FCSA target shooting, prone with a .50 BMG, focuses on acquiring extreme long-range accuracy and wind-coping skills that will improve your sniping. With the right gear, skill, and patience, anyone can make impossibly long .50-caliber shots.

If you are a sniper, you like to shoot far. If you are an operator, you may need to shoot far. In both cases, the skill of long-range shooting is something desirable, and it may save your life.

There are two competitions that involve shooting long-range with equipment similar to what a tactical operator or sniper uses every day: 1,000-yard F-T/R matches with a .308 and Fifty Caliber Shooter’s Association (FCSA) Hunter Class matches with a .50 BMG. I got involved in both types of shooting three years ago. The road has been full of challenges and learning experiences, but I have fulfilled many personal goals and am extremely satisfied.

For unmatched sniping accuracy, the Steyr HS .50’s bolt locks directly to the barrel. The scope rail is screwed and glued.

Apart from competing in the last World Championships for both F-T/R and FCSA, I was lucky enough to win the 2011 Hunter Class Score .50-caliber World Championship held at the NRA Whittington Center in New Mexico. Let me share my experience and some humble advice to any shooter who wants to join the sport.

Gearing Up
What is FCSA Hunter Class .50-caliber shooting? Well, basically, it is the same as F-T/R shooting, but on steroids. It involves shooting a more or less standard rifle, prone, with a bipod and a “flexible” rear rest. The targets for FCSA 1,000 yard-competitions have a 1-MOA 10-ring and a 0.5-MOA X-ring for ties. The F-T/R targets are similar to these.

The 2011 FCSA World Championship winners. There were many more exceptional shooters behind the camera, too.

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