Potential for new f class competition

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Brad Y
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Potential for new f class competition

#1 Postby Brad Y » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:15 pm

I have been talking to quite a few f class shooters recently and I'm hearing the same message from them when I talk about new f class competition.

The idea behind it is pretty simple, it's the same we used to do in fishing competitions. 4 qualifying shoots, a shooter of the year prize for the best 3 results you get, and a grand final which could be invite only based on your final placing (and maybe a couple of wild cards thrown in)

The more I think about it, the format would be great for a couple of clubs within a DRA to use, and the individual clubs could even use it for club champion deciders etc. it could improve relationships between clubs as well.

I'm fully aware of the history of shooting and that there are queens events with champion of champions events but to me that seems more a TR based thing that has just rolled on. I'm not saying swap a queens or champ of champs for this but the idea is something else that just promotes f class and gets people shooting. The more it happens the better people are going to get and it's another way to help raise the bar that little bit more.

There's aspects of f class shooting that can be factored in- squadding, brisley style shooting and 20 shot strings. I would like short ranges included as that is what draws a lot of people are comfortable with so it would be good as an attraction to get numbers up but at the same time some reasonable amounts of long range shooting to give people more exposure and experience at it to increase their skills.

The other thing I often think about for it would be the inclusion of an unmodified factory rifle on a bipod class from 300-600m to get more into the scene as well. It's these people that are often ones who go home and decide they want to get serious about target shooting,

Something like this could be a real draw card to f class shooting and getting new members into the nraa in each state and provide a good stepping stone into developing shooters for state representation competition.

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Re: Potential for new f class competition

#2 Postby RDavies » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:43 pm

Having a series and picking your best 4 (or only 3 or whatever) shoots sounds like what they do in U.K with their league shoots which I would love to see here. One thing I would change though is to allow TR. I spoke to some TR shooters who have nominated for the Palma team and a lot of them have the same issues as we have, not enough long range shoots, longer shot strings or Bisley style as they will get when they go overseas. It was an A grade TR shooter who explained how it works to me and said he would like to see something like this on a national level. One point he mentioned that I agree with is to make the "league shoots" longer ranges only and leave the Queens shoot to do the shorter ranges as they already do here in Australia and in U.K, because it is "tradition" and to make it more suitable for Band C graders, while the league shoots are more geared towards the A grade shooters, club champions etc.
We aren't going to change things much in the Queens, so anything different or more international style would have to be done in a new series run in parallel.

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Re: Potential for new f class competition

#3 Postby Brad Y » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:11 pm

I'm all for allowing more people and other disciplines for sure. While I'm happy to shoot long ranges, the big thing at a club level competition is that some get put off by no shorter ranges where they are comfortable. I think in higher level competitions that the shorter ranges should be done away with to bring us more in line with international competition. Getting people shooting in competition at grass roots level and giving them a taste of it will hopefully make them naturally strive for more and take the next step up- possibly the same sort of thing run at a state level across a few different ranges with more emphasis on longer range shooting.

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Re: Potential for new f class competition

#4 Postby bolster55 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:57 pm

Quote,
"The other thing I often think about for it would be the inclusion of an unmodified factory rifle on a bipod class from 300-600m to get more into the scene as well. It's these people that are often ones who go home and decide they want to get serious about target shooting,"

Excellent, the above should definitely be pursued.


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