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)
- 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 rifle stock.
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 competitions]
- 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.
- Hunter Class Fifty Caliber: Competitors will shoot and compete from a prone shooting position with rifle equipped with bipods or supports as defined below.
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 shooting readiness.
Chambering: Any [50BMG] cartridge using a .510-.511 projectile.
* 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)
- 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 bolt.
APPROVED RIFLE EQUIPMENT
- 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 rest.
- Bipods: Bipods are acceptable in any class of FCSA sanctioned shooting competition.
- 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.
- 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 shooting competition.
- Benches are not allowed for class 1, 2 and 4.