October 30th, 2015

Top Teams Compete for 1000-Yard F-Class Titles Today

F-Class National Championship Team
Ben Avery 10/30/2015 panorama photo by Tracy Hogg. CLICK HERE to zoom image.

Today is the Team Match Day at the F-Class Long-Range National Championships. F-Open and F-TR team shooters will have to deal with damp conditions on the range, as a storm front recently dropped rain at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility outside Phoenix. James Crofts says: “The 2×1000 Team match today is going to be a good day. Wind will be up to 10 mph and quartering.”

F-Class National Championship Team

In the F-TR division, competition will be fierce. The Michigan F-TR Team, winner of the Mid-Range Championship earlier this week, looks to add a matching 1000-Yard National Team victory today. The shooters of Team X-Men, lead by 2014 individual F-TR Champion James Crofts, hope to reverse their fortunes, and win at the longer distance. And Team Sinclair, the “winningest” squad in F-Class history, looks to grab another title. Team Sinclair boasts multiple champions on its squad, including Derek Rodgers, the only man to have won both the F-TR and F-Open National Championship.

Team Sinclair Derek Rodgers

F-Class National Championship Team

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October 30th, 2015

Miculek Magic — Father and Daughter Win Trijicon Challenge

Jerry Miculek Trijicon Challenge Rockcastle Lena
Trijicon Challenge Champion Jerry Miculek with wife Kay (left) and daughter Lena (right).

The legendary Jerry Miculek earned top honors at the 2015 Trijicon Shooting Challenge, winning a $50,000 grand prize. This year’s match, held October 21-24 at the Rockcastle Shooting Center, turned out to be a family affair — Jerry’s talented daughter Lena Miculek won the 2015 Womens’ Title. Todd Jarrett finished second overall, while Tim Yackley secured the Junior Division title.

Lena Miculek Trijicon ChallengeOver $300,000 worth of Cash
and Prizes Were Awarded

The 2015 Trijicon Challenge was a rich event. Shooters competed for over $100,000 in match cash, and over $200,000 in prize table awards. Some 180 professional and amateur competitive shooters from around the world traveled to the Rockcastle Shooting Center in Kentucky to compete.

This grueling event featured three days of action shooting in evenly weighted disciplines, with pistol, rifle, shotgun and combined arm segments. All firearms and ammunition were provided for the competitors, leveling the playing field.

Trijicon Challenge Miculek

With top five finishes in the final six stages of competition, Jerry Miculek showed the skills (and speed) that have made him one of the greatest action shooters in history. Jerry out-shot some very skilled competitors, including recently-crowned NRA World Shooting Championship winner Bruce Piatt, who finished sixth overall. Todd Jarrett took second, and Greg Jordan finished third. Rounding out the Top 5 were Tony Holmes (fourth) and BJ Norris (fifth).

Miculek Celebrates by Carving a Pumpkin with a Barrett .50 BMG
To celebrate his recent Trijicon Challenge victory, Jerry Miculek decided to do some pumpkin carving — with a .50 BMG Barrett Rifle.

Shooting the 30-lb rifle off-hand, Jerry blasted some serious holes in Mr. Pumpkin. Needless to say, the results were dramatic, if somewhat messy. Advancing the science of terminal ballistics, Jerry (not surprisingly) confirmed that “the 663-grain bullet did manage to penetrate the pumpkin all the way.” Thanks Jerry!

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October 30th, 2015

Great Britain F-Class Association Marks 10-Year Anniversary

Bisley F-Class England Great Britain GBFCA
Sometimes it gets a bit frosty in the morning at Bisley, but that doesn’t discourage British F-Class competitors. This photo is from the inaugural F-Class League event in November, 2005.

While American F-Class shooters are enjoying Arizona warmth and sunshine, British F-Classers are preparing for cooler conditions at the Bisley Range in England. The Great Britain F-Class Association (GBFCA) will be holding its 10th Anniversary shoot this weekend. The League’s Anniversary Match will be held at Bisley this Saturday and Sunday with targets at 800, 900, and 1000 yards. Results straight from the firing-point will be posted on the Target Shooter magazine’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TargetShooter.

Great Britain F-Class Association – 10th Anniversary Shoot
Report by Vince Bottomley
We Brits were quick to catch on to a new long-range Canadian shooting discipline called F-Class and two Brit Teams contested the very first F-Class Worlds in Canada in 2001. Four years later a GB Team again shot in the second F-Class Worlds, this time in South Africa. In the rest of the world, F-Class was moving forward and, if the Brits were to be serious contenders, something needed to be done.

On their return from South Africa, Mik Maksimovic and Scotsman Des Parr put the word out that anyone interested was invited to attend the inaugural shoot of the newly- formed Great Britain F-Class Association in 2005. Forty-four of us turned up on that cold November day in 2005 (see photo below) and Mik explained that he wanted to build a team to take on the rest of the world when the F-Class World Championships would be held at Bisley, England in 2009. For the record, the Brits went on to win Gold in the 2009 Worlds – Job done Mik!

Bisley F-Class England Great Britain GBFCA

In the last ten years, the GBFCA League has grown, with an annual programme of well attended long-range shoots held at three British ranges. From the League, the European F-Class Championships have emerged. Thanks to Mik’s drive and energy, this fabulous event now attracts around 200 shooters from all parts of Europe and is perhaps the largest international F-Class competition in the world.

The GBFCA will celebrate its tenth year of operation this weekend, with an 800/900/1000 yard match at the Bisley Range.

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