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First international T-Class shooting sport competition

The biggest for now and the first international T-Class competition was completed on 28-30th September, 2018 at the “Slivnitsa” Military Range. It was administered by the International T-Class Confederation (ITCC) and was conducted in the Republic of Bulgaria.
The efforts of the Bulgarian T-Class Federation (BTCF) along with the invaluable help from representatives of the Bulgarian Armed Forces have led to yet another great success in the development of the T-Class shooting sport.

This was the eighth competition in the BTCF calendar for 2018, but apart from all previous events, this time there were participants from various countries, a total of 27 teams i.e. 54 competitors. The largest foreign group were the 6 teams from the Russian Federation, there were also two teams from Ukraine, one team from Lithuania and one team from USA. It is not very often for participants in applied shooting disciplines from USA and Russia to compete together, but such an event has happened – in Bulgaria! Even more surprising was the fact that one of the American contestants was an acting senator.

The competition was conducted in the discipline T-Class Tactical Sniper and according to the T-Class Set of Rules variation – TeamWork. This means that every team consists of two competitors who will approach and compete together at their own judgement all the various challenges and shooting drills, while helping each other. The team as a whole will participate in the scoring process and the final rankings. The competition itself was conducted continuously for two days and consisted of various drills and stages of static and dynamic precision shooting from all kinds of shooting positions.

The design of the stages was carefully planned in order to test all the skills and experience of the precision rifle shooters, by placing them in different, realistic and hard scenarios: precision shooting at paper targets from stable and unstable positions, shooting from barricades, windows, platforms imitating helicopters, shooting in stressful circumstances under time limitations, shooting from various distances – from 10 to 1000 meters in constantly changing environmental factors and especially wind variations up to 7-8 m/s, during daylight as well as during the night.

The shooting drills during the night time have made a huge impression on the competitors. These drills involved the so called “smart-target” systems, which were invented and developed solely by the BTCF. These systems can offer limitless possibilities for realization of all kinds of shooting scenarios, without limitations of distance and time. Eventually, very attractive shooting stages in full darkness were completed and the culmination was laid down with shooting at a moving target from 400 meters, during the night.

This competition could not have been organized without the help from representatives of the Bulgarian Armed Forces. They have repeatedly shown their understanding about the cooperation between civilian and military structures, which leads to greater benefit and has mutual potential. The start of the competition was announced by the Deputy Chief of Staff Bulgarian land force command – Col. Deyan Deshkov, and the closing ceremony was conducted by the Commander of the Special Operation Forces – Brigade General Yavor Mateev.

The timely input and calculation of the results is always a challenge in such great competitions. For this purpose, ITCC has its own specially designed and developed online software system, which significantly boosts up the process and provides instant result calculations, while every participant and observer can monitor the temporary rankings online and in real time during the course of the competition. This accomplishment has no comparison in the field of the shooting sports worldwide.

The competition was conducted in two divisions. The winners are:
Division “Bolt Action”:
First place – Valerii Shits and Aleksandr Kravtsov, FVSR, Russia
Second place – Aleksandr Litvinenko and Sergei Pomoshnikov, FVSR, Russia
Third place – Ivan Terziev and Kiril Balabanov, BTCF, Bulgaria
Division “Semi Auto”:
First place – Petar Dabov and Vasil Hlebarski, “68 Brig, SF”, Bulgaria
Second place – Aleksei Dubrovin and Andrei Osnovskii, FVSR, Russia
Third place – Maksim Kadantsev and Sergei Maslov, FVSR, Russia

The prizes were awarded by Brigade General Yavor Mateev.
Complete rankings and all scoring information is available in the ITCC online scoring system platform.

This competition proved to be the next step in the growing popularity of the T-Class shooting sport internationally, which provokes unexpected interest by even the most conservative communities like those in the field of precision shooting.

Official sponsors of the competitions were Aleksis optics and VIP complex.

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.

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