Hello Sniper’s Hide,
My name is Peter Markov and I am a new member from Bulgaria.
I would like to post some info on our progress and hopefully to gather your opinions about our way of Precision rifle shooting here in Bulgaria.
We founded the International T-Class Confederation, which purpose is to promote and to organize national and international matches for the T-Class shooting sport (“T” – stands for “Tactical”). These competitions are very similar to the ones that you have in the PRS championship and that is why I am posting this announcement in this section of the forum.
T-Class matches are focused (much like PRS matches) on precision shooting over static or dynamic targets of various distances (known and unknown) from different positions, under artificially created, but realistic stressful circumstances and time limitations.
Also, there are some significant distinctions for the T-Class matches which differentiate them apart from other similar shooting competitions.
Every T-Class match inevitably consists of three modules of shooting drills:
- Module 1 – Basic Marksmanship - It covers the primary shooting drills, which assess competitor’s basic shooting skills, such as shooting from different positions (standing, prone, kneeling, sitting), identification and evaluation of targets. This module is conducted simultaneously by several shooters on the same firing line. Paper targets are predominantly used. The time for execution of the drill is implemented by a sound signal (verbal command) for start and stop. The scoring is made with points and the shooting distances vary between 20 and 400 meters.
- Module 2 – Dynamic - It comprises shooting drills, which involve moving and shifting of shooting positions with different complexity and surface, multiple targets shooting in mid range, all under the scoring of time with a shooting timer. The scoring is evaluated by the so called hit factor (the points are divided to the time measured). The shooting distances vary between 50 and 600 meters.
- Module 3 – Long Range - It covers the shooting drills at long range. The time for execution of the drill is limited by a sound signal for start and stop. The scoring is calculated with points. The shooting distances vary between 600 and 1000 meters.
In this way, we can test virtually all of the shooter skills and the results frequently show that for example those competitors, who are used to bench rest shooting do not perform so well in Module 2, etc. The diversity and the complexity of these modules can pose a significant challenge and require maximum efforts and concentration to be completed.
The other major difference is the scoring system. We decided that each target in every exercise should be measured in MRAD, in regard to it’s size and distance. There are also no-shoot or penalty-shoot targets, but the MRAD system allows us to use whatever we want as a target, like golf balls, coke cans, clay targets, metal plates, paper targets and so on. Everything is calculated in MRAD and this guarantees the objectivity of the results. Scoring is made with points, according to pre-defined tables. For Module 2, the so called Hit Factor is applied (the number of hits per target divided by the time, needed by the competitor to complete the course of fire.
The scoring is calculated by adding the results from all module’s stages. The competitor with highest summarized result is awarded with 100 percent. The scoring for the other competitors is made proportionally in relation to the highest summarized score, with calculation up to two decimal places. The calculated sum in percentage from all the three Modules assembles the Match ranking and demonstrates the winner.
This scoring system may appear to be too complicated at first, but it is very objective and we are currently in the process of developing software programs, which will automate this scoring process.
The last thing I would like to mention about T-Class matches is the possibility of teamwork competitions. Two-men teams can compete in the different Modules, both shooting simultaneously or in a sniper-spotter scenarios. The scoring is made for the team and for each of the shooters individually, so that it can allow for progression in the individual ranking system.
I am well aware that this post is probably too long and maybe even boring, but if there are some members with the patience to read it, we would be very grateful to hear your thoughts and opinions on that matter.
I am attaching the Constitution of ITCC and our Set of Rules for anyone who is interested.
Greetings to all of the SH community,