It’s the relatively new sport with scoped rifles shooting on the ranges that normally host service rifle and high power competition. F-Class recognizes that some competitors now have aging eyes, sighting on 600 yard targets. Plus, the gangsters’ choice in the 1920s, the modified 1907 Winchester, that’s now one of History’s rarer guns. And the team and the coach from Lindenwood University with an incredible record in the shotgun sports.
The F in F-Class stands for Farquharson, George Farquharson, who founded the sport in the 1990’s for fellow Canadian iron sight shooters, who were slowly losing the ability to see and compete at long distances due to their age. In 2007, the NRA officially recognized the prone shooting disciple. Since then the sport has continued to grow.
F-Class is similar to High Power rifle shooting, with competitors taking turns in the pits, pulling and scoring each other’s targets. Unlike High Power, F-Class shooters use high powered scopes to see their targets 600 yards away.
Competitors are classified into two divisions based on rifle specifics. The Target Rifle, or F-TR, division is limited to .223 and .308 caliber rifles, shot off a bipod and a rear sand bag. F-TR rifles can weigh up to 18 lbs. The other division is F-Open with shooters having a wider choice of calibers, support equipment, and a higher rifle weight limit of 22 lbs. All F-Class competition is shot prone.
While there are limits on rifles, there are no limits on the choice of scopes.
Each relay of fire is 22-minutes for two sighter shots and 20 shots for record. A perfect score is 200 target points, plus the tie-breaking X-count.
When you factor in the changing mirage and wind conditions, F-Class shooting makes for a fun yet challenging competition.
History’s Guns - The 1907 Winchester
The 1907 Winchester self- loading rifle wasn’t only a favorite with hunters, some military, and police. When modified by one gunsmith, the rifle became infamous when used by gangsters and bank robbers like Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger.
Despite being favored by the FBI’s public enemy number one, the 1907 Winchester is now one of History’s Guns.
America’s Greatest College Shotgun Team - The Lindenwood Lions
The Lindenwood Lions have built such an incredible record that calling them a sports dynasty is nothing short of the truth. The team has won ten National Collegiate Clay Target Championships in a row since 2004.
The Coach leading the Lions is a former Olympian, World Champion, and 20-year member of the Army Marksmanship Unit. Coach Shawn Dulohery has been to the “Show” at the pinnacle of the shotgun sports, and now helps the next generation find that success The Lindenwood University Lions and Coach Shawn Dulohery, are truly a winning combination.
The Lindenwood Lions Shooting Sports Website
The Pendleton Safe TAC 75
Bruce Pendleton’s latest design is the TAC 75 and is the perfect solution for law enforcement, or the tactical shooter who needs more secure storage. The TAC 75 will hold 64 tactical carbines, or modern sporting rifles, of a combination of 32 ARs and long guns on the opposite side of the turntable racks.
Hunt Tip – Wade Bourne on Quiet in the Turkey Woods
One thing that’s really a pet peeve of mine is hunting with somebody whose equipment makes noise. In other words, when they’re easing down through the woods and their box call squeaks.
Every time they take a step it goes squeak, rattles together, or they have a shotgun with a sling and the swivel squeaks every time they move. These are unnatural sounds in the woods. Turkeys can hear them from unbelievably long distances. So I make it a point to be as quiet and organized as I can in the turkey woods.
I’ve always made it a practice of wearing a vest that has different compartments for the different pieces of gear that I take. And I go the extra step, for instance my box call. I keep a rubber band, and a piece of what I call pot scrubber, to dampen the sound. Now, obviously, I’m going to make noise with this, but when I’m walking, you will not hear my box call make a noise.
By the way, I carry my slate call in a separate little padded pouch with my sand paper so I can keep the face of my call scrubbed up to get good friction bite, so it makes good sounds.
I have different compartments for my call strikers, for my locator calls, especially my crow call, my flashlight, my diaphragm call. Everything is organized. Everything is in its place. Everything is quiet when I move through the woods.
And one more thing I do, I wear binoculars with a harness around my back. It keeps them on my chest. It’s elastic. And it keeps them out of the way and out of my pocket. If I want to take a quick look, I can pop them up, and back down. Quiet. Organized.
Imagine this, you slip up on a gobbler that’s 40 or 50 yards away who doesn’t know you're there. Or if you slip up and make a little pop, a little squeak, he’s going to know it, and he’s going to be gone.
So if you follow these tips to be as quiet as you can, it will help your efficiency, and help your success in the turkey woods.
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