NEW F Standard Front Plate Rule
ATTENTION ALL F-STANDARD SHOOTERS effective imediately
F Class Standard Rule 20.9.3 has been discussed by the F Standard Rules Committee and altered to read:-
20.9.3 The stock may be of any material and be shaped or modified to the shooter’s requirement with a maximum width of 76.2mm (3 inches)
This allows a very broad interpretation of especially the forend on an F Class Standard Rifle. It removes the reference to “A flat plate not exceeding 76.2mm in width and 10mm in thickness may be fixed to the underside of the rifle’s forend” – however let it be understood that under the new wording “Plates” are still allowed.
Many shooters have “scalloped” the underside of their forends where it comes in contact with the front bag, usually leaving two “rails” on the forend in contact with the bag in an attempt to reduce friction. Quite a few commercially made stocks also come with these “scalloped” forends already.
This rule change is an attempt to say that Flat plates are OK, Scalloped plates are OK, Flat forends are OK, scalloped flat forends are OK, round forends are OK.
HOWEVER – We must always take note of the ultimate test described by Rule 20.10 (f) which says the rifle must be able to be lifted clear of the rest, without disturbing any part of the rest in any way.
This rule prevents the forend being “clamped” in any way by the front bag or rest, whatever its shape or design.
Bob Pedersen – Rules Director – NRAA