FCSA SWISS CLASSES OF COMPETITION (based on standards
defined by www.fcsa.org)
The following 4 classes
are those as defined by the FCSA (USA), however due to a smaller
membership base the FCSA (Swiss) has opted to base its
competitions on a revised* class 1 and class 2 (to cater for
both Light and Heavy guns). Benchrest
events are grouped under class 3 (unlimited)
1. Light Class Fifty
Caliber: Shall be restricted to a rifle that shoots a .50 cal.
BMG cartridge and is capable of chambering an FCSA approved
chamber gauge that has a maximum outside neck diameter of .554
inches. The rifle shall be restricted to a total overall weight
of thirty two pounds and eight ounces (32 lbs 8.00 oz.). The
maximum weight of the rifle will include any equipment attached
to the rifle that would be used by the competitor during the
shooting competition. The rifle stock shall be restricted to a
maximum forend width of three and one half inches (3 and 1/2
in.) The forend of the rifle will be that portion of the rifle
stock toward the muzzle of the rifle, in front of the forward
most retaining screw that holds the rifle receiver into the
The winner of a light class
fifty caliber shooting competition shall be determined by the
competitor with the highest numerical score of all record groups
fired during the light class relays, except in the case of a
tie. [US FCSA ruling, please see * below for 2004/05 UK
2. Heavy Class Fifty
Caliber: Any rifle that shoots a bullet with a diameter of
.510/.511 inches and has a maximum overall weight of fifty (50
lbs.) Pounds. The maximum weight of the rifle will include any
equipment attached to the rifle that would be used by the
competitor during the shooting competition.
The winner of a heavy class
fifty caliber shooting competition shall be determined by the
competitor who has the smallest accumulated extreme spread
(aggregate group) for all record groups fired during the heavy
class relays, except in the case of a tie.
3.Unlimited Class Fifty
Caliber Rifle: Any barreled receiver that fires a bullet with a
diameter of .510/.511 inches.
The winner of an unlimited
class fifty caliber shooting competition shall be determined by
the competitor who has the smallest accumulated extreme spread
(aggregate group) for all record groups fired during the
unlimited class relays, except in the case of a tie.
4. Hunter Class Fifty
Caliber: Competitors will shoot and compete from a prone
shooting position with rifle equipped with bipods or supports as
Prone: To shoot from the
ground with the aid of an optional ground mat and/or blast
sheet. The use of an earth-only trench for the bipod feet will
be allowed. Anchoring of the rifle to the ground by any means is
prohibited and the firearm must be free to be lifted straight up
from the firing position.
Bipods: Bipods must be able
to fold forward or backward. The bipod can only provide two
points of contact to the ground and must be mounted to the rifle
forward of the trigger guard. Tripods are forbidden.
Rubber or non-metal feet
are allowed. Spikes on the bottom of the bipod feet can be a
maximum of 30mm long. Bipods that are of spike design must have
a marking on each leg which is plainly visible 1.5 inches from
the bottom of the leg's spike. The marking on the spike portion
of the bipod is to ensure that the spike does not enter the
ground to a depth exceeding 30mm. The 30mm is the depth
limitation that a bipod can be driven into the ground during
shooting. Rollers or track/rail devises are prohibited.
Rear Rest or Support: A
soft pliable bag may be used. Monopods are allowed. A monopod is
any device attached to the rifle at any point to the rear of the
trigger guard and used for the purpose of raising or lowering
point of aim. The monopod must use a foot which conforms to the
same dimensional requirement as a bipod foot but may not have a
spike. The monopod must be attached to the rifle when
determining overall weight of the rifle.
Rifle Weight: Rifle in this
competition may not exceed fifty pounds (50lbs) total weight in
Chambering: Any [50BMG] cartridge using a
* Distance: 1000 yards | Total
number of shots on target:10 | Smallest group of 5 to count
Time limit 30 minutes per target.
1.Ammunition: all ammunition used in FCSA
sanctioned 50cal shooting competitions shall be of the “fixed”
50BMG design (12.7mm x 99mm)
2. Projectiles: Acceptable projectiles are
military ball, jacketed lead core, solid brass/bronze or Tracer
if range restrictions permit.
Unsafe Ammunition: Unsafe surplus or reloaded ammunition shall be
banned from any FCSA sanctioned shooting competition. It shall be the
responsibility of the match director or his/her designated range
conducting officer to make a determination regarding the suitability of
surplus or improperly reloaded ammunition. Poor quality surplus or
reloaded ammunition displaying characteristics such as corrosion,
damaged brass, improperly seated primers or damaged projectiles will
not be allowed to be used in an FCSA sanctioned shooting competition.
The round of ammunition should be easily chambered and the bolt closed
by hand. The use of a hammer to close the bolt is forbidden in FCSA
(Swiss) competitions although a hammer may be used to open the
1. Rifle Rests: A rifle rest is allowed to
support the forend of the rifle. A rifle rest is also allowed to
support the rear of the rifle. Rifle rests are restricted to
the sand bag type made from soft pliable leather or a soft
pliable material, filled only with sand. The rests cannot be
attached to the rifle itself or connected to each other. Front
and rear rests must be movable independent of each other.
Neither rest is allowed to be attached to the shooting bench and
the rifle must be able to be lifted vertically independent of
the rest. Rifle rests shall not restrain the recoil of the
rifle. Drag reducing tape may be applied to the surface of a
2. Bipods: Bipods are acceptable in any
class of FCSA sanctioned shooting competition.
1. Targets: Only the NRA MR-1 600 yard
target is approved for FCSA sanctioned 1000 yard shooting
competitions. The mandatory use of one (1) specific target for
use in sanctioned matches is to assure uniformity of information
regarding group size and scoring records. Regional Matches may
use other targets if the FCSA standard target is not available
at the range where the FCSA sanctioned match is being held. If
that occurs, all competitors must have the same target.
2. Wind Flags: It is recommended that wind
flags be used at all FCSA sanctioned shooting competitions. The
placement of wind flags on the firing range during a shooting
competition will be at the discretion of the match director.
This does not preclude competitors from using and placing their
own wind flags/wind measuring devices on the range during a
3. Benches are not allowed for class 1, 2