It is REALLY the one competition – for training and valuation of every skill of the precision shooter

Author – Sergei Gorobets
On August 25th 2018, for the first time, FVSR conducted a full-scale shooting competition according to the T-Class Set of Rules – in two divisions: “Bolt Action” and “Semi Auto”. Here are some comments on the principles which are the foundation of this innovative and sport-oriented shooting discipline. The new concept which is vital for the development of this shooting sport is that it imposes a standard for valuation. In short, the ratio between the minimal dimensions of the targets related to the shooting distances and the number of rounds give the opportunity to assess the actual level of the shooter’s skill. The organizers and stage designers can use additional “effects” in the form of Hit-Factor and difficulty coefficients, which give the opportunity to train all distinctive routines of the shooter. There is the universal Scoring system software for the preparation of the whole competition, from the briefings texts up to the rankings calculations, which define the classification and the prize holders.

“T-Class Moscow Sniper Cup 2018” was a one-day competition. There were 10 shooting exercises in accordance to the T-Class Set of Rules: Module 1 (Basic Marksmanship) – 5 exercises, Module 2 (Dynamic) – 2 exercises, Module 3 (Long Range) – 3 exercises.
The competition scores confirmed the actual objective levels of the shooters’ capabilities. The match organizers themselves had the opportunity to gain know-how and as I was the Match Director I would like to share some of this experience.

A thorough planning for such competition is mandatory. The exercises were flawlessly designed and the shooting range was prepared. But, the actual success of the competition relies not only on the range conditions but on other factors, which may not be directly connected with the shooting. The awareness of the Range Officers and their abilities to control the timing of the match, along with the technical aspects of the real-time data input of the scoring lists into the Scoring System have to be particularly accentuated. You have to be exact in the estimation of the number of competitors which can be accommodated and in our case – 61 competitors proved to be more than what we could handle as match organizers.

However, the match did happen, the winners were demonstrated and received their prizes! We remain optimistic for the future. We will draw conclusions from this experience and we will begin preparations for the next.
On September 29th and 30th 2018, our team FVSR will participate in the “International T-Class Sniper Cup 2018” in Bulgaria. We will be glad to meet with our colleagues and fellow shooters from the other T-Class Regions.

I want to express my enormous gratitude to the whole ITCC team and particularly to the ITCC President – Mr. Ivan Barzilov for his support and assistance!

Congratulation to the winners:

Division “Bolt Action”
First Place – Sergei Kirichenko
Second Place – Andrei Ivanov
Third Place – Aleksandr Litvinenko

Division “Semi Auto”
First Place – Maksim Kadantsev
Second Place – Aleksei Dubrovin
Third Place – Oleg Akhapkin

Full scoring and final rankings for this competition can be found at: http://scoring.t-class.org/Reports/ReportsMatchRanking/36

T-Class Season 2018 in Bulgaria has started!

The new 2018 season for the Bulgarian T-Class Federation was launched at the military shooting range of Anevo. The first two competitions from the 2018 BTCF Calendar were completed there and included the new disciplines of the T-Class Shooting sport.
The competitions were preceded by a two-day seminar held by the Bulgarian T-Class Federation along with instructors from the 68th Brigade “Special Forces”. A total of 32 T-Class shooting instructors and range officers from 61st Mechanized Infantry Brigade “Stryamci” were certified and applied their expertise in the management of the two competitions.
The first competition was held on March 24th 2018 in the new shooting discipline – T-Class Support and Backup Weapons [SBW]. It was the first ever competition of it’s kind.

The winners are:
First Place – Geno Andreev – SC “Dynamic Arms”
Second Place – Todor Terziiski – MSC “Desant 68”
Third Place – Angel Stoyanov – SC “Dynamic Arms”
Complete rankings and any info about the results of the competition can be found at the online scoring platform of ITCC.

The second competition was held on Marc 25th 2018 in the T-Class Multigun discipline for two divisions.

The winners are:
Division “Semi Auto”
First Place – Anatoli Bojinov, MSC “Stryamci 61”
Second Place – Vulio Petrov, MSC “Stryamci 61”
Third Place – Cvetan Djorev, MSC “Stryamci 61”

Division “Bolt Action”
First Place – Ivan Terziev, SC “Dynamic Arms”
Second Place – Emil Jonchev, SC “Levski Liubiteli”
Third Place – Angel Stoyanov, SC “Dynamic Arms”
Complete rankings and any info about the results of the competition can be found at the online scoring platform of ITCC.

The whole event was highly respected as an example for successful cooperation between a civilian sport federation and military units of the Bulgarian Armed Forces.

The next T-Class competition from the 2018 Calendar will be held on April 15th 2018.

New T-Class Set of Rules for 2018

Latest edition of T-Class Set of Rules with new changes T-Class Rules.

The major changes in the new edition of the T-Class Set of Rules v.1.08 for 2018 are:
– The Multigun discipline becomes open discipline, which is not limited only to sniper rifle, assault rifle and pistol (3+ GUN).
– A new supporting discipline has been created – only with assault rifle and pistol (2+ GUN).
– There is an opportunity for Gun Stages: The Match Sponsor or the Match Organizer may choose to provide a specific weapon for a stage, which will be common for each competitor, who will have to shoot with that weapon and then carry on with his/her personal weapons.
– New rules about safe weapons manipulations are implemented, especially regarding the complex stages with multiple weapons.
– Changes in the rules about the use of supporting gear are applied.
– There is a more detailed description in the Penalties section.
– A higher PF (Power Factor) for pistols is applied (min 130).

All changes in the Set of Rules are related with the ambition to make T-Class more realistic tactical and practical shooting sport.

First T-Class Competition in The Russian Federation

The first T-Class competition in The Russian Federation took place on October 20-21th 2017 at the Military Range near Moscow. It was organized and conducted by the “Federation of high precision shooting of Russia” with the support of ITCC.

This T-Class competition was carried out as a part of “FVSR Sniper Cup 2017”.  It was a two-day contest with a total of 15 stages, including 8 stages of T-Class in three Modules (M1, M2, M3) in “Bolt Action” division.

It proved to be a very challenging and interesting competition for 28 experienced shooters from different regions of Russia: Yakutia Republic, Chechen Republic, Tatarstan Republic, St. Petersburg, Moscow and Moscow region, Voronez, Yaroslavl, Ekaterinburg.

The rankings were available in real time and online for all of the participants and guests via the T-Class Scoring System Software.

The winner of “FVSR Sniper Cup 2017” and T-Class “Bolt Action” Division was
Aleksandr Litvinenko (Voronez).
Second Place – Aleksandr Danilov (Yakutia)
Third Place – Andrei Osnovskii (Moscow)

The winners were congratulated and awarded by the President of “FVSR” – Sergei Sumarokov, and the Regional Director of ITCC – Sergei Gorobets.

68th Brigade Sniper Cup

The “68th Brigade Sniper Cup took place on September 29-30th 2017 at the Tsrancha Military Range, Bulgaria. This was a T-Class competition organized and conducted by the Bulgarian Armed Forces with the help of the Bulgarian T-Class Federation.

A total of 30 competitors took part in the event – military personnel from different Army regiments as well as members from BTCF. They were relayed in two divisions, depending on the type of precision rifle used. This was a two day competition with a total of 15 stages in three Modules for each division, according to the T-Class Set of Rules.

The competition was Multigun, i.e. there were stages with precision rifles, semi-auto assault rifles and pistols. The stages were very complex and tested virtually every shooting skills of the competitors. A special prize – “The Brigadier General’s Cup” was awarded for the winner of the most difficult stage for the competition. It proved to be a very challenging competition and the winners were not evident until the very last stage. The Rankings were available in real time and online via the T-Class Scoring System Software.

The winners of the “68th Brigade Sniper Cup” competition were:
Division “Semi Auto”
First Place – Ivan M., “68 Br. SF”
Second Place – Georgi A., “68 Br. SF”
Third Place – Petar D., “68 Br. SF”
Division “Bolt Action”
First Place – Petar Markov, SC “Dynamic Arms”
Second Place – Angel Stoyanov, SC “Dynamic Arms”
Third Place – Plamen N., VSK “Desant 68”
The Brigadier General’s Cup was awarded to:
Ivan M., “68 Br. SF” – Division “Semi Auto”
Ivan Barzilov, SC “Dynamic Arms” – Division “Bolt Action”

The winners were personally congratulated and awarded by the Brigadier General Yavor Mateev – Commander of the Bulgarian Army Special Forces.

Official Sponsor of the event was VIP Complex.

World Class Achievement – 3 cm grouping of hits at 2000 meters!

On September 6th 2017, during a training practice for the T-Class Ultra Long Range Discipline, an ITCC competitor from the Region of Bulgaria managed to achieve an astonishing result of 3 cm grouping of hits at a distance of 2000 meters, with crosswind around 4-5 m/s (low right on the pictured target). The hits were achieved with the first two shots, there were no prior sighting-in shots. There were similar results for 1000 meters distance (the center of the pictured target). The rifle used was the American sniper rifle THOR M408, chambered in .408 Cheytac, with a rifle scope NF NXS 5.5-22×56. The cartridges were assembled with a new enhanced 419 grn. match projectiles. Although all of this was achieved during training practice, the scored result has to be considered a major accomplishment not only for Bulgaria, but also worldwide. BTCF.

T-Class Multigun Challenge 24-25 June 2017, Bulgaria

The first for 2017 T-Class Multigun competition was conducted on June 24-25th at the Slivnitsa Military range. It proved to be the biggest competition ever organized by the Bulgarian T-Class Federation. There were not only BTCF members among the competitors, spectators, range officers, but also active members of the Bulgarian Armed Forces, as well.

The competition was very hard and included shooting drills with three kinds of weapons: most of all sniper rifles, but also assault rifles and semi-auto pistols.

The new online T-Class Scoring System, which was specifically developed for T-Class competitions was used for the first time on the field and in real-time. It allowed for instantaneous calculations of the results and the rankings for each competitor after each exercise during the whole course of the competition.

The winners of the “T-Class Multigun Challenge 2017” were:
1st Place – Ivan Terziev
2nd Place – Angel Stoyanov
3rd Place – Petar Markov