In the last two weeks, my wife and I we were in Switzerland, knowing a little more of its beautiful nature. During this period we were invited by Felix Grendelmeier, for a delicious lunch at his home along with his charming wife and children. During lunch he told about the great shooting championship held annually in Switzerland and invited us to watch the biggest Shooting Championship in the World that would take place in the next weekend.
I was very interested, but we had our return to Brazil was already scheduled for the 28th and we could not watch this shooting mega event.
But, occurred to me the idea to ask Felix to write an article describing all about this event, how many participants and what kind and shooting modalities are disputed. Therefore follows Felix's article about this mega event, see the article written by Felix Grendelmeier
Felix accepted the idea and wrote the article which I'm posting it now
This weekend the biggest marksmanship competition in the world wil take place in switzerland - like every year! Every year countless towns and villages across Switzerland host the "Feldschiessen" (field shoot). It offers the ideal opportunity for recreational shooting enthusiasts, both young and old, experienced or first-timers, to meet up and indulge their shared passion. Over the course of one weekend, they compete in either the 300-metre rifle shoot or the 50- and 25-metre pistol shoot. Regardless of the distance, each competitor fires a total of 18 shots, whether one after the other or in rapid series.
Over 130,000 took part in the 2012 "Feldschiessen", making it the largest sporting event in Switzerland, and the largest marksmanship competition in the world. Dating back to the second half of the 19th century, the roots of the "Feldschiessen" tradition are firmly planted in Swiss military history, which evolved in tangent with the expansion of the Swiss Army and federal training exercises. Over time, it would become a purely recreational pursuit, enabling the older generations of marksmen to pass on their expertise in handling firearms for peaceful purposes. In 1996, serving soldiers in the Swiss Army were no longer subject to mandatory membership of a shooting club. Since then, the Swiss Shooting Sports Federation has seen a dramatic decline in membership numbers.
From 1936 distinction medals (kranz) were handed out for a certain level achived depending on age and weapon. Today, about 60% of the shooters shoot a "Kranz" result.
Posted by Thom Erik Syrdahl
I thanks Felix Grendelmeier for his Article