any caliber rifle, a scope, and a front and rear rest or bipod.
F-Class popularity is growing by leaps and bounds around the globe. F-Class shooters use the same targets as (and often shoot concurrently with) the world's long-range Palma shooters. This compatibility is important because match promoters do not need additional resources to include F-Class in their programs.
This shooting discipline is something anyone can try and do very well in, even with little experience. F-Class is an ideal sport for beginning competitive shooters, both male and female. F-Class is already the fastest growing long-range shooting sport in the world, and it is sure to continue growing as more and more people become familiar with its unique challenges.