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National Rifle Association of New Zealand

Classes of Shooting

Fullbore long range target rifle shooting has two main classes:

  • Target Rifle Shooting
  • F-Class Rifle Shooting

Target Rifle (TR)

Target Rifle is the traditional prone (lying down) shooting position with no rest, using micrometer iron apeture sights and usually a sling attached to a shooting jacket to assist with holding and aiming.

Target Rifle is graded from Tyro, C, B and A grade. Tyro is the beginner level, usually for the first year of shooting, where the new marksperson is allowed the assistance of a wind instructor (coach). In outdoor shooting the wind is a major factor on the flight of the projectile, which means a large part of the skill of the sport is to adjust the sights to allow for this using various guides such as wind flags.

F-Class Rifle (F-TR or F-Open)

F-Class Rifle Shooting consists of two disciplines:

  • F-TR
  • F-Open

F-TR or F-Open allows the use of a rifle fitted with a telescopic sight and shooting with the aid of a shooting rest or bipod. Whilst this gives some advantage over TR, the main factor is still allowing for the effect of wind.

F-TR rifles are limited to .223 Remington or .308 Winchester calibre chambers. F-Open rifle shooting permits more choice of calibres.

F-Class Rifle Shooting is something anyone can try and do well in, even with little experience. This makes F-Class Rifle Shooting an ideal beginner sport for both male and female shooters.

Sporter hunter class

The idea of a Sporter/Hunter class is to get back to the concept of using a cheaper rifle that is commonly available, used by thousands of existing shooters, and with the intention of them joining and shooting in NRANZ clubs. 

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Events

Marlborough Championships

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Te Puke Championship

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Waiarapa Spring Meeting

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