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    Rütli Shooting

    Last October I was invited for the first time to shoot the Rütli Shooting. It is a 50 meters pistol shooting competition with Swiss Ordnance pistols only, for shooting associations, 8 team members 15 shots per shooter.

    The Rütli meadow is where the Swiss confederacy was first established

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rütli

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rütlischwur

    It was a very nice day, blue skies, a little wind, and a nice outing with friends, although I was a little frustrated to travel 300 miles to shoot 15 rounds only.





    Despite its historical significance, it’s a very small unimpressive meadow



    There are over 900 shooters. 40 targets are set up, so 5 associations or clubs shoot in each series.



    However the ground is far from flat, so the shooting line slopes downwards whereas the targets go upwards

    Only the first few targets are level with the shooter, for the rest of us, you’re shooting upwards to your right.



    I was on target 32 with my Waffenfabrik Bern Parabellum 06/24 (Swiss Luger) caliber 7.65 mm Parabellum (.30 Luger) made in 1922





    I’d say over 90% were using SIG P210, with a few Lugers and a couple more modern SIGs. The Luger is marginally more accurate than the 210 in my hands.





    The local kids come and pick up the empty cases



    The youngsters are also in charge of paddles and scoring

    My scores



    Not mine but a similar target. The center is 10 cm in diameter (4 inches), the 4 (2nd circle) is 20 cm



    When it’s all done it’s a big party of music, food drinks and comradeship in addition to the whole scores reading (that takes a while), as well as patriotic speeches etc..

    Most shooting clubs fly their flags





    And the winner gets a brand new P210 remitted by a Swiss army officer. He shot 68 points out of 75 max.




    I almost forgot, they also have the rifle competition a few weeks later. 300 m with ordnance rifles (M or K 11 & 31, Stgw 57 & 90, aka Sig 510 & 550)

    This is the shooting line, and the targets are set way up there on the mountain, middle of this picture



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    Fantastic post. Thanks for sharing.
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    Sounds like a great event. Nice photos (that Luger is beautiful).

    I like reading about these more traditional shooting events. Combining these competitions with history and tradition, and some good food and drink (afterwards) is a great way to preserve our pastime and attract new members. Th team uniforms and banners are a very nice touch.

    Thank you for sharing.
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    900 people showing up to shoot a 15 rounds event speaks a lot for the Swiss shooting culture. I admit I don't know if I'd had it in me to travel 300 miles for this round count, kudos.
    Great report, great pics. Thank you.

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    Thanks for sharing! Those pistols looks amazing. Beautiful country over there.
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    Beautiful pictures, & pistols!! That looks like an amazing event!!

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    Thanks for the range report from Switzerland.

    Interesting event.

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    Very interesting! Thanks alot for sharing!

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    What an awesome post!
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    All of your recent posts are making me so envious....

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