n the immortal words of Mugatu (Zoolander, 2001), “Long-range shooting is so hot right now.” On second thought, maybe he was talking about male model Hansel, but we’ll call it close enough. Whatever the quote, long-range shooting is hot right now and for a good reason. It’s immensely satisfying to nail a target farther away than you can see. Knowing that you’re planning and executing a shot where your bullet may drop hundreds of inches vertically before it hits the target is just incredibly cool. While shooting long-range for fun and pleasure is great, what’s uber satisfying is competition. The added excitement of shooting for score brings a whole new level of challenge and reward to your endeavors. One of the easiest ways to get involved in the long-range game is to take up F-Class shooting. Let’s take a quick and simple look at what it is and how you can get started. The Rules of the Game – Simplified F-Class long-range shooting competitions are a subset of the NRA High Power rifle program. High Power includes several rifle disciplines, most of which are highly-structured courses of fire involving standing, kneeling, prone and other uncomfortable positions. F-Class is excellent for beginners because it’s relatively simple and you don’t have to spend weeks at Camp Perry learning the nuances of position shooting. Besides, you get to lay down on the job as F-Class matches are shot from the prone position.