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Swiss & German Shooting Festivals 
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Post Swiss & German Shooting Festivals
Annually the Swiss field shoot festival varies between 120,000 - 200,000 participants, that are aided with government assistance in supplying the ammunition.
Interesting to note, field shoots held all over Switzerland, take place in open fields without obvious berm and backstop infrastructure -often in close proximity to local housing.
Either they have the best marksmen in the world or had so few incidents to report ever, the Swiss authorities concider it safe.
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Swiss President Ueli Maurer takes aim at the annual "field shoot" event in canton Fribourg (Keystone)

May 31, 2013 - 19:56

For the first time, foreign diplomats based in Switzerland travelled with Swiss President Ueli Maurer to the annual “field shoot” event held near the town of St. Ursen in canton Fribourg.

The longstanding tradition, which has its origins in the Swiss military’s shooting practice, is the world’s largest marksmanship event. More than 120,000 participants took part in similar events across the country, competing in either the 300-metre rifle shoot or the 50 and 25-metre pistol shoot. ... d=36012628

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Guns, Crime, and the Swiss ... swiss.html

Sometimes, the data sounds too good to be true. In 1993, not a single armed robbery was reported in Geneva.
In a word, Switzerland, which is awash in guns, has substantially lower murder and robbery rates than England.

Besides the militia system requiring automatic rifles and/or semiautomatic pistols to be kept in the homes of all males aged 20 to 42, firearms are readily available for purchase in gun shops. Yet firearms are rarely used in violent crime. Notes Clinard, "These facts contrast strikingly with the belief that a low criminal homicide rate is due to strict firearms regulations." Homicide is tied to a willingness to resort to violence, not the mere presence of firearms. The prevalence of firearms in the home and the participation of youth in shooting matches bind youth to adults and precludes the creation of a generation gap.
Criminal homicide rates are highest in the less developed countries. These same countries often ban private possession of firearms. In some of them, such as Uganda, private murder does not compare to the genocidal murder committed by governments against their unarmed subjects.
In American society, firearms take on a sinister reputation from the nightly news and excessively-violent movies. In Switzerland, firearms symbolize a wholesome, community activity. The typical weekend shooting festival brings out the entire family. By the range will be a huge tent where scores or even hundreds of people are eating, drinking, and socializing. With colorful banners of the Cantons and of the rifle clubs fluttering in the wind, the melody of rifle fire blends with Alpine music and cow bells. Event sponsors may include banks, supermarkets, watch makers, and Die Post--the telephone and postal system.

Federal Schuetzenfest in Thun in 1995, making it the largest rifle shooting match in the world. (The American National Matches that year attracted only 4,000 shooters out of 260 million citizens.) The President of Switzerland and other dignitaries gave speeches. There was no "Secret Service" to protect them, and none was needed, although thousands of guns cluttered the assembly.

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300 meter rifle is one of the most popular match shooting disciplines in Europe.

28 Jun 2015 11:34
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